Seattle Coffee Shop Musings

As Seattle is home of Starbucks, and I didn’t get my mug of tea before leaving for the airport this morning, caffeine seemed in order, so here are some musings while I sip my Breakfast Tea. I love to people watch. As I sit here in my airplane clothes (leggings, sweatshirt, jacket, Big Bang Theory

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Travel: To Prepare, or Too Prepared?

How much travel preparation do you do? Do you make sure you have housing for every night? Do you just wing it and hope you find a place? As you may have gathered from my last post, I have been preparing for my upcoming trip by doing my homework. I have used tourism websites and

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5 travel planning sites that might make you ditch the books!

Hello! I have returned! If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed it and related social media sites have been fairly quiet for the past few months. Unfortunately I can only blame this on sheer mental exhaustion caused by bullying coworkers. And I don’t mean the other librarians attempted to shush me one

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5 Tips for Safely Enjoying the Alaskan Wilderness

The tourist season has started in Alaska, and that means the cruise ship passengers are up to their usual yearly antics. Namely, wearing white sneakers and then acting surprised to find mud on the Alaskan rain forest trails! This annual performance of visitors to the Alaskan wilderness always reminds me of Jon Krakauer’s Into the

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Indie Bookstore Exploration at Pikes Place Market

With a six hour layover in Seattle, what’s a book nerd to do? Answer: Continue my search for the perfect indie bookshop at Pikes Place Market of course! I found 3. The first bookstore I discovered was Left Bank Books. At this point I was still wondering what I was going to do for the

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No Night at the MET for Me, Thanks!

Literary Inspiration: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg Destination: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York Long before the Night at the Museum films there were two children that spent several nights in a museum. Those two children were Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, from E. L.

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Your Local Tour Guide: Welcome to my corner of the world!

Each summer thousands visit my hometown, streaming into town off huge cruise ships that arrive in our channel. These visitors overwhelm our “historic” downtown, crowding the shops and asking questions that we locals have a hard time answering with a straight face. “Do you take American money here?” Umm…yes. We are still part of your

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