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If you have ever met my husband, aka Gary, aka Professor Marchant, aka GareBear, you probably know that he likes to live pretty large. If we have 10 people over for dinner, Gary cooks for 40. If other people collect... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at My Weblog
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We did eventually venture out of our secluded enclave at the Marriott, heading down to the Malecon -- the boardwalk -- in central Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon, which runs right along the gorgeous shoreline, can still be pretty touristy but... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at My Weblog
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For some reason, I was having a hard time getting excited leading up to our recent trip to Mexico. Maybe it was because I loathe the process of packing -- trying to decide which shorts still fit and what tops... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at My Weblog
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I went through my "architect phase" in college. That is the phase in every person's life when they think that they'd like to be an architect. Architect is one of those careers that sounds really cool - it's creative but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at My Weblog
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Do you remember what you did on your 15th birthday? Since I was a clueless white girl from the suburbs who had never heard of a quinceanera AND since my parents took only 4 blurry pictures of me during my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at My Weblog
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I know this will shock you but it turns out that our teen children no longer want to have all of us in one "cozy" room when we travel. This is understandable because among us, we have a combination of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at My Weblog
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What is it about vacations that makes me want to blog? It's been 2 years and suddenly, browsing through our summer vacation photos, I thought "gee, maybe I should start blogging again." I suspect it's that I harbor the secret... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at My Weblog
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Travel back in time with me, if you will, to the year 1988. I was living in a law school dorm somewhere in Boston. I had finally grown out the perm I'd had through the end of highschool and was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at My Weblog
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It was back to school this week and the kids were ready to go! Here's Julie: And Daniel: At least that's what I could swear they looked like last last time I looked. Actually, this week they looked like this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at My Weblog
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One of the benefits of having a blog is having a soapbox on which to rail against the injustices of society. And I think we can all agree that one of the tragic inequities in modern suburbia is the appalling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at My Weblog
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We were so exhausted from touring London and Paris that we desperately needed a vacation. So, the weekend before last, we headed to Coronado Island for the weekend for some R&R. Our July was really rough. Coronado was blessedly cool... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at My Weblog
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We are just about done with the "birthday season" that spans May-August here at the Chez Marchant. We recently celebrated the last human birthday -- Daniel's in July (leaving only the Murph in August). Our family is all about the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at My Weblog
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Since I'm already bored with blogging about London, I can only imagine how you all must feel at this point. So, let's cut to the chase and summarize our London favorites. We will start with me since this is my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at My Weblog
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When I had visited London in the past by myself, I was positively gobsmacked by the Tower of London. The grandeur. The Crown Jewels. The regal history spiced up by the gruesome events that took place right where you are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at My Weblog
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After getting a good night’s sleep, we did finally make it out to see more than half a block of London. In fact, the next day we saw what seemed like ALL of London by taking one of the hop-on-hop-off... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at My Weblog
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With the kind cooperation of nephew Austin, who agreed to stay at the flat and keep an eye on the sleepers, we adults managed to get out for our first luggage-free walk around Notting Hill and Kensington. Within a block,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at My Weblog
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We just returned from a long vacation to London and Paris, so it seemed like an apt time to end my long blogging vacation. I apologize in advance for what will be more than you probably ever wanted to know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at My Weblog
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Gary and I have great kids. In fact, we probably would be insufferably proud of our parenting skills except for one major short-coming -- somewhere along the way, it came to our attention that we had failed to instill in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at My Weblog
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Once upon a time, there was a puppy. He was little and cute and very, very furry. Once cool, fall day, the little puppy went to live with a family. They thought the puppy was the cutest little furball ever.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at My Weblog
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One of the reasons we picked Breckenridge for a summer getaway instead of, say, Vail or other Colorado mountain town is that it has a "summer fun park." That way we’d have something to do if the kids got bored... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at My Weblog
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As a former New Yorker living in Arizona, there is one thing I miss about summer: being outside during daylight hours. To survive the dangerously hot summer temperatures, Arizonans are forced to spend the summer burrowing in dark (and air-conditioned)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at My Weblog
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Occasionally, I discover a place that makes me want to run home, pack up my stuff and move. Usually, it’s a city like London (although, ahem, not so much lately) or San Francisco. This is partly because it must have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at My Weblog
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After spending the few days leading up to Christmas in Washington, DC, we were ready to head out of town for an old-fashioned country Christmas. We changed into jeans, switched from cognac to beer and started saying "ya'll" a lot.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at My Weblog
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As we do most years, in a sort of deranged reverse migration, we left sunny warm Arizona to locate a proper winter-weather Christmas. Our destination this year: Washington DC. As we stepped out of the airport, I reveled in those... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at My Weblog
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I love Thanksgiving. On a spiritual level, I love whole idea of a holiday just to be thankful for stuff. On an entertainment level, I love watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with the giant floats. I don't like to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at My Weblog