I’m a traveling junkie, 80s music lover, mac & cheese connoisseur, amateur wine snob, party-planning priestess and Chicago transplant living in Southern California. I spend my days shamelessly people watching, scouring the world for amazing food and experiences, and working the word “whilst” into conversations wherever possible. Basically, I find adventure in the everyday and have a unending compulsion to write about it. I hope you enjoy reading my mind.

Hope you like my new artwork! Original elephant linework was created exclusively for White Elephant in the Room by Vertical Array. Alex did an amazing job bringing my little white elephant to life and I add in the decorative elements and caption to coordinate with each post.

86 Responses to About

  1. Ian Gertler says:

    Great posts, Beth … you’re a talented writer with terrific perspectives. I’m looking forward to reading more.


  2. andy says:

    As part of the case against Maya’s standing as the ‘world’s cutest dog’, I submit the following into evidence:


    Case closed?

  3. Love the world’s cutest pup you have there. Yorkie? I do love that breed… I have three of them, actually. Here they are (if you’re interested): http://sdliving.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/a-shrek-iii-kitty/

    And you met Pam! How neat 🙂

  4. the happy (sappy) blog says:

    You are very funny!

  5. Hi Beth,
    I am also from Chicago area and currently live in South Bay area. I am in Redondo Beach. I really like your blog. If you are in the neighborhood, please let me know, we can meet for a tea or something. Also if you would be interested to try something new, please come to one of my Sound Therapy sessions. It alters the function of the brain and makes one fly high, it is highly therapeutic. The next one is this Friday at the Remedy Pharm from 7-8 pm (PCH and Hawthorne in Torrance). Here is my website with more information:
    773 744 7766

  6. kittypirate says:

    Hey I like your posts, and the general idea of this site. I have just started my own (small) blog with some random musings etc on it. Would be great if you had a look.

    • Hi kittypirate! Welcome to WordPress and I would love to check out your site. It’s so much fun to read new blogs and random musings are my favorite 🙂 Thanks for checking out my post! ~ Beth

  7. Love the blog! Just subscribed and can’t get enough! Keep it up 🙂

  8. Hi!

    I just stumbled upon your blog. Love the post about Facebook / Status updates!
    I’m am wondering how you got your tags to be all different sizes? I love that look, but can’t seem to figure out how to do it. It is just the theme you used? Or some sort of setting?


    • Hi Loloma! Glad you liked the post 🙂 The different sized tags is actually a widget in my theme called “Word Cloud.” I’m not sure if all themes have that option, but that would be the first place to check. My theme is Twenty Ten in case you can’t find it. Good luck!

  9. Add me to the list of former Chicagoans with a WordPress blog! I read a few of your posts and was seriously snorting out my coffee… Look forward to reading more!

    Shameless plug time – if you have a chance, stop by… http://www.foodandwinehedonist.com

  10. Fun blog! I just started one called The Thirty Something Dater…stop by.

  11. Mrs. Beadel says:

    Hi Beth!

    I’ve been folowing your blog for a few months now. I love your writing style and am using your blog to showcase a few pieces to my 8th grade students on style and non-fiction writing! You might notice a spike in your readership! Hope it’s not too annoying!

    Keep it up!

    • You just made my day Christine. Thank you so much! I hope your students enjoy and I’d love to hear any feedback they have!

      ~ Beth

      • Mrs. Beadel says:

        Their assignment for tonight is to read your post on “Movie Theater Casting Call”. Will let you know!

        P.S.- Your back to school post rocked my socks. I’m ashamed to say I still have a hot pink and turquoise protractor stuffed somewhere in the confines of my old bedroom in my parents’ house. And Lisa Frank: Let’s. Not. Even. Go. There. I miss that stuff. 🙂

      • Lisa Frank was my icon! Too funny.

        I’m adoring the incredibly hilarious and thoughtful responses from your students to my post. If it’s ok with you I would love to thank them for their ideas and comments. I don’t want to interfere with your assignment but let me know what you suggest!

      • Mrs. Beadel says:

        Beth, Oh please do!!! I am so happy you are reading them!!!!! I would love to have them comment here as well, but I need to check our school policy on that! They would feel like total celebs if you did!

        Thanks so much!!!

        – Christine

      • Great I’ll write today 🙂 And if the policy allows, their comments would be more than welcome!

      • Hi Christine! I just tried to comment but it seems the function has been disabled. Please pass along my thanks to your class though! Or let me know if there’s another way for me to do so on the blog post 🙂

        ~ Beth

  12. Mrs. Beadel says:

    Hey, Beth! I disable comments after 5 days (since I grade theirs and there is a time limit) but I changed it for that post. I would love them to see how interactive blogging can be, so if you can write to us, we’d love you forever! Thank you so much!


  13. The parasailing looks amazing and very tempting! Good on you for trying it out.

  14. yvan165 says:

    I just read your freshly pressed “Stuff Frequent Travelers Wish We Knew”, I loved it! I’m really fond of your writing style, especially your lists and your sense of humor. Looking forward for more! (in the meantime, reading old posts).

  15. This is the best mixed metaphor -a white elephant gift and an elephant in the room, came out so witty!

  16. Emma says:

    I just found your blog and had to tell you that it is absolutely fantastic. I adore your wit and sarcasm; and so many things you wrote are thought I’ve had. Love it!

  17. I just nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. I just got it and I’m so-so about the award itself. But it’s nice to be acknowledged and I think you deserve the shout out, too… http://foodandwinehedonist.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/i-won-an-award/

  18. I just nominated you for The Sunshine Award. You can find the information here:


  19. Pleun says:

    Hi White Elephant, we are playing Tag It. Do you want to play? Check http://pleunblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/tag-youre-it/ for the rules 🙂

  20. I’m paying it forward – I just nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check my latest post for the rules to nominate the blogs you love too! http://dreamlifemoments.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/one-lovely-blog-award/

  21. izzymac10 says:

    Ello ello! I’m a fledging blogger out here! I really like your style of writing (mainly because it is incisive and pretty hilarious). Give a big thanks to WordPress for directing me to it. Anywho, although I’ve been putting a few posts out there in the giant mind-warping blogosphere I was wondering if you have any tips for a newby? Or if you care to do so (and I would be EVER SO grateful), maybe take a look at my blog and give me a few specific pointers? Or whatever you feel sticks out to you after having been so successful with a blog. MUCHISIMAS GRACIAS!

    • Hey izzymac10! I apologize for the delay in response. I’m so pleased you like my blog! I checked out a few of your posts – how amazing you got to spend time abroad! I lived in Paris for awhile back in 2001 so my “blogging” was in old school form 🙂

      Your posts are great – very personal and insightful! My only advice is keep it up. Life gets pretty busy and you’ll be really glad you have it all to look back on. Thanks for stopping by!


  22. Sarah says:

    Hello!! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Feel free to swing on over and pick it up if you’re interested! 🙂

  23. David says:

    Love your blog! Glad I stumbled upon it, and I can’t wait to read more!

  24. Amy says:

    I LOVE the word “whilst”! I have yet to do my best to incorporate it into conversation as much as I can. Anyway, I stumbled upon your blog whilst killing time and work, and so glad I did! Can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  25. Pretty funny stuff. Normally Chicagoans are such piles…er funny stuff!

  26. Wow, you met Pam? What a treat.

  27. nini says:

    I love the elephant! ❤

  28. I have just discovered your blog and at the same time was nominated for the Shine On award. So, because you’ve given me something new and bright and shiny, I hope you will accept this from me.


  29. lauraweldon05 says:

    I’ve nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award!” I enjoy reading your blog and I know others do too! Keep writing! Here’s more information about the award: http://fewdropsofsunshine.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/the-one-lovely-blog-award/

  30. Akshita says:

    Hey! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂
    Check out the details here:

  31. Winding road says:

    Hi! I just nominated you for the Super Sweet Blog Award. I love your posts :)Check it out here:
    Have a great day!

  32. Úna Ní Shúilleabháin says:

    Love love LOVE your posts! I’m not mildly smirking at them – I’m properly laughing out loud 🙂 I was going to like them all but that would only clog up your notifications!! 😉 Well done – can’t wait to read more 😀 😀

  33. Emma says:

    After reading your About section, I must say that I too am a lover of 80’s music and sort of an amateur wine snob! My blog is about finding beauty in the everyday as well!

  34. Just found your blog today. I love that you try to incorporate “whilst” into conversations. I do that, as well. Maybe I can learn something from an “amateur wine snob”. Looking forward to reading your blog.

    Have a great day!

  35. jennakyui says:

    Hi! I just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for a “very inspiring blogger award.” Here’s the link to my post: http://jennakyui.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/blogger-award/ — Have an awesome day!

  36. winkyspider says:

    Hello, I am really hooked to your blog and the white elephant is too adorable. I have also a started a new wordpress blog and I would love it, if you could have a look……..

  37. author1955 says:

    I have often said I am not the only blogger who can write with some imagination. If I’m ever married again, I’ll remember your suggestion to lie and say I’m C.I.A. Worse sex? Probably. – Hughes, Bill [Formerly seen too much in 1000 Oaks]

  38. Hi there, Pam – I danced through the 80’s and the music followed me. I’m glad you like the 80s – being in my 20’s during the 80’s was great – unabashed fun without much of the serious side effects…
    You seem to be enjoying life in the 2000’s (I still have a hard time writing any date passed 1989)
    keep happy, keep traveling, (don’t tell mom any of the crazy stuff – I hope my children never tell me either ‘casue I know what I didn’t tell my folks)

  39. Naima Shahab says:

    Love the dog’s name =D

  40. thatssojacob says:

    Hi there Beth, how are you? Just tuned in to some quirky WordPress-suggested blogs and ended up here, decided to give a follow. If you’d like to return the favor or see what’s up in my world, visit me at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Happy 2015!

  41. chriscpye says:

    Hi there. I just read your ‘neighbour’ piece and just loved it. I’m a new blogger based in Australia and have been trawling WordPress to find like-minded folk with great blogs. I love that your pieces are short and punchy and channel so much personality. Thanks a lot. 🙂 Chris (chocolatecakeforthebrain.com)

  42. Cheryl says:

    Hi, I read a few of your posts and really love your blog. I really love how you compared one’s favourite movies to wines..very creative.

  43. Jibs says:

    I have to say your posts are brilliant! Whitty, clever, well written and from a true perspective! Love it keep them posts coming!

    I posted my first entry this morning (newly started blogger) 🙂

  44. Love your blog. You have won over a new follower. Happy blogging.

  45. elenahershey says:

    Count me in as another new follower! Your posts are authentic, clever, and unexpected. I’ve recently started my own blog, and if I can get past the fact that you are AT LEAST 54 times as witty and interesting as I am, I know I will find inspiration here!

    P.S. Congratulations on your engagement!

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