You Know Dinner’s Gonna Be Good…

...when you send that text to your spouse around the time when dinner should actually be done and your spouse should be strolling through the front door licking his or her chops.

I apologize for the cursing and typos, but they actually punctuate my frame of mind quite nicely. Hahaha. (That should be "...grab something", not "...gav somethjng.")

Remember this post where I said I push

October 15th, 2014 0 comments live

“Mama Needs Some Wine”

We were wandering around Cost Plus World Market on Saturday because we happened to be in the area.

If you've never been, it's an import store...kind of like a more affordable / cooler Pier 1? Hmmmm... I don't know if that's the best way to describe it. Regardless, it's pretty fun to stop in every once in a while and wander around.

They have a

October 8th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

Happy birthday, going west coastal!

Yay, this blog is three today!

I find that crazy. Mostly because that means in just a few short weeks, we will have lived here in Portland for THREE YEARS.


I am sure I will blubber about the past three years in an upcoming Portland anniversary post, so let's get back to celebrating going west coastal's third birthday.

I thought it would be fun

September 29th, 2014 0 comments live

National 9/11 Memorial Area in Photos

In August, I was in New York City for work. Our office is located right across the street from the World Trade Center site, and over the years, I've watched that area transform from a recovery site to what it's becoming today - a poignant reflection and memorial area punctuated by a nod to the future with the construction of One World Trade Center.


September 11th, 2014 0 comments New York City, on the road

Ugh. It’s Packing School Lunch Season.

Every school year, Kenny and I start out thinking, "This year's gonna be different. We're going to go for wholesome, healthy lunches and minimal junk." (Ok, so it's only our third year going to this rodeo, but still, that's enough to try to successively better ourselves, right?) I imagine many parents think the same - no shortcuts, we'll just prepare and try to be healthy,

September 4th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

A Sweet Sentiment to Help Anxious Kids Deal

Well, here we are. The last hurrah of summer break is upon us, and the start of school is looming just around the corner.

My kids are pretty excited to go back to school. I am glad - this means they like it! As for Kenny and I, well...we both work full time so the kids are in camp every week during the summer, so

August 27th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

One of Those Shopping Trips

Ever have one of THOSE shopping trips with little ones? Where you know, just by the simple act of informing them you have to run an errand, you are doomed?

Yea, I had that trip to Target this afternoon.

I literally only needed handful of things, so I figured it'd be a quick in-and-out trip and I wouldn't have to venture out after the kids

August 6th, 2014 0 comments live, our kids in portland

On the Road – London: Mele e Pere (the best meal I had in town)

The best meal I had in London was at Mele e Pere (a London trattoria in SOHO), courtesy of my savvy U.K.-based friend and business partner. He's Italian by birth, and much of his family still lives in Italy. His restaurant choice proves he knows the sustenance of his people. It was really special, all around.

Amazing food aside, they had homemade vermouth. I had

August 1st, 2014 0 comments London, on the road

Heading Home (and how a Cabbage Patch Doll made me happy)

I've been on the road for a week and half for work, and, today, on the morning where I finally get to go home, hug my family and sleep in my own bed (wooooo hoooooo!), I woke up feeling incredibly homesick.

I guess a week and a half away with no real family time is my breaking point :).

I just started packing my suitcase

July 30th, 2014 0 comments on the road

19 Years – A Sweet Milestone

Nineteen years ago, I was 19 years old.

And right about this time, I was at a now defunct nightclub in Media, PA with some friends from my college basketball team. We were meeting up with a bunch of people two of them worked with, including a guy that one of my friends liked. I was just along for the ride. The original plan was to

July 19th, 2014 0 comments live, the fam

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