Encore Orlando

So I’m back with some more Orlando hot spots! Last week it was all about stuff in town but this week it’s goodies you can find in and around the popular theme parks. While I’ve already done write ups on healthy theme park eating, I didn’t get in to specifics and since Orlando is the capital of theme parks, I figured I’d get down to the nitty gritty!...more

Norway+Italy=Polar Opposites

I have to say how very impressed I am with Norwegian people. Their culture, their mentality, and their hyper state of logic is so refreshing. On the outside, Norwegians can seem a bit curt and maybe not quite warm (and they will be the first to tell you about that). But when you talk with someone, or know them personally, they are the most honest, most open, warm, caring, jovial and straightforward people I have ever known. Time after time, from strangers in grocery stores, to colleagues of my step-father, to paramedics, Norwegians prove themselves to be stand-up, caring people....more

10 Ways to Deal With Uncertain Future Anxiety

Over the past five years, I have gone through so many transitions, and many periods of time when I had no idea what was next.  This episode of uncertainty is a little more extreme than the others, and I thought it would be good to come up with a real plan for handling my Uncertain Future Anxiety (UFA.) 1.  Recall past experiences of UFA, not knowing how things would turn out, and review the ways in which everything really did turn out OK. ...more

I always love hearing from other expats, and their experiences generally prove that it turns out ...more

Taking Mom to Dublin (Part I)

In May 2009, my mom came to visit us for two weeks. I was really excited to see her but I was even more excited for her, because this trip would mark her first time out of the country. My mom's not really one for traveling, at least she's never appeared to be really into it or anything....more

Smugglers' Notch, Vermont


Cakebread Cellars: A wine tasting primer + A tasting

  In December I got a tweet from Cakebread Cellars: “Our wines are vegan!”  You don’t have to tell me twice!  (See my post Vegan Wine? if the concept of “vegan wine” is new to you.)...more

More resources for my Italian library

I've made a few more additions to my growing library of Italian resources: ...more

Paint Pallet of Life

Don't you just love the color and flavor of the world we live in? I do! New people, new places and new ideas always intrigue me. That's why this past Thursday turned out to be one of the best days I've had in quite some time! I had the chance to do a little exploring in the famed Mission District of San Francisco. If you'd like to hear more about all The Mission has to offer in the way of food, art, history and culture, check out my latest post on Amber Eyed Life!...more

The Detroit Auto Show: Sure Looks Green to Me

I'll bet many of you have heard rumblings from friends and relatives or colleagues at work about the premature death of the green movement, and how the economic recovery must first occur before we even address climate change. This rhetoric is a groundswell among otherwise rational people, not just climate change deniers....more

Move Over Men, Las Vegas Is a Woman’s Playground!