A Walk In the Park

This picture was taken almost 10 years ago, and when I say ‘almost 10 years,’ I’m not just rounding up by a few months or years. ¬†‘Almost 10 years’ means: it’s been about 9 years and 11 months since this photo was taken. ¬†At first glance, you see a park with a pond in the…

A public Christmas letter to my father

Dear Pop, Happy holidays. ¬†Merry Christmas. ¬†Happy New Year. ¬†And Happy (what would have been) 41st Wedding Anniversary to you and Mom. In two days, you will walk down your driveway for the last time after 33 years. ¬†You’ve been telling people how sad this moment in your lifetime will be, but actually, above anything,…

An Edible Arrangements Smoothie!

Last week, I celebrated my 24th birthday with these munchkins all day: After a bike to and from the playground, we came home to this pleasant surprise on our doorstep! … ¬† It was from my boyfriend who sent his love from the office. ūüôā My nephews and I enjoyed the fresh and chilled fruit…

Car Camping in Bodega Bay

Living in Northern California means access to the infinite destinations for outdoor recreation. ¬†My family, boyfriend, and I were fortunate enough to share an overnight car camping experience a few weeks ago at Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. ¬†My brother, a camping veteran, advised my boyfriend and I on some supplies and clothing we might…

Good Morning Treats: Banana Nut Muffins

Muffins… a deadly sugar and butter combo disguised as an acceptable “breakfast” item. ¬†Whatever, we’re American, and — how does the phrase go? ¬†Everything in moderation, right? ¬†The high butter content and high sugar content mixed with real bananas make for a scrumptious marriage. ¬†Next time you want to present a special someone with baked…