Christmas Gift Ideas


I am one of those wives everyone warns husbands about. When Mike asked me what I wanted for Christmas a few weeks back, I told him I didn’t really need anything. “I don’t want to get you something you need, … Continue reading →

Surprise Neighbors, Or Why I Love Camping


“Shoot, I forgot the tinfoil. For the baked potatoes.” I looked at Mike, who kept his eyes ahead on the path’s gentle curves. It hugged the ocean, the way back to the campsite. “That’s okay. We’ll figure something out,” he … Continue reading →

My Relationship with Giant Redwoods

tall tree

As we dumped our bags unceremoniously on the living room floor, grateful to be home after six hours on the 5, I noticed it still sat on the side table: the back issue of National Geographic dedicated to the giants. … Continue reading →

An Introvert Goes to BlogHer

My Badge

So anyone who follows me on social media knows I was at the BlogHer Conference since last Wednesday. Come on, I know you all saw this: I assume every blogger who went will be posting some sort of conference recap – some … Continue reading →

Happy Bastille Day

Bastille Day Fireworks

I’m a little late with this one (Bastille Day is on July 14th), but I was kind of busy getting laid off on the day I had planned this post, so cut me some slack. Please and thank you. I … Continue reading →

Beautiful San Diego!

Swami's Beach

Last weekend Mike and I journeyed to North County, San Diego. Not a whole lot happened on the trip, and I was such a lazy good-for-nothing that I didn’t even take pictures until the last day, when it occurred to … Continue reading →

An Affair (with Cheese) to Remember


I hit a turning point in my life when I discovered my love for cheese. This sounds shocking, but I hated cheese growing up unless mom disguised it as something else, like on pizza or a hamburger. No string cheese for me, … Continue reading →


Pont du Gard

I followed the point-by-point instructions in Let’s Go: France, but wasn’t sure I’d taken the correct bus – much less gotten off at the right stop – until the museum appeared ahead of me. After a half day of vague directions … Continue reading →


"Paris by Night," courtesy of Tatiana Ivchenkova

“Voulez-vous avoir un rendez-vous avec moi?” “I’m sorry, I don’t understand.” “Rendez-vous,” he pointed to me, pointed to himself. “Oh, no, no, merci,” I stammered, probably blushing. I hadn’t been asked out on many dates for a twenty-three old, so … Continue reading →

Man, the Desert is a Weird Place

For those who don’t live here, California is a magical land, particularly the L.A. area (which I hate, but that’s for another post). Within a two-hour radius, one can find mountains, snow, the beach, one of the world’s largest metropolises, … Continue reading →