Sunday Stories for August 16th, 2015

This is a great time to be in the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve enjoyed sticking pretty close to home this past week. I’ve got a couple of projects that I’m working on – and I’ve reached the stage where everything is almost ready to go, but I just need one little thing and that one little thing is taking forever. Despite my frustration, these are projects that have been on my to-do list for quite some time, and I’m happy that I’m making progress. Hopefully, I’ll have more to share soon.

Upcoming travel this week has me back in Hawaii, and also the better part of a day in San Jose. It’s a nice slow pace until I rev back up for the busy travel time of September through November.

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week. Hope you’ll enjoy them.

Surf & turf sliders at Vice Versa, Vdarra

Surf & turf sliders at Vice Versa, Vdarra

Organizing My Foodie Finds With Trello

I can think of lots of different ways to use this type of organization – from wines I’m looking to try, books I want to read, restaurants (both at home and on the road) I want to visit. When I get some dedicated time to check this out a little closer and set things up, I’ll report back how efficient it is.

Foodies around the world, it’s time to get organized! Trello is the perfect way to document restaurants you want to go to so you never have to waste time trying to figure out your next gastronomic adventure.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is Open

I don’t care if it sounds a little kitschy, this is going on my to-visit list.

Located on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood is surrounded by beautiful scenery, has colorful sunsets, and a humble, authentic friendliness that exudes from every local you meet.

Jerusalem’s Ethiopian Eats

A simple yummmmmmm says it all.

She rips off of a bit of gray injera bread from the platter before us and uses it to scoop up kik alicha—golden yellow lentils—and adds a hunk of the kara pepper on top before shoving the finished product straight into my mouth.

Researchers Find 3 Reasons Sarcastic People Are More Intelligent

That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

And while some folks may shy away from sarcasm, regarding it as caustic and unfriendly, the latest research has shown that sarcasm between friends does not create a vibe of contempt, as one might expect.

Read original article here: Researchers Find 3 Reasons Sarcastic People Are More Intelligent

Things to do in Guatemala

Visiting Guatemala may not have been on your bucket list, but after reading this story about things to do there, you may be ready to change your mind.

There are many attractions in Guatemala. Guatemala tourism (Guatemala tourismo) can range from picturesque Lake Atitlan to steaming volcanoes, Mayan ruins, Mayan towns deep in the mountains, as well as world-class marlin fishing and a picture-perfect colonial town.

Read original article here: Things to do in Guatemala.

20 Must-Try Fabric Projects

Every once in awhile that one very small crafty bone in my body wants a project to try. I’m saving this list until that happens.

Easy to switch out, change-up, and create fabulous projects with, fabric can be a a DIYer’s best friend. You don’t have to have a lot of money or experience to create a fantastic fabric DIY either.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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