discovering (north) america part one

Road Trip-001

So much fun.  If I had to sum up my latest adventure in three words, those would be it.  Eight days, three states, three nights of camping, one border crossing.  Reconnected with a friend and made a new one.  Nights full of satisfying chili dogs made by campfire.  Strip clubs, fried chicken and biscuits, OBSERVING WorldNakedBikeRide, and most importantly Dark ‘N’ Stormys.

I think we get so wrapped up in traveling overseas to different countries that we forget what a beautiful country we live in.  Not knocking the international travel at all, but this trip opened up my eyes to how many places I haven’t been to yet within our 50 states (and our dear neighbor Canada).  Even within the three different states we drove through, there are pockets of vastly different cultures… can we say Portland?

So much fun!  I am going to create mini guides to Portland and Vancouver based on our trip.  If you want to know anything specific about the trip, feel free to leave a comment or something!

Have a lovely weekend folks!  It is about to get hot in the PNW.  Too hot actually!  Oh well.  Beats rain.


around the world in 14 days


Cape Town, South Africa | Photo by me!

Okay, slight exaggeration.  I am definitely not going around the world, but there is some traveling in the next few days ahead.  Enough to make this homebody feel slightly uncomfortable, and well, stressed to the max!  But, trying to stick to my new year’s resolution, I am trying to find ways to be calm and relaxed.  Soo much easier said than done.


a trip to the sunshine state

What a short and sweet trip I made to the sunshine state to see some old friends.  It was wonderful to spend time with friends I don’t see much anymore due to being on opposite sides of the country.  I didn’t mind the warmer temperatures that came with it, but strangely, I appreciated all the gloom and doom of the PNW when I landed.

I plan on test running some recipes this weekend, so expect some new ones up here next week!  Maybe I’ll channel some Martha Stewart and finish up some projects that remain unfinished.  Have a lovely weekend folks.

last time i felt really, truly lonely

Random picture of the Brussels airport – not taken by me

I’ve been trying to think of something more substantive to write on this blog.  Don’t get me wrong, I love posting silly pictures of my puppy and delicious recipes, but I also want to use this blog as an outlet for my writing.  I visited The Daily Post and found this writing prompt the other day: When was the last time you felt really, truly lonely?  For most people who know me, they know I recently moved across a few states, and I am homesick frequently.  I couldn’t pinpoint one specific time that I felt really, truly lonely because I honestly and truly feel lonely a lot.