Why hello there! Long time no post, and, more accurately, long time no verbal post!  Let’s chat a little bit about what’s been going on… Fiance and I visited our first wedding venue. We also decided that this is THE venue. Surprise visit to my parents to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Fiance and I began…

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Temple of Vesta, Roman Forum.  Rome, Italy (July 2013)

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Red flowers, mossy rooftops, and the Siena Duomo.  Siena, Italy (March 2014)

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Orange flamingo bicycle in Sarasota, Florida (December 2016)

Too Many

I had a lot of trouble writing this post.  The idea’s been tumbling around in my brain for a week.  And I’ve known exactly what I want to say.  But knowing what you want to write and actually getting the words out are two different things and, frankly, I wasn’t sure I had the guts…

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The mountains beyond Lake Zurich.  Zurich, Switzerland (April 2016).

The City So Nice They Named It Twice

How many songs can you think of about New York City? I counted 6 off the top of my head, and I’m sure I could name dozens more if I put the old noggin to it. The weekend of January 13 marked my fiancé’s first trip the the Big Apple. We had Carnegie Hall concert…

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Striations of the Grand Canyon.  Grand Canyon West, Arizona (July 2014).

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Tower of London and Tower Bridge with a colorful accent, London, United Kingdom (June 2013)

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Assateague Lighthouse on Assateague Island, Virginia (July 2016)

First steps down the aisle

When my fiancé “popped the question” in August of 2017, the two most frequently asked questions were (1) how did he do it?!? and (2) when’s the wedding? There are many smart-assy responses that came to mind, but none are really called for.  It makes sense: people are sharing in your excitement and they want…

Whole30 Adventure

See that bandwagon? The one over there with all the tubas and drums and sheet music? Yeah, I’m jumpin’ on it. Whole30 is essentially a lifestyle change designed to remove the most inflammatory and common allergens from the diet.  The big no-nos are dairy, grains, added sugar, alcohol, and legumes.  The program starts with a…