“Don’t wait for perfect conditions to move forward.”   Laying on my yoga mat last night my teacher began class with these words. I hadn’t been to the studio in several weeks and she seemed to be speaking directly to me! How does she always do that?  I spent the hour working through poses and re-introducing […]

Work has been HARD this week (even with only two days) and I am READY for a vacation.  I can’t wait to spend the next 4.5 days with family and friends preparing and eating tremendous meals.  We have a tradition of driving to see both of our families over the course of this holiday and […]

It’s Thanksgiving season, and this is the perfect soup to serve as a starter to that meal!  Last weekend we held our 9th annual Friends Thanksgiving, trekking up to Vermont for a long weekend of snacking, drinking, and enjoying a collaborative feast.  When we weren’t eating we were playing taboo, reading each other trivial pursuit […]

Walking in the door after work this evening I was welcomed by the rich smell of a homemade turkey stock that had been simmering for 24 hours in the crock pot!  The smells catapulted me back to our Friends Thanksgiving this past weekend and seemed to wash away the stresses of my day at work. […]

We finally went to see Hamilton and boy was it worth the splurge. While I knew it was going to be fantastic, I was blown away by the depth that the staging and choreography added to each song.   Also, this weekend we are celebrating our 9th Friends Thanksgiving!  After a romp in the snow […]

Growing up I proudly professed the unique fact that my parents, brother, and I all had birthdays that fell on holidays.  Each year I celebrate my birthday on July 4th, my brother was born on Mother’s day, and my father’s birthday occasionally lands on Thanksgiving.  As this story came up at dinner parties my mother […]

Well, it’s a good thing we’ve been keeping a ‘just in case’ house fund because we just gave a large percentage of that over to a plumber.  Of course this is coming right after my post last week where I was fantasizing about finally redecorating our living room.   This clearly meant that it was time […]

Ever since we moved into our house two years ago we’ve had repainting the living and dining rooms on our upcoming projects list.  However, with our limited decorative talents and general indecisiveness this project hasn’t yet gotten off the ground. We both enjoy bright and vibrant colors but fear that we may regret a bold […]

As I’ve written before, several times actually, I love podcasts! Recently a friend suggested I listen to “Happier”, by Gretchen Rubin, which is all about small ways you can make your life just a bit more joyful. Each episode includes some ‘try this at home’ strategies along with the perfect amount of light-hearted banter between […]

Yes, everything is indeed better when it is wrapped in bacon.  We’ve started holding more Sunday evening family dinners, and this past week we served up this delicious stuffed pork loin.   A countertop full of freshly picked apples had us debating between homemade warm chunky applesauce or apple crisp.  While the crisp won out, […]