Rainier Training Hike: Little Si

Winter isn’t necessarily the best time of the year to go hiking in Washington. It’s cold, wet, and sometimes there’s even snow on the trails closer to the city. But it also means there’s less (not none, just less) people out on the trails. After our last hike up Rattlesnake Ledge, Lori and I want…

Read More

Spice Girls in Las Vegas

Once again, I’d like to apologize for the quality of photos in this post. These were taken waaaaay back in 2007, before I upgraded to a digital camera. How did we ever manage before we had unlimited space and we could see the shots we got, right after we took them? Confession – I didn’t want…

Read More

The Perils of Having Dogs

This is a story of what not to do with your external hard drive that has every picture you’ve taken on your travels for the last 11 years on it. A few months ago, I had my hard drive sitting on my coffee table. My dogs, darlings that they are, managed to knock it off….

Read More

UAE Breakdown and Travel Tips

I really enjoyed my time in the United Arab Emirates. Those seven days just flew by. I went into this trip expecting there to be a lot of downtime, relaxing on the beach, floating in the water and catching up on my reading. Little did I know exactly how much there is to do! We…

Read More

Dubai Nights – Beaches, Souks and Other Miscellany

Well, here we are. My last post on Dubai, except the final breakdown tomorrow. Today I want to share with you all the various photos that I took that didn’t seem to fit with any other post so far. There are quite a few, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the show… While Dubai is…

Read More

Ski Dubai – Skiing in the Desert

Have I convinced you that Dubai is one of the weirdest cities yet? No? What if I tell you about the time I went skiing – in the middle of the desert? Cuz let me tell you, that was weird (and cool!). Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates. Walking through a mall,…

Read More

Behind the Scenes – Making a Cookbook

I promise I’ll be back next week to wrap up my time in Dubai, but first I want to tell you about a project my friend Suzie is working on! Suzie and I have been friends since we were 4 years old which means we’re coming up on 29 years of friendship. That’s insane! 5…

Read More

Rainier Training Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge

Last week I told you that one of my New Years Resolutions is to summit Mt Rainier. Well this past weekend I took the first steps (literally – haha) to make that happen! I started the new year out with the first of many hikes in my attempt to get ready for the real deal…

Read More

2016 Travel Plans

As you all can probably tell by now, I kind of like to travel. I’m always planning trips a year or two out, trying to fill my calendar up with foreign locales. People sometimes ask how I decide which place to go next. Honestly, at this point I kind of wait to see what falls in…

Read More

2016 New Years Resolutions

I can’t believe it’s the new year already! I swear time just needs to slow down. I spent last night at my friends Keith and Lara’s house playing Exploding Kittens. It’s hysterical and worth playing if you haven’t yet. Every year I make resolutions for the new year. I know some people disagree with the concept…

Read More

2015 Year in Review

2015 has been quite a year! There has been so much that has happened to make this a good one. For the last several years, I’ve kept a list of things that made my year great, partly to help me remember the good things, partly to remind me of all I have to be grateful for….

Read More

2015 Book Review

I love to read. So much. I remember in second grade, challenging one of my friends to a reading competition – who could get through all 56 Nancy Drew Detective mysteries first. I have no idea who won. As I got older, I would secretly read by a nightlight in my room, long after I…

Read More