Category Archives: Travel

Merry Christmas Week to Victorian Chick Readers! A Story of Christmases and Christmas Trees Past by a Christmas Tree Jew

A Facebook friend and Rockette-turned-artist I finally met in Hoboken this October noted that people were too exhausted on December 26th to wade through a long, rigorous blog about academic politics, the death of journalism, and aesthetic theory: “Today is … Continue reading

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A Hot, Lazy Weekend in Santa Barbara: Reflections on Fletch Nearly Three Decades Later, Carpinteria State Beach, and Happy Vaping

It’s warm in Santa Barbara this weekend, just shy of oppressive at 3PM. A light breeze wafts in through the windows looking out onto the ocean in the distance. Ollie and Emma are lounging on the deck in the shade, … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day Weekend from Santa Barbara! Ready for Fall, Real Estate Course, and New York…

Kids back in school, earlier sunsets, and a chill in the morning air: the unmistakeable signs that fall is near. Of course when you don’t work or go to school–and live in Southern California nine months a year where temperatures … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Victorian Chick’s 3rd Anniversary: Writing for Love and Identity, Dealing with Haters, and Getting a Real Estate License to Work as Relocation Consultant

Last week marked three years of Victorian Chick. I’ve been too busy to think of an anniversary blog which does justice to the role it plays not just in my everyday or social life, but the way in which it … Continue reading

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Happy Non-St Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day Blog: Happy Hour at Wine Bistro, Notes on New York vs SB Dry Cleaning and Nails (Redux), and the Joys of Complaining

I thought I’d just check in since I never wrote a Friday or weekend blog. I’ve been rereading parts of Sigrid Fry-Revere’s Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran and writing pitch letters. Saturday I had a glorious, long … Continue reading

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Back in Santa Barbara: Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere’s “The Kidney Sellers” and New York Travel Notes

I returned from New York last Friday on a blissful Virgin flight I listened to Kinky Boots and Wicked for over three hours. I love everything about Virgin: the planes, the service, the food, the wine, the entertainment, the WiFi, and the sockets … Continue reading

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Why This Middle-Aged Woman Loved the Facebook Movie: A Response Alexis Kleinman/Highlights of First Week in NYC

I. Eight Days in New York. More happens–more social interaction, more culture, more random stimulation, not to mention more professional networking–in New York City than any place I’ve been or lived. I’m prepared to believe that Paris, London, and a … Continue reading

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Procrastination Pre-Departure Blog: Gary Gutting on the Crisis in Humanities, Tina Brown on the Written Word (Oy Vey), and Arianna Huffington on (Not) Paying Huffington Post Bloggers (Like Me!)

It’s a pretty early winter day in Santa Barbara, which means it probably got down to 50 degrees last night. I am listening to Wicked on YouTube, looking forward to shows at the Triad (N’Kenge, currently on Broadway at Mary Wells … Continue reading

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Why I Only Shop Consignment/Designer Resale: Black Friday Scores from My Sister’s Closet in Scottsdale and the Miracle of Diamond Nexus Jewelry

I hope everyone had a great weekend with family and friends. The weather in Scottsdale is cooler this Thanksgiving week than last year, but equally beautiful. I never shop on Black Friday except when here in Scottsdale, minutes from My … Continue reading

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“Never Go to Vegas on Marathon Weekend”: An Expensive, Exhausting First Trip to Sin City (Photo Blog)

  “Victorian Chick Visits Vegas for her First Time at 41″ was supposed to be the name of my Vegas blog. But given the trip was a bit of a disaster, in spite of meeting a British couple I will … Continue reading

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