My London Calling (Finally!)

Heading to London has been what feels like a lifelong dream for me. And it finally came true this week! Woo hoo!

As frequently as I travel for work (and it's really not much compared to road-warrior standards), I never have to travel internationally. In fact the last time - and only time! - I traveled internationally was about 14 years ago when I went

April 17th, 2014 0 comments on the road

Don’t Miss – DEAR WORLD: Boston Marathon

In just a few days, we'll mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The DEAR WORLD: Boston Marathon photography project by Robert X. Fogarty is not to be missed. In it, the survivors share their lives with us - through photos and messages. Put aside some time this weekend, grab some tissues, click through and be inspired.

It's also worth heading over to Robert's

April 11th, 2014 0 comments live

73 Degrees, Sunny and (apparently) Smelly

Portlanders are currently being teased with a burst of warm sunny days forecasted for this week. Today it's 73 and sunny.

Over the past two years, we've learned that sunny days before July typically mean long sleeves / shorts or short sleeves / pants most of the time. However, today it's legitimately warm, and our kids were poorly dressed for the weather - both were

April 7th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

Art Project: Silhouettes to Help Brave Maeve

Just about two years ago, one of my childhood / high school friends found out through a very harrowing experience that her then 18-month-old daughter, Maeve, had Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). It's very rare for children this young to be diagnosed with T1D, and, as you can imagine, the last two years have been quite a journey for her mom (and family) as they navigate

April 4th, 2014 0 comments live, our house

Wine Connoisseur: Underwood Pinot Noir

I am quite a wine connoisseur. How so? I totally bought a bottle of wine this weekend based solely on the CAP on the bottle. As in screw-on cap. Not cork. Not seal. That makes me a connoisseur, right?

Hahaha. Totally kidding. Well, about the connoisseur part. I definitely purchased the wine based on the packaging. I am a winery marketer's dream come true.

I am

March 31st, 2014 0 comments live

Gavin “Loves Yoga”

My kids go to enrichment classes for after school care. You know, things like Bricks 4 Kidz, art, soccer, etc. that are held at school and bridge the gap between the end of their school day and the end of my work day.

One of the new ones we tried this semester was yoga. Gavin was one of the few boys in class and he

March 18th, 2014 0 comments our kids in portland

Two Times a Trend?

Oh, yes.

It happened again.

That's twice in two visits for me.

I present to you Gavin's Chocolate Smoothie from Friday afternoon. His sweet soul was simply excited for what he perceived to be extra whipped cream. Grace found it hilarious, but I don't think she knew why.

Starbucks has my number, it seems. They must know I love a good laugh. Or is it

March 17th, 2014 0 comments live

And This Week’s Trip Starts with a Laugh…

If today's liquid lunch is any indication of how this week's business trip is going to go, well, color me amused, and kind of disgusted. (And, no, not that kind of liquid lunch, just a caffeine-laden calorie fest to hold me over four hours until I can grab some linner in Atlanta before my next leg.)


The only thing funnier than this picture was

March 3rd, 2014 0 comments on the road

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