Month: July 2021

What’s On Our Minds Lately

As I stood in front of the cashier at Trader Joe’s (national chain grocery store) yesterday waiting for him to scan my groceries, he asked how my day was going. I was used to the question. It is one all of the friendly TJ cashiers ask. I told him it was fine. He then noticed the bouquet of flowers in my cart, and asked if they were for me or a gift for someone else. I told him it was a little of both. Some for my home-office desk (a ritual I started when we were only allowed to shop for essentials), and the rest for my mother. He then asked what line of work I was in. I told him. And he told me he was laid off last year, but was glad to be working again. One topic led to the next, and somehow we ended up exchanging opinions about the toll the pandemic has had on society and the eagerness to get back to ‘whatever normal was’. He asked if I was …

How I Travelled In The Recent Year

Considering that traveling is part of my DNA, I had a difficult time functioning at the beginning of the lockdown. By June of 2020 I decided that day trips were the short term cure for my wanderlust. So every weekend, we set out to an outdoor destination, carefully planned of course, with masks and gloves and all things necessary to keep us protected and homemade lunch in tow. We spent the days mostly walking (like we do everywhere we travel), and taking photographs of places which we thought were the perfect reminder of our favorite destinations. We rediscovered bits of Europe throughout the wine region, an hour’s drive from San Francisco and spent our days reminiscing about our past travels. Although the wineries were closed, we stopped at every villa which reminded us of Italy, French Chateau style architecture housing the sparkling wine, and even the Spanish Colonial and the German ones too, and snapped photos as if we were actually somewhere else. Some other days were spent in a park on a bench by …

Recap and A Few Thoughts

Travel is always on my mind, more so during the cold and dreary summer months we experience here in San Francisco. It fuels my need to get away, to somewhere sunny and warm. Funny how the UK is experiencing scorching temperatures right now, while in San Francisco, we are bundled up in winter sweaters, and heavy blankets. Here’s what’s happened in my world. Since March of 2020, I’ve sort of been at a loss. Not sure what topics to write about or thoughts to share past the doom and gloom we’ve all been feeling since the pandemic. I didn’t want to add to all the news, nor come across insensitive in any way by avoiding controversial topic throughout the year+. So, I’ve stayed quiet for the most part. Remained focused more on the challenges my family has faced throughout the year. The biggest loss for me this year, was putting my dog down in February. After 16 wonderful years of countless memories, silliness, and naps curled up on the bed next to me while I …