Travel Planning: New York City at Thanksgiving

2018 has been quite the travel year for me! Normally, Mr. P² and I do maybe one long-distance trip and one road trip per year. Between our trip to Paris last December (yes I’m including that in this roundup), a last-minute trip back east, our road trip to San Diego Comic-Con and an upcoming overnight to Lake Arrowhead, I’m all over the place! However, the biggest trip this year as far as I’m concerned is my very first trip to… New York City! DEVILS IN THE DETAILS People who know me are always shocked when I tell them I’ve never been to New York. It seems like one of those places that most casual US-based travelers have checked off their list pretty early on – like Hollywood, Vegas or Cabo (haven’t been there either). For some reason, New York has never seemed like a priority and always plays second fiddle […] Read More

Planning for Your First San Diego Comic-Con: A How-To Guide (Part 4)

REALITY: CHECK After a series of initial successes between being prepared (Part 1), getting a great hotel and parking spot (Part 2) and surviving our first day (Part 3), we knew something had to give, and the universe kindly delivered. Friday morning in one of the smaller ballrooms, there was to be a panel for an animated series that Mr. P² and I both enjoy, Young Justice. The series was cancelled abruptly several years ago despite rave reviews, and will be making a comeback on the new DC Universe streaming service some time next year. The panel included voice and creative talent, and we figured they would be showing new footage, so we were anxious to get inside and grab seats. Remember the “C” doors we got stuck at the first day? We were stupid enough to try getting in the same doors on Friday, and not only were they not […] Read More

Planning for Your First San Diego Comic-Con: A How-To Guide (Part 3)

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER After all the research (Part 1), and all the travel decisions (Part 2), it’s finally time to head down to San Diego Comic-Con! In order to beat LA traffic and avoid paying for an additional night at the hotel, we were on the road by 4:45 AM on Thursday. Let me tell you, I am NOT a morning person, but the prospect of a fun road trip (and Starbucks) always gets me out of bed. If you are driving and don’t mind an absurdly long day, I’d highly recommend leaving early – we hit zero traffic, and pulled into the hotel parking lot at 6:55 AM. Luckily, we were not the only bleary-eyed Con goers in the lobby, and the hotel kindly allowed us to store our luggage and perishables in their air-conditioned storage. Since we decided to bring food with us that needed to […] Read More

Planning for Your First San Diego Comic-Con: A How-To Guide (Part 2)

Hotel, Parking & Passes, oh my! Finally, Part 2! It’s been a busy couple of months for me, and my planning sensibilities have been on overload. However, I didn’t want to leave anyone hanging, so for your reading pleasure, here’s Part 2 of How To Survive San Diego Comic-Con (with your sanity intact). Here’s Part 1 for reference 🙂 In conjunction with my initial research and provision preparations, I tackled what could have been the most costly part of the trip – our accommodations. As a newbie travel hacker, I have been steadily accruing Hilton Honors points for some time through a credit card signup bonus and everyday spending, and although I had earmarked the points for a different trip, I knew the only way we’d be able to swing this trip was by using all available resources. Thankfully, I found a Hilton Garden Inn not too far from […] Read More

Planning for Your First San Diego Comic-Con: A How-To Guide (Part 1)

We survived our first Comic Con! Mr. P² and I were down in San Diego this past weekend from Thursday to Sunday for one purpose – to experience Comic-Con for the first time. Since this was our first San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC), Google and social media became my best friends in trying to research how to successfully experience the ultimate gathering of the fandoms. It’s like the Lord of the Rings if the organizers are Elrond, the exhibitors are the Fellowship and they’re all trying to get the One Ring to Mount Doom – aka the fans. And honestly, at times the crowds felt volcanic in their temperature, temperament and lava-like flow. While this is by no means a complete or thorough how-to guide for surviving SDCC with your sanity completely in tact, hopefully this helps someone like me who isn’t looking to see every major panel or go […] Read More

Financial Planning: Why Everyone Should Think About the Long-Term Now

The last ten days have been very difficult for our family. A cousin with whom I was very close passed away suddenly within 48 hours. I was fortunate to be able to fly back east for the funeral and say my goodbyes in person. While it’s never fun or easy to reconnect with family because of a funeral, it was nice to see so many of my aunts and cousins make the trip and share our memories of my cousin. There were a lot of questions about her estate and how much planning she had done since she was only 47 when she passed. Let’s face it, when you’re perfectly healthy and in the prime of your life, you don’t think about things like life insurance or beneficiaries – I know I hadn’t. It was quite eye-opening to realize how important these things are, and how much a sudden […] Read More

I’m Having Directional Issues

Oh my dear old go-to app. We’ve been together a long time, ever since that trip to Austin for a bachelorette party in 2013. We’ve traveled together, protected each other, and discovered new places together. But we’ve reached that point in our relationship the wires are crossed, and we’ve lost the signal that made our relationship special. In this particular instance, I’m fairly certain it’s you – not me. You don’t understand my needs, and you’re constantly second-guessing me. On more than one occasion you’ve almost put my life in danger, which I don’t think is really acceptable. We argue constantly, and you always think you’re right – even when you’re dead wrong. I simply don’t see how our relationship can continue down this road when U-turns keep happening. Faith and trust are paramount in a relationship, and lately I feel like my faith and trust in you is […] Read More

Planning Resolutions Update, February 2018

Once again, I’m doing this post near the end of the month instead on some time that would make much more sense. However, I do want to keep myself accountable and track how I’m doing on achieving the resolutions I set in January, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Here’s where things stand: Drop weight and increase stamina Plan: exercise at least once a day, keep a food diary and focus my nutrition on cutting fats & carbs and upping my fruits & veggies Progress: I’ve been exercising a few days a week (not everyday unfortunately), haven’t been totally consistent with my food diary – particularly after a nasty 24-hour bug – and haven’t been drinking my breakfast smoothies consistently which would help with the fruits and veggies goal. TLDR: Not great, needs work Get a promotion at work Plan: after a review last year where I […] Read More

Meal Planning Breakfast Smoothie

Mr. P² and I have been meal planning in some way for several years now. I like knowing that he’s eating healthy meals that have no preservatives, and saving money by not buying lunch is also a plus. While we meal prep all of his meals at least for the work week, my meals don’t get quite as much love and attention. By the time we finish with his food, we’re both exhausted – him from stressing and hating cooking, and me from continuously trying to talk him down off the ever lurking “fuck it” ledge of unhealthy food. However, the one thing I can make for myself ahead of time that’s not too stressful and helps me with my fruits & veggies goal is my breakfast smoothies. While I’m not a mason jar addict, they do come in handy for certain things like freezing a week-long batch of smoothies. […] Read More

Wedding Guest Etiquette 101

I fully intend on writing many blog posts detailing how I planned my own wedding, however, today I want to touch on something I experienced recently: being a wedding guest. While weeks, months and sometimes even years go into planning a wedding, when the day finally arrives, are you prepared to be a courteous and comfortable guest? The recent nuptials I attended were absolutely fantastic, and honestly I felt honored to be included along with Mr. P². We met the couple several years ago on a Facebook group for people with similar interests (get your minds out of the gutter :-P). The bride and groom tailored the event perfectly to their tastes, and with a limited guest list of mostly couples who are all friends, it was a lovely evening. We knew ahead of time that it was going to be a long day. The ceremony went from 15:30 to […] Read More