Spring Things

I would like spring to come back soon please. People in colder states/areas probably think I'm hilarious for this, since winter here is so incredibly mild, but I'm tired of being chilly and of everything being vaguely greenish-brown, short days and weak sunlight. It's pretty much time for green to come back, real green. For the kudzu to wake up and start moving, like some massive mindless predator, to cover everything in its path. ...more

10 Things I Have Learned After 18 Months in Prague

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  -Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, 1835 – 1910 The Majestic Prague Castle...more

The Most Romantic Destinations (and Where to Dine!)

Ah yes, we’ve given all of the gifts, put away the decorations and rung in the new year. And once the December holidays are through, we’re launched into Valentine’s Day mode! What to do, where to go, who to spend it with.  Well, while I can’t help you in the dating department, I can help you in choosing some of the most romantic Valentine’s month destinations. Whether you have a valentine this year or not, you may want to check these places out just because they are so dang pretty!Aspen, Colorado...more

Don't Carry It All

I know, I know, it's been something like six days since I last updated. That is quite some time for me to go without updating when I'm right here at home, with no good reason not to update. Well, I haven't had much to say, is all. Life goes as it goes, in fits and starts, here and there. I'm a little discouraged and frustrated at where I am right now- not location, but rather what I've accomplished or what I haven't. I'm about to turn 25, and I had all these grand plans for where I would be and what I would be doing at 25. ...more

Edinburgh, Scotland

Jerad and I went to Edinburgh, Scotland last weekend with some British friends. We planned the Scotland trip originally for Jerad's parents, but Jerad's parents ran into a bit of a pickle their first try to catch a flight out to visit us as planned, so our friends accepted the invitation for a weekend getaway. We held reservations at the Sandaig Leith Links Hotel and unfortunately we couldn't get a refund, so we had to go to Scotland. I know, twist my arm, right?!...more


In this CNN article, I absolutely agree with everything that is noted here about the Americans' fear of international travel. Plain ignorance and limited knowledge of the world added with apprehension and anxiety about other countries caused by negative news dished out by media cause Americans to refuse to travel abroad....more

Smart girls make the news

Natalie Portman and Free The Children, are fundraising to help send girls to Free The Children’s new all-girls’ highschool in Kenya,  and you can win the chance to go to Kenya on a Me to We trip. If you’re between 13 and 21 and believe that girls can change the world, it’s time to get creative....more

This is how the school is going to look like ad it's powered by solar panels - go green ...more

A Few Things

1.  So it occurs to me that I haven't actually pointed out on my this here blog that I actually don't have a working camera right now. Indeed, my camera, she is gone. I was able to save the memory card to get my photos from Colorado, but the camera itself, well. The camera has gone to meet its maker, so to speak. It's a long story. Well, no, it's not. It's a very short story that kind of embarrassing and honestly I just don't want to get into it. ...more

Wow, it's actually incredibly cool to have a comment from the author on here! And I've only been ...more

I'll Have the Can, Hold the Cup

Somewhere over the Grand Canyon at 30,000 feet -- I was sipping from a plastic cup of cool water. The flight attendant swept by in short order with a plastic bag to collect the "trash." Not an hour later, along comes the metal cart (keep your knees and elbows in if you're on the aisle) with another drink service, and another hard plastic cup, including the funky-smelling, sandpaper-like logoed napkin. So what was wrong with the previous ones? I'd sipped from the cup which was completely unscathed, and never touched the napkin....more