Remember a photograph I took in Dallas last year was entered in a contest? I just heard back from the contest – my picture was selected. Here! ! People downloading a map to Dallas to their iPhone will now see Leah Braemel’s name! (Of course, there’s quite a few other […]

Leah does Dallas

I’m positively chuffed right now. On Sunday, I blogged about how Gizmo Guy is getting back into photography and last night I got a notification that this picture of the Hyatt Regency I took in Dallas last year has been shortlisted in a competition for a Dallas Map Guide. How […]

Shortlisted in a contest, but not for writing

Gizmo Guy came home the other day with his very own cowboy hat, so I just had to take a picture of it to show you. It’s actually a ‘Corona’ beer hat that he found in a convenience store in a tiny village called Hampton on his way to work. […]

More pics …

Finally. No thanks to Air Canada 🙁 They cancelled my return flight but didn’t announce it. We found out by word of mouth as we were just sitting and waiting way past our departure time. So we lined up at the check-in and they gave some of us a red […]

I’m home

Well, the internet’s fixed finally – wouldn’t you know it now the conference is finished? It’s been an incredibly busy couple of days that ended on a high for me personally. Things went REALLY well, but more than that I don’t want to say as I don’t want to jinx […]


I’ve been having problems getting onto the internet, but I’m here! I went to my first workshop yesterday – about Creating Characters using the Myers Brigg standard. And what types of conflict would arise between the various personality types. But we ducked out of the conference at lunch where Sue […]

Day Two, a tad late

This lovely little girl fulfilled a lifelong fantasy for me – being met at the airport with someone holding a sign just for me! What the picture doesn’t show clearly is the glitter and the feathers that are adorning it. It’s coming home with me for sure and then being […]


I’m all packed. Well, except for my hair brush, and my make up, and the stuff I’ll need to use right before I leave. But I’m ready to go.I’ve slept perhaps 5 hours in the last 72 – I got up at 3 am the other morning to pack a […]

One more sleep …

That’s D as in Dallas! I know, you must be getting tired of hearing me going on about this, but it’s getting exciting! And scary! I actually dragged my suitcase out from the crawlspace today. Well, my suitcases – plural. From what I’ve read on other people’s blogs, you get […]

Three Days to D Day!

Next Tuesday, I’m climbing into a plane and putting my life in someone else’s hands. Ok, it’s not that much different to letting someone else drive me along the 401 highway, but there’s something about looking out a window and knowing you’re 30 thousand feet above ground that makes a […]

Thursday Thirteen – Facts about Flying

One week today I’ll be in Dallas,Texas. Technically, it’s not the first time I’ve been there — if you count a trip from California where I had to change planes and there was a several hour delay at DFW — but it’ll be the first time I’ll have time to […]

One week to go…

… I fly out to Dallas. I’ve never flown on a plane anywhere by myself – always been with Gizmo Guy or my parents. Did I mention I’m terrified of flying? Think Marge Simpson in that episode where she goes running up and down the aisle screaming ‘Let me out! […]

Two Weeks Tomorrow…