Fan Casting Harry Potter: Part 1 (Stone and Chamber)

Casting novels is one of my favorite habits. I’ve done it since I was a kid, fan-casting my head-movie version of my favorite books. It developed into the way I visualize most stories I read. While I try to cast real actors in the character roles, sometimes no one really fits the version of the character in…

Sand and Oranges: Prioritizing Your Goals

You may be familiar with this rocks and sand story. There are many variations of this story. You might be more familiar with the version of “Big Rocks” relating to time management, as demonstrated in this video: I’d heard the story back in college and hadn’t given it much thought until recently when I was talking…

Armchair Travels: 10 Great Travel Memoirs

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss One of my all time favorite genres of non-fiction is the travel memoir. Memoirs on their own are usually more enjoyable (imo) than autobiographies since they only cover a certain period…

Remote Management Tips

We didn’t know how well it would work. There were concerns. There were questions. Backup plans were made. Hands were wrung. Could I successfully manage my team and work from the Hague for four weeks? Our company already functions as an entirely remote organization. We do not have an office. Our employees do not all…

Nuevo Vallarta Photo Journal

In March, the husband and I took a much-needed 8 day vacation to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico as part of a non-simultaneous home exchange. This was meant to be a true vacation, which meant I told all of my co-workers that I would be ignoring them for the duration of the trip, and I am happy…

Whole30 on the Go: The hardest thing I’ve ever done

Never in my life have I coveted vegetables. Never have I stared longingly at a plate of scrambled eggs. Never before have I thought to myself, “Man, I could really go for some spaghetti squash right about now.” But here I am, devouring salads like they’re pasta, inhaling plain grilled chicken breast like it’s chocolate…

Getting Back on Track

It’s been a while, huh? When I started this blog last year, my intent was to write weekly, but after our European home exchange, I dropped the ball and only wrote a few times between October 1 and the end of 2016. No, we didn’t go anywhere during those months (except a few short stays…

Saying Goodbye to Surrey

Today is bittersweet: we closed the sale of our first family home, the little yellow house on Surrey Road. The first house I ever bought. The house we brought Dexter into when he was just 7 weeks old. The house in which Justin proposed and where we slept on the night of our wedding. It…

Have Cats, Will Travel

Since August 1, 2016, our beautiful sweet furbabies Cosmo and Dexter have spent 50 nights at our home. The rest of the time they’ve been staying at Grandma and Grumpa’s house, sometimes with us but most of the time without. They get shuttled back and forth between our two houses so often that both places…

Staying Put by Moving Out

The last few weeks have been a little nuts. The presidential election took an unexpected turn; my parents were out of town leaving us in charge of their animals and house; I had to go to Dallas with a coworker for a conference; our small family company was hiring… again; we’ve AirBNB’d our house three…

#TBT That time we lost my brother in Venice

I’m sure there’s some writing advice out there that says not to give away the punchline in the title but alas. Rules were made to be broken, dammit! My brother and I had an incredible childhood, for which we both are eternally grateful; our parents worked hard to give us everything they didn’t have, to…

How Rent and Hamilton Both Inspire Me to Travel More

Two nights ago, we went with friends to see the 20th anniversary tour of one of my favorite musicals of all time: Rent. Rent is an imperfect play. Its creator died before the first preview of the off-Broadway production so the version we see today would most likely not be the final version of the…