Sunday Stories for May 11th, 2014

Sunday Stories for May 11th, 2014

A very Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and moms-to-be!

This week had my time at home in Seattle interrupted by a quick overnight to Newark. Yeah, it’s a glamorous life. It seems that after a few days of torrential downpour, and more than a little bit of thunder and lightning, we’re settling back into some decent Seattle sunny-ness.

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week, and you’ll probably notice a bit of a theme to many of these stories. I hopy you’ll click through to read the entire original article; there’s some good stuff here.

Airplane wing taken out the window

How to dress for business class

Make no mistake about it, I spend way more time riding in economy class that business class – but that’s not to say I don’t appreciate those upgrade opportunities, especially on transoceanic flights. I snuggle down into my lay-flat seat, pull the comforter up around me, and settle in to watch a movie (or two) before getting a remarkably restful (especially by airplane standards) sleep. I’m usually dressed quite presentably, although I’ve never found that made a difference when it was time for an upgrade, but this was an interesting discussion about whether business class travelers dress better than economy travelers. Should they? What do you think?

If you want to start an engaging discussion among frequent flyers, ask them about dress codes for airport lounges – especially first class lounges – as well as in business and first class sections on the plane. Some people feel that business travellers should be dressed to suit; although wearing an actual suit may be taking this to extremes. Others argue that comfort trumps style, and suggest that having paid top dollar for a […]

Cathay Pacific Flight Attendant Uniforms Too Sexy?

I just don’t think of flight attendant uniforms as sexy. Some are more attractive than others, some give a nod to national culture in their design, and others seem simply utilitarian. Uniforms that are revealing, rather than functional, don’t make for happy flight attendants. A quick look at the uniforms and they seem rather conservative, but I think the test is in how the look when the wearer is reaching and bending and standing. What do you think? Are they too sexy?

Cathay Pacific flight attendants are asking the airline to redesign its uniforms for women, which they say are too revealing and may provoke sexual harassment.

Read original article here: Cathay Pacific Flight Attendant Uniforms Too Sexy?

Who Wants To Pay For My Etihad Residence Ticket? No, Really!

I’ve backed some Kickstarter campaigns before, some successful, others not, and it’s usually for some notion of “greater good.” This Kickstarter campaign is not one of those and the author makes no pretense of it. It’s an audacious idea, using the funding platform to pay for a trip in Etihad’s new Residence suites, but there’s an honesty about it that makes people want to donate. Check out the article about the plane, the suites, and the funding campaign (currently sitting at about halfway there) and if it makes you want to donate.

Unless you’re into falconry, have maids’ quarters in your home, your private jet is being repaired, and qualify for one of the “special” titles when signing up for an Etihad Guest account, chances are you can’t afford it.

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Simple Guide to Liquors in Southern Italy

It’s not just grappa and limoncello, although those make for a very good start. I’m not familiar with all of these liquors, so it gives me some new delights to try next time I’m in Italy. And now that I think about it, I’ve got some limoncello in the liquor cabinet, brought back from my last visit to Sorrento.

In Italy, “si mangia bene” (you eat well) and it is very common for Italians to conclude their meals with an after dinner drink.  However, this can be overwhelming for those who are not well-versed in Italian liquors.

Blackberry Margaritas

I missed out on Cinco de Mayo festivities last week, but found this yummy sounding margarita recipe that could be a real treat all summer long – especially with freshly picked blackberries from the back yard.

And speaking of good stuff…if you think you love margaritas now, just wait until you try this one. Gorgeous, colorful, refreshing, delicious…and purple! You’ll be filled with love immediately.

Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico

As a non-golfer myself, I had more fun with the mofungo angle than the mulligan angle. Your mileage may vary.

They might as well have handed me a magic wand for all I knew what to do with a golf club.

Read original article here: Mofungo and Mulligans: Golfing in Puerto Rico

naptime

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

I am not a napper, but I am surrounded by others – both two-legged and four-legged, who approach napping as the greatest way to spend a rainy afternoon. Or a sunny one. Or anything in between. I’m not sure if there is real science behind napping, but there are those who think there is. Do you enjoy a nap?

Taking a nap, we’ve seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. Scientists offer recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when.

Shakespeare’s Greatest Play? 5 Experts Share Their Opinions

My favorite (Macbeth – “Out, out, damn spot!”) didn’t. What’s your favorite – did it make the list?

We asked five Shakespeare experts to name their favorite play and defend it as the Bard’s best, and they certainly made good on that request. Below you’ll find five persuasively argued cases for five different plays. These contributions may not settle the matter once and for all (though I was happy to see a very strong case made for my personal favorite play), but you’ll certainly learn a lot from them and likely be inspired to dust off your Shakespeare reader or take to the theater next time a production of [insert name of best play here] comes to town.

Read original article here: Shakespeare’s Greatest Play? 5 Experts Share Their Opinions

The $30 I Spent That Saved Me $400

This tip is only going to come in handy in you’re in the market for a new car. But if you are, this tip could save you some cold, hard cash.

So off to the dealer I went…and here’s where my $30 subscription to Consumer Reports onlinepaid off, big time. While the car salesman went off to work his “magic”, I quickly via iPad submitted a query into their Build and Buy Car Service engine and received 3 no-hassle quotes within 30 seconds…one of them from the very dealer whose office I was sitting in!

 

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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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