Happy New Year! I hope everyone is settling into January, life returning to a normal pace. For my family this means travel, registering for school, running, getting ready to move, and… continuing to build/refine my kitchen skills. My thirty-year-old self would be shocked to learn I enjoy cooking so much!
Can I tell you a secret? Just after Christmas I told my family I’m going to give Vegan a try, for the month of January. I know this doesn’t sound like a huge leap since I do not eat eggs or meat… BUT, I love cheese, and I can’t imagine starting my day without a whole milk latte!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I have so many updates to share with you, but they will wait for another time. Just know that 2018 was filled with more joy than sadness… but the sadness was consuming at times. As we move into a new year, my family is SO READY to see what 2019 has in store.
As we shift into a new year, let’s take a minute to look wrap up 2018. What was your favorite book read in 2018?
In 2002, I inherited about a hundred photo albums. A photo archive, for one side of my family, dating back to the 1800’s. As a child, these albums were a must see during family visits. I remember having three favorites albums as a child… I especially liked the 1950-60’s. Three years ago I decided to go through all the albums, toss the duplicates, blurry photos, and photos of complete strangers. My grandparent’s lives spread out on the floor of a guest room, building a storybook with photographs spanning more than a hundred years.
I have been interested in running a Ragnar race for years - unable to overcome the race logistics (12 runners, two vans, drivers, etc..) I accepted that I will likely never experience this race. If only because I don't know enough people who run.
That all changed earlier this year when I saw a post on Facebook mentioning that a team needed a runner. This was my chance!
I was back in one of my favorite places this summer, Vevey. Always happy to jump at the chance, no matter how short or long the visit. This was the second of six trips this summer. It was going to be a busy ninety days!
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
Dinner was served family style, roasted chicken, in owners kitchen. I'm a vegetarian...
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.
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)
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.
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.
We traveled to Nepal via Istanbul in October, our first time back since 2013. Oh, how this place has changed.
The photo above is the location of one of our top five travel stories, which happened on Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Street). An unplanned moment that most can't believe we experienced.
I will never forget Bill telling me that he couldn't wait for me to experience Istanbul. The contrasts of Istanbul are disruptive but strikingly intriguing. Palaces and mosques in random neighborhoods, stray cats wander the alleys of the most beautiful sights, and the voices of the morning prayers chant through empty pathways trimmed with the trash of the food merchant's shops of a busy yesterday.