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[Austin, TX] It is Sunday morning. I’ve set my alarm for the obscenely early hour of 7 am because I have a task – run 8 miles!!! As part of my half-marathon training (I am hoping to complete the San Diego rock-and-roll half marathon in early June), I am building up to the 13.1-mile distance over a series of long runs, each one a couple of miles longer than the other. Sunday’s… Read More

[Austin, TX] After our afternoon of sight-seeing in San Antonio, we headed back to Austin. We checked into the AT&T Hotel and Conference center, which was on the fringe of the University of Texas at Austin campus and was actually owned and operated by the university. This was where our conference would be over the next three days. After checking in, we touched base with my former boss Martha. She used to… Read More

[San Antonio, TX] A few days before my trip to Texas, a few friends filled out a Travel Challenge survey on Facebook. It entailed a list of 100 world attractions and the goal was to see how many of those you’ve visited, and how that compares to your friends. #1 on the list: The Alamo in San Antonio, TX! 🙂 I am in Austin, TX for a few days for the Higher Education Data… Read More

[Saint Michaels, MD] It’s been a few days since I came back to California but I got caught in such a whirlwind of work, school and other commitments when I got back that I haven’t had a chance to chronicle our last day in Saint Michaels. So here it is! On our last day in Saint Michaels, the sun came out as if to mock us. The weather was still cold –… Read More

[Saint Michaels, MD] When I mentioned before that the weather turned, I did not realize myself what that meant. On our drive up to Maryland’s Eastern Shore on Friday afternoon, we were listening to winter warnings and watches all along the I-95 corridor for that evening and all day Saturday. It is extremely rare to get this kind of weather here in October – this is more common in January and February…. Read More