Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Nice Guys always finish last, but you better be at the Finish Line, cuz they are worth waiting for!!!

Never been one to hoot and holler about romance, but since my guy and I are on opposite ends of a really long transatlantic line, I can't stop thinking about how much I miss him. I'm having a blast in Europe, but thereš still a little bit of emptiness lurking around my travels. I love my quirkly alone time, but I REALLY miss having someone to share my plate with.

I try to be faithful in recognizing my blessings, and the Polar Bear (my sweetieš nickname) ranks really high these days. Heš quite a special catch, and I thought I'd share a few reasons why (in traditional countdown form..... :)

10. Heš an awesome cook (and surprises me sometimes by packing leftovers for my lunch the next day....and he includes cutlery!)

9. He took me to see Vagina Monologues (yes, I bought the tickets, but really, he was like 1 of 1.5 straight guys there.)

8. He always keeps bottles of our (and my) favorite wines on hand.

7. He gives the warmest hugs at the airport (in both the Arrival and Departure terminals).

6. He made me a Valentineš gift basket with arts and crafts from Michaelš.

5. He always talks it out.

4. He listens, and asks really great follow up questions.

3. He tolerates my mood swings, personality ups and downs, and disorderly conduct.

2. He understands me, and when he doesn't,

1. He really tries.

Not to lecture about relationships, but if youŗe guy is special, be sure you let him know, k?

ciao for now,

Live from Riga - an extended stay....thanks European airspace coordinators!

Remaining in Riga, and enjoying this lovely stayover. Most of the European colleagues have bussed, trained, or been driven to their destinations, and some (including moi) wait patiently for airspace restrictions to be lifted. I'm scheduled to head out on Saturday, and weŗe keeping an eye on cancellations.......

Itš a nice departure from the expected, though. I'm gathering lots of great experiences and collecting some memories that Iļl journal about with ambition. Also getting to take lots of great photos.

At the end of the day, I count the many blessings offered by the ash-instigated air travel chaos. I miss friends, family, hugs, and a familiar space, though. Also, relying on certainty of place and setting is a luxury whose comfort I won't soon forget.
ciao for now!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Reporting from under the Ash

Still in the Baltics!

The Riga Airport continues to cancel flights, so I bought myself a GREAT guide to the city, and I'm gonna tell Riga to let her hair down for me. I went on a really long walk today throughout Old City, and loved it!

Went past the flower market (and was sososososo tempted to buy some). I don't have a vase, glass, or nonporous waste basket to put them in at the hotel. Today makes a full week that we've been stranded here, and I'm getting to know the hotel staff very well!!!

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