The Hanging Carrot

 Packing up, leaving the house in a cluttered disarray of wrapping paper and toy pieces, and hurrying off to the airport at 8 a.m....more

Building my Italian library

I've discovered that when it comes to learning Italian, there's a wealth of information available on the internet, a great deal of it for free. I most definitely plan on making use of these resources (and future blog entries will no doubt reflect that!); however, there's something about having a physical, touchable library that is deeply satisfying and, in my mind, part of the whole experience. With that in mind, I've started the process of building my Italian resource library with the following books: ...more

Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Resort - Review

My husband and I took the boys to the Great Wolf Lodge Resort in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania the first week of December. We have been there severl times. The first thing you want to consider when planning your trip is timing. We try to go when capacity will be lower than average....more

The Holidays in Old Spain

This year, for the first time, I spent the holidays in Spain....more


It all began with a casual conversation with my mom on Christmas Day, when I asked if she'd ever consider going back to her village in Italy for another visit, and, much to my surprise and delight, quickly escalated into serious planning for a trip to Italy in the fall of 2012 with my mom and sister! ...more

A Feng Shui New Year

Running around in circles.  That may be the best way to describe the past month. Being on the other side of a holiday is often a HUGE relief. Yes we enjoyed the amazing food and Christmas candy....more

A preview of my White Christmas

So I discovered something magical.My mother's computer has a slot for digital-camera memory cards! Which means I was able to pull a few photos out to show all of you before I'm home (hopefully tomorrow night!...more

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I'm Sorry Canada. It's Really Not Your Fault, But I Still Blame You

Picture it, Spring Break 1984.  My boyfriend (who will be referred to as B)  at the time and I decided to take a cross country trip during my Spring Break from college. Being that we already lived in Florida it seemed a bit redundant to stay there for break, so we decided to go to up the east coast and then across to Michigan. ...more