Celebrating Thirty Years

Celebrating Thirty Years

Years ago, Bill planned a surprise getaway for our tenth anniversary. One we will never forget.  Coordinating everything, he picked me up at work, surprising me with an evening out.  We drove two hours to a Farm to Table Spa.

One awkward moment. One funny moment

  1. Dinner was served family style, roasted chicken, in owners kitchen. I'm a vegetarian...

  2. Bill packed my overnight bag with an odd selection of items - he packed only old clothes, including shorts I used for painting.  As I gave him a strange look, he realized he forgot to grab my workout bag, which was in my car.   We ended up driving back to my office to get my toiletries, running shoes and workout gear.  I know you are asking yourself why someone would do this - the closest store was over an hour away, and we wanted to run/hike the next day.  Driving back made the most sense to us.

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Jack's Basket

Jack's Basket

Hello friends! 

I'm busy catching up from early summer, with a few stories worth sharing.

Last winter, shortly after returning from Nepal, we started talking about a weekend celebration in June.  Our original idea was to visit Cinque Terre.  We would be in Switzerland and add a week to explore Italy.  Sadly, the trip was canceled just weeks later, so we decided to celebrate with friends back in Minnesota. 

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If it could happen to us...

If it could happen to us...

Dear Friends and family, 

We have a remarkable story to share with you.  If it could happen to us...

To set this up, a reminder that our son lives in Georgia. He called me at 3:05PM to say hello, to tell me he was going to a carnival with friends.

Saturday

At 5:15PM my phone rang, I looked down and saw a number with the same area code and last four digits of Andrew's number... odd, but I pick up.

Hello?

I hear crying followed by "I'm in trouble." What happens over the next hour is simply... terrible.

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I Adore French Films

I Adore French Films

Hello friends,

I can't believe it's July. July fourth is just days away. 

Are you familiar with the concept 'leading through disruption?' A change maker for business, it's playing havoc on our quiet existence on Pioneers Lane.  Since my last post, we have decided to move to Northern Virginia, planned and hosted a weekend bash in Minnesota, and traveled to Switzerland. (photo above: Charlie Chaplin by the lake)

Learning a second language has been a challenge for me.  While in Switzerland, I was talking with a gal who is also struggling to learn French.  French, not German, is the language spoken around Lake Geneva.

Confession: I can't speak a word of French even though I have taken classes, watched movies, and spent hours with Rosetta Stone. With Rosetta Stone, I can't pass the second exam, which requires saying "oeuf."

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A night with Paula McLain

A night with Paula McLain

Hello friends,

It's no secret that I'm an avid reader and enthusiast of the industry. Sadly, I hardly take advantage of living so close to NYC and all of the social events available to me. So....

A few months ago, while watching a movie with my iPad in my lap (catching up on all things social media), I read a post from a friend mentioning that Paula McLain was coming to NYC.  She was publishing a new novel, and I had not been in the city in a few months, so I bought a ticket that night.

I have read Circling the Sun and The Paris Wife, giving both four stars on goodreads. Paula McLain is a historical fiction novelist who fills her stories with facts!  

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Crafting a Patterned Home: a book review

Crafting a Patterned Home: a book review

Hello Friends!

Art and design are my first true loves.  I was practically raised in museums, going to art auctions, and spending hours upon hours in a local design studio that sold fine furniture.  Gabberts was my home away from home, at age ten.  Take a walk through my home and you will find an eclectic mix of high end, local, handmade, and DIY with a sprinkle of IKEA/Target accessories.

Roost Books publish lifestyle books that aim to inspire. Spend a few minutes on their website and you will see that I fit into their target audience. I recently learned that their headquarters is in Boulder, a city I visit annually.  Hopefully I will be able to stop in and visit next summer.

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