I have had the pleasure of visiting the following countries so far in my life (from East to West): Japan, China, India, Pakistan, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico. For my next pleasure trip, I'm currently leaning towards Ireland because I really enjoyed the Irish people I recently met on a trip to England and Scotland. Unfortunately, I had to decline a business trip to Australia this month as I have too many responsibilities around the office at the moment. But that’s OK because Dominic enjoyed the trip instead. :-)
Martha Stewart I am not, but I enjoy having folks over to the house. Recently I had Tom, Jacqui, Bambi, and eight-week-old Haley over for a wonderful evening. We hadn't see each other since Tom & Jacqui had the baby so we were long overdue. The menu? Why a butter lettuce salad with cabernet vinegar and crumbled bleu cheese, tortellini with a tomato basil sauce, grilled filet mignon, Italian peasant bread, and a strawberry rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream. It went very well and I couldn't have asked for better evening. I know the detail level is probably higher than you wanted to know but then my mother might be reading this and she would want to know.
My favorite place is still the amazing redwood grove at Muir Woods in Marin County. I have also found some fun places in the East Bay like the area called "Little Yosemite" by Sunol but Muir Woods wins. I'm the kind who prefers a small group and bringing a picnic lunch—not a serious hiker type. My most recent hike was just this morning in Yosemite National Park—I hiked out to Yosemite Falls and then over to Mirror Lake, or as close as we could get with a bridge out from this winter’s flooding. The waterfalls were beautiful and full with melting snow but the weather was warm and flawless. The Pacific Dogwoods were just beginning to bloom and our timing could hardly have been better.
Yes, I can dance. I was better when I was younger, but I can still hold my own. I don't currently have any favorite places. I'm looking for a new favorite. The last place I went dancing was a Wednesday night (Oldie's Night) at the Stud. They played 70's & 80's dance music and we had a great time.