The Lion Tombs of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a surprising country. You never know what archeological treasures you are going to find when wondering around in the desert. Take for example these tombs.  They are located about 1 kilometer from the archeological site of Dedan and they date back to 5th century BCE. They are called the Lion Tombs not…

Photo Moment: Rocky Point mini vacation

There’s nothing like spending a couple of days in a beach resort. Rocky Point is about 60 miles from the Arizona border on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Naturally, I had to check it out.  I highly recommend booking at the Las Palomas Resort.

Enjoying my last weekend in California

The view at Paradise Ridge It’s my last weekend in California…and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…not even a mouse…  Just kidding. I didn’t spend my last weekend in California before moving to Arizona with mice.  I spent it taking advantage of what California has to offer – which is breathtaking vineyards and great wine!…

Packing, packing, packing….again

Packing, packing, packing…Yes, I’m moving again.  I’m leaving tree-filled Sacramento for the land of cacti and mountains.  I’ve just accepted a position in Phoenix. This one is a little different than my other positions.  First of all it’s not in local news, but for a national entertainment/pop culture show called “The List.” And secondly, it’s…

Is that you Watson?

Millions of Sherlock Holmes fans worldwide will take part in a week of celebration of the world’s mostfamous detective in the first annual Sherlock Holmes Week from 30th July – 5th August.  Will I be there?  Um…no.   I’m a poor starving student (or about to be), but now that I know about this, I’m adding…

Saying Goodbye to Foie Gras in California

Foie gras from Mulvaney’s in Sacramento I didn’t get to partake in my decadent foie gras meal in San Francisco at Fifth Floor Restaurant like I planned. But I wasn’t too disappointed. I have to admit a full five course meal of the stuff might have been overkill and a little gluttonous for my body…

10 Places to get Foie Gras before July 1

In California, we only have until July 1 to enjoy foie gras – and you know how much I love it.  I even planned to attend a foie gras tasting menu at The Fifth Floor in San Francisco. The5-course decadant meal included everything from a foie-rimmed-and-garnished Wild Goose Chase cocktail, to your main course, to foie gras…

Caviar and Champagne? Brilliant!

As you know, I’m always on the lookout for new things.  And if you’ve even been out with me at restaurant or bar, you know that if it’s weird and on the menu (and doesn’t have red meat as I’m still a semi-veg), then I have to get it. This week it was a Caviar-Champagne…

A luxury retreat in Napa…oh my.

  Part of the Meritage Resort in Napa. Napa is known for great wine, cozy bed and ,and gorgeous scenery. All this is nice, but if I wanted to have a resort experience, the closest place was the Ritz at Half Moon Bay. That is…until now. “We began back in October of 2010 thinking that…

Master of my domain

I have a new project that I’m excited about. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for at least a decade, but hadn’t gotten around to doing it – mostly because it’s expensive and also because I’ve been doing a lot of other stuff (like moving around the U.S.). So what is this new amazing…

Getting smart quick

Last night I had this crazy dream I was in the Tardis. I was all alone and it was fun — kind of like being on a joy ride.  All these buttons everywhere, but which one should I push? For those of you who don’t know what the Tardis is, it’s the phone box/time machine Dr….

A little French pampering

What’s does a NPC competitor do the night before a fitness competition? Get her nails done. Yup, that’s right. After weeks of sweating, lifting weights and eating healthy, the night before my big competition isn’t spent in the gym. Instead I spent it running around Midtown and East Sac looking for a place that does…

Testing out the “best” cellulite cream

Cellulite sucks. After working out for 8 weeks on this killer exercise and cardio plan, I admit defeat. Yup, that’s right. All those experts in magazine articles who say it doesn’t go away were right. I really thought I would be the exception to the rule and that if I worked out really hard and…

31 days and counting

It’s just 31 days before my NPC competition in San Diego. Yes, I am counting down them down – but only because I was a little less dedicated during my first four weeks on being on the program than I should have been. My trainer says you won’t see a lot of change in your body the…

SacCycleChic – You go, girl!

As a writer, you often run into other writers. I don’t why that is. Somehow we attract each other and end up bonding over the woes of our craft. Maybe it’s because it’s an isolated art form, but just knowing there is someone else out there following their passion and struggling like you is what…

Twitter for the Grim Reaper

Don’t think I’m morbid, but lately I’m finding myself reading the obituaries and being completely intrigued. I can’t help it. I love looking at the photos families have chosen of their loved ones, reading what these people did and wondering about their lives. That’s because their orbits aren’t about their death, but telling the story of their…

Has the Nook killed the public library?

There are always rumors that no one is going to libraries any more — especially when you see more and more people downloading their reading to electronic devices like the iPad and the Nook. But has technology made checking out books obsolete? As a writer and someone who still likes to read a novel the…

Happiness is fitting into last year’s shorts

The birds are singing, the air conditioning is on and the allergies I only have when I’m in Sacramento are in full force. There is only one thing left to do – get out the summer wear.  I don’t know about you, but for some reason my winter clothes are all bulky and comfortable (and…

Half price frappacinos and a new yummy flavor

I know I’m not the only Starbucks addict out there watching my pennies these days, so when I heard Starbucks was offering half price frappacinos from May 6 to 15, I had to spread the good news. Here’s how it works: Show up at your local Starbucks between 3 and 5 p.m. during those dates…

Caught up in the Royal Wedding Frenzy

Okay. I admit it. I’m totally caught up in the Royal Wedding frenzy. After months of trying to avoid watching “Entertainment Tonight” to follow the William and Kate wedding gossip (even though I secretly wanted to), I admit defeat. I’m hooked…and yes, I want to see what her dress looks like…her shoes…her flowers…the whole deal….

What happened to coffee with the girls?

It’s Week 2 of my IFPP training and so far I’ve learned that I don’t mind the weight training and the cardio. But I really don’t like plymetrics. It turns out I have no coordination. None. However, I am suffering through them. But the hardest part of the training is how it’s affecting my social…

Stolen iPhone? Five prevention tips I now know

Having your iPhone stolen is not fun. Believe me. I know. Mine was stolen this weekend. I accidentally left my phone in the car when returning it to the rental shop and in less than five minutes it was gone – and naturally, no one at the rental shop could say which one of their…

Jazzed up in Tracy

You know how you should never judge a book by its cover? Well…you should never judge a town by its news coverage. Working in the media for years, whenever I drive by a new city or an area, the first thing that pops in my head will be “oh, that’s where that fire happened” or…

Honoring the Dragon Lady

This past weekend instead of going solo, I hung out with my friend Solo. No, he’s not related to Hans Solo from Star Wars – although, now that I think about it, they both fly jets and have space related jobs (my buddy works for NASA). Anyway, Solo flew into town for the Sacramento Air…

It’s time to panic. Only eight days until race day

 Me on my bike.  In college, were you one of those people who used to cram before exams? I was. I wasn’t a bad student. I would actually attend every class and take notes, but here’s a secret you shouldn’t tell my professors…I really didn’t do any work until it came time for…

Journalism: You’ve got to love it to work in it

It takes a certain type of person to be a journalist. You have to be dedicated, creative, a great listener, persistent, but most of all you have to be passionate…and maybe just a little bit crazy. Last night was election night in California, which means it was a busy day for all of us at…

And Another Thing…

I know I usually write about stuff around town, but this time I’m going to write about stuff I do at home when I’m mellowing out — mainly reading. So here’s the thing…I love Douglas Adams’ (the guy who wrote Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and I love the whole Artemis Fowl series by Irish…

The good, the tasty and the fried at the Houston Rodeo

It’s rodeo time and based on what I’ve been hearing, the food there is a decadent delight for your taste buds and a great way to put on the poundage. But the rodeo only comes around once a year so we must indulge – because after March all that yummy stuff will be gone for…

Dust off your boots. It’s Rodeo Uncorked!

Most of you may be thinking the rodeo doesn’t start until March. But I just found out that some of the really good stuff is happening on February 8. And when I say good stuff, I mean stuff that’s going to taste good going down. This Sunday is the 6th Annual Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and…

Can a penguin predict spring’s arrival?

Usually it’s the groundhog that predicts the coming of spring, but not in Galveston. Over on the island, it a very cute and very talented Rockhopper penguin named Hendrix. Hendrix comes from the South Pole, so he’s apparently an expert on cold weather and knows exactly when spring will arrive. I must say, the little…