Adventures

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls - OR

There is a beautiful hike we did in Oregon that was called "Trail of 10 falls." It was the perfect way to end our last day in Oregon and a great hike. We went chasing, and watching, and sitting in…


Family Across the US and Visiting

My sister and I weren't always friends. There was a point in my life when my young, cheery, bright attitude, didn't mesh well with her well organized teenage certainty. Okay I'm lying. I was five…


Vacation Tomato

Vacation tomato reads a lot of books. She sits in large comfy dresses. She snuggles with dogs. She sits on slow moving boats. She listens to quiet music. I miss that vacation tomato.


I Went on Vacation Once

We stayed in a nice tiny cabin. It was just small enough and exactly what we needed.  We took a quick kayak trip around the cliffs. We were in the cold and kayaking around. It was great. I found…


Yosemite

My sister and I recently did a sister trip where we went to Yosemite National Park. There was a point in my life when I would have considered this a death sentence. I will let you know, I am well…


A Full House (Not the Show)

We've been hosting an Over-the-Top Christmas party for 5 years now. It seems like forever ago that we had a teeny-tiny cookie decorating party in our apartment. It started six years ago with my…


St John

Nate and I have done a lot of trips lately. In February we went to visit my brother on St. John the Virgin Islands. It was a great trip to take a breath and recharge. I was lucky not to have a…


Memories

There's something about the visual that never changes. I can guarantee I have a picture just like that of me when I was a kid. And this pier? Same Pier from when I was a kid. We've only changed a…


Proud Parents

I graduated and I think they were a little happy for me.   - Tomato


Friends

  This is a street art in Lafayette Indiana that says, "Before I die I want to ____ " and you fill in the blank. Before I die I want to be published. Before I die I want to go to a yoga…


Two Ships Passing in the Night

A famous couple recently told me they felt like two ships passing in the night and they didn't like it. I get it. I don't know how often because of Handsome and I's chronic "yes man syndrome" that…


I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

  When we bought our house it had a "nice" cement pond. The pump hadn't been turned on in years and the water was muck. There was rocks and bricks in the pond. We thought we would restore the…


I Want to Be a Ranger

  We went on this like it was called Laurel Falls. It had a "guided tour" that had a little write up about each stop along the route.   At first I thought it was completely unnecessary.…


Mini-Much-Needed Vacation

Handsome and I went to the smokey mountains. We stayed in the city of Gatlinburg and mostly tried to venture on the mountains as much as possible. This was our hike on the Rainbow Falls. It was a…


Proud Teacher

  I'm not teaching. When I announced this to my students I had one student leap from his seat and say, "I am offended!" He was one of my favorite students and he really did make it hard for me…


It Started With This

  We were lucky enough to have a lot of AMAZING books on hand as to where to start with our gardening this year. It started a few months ago where handsome and I took a day off of everything…


Fat Fridays

The series “Fat Fridays” is based off of my new journey of couch to 5k for the Spring Girls on the Run on April 20, 2013. I am trying to raise 300 dollars for the local chapter of girls on the run,…