Going Global

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We really need to talk about Global Entry. I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this yet, but a lack of blogging is clearly a major side effect of working full time. Who knew that being busy 40 hours every week would cut so deeply into my free time?

Anyway, in case you don’t know what it is, Global Entry is a program for pre-approved, low risk American travelers that allows them to have expedited re-entry to the U.S. after international travel. The program has partnered with TSA Pre-check, so that GOES members also are automatically put in the fast lanes for security for both domestic and international flights.

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Monday blargh

Happy Monday.

If you hate Mondays, feel free to start laughing at the combination of the words happy and Monday in the same sentence.

I don’t dislike Mondays. I don’t dread them on Sundays or anything like that. But I do tend to prepare for them as if I am preparing for battle. That means the house is clean and tidy, the laundry is caught up, and the fridge is stuffed full of food for the week.

Last night, I was so on my game that I actually chopped beef and vegetables for tonight’s slow cooker beef stew. Hell, not only did I chop all the beef into chunks, I got my sous chef (a.k.a. Pete) to toss in the herbs and spices and all that, so that all I had to do at 6:30 this morning was pull the container from the fridge and dump it into the crockpot, along with the requisite amount of water. When I walk in the door at 5:30 this evening, I just need to throw in the vegetables I chopped last night. Like I said: On. My. Game.

I wish I could say that every day is like that, but the fact is that some days we walk in the door at 5:30, ask each other what’s for dinner, and then shrug because we have no clue.

But this Monday at least, my house will smell good when we walk in and dinner will be nearly ready. Which will be perfect for a chilly, rainy Monday two days before the autumnal equinox.

What’s new in your world and what’s on your table for dinner tonight?

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One is #1. ONE. Oh En Ee. Numero UNO.

Royal watchers know what today is.

Today, Elizabeth II, Dei Gratia Magnae Britanniae, Hiberniae et terrarum transmarinarum quae in ditione sunt Britannica Regina, Fidei Defensor (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith) becomes the longest reigning monarch in the history of the various kingdoms of the British Isles, surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Continue reading

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The long haul

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Oftentimes when I am talking with someone about our trips, a topic that comes up is the long flights to and from our destination.

A lot of people don’t like to fly and the idea of spending five or six or 10 or more hours cooped up is one that keeps some people from visiting more far-flung locations.┬áThere’s no question that travel can be exhausting and difficult, but it’s the price to pay in order to see amazing places here in the U.S. and around the world.

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Sunday morning* in Jenworld:

(*Barely. It was 11 a.m.)

Pete to Jen, “I’m making eggs. You want one?”

Jen, “Sure.”

Pete, “Do you want ciabatta toast?”

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