On Friday night I took a train from London to Newcastle, checked into a grand-but-faded Victorian hotel next to the train station, and after a few hours’ sleep, woke up to a rather damp weather forecast: Not to be daunted by a little rain, I pulled on my long underwear and all my sweaters and […]

I had intended to go to Greenwich this weekend to see the Royal Observatory, the Prime Meridian, and whatever else there is to see. But last weekend’s cold, wet excursion, combined with literally everyone around me being sick, has got me perilously close to being sick. So I’ve kicked into mind-over-matter mode and am taking […]

This morning dawned cold, dark, and wet. Freya had arrived during the night and there was no missing her . . . . . . which made for a delightfully gloomy breakfast in the conservatory of my hotel but put quite literally a damper on the rest of the day. I left Salisbury at 9am […]

First weekend in March — time for a road trip! I knew the weather likely wouldn’t be good, and although it’s peak season for daffodils, we’re a bit too early for the best of the gardens. So I decided to go for the timeless: England’s tallest cathedral. Salisbury sits in Wiltshire, about two hours west […]

I have this philosophy that I should never see absolutely everything there is to see in a place. Setting aside that it would be impossible to actually do that (except, maybe, in Winnemucca), this philosophy means that there’s always a reason to come back One of the “obvious” things that I’ve never done in all […]

The middle weekend of February. The second of three weekends that I set aside to do my U.S. taxes. Ugh. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do something interesting! I spent all morning figuring out the accounts for my house in Seattle, which I’m renting through Airbnb (surprise: it’s making money), and then hopped […]

Back in Luxembourg for another conference, this time with our devices business. The upside? Instead of being stuck all day in a hotel conference room, we got to meet in the light and airy Philharmonie concert hall. The downside? Between last week and this week, I’m all conferenced out. I’m tired of corporate Kool-Aid and […]