let freedom ring

it’s one thing to see her on TV or from Manhattan or the Staten Island Ferry  . . .  seeing Lady Liberty up close this weekend during our New York trip, even just from below, was nothing short of awe-inspiring and humbling. while we were there, 3 students from Mexico, of all places, asked if…

a beautiful fall weekend

8 months ago at the school auction, we went in on a weekend at cabin in Ellijay, Georgia, with 2 other families. this weekend, we finally got to make the trip! our posse of 6 adults and 6 kids enjoyed 48 hours full of family, friends, food and fall fun with mostly good weather in…

i leak like a White House staffer

well, at least that’s what Spy said on Facebook last night after i posted a cryptic tease about him already planning a special trip for our 10th (!!) anniversary, which doesn’t come along until May. obviously, i’m over the moon that he apparently has been cooking this up for a while now and wanted to…

Friday favorites: Hawaiian happiness

just wow. what an amazing week it’s been! i can’t believe today is our last full day here. there is so much to tell. and i completely intended to do some in-depth posts while i was here, but guess what: i have been too busy actually enjoying my vacation to write about it! i still hope to…

Friday favorites: Hawaii Five-OMG!

thanks to the magic of scheduled posting, when this little slice of life hits the interwebs, i will be on a plane to Hawaii! it’s not a secret i’ve been keeping from you guys intentionally, it has just been an insane couple of months, during which i’ve quit one job, started another, lost a beloved…

Friday Favorites: slacksplaining my absence

i hate blog posts that begin with an apology for having been gone for so long, for not writing, for ignoring readers in favor of real life pursuits. so i’m not going to be that blogger. suffice to say there has been a lot going on in my world recently and now that the dust has settled…

Friday favorites: best of 2015

happy 2016, y’all!! i’m tired. and not just because i stayed up too late on New Year’s Eve and drank too much! (i mean, maybe that’s about to happen. i’m writing this one early — for once — so i’ll have to let y’all know!) and not because i had a terrible year (i’m already…

Writing 101: a map and a stat

aww hell, y’all. i just realized Blogtober starts tomorrow. looks like Helene and Tay are maybe not playing this year, so not sure which group i will link up with. (alternates, anyone?) with a backlog of Writing 101 posts, plus an urge to get back to some of my normal posts, maybe not finding a…

September first: yurts so good!

first time camping in forever, y’all! and definitely my first time staying in a yurt. 19 went into the woods. 19 came out. there were no lions, tigers or bears. though there may have been a racoon, a tarantula and a coven of witches performing a full moon ceremony. true story. all in all, our…

Friday favorites: into the woods!

in just a few hours, we’ll be heading to Tugaloo State Park with 4 other families for the weekend. 9 adults, 10 kids (omg, how did we get outnumbered??), 4 yurts and 2 pontoon boats for 2 nights of unlimited fun. we are so excited! the other 4 families are all neighbors or former neighbors….

summer sunset: week 7.5

my, how time flies! we have been having fun, i suppose, but i mean where on earth has the summer gone? school starts a mere 3 weeks from yesterday! THREE WEEKS, y’all! between that realization, having just finished up our big summer vacation and working on a holiday campaign for a retail client, my mind’s…

behind the door

well, The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge to share an image of a door got updated this morning literally right after i decided i would go for it and write this post. okay, so whatevs. this is more a story than a photo, anyway. it’s definitely not a great photo. nor is it a great door….