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Monday, April 1, 2019

Bali Bliss and Joanne's A Winner!

Dear Sillies,

Our good friend Joanne Faries is the WINNER!! Woohoo! She guessed right. I flew to Bali, Indonesia! A sweet Balinese package is on its way, Joanne.

It wasn't a planned or bucket-list trip. A great opportunity to attend a storytelling workshop* fell on my lap (*led by a fabulous comic, Alicia Dattner). By "great," I mean that I owed more in Fed taxes than I paid for the all-inclusive workshop AND round trip plane ticket. Crazy, right? Anyway, it was the most magical trip of my life, much more pleasant than writing a whopping check to the Feds.


And now for more dedications ~

For Silver Fox, blogland's treasure trove of info on memorable characters.

For HRH, a low hanging crystal chandelier in the hotel room. She'd have approved!
                                      

For Elephant's Child. We missed and love you!
Glad you're back!  










She's a live cat, though she looks like a statue. For Pat Hat.

Be good to yourselves, my friends.
You deserve vast amounts of goodness.
More congratulations to Joanne!
Well wishes to all the A-Zers too.

43 comments:

  1. Huge thanks.
    You were in Bali and didn't stop in here? Sigh.

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    1. 23-26 hours each way. No, I didn't add anything to that. I do love you, though.

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  2. If it was a great opportunity at a great price, no, you couldn't pass it up. Trip of a lifetime!

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  3. Wow, thanks for the mention! Glad you had such a great time!

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  4. What a fabulous trip! Glad you got to take advantage of such a great opportunity.

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  5. Sounds like a fabulous trip and you enjoyed it!

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  6. What a great trip and I would love to go there. A dear friend of mine has been there and has just come back from his annual trip to Thailand and Indonesia.

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    1. I hear great things about Thailand too, and I think there are many similarities.
      Gratitude, Birgit.

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  7. What an amazing trip! Good for you! Happy April :)

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  8. Wow, it sounds FABULOUS, Robyn! Yes, sometimes we just have to kick over the traces and TREAT OURSELVES to something that will do our spirit good!

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  9. My dear Robyn, you're right, I LOVE that crystal chandelier! You DID steal it and smuggle it home in your suitcase for me, didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?

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    1. Your Royal Highness, I well, I did my best. I couldn't fit it into my suitcase, so I um, I packaged it carefully and shipped it to my home. I don't know why it hasn't yet arrived, my dear. I'll let you know when it does, though. Darn postal services between here and Bali - you know how that goes.

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  10. How awesome! I want to go on unexpected trips. That never happens to me.

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    1. Yeah, it was a grand experience. I'm fortunate. And not having a family makes it easier for me to travel.
      Cheers, Elizabeth.

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  11. What a terrific spur of the moment trip! So glad you had fun! Makes me realize that I need to get out more.

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    1. It's really good for the perspective. The US is so small relative to the earth. And I was totally off-grid so I didn't follow any US news. So nice!

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  12. thanks Robyn. Glad you leaped at the opportunity and it proved perfect bliss. Bali!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne.
      You're a winner in all kinds of ways.

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  13. What a wonderful trip. It would be so hard to attend storytelling workshops with all of that newness around to explore though.

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    1. Yeah, most workshops are too much workshop, too little free time. But this one wasn't like that. We only had a few hours of workshop per day, and we also explored Bali as a group. I was even excused for being tardy from a workshop so I could get a massage. Alicia has her priorities straight.

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  14. Glad you had such a delightful adventure, Robyn. Fun Photos! Especially like the one of a tame elephant framing you with a wreath. I'd like to have an elephant but those plastic Pet Carriers have really weak handles

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    1. Haha! You make me laugh, Geo. Plastic?! Get a steel carrier, silly man.
      Smiles.

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  15. Writing a check to the feds is never fun haha sounds like a grand trip and a cat for the win, even if it is trying to make like a statue and hope no one sees it.

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    1. Yay. Good to see you, Pat. Thanks for dropping by, even if you're trying to make like a statue.
      We miss you.

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  16. How exciting!!! I loved all the photos and so glad you made time for yourself to invest in a memorable trip and workshop.
    Life is too short not to ride an elephant when given the opportunity!

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    1. Yes, even when it costs one million (rupiah) - which equals approx $70. Totally worth it.
      Thanks Holli.

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  17. Bali? Wow! I'm happy you got to have that adventure.

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  18. I too, am so glad that Elephant's Child is back!

    I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. It's not the same without her, right?
      She's our rock.

      Be well, Lon. It's good to see you. Thanks for the follow.

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  19. LOVE the picture of you with the elephant. Looks like you're having a great time. The trip sounds wonderful, how nice you got to go.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy.
      I hope you, and all my bloggies, get the chance to travel like this too.

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  20. That sounds like a fantastic trip. Perhaps the secret is in not planning! Food for thought. Glad you had such a good time. Wonderful to hear. Hope you got some good writing tips too!
    xo

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  21. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I’ve been to Indonesia, but not Bali.

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    1. Would love to learn about your trip, Sage. I'm glad you were there too.

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