Today I said goodbye to my job of 10 years and all of the family and friends that came with it. I closed the door for the last time to the first house that I ever owned by myself. Tomorrow, I’ll have one last dinner with my family before I won’t see them for quite … More Saying goodbye.
This post feels surreal to write. After all, we are at least a year ahead of schedule. There’s a global pandemic happening. Our dog just had knee surgery. I just had hip surgery (that’s another story). This is the worst possible time to make any big life decisions. But Opportunity knocked. Rather, She pried her … More And just like that, it happened.
It feels impossible to confront what’s been happening in a mere blog post, and yet I know the importance of remembering this time: the hardships overcome and the triumphs achieved. Even if right now it only feels like the opposite. Unless you’ve already been self-isolating, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Covid-19 pandemic that is sweeping … More The new “normal”
Before January comes to an end, I wanted to write a little bit about the start of the year. I won’t lie, New Year’s Day wasn’t a fun one for me. I spent the majority of the day on the couch and on my phone, trying to somehow reconcile what this grand idea of a … More Word of the Year: 2020
As I mentioned in my Simplifying Christmas post, this year we planned a pre-Christmas trip to New York City. Last year we really enjoyed visiting San Francisco during the holidays and wanted to make it a tradition! Originally NYC wasn’t really on my list, after all that is a long flight for such a short … More Christmas in NYC
I am so excited to write this post and introduce the newest member of our family: Lola Noel. Mostly just called Lola, or any variety of ridiculous nicknames that she’s already been given: Sweet-n-Lola, Lola’s Chicken & Waffles (a spin-off of the restaurant here in Phoenix), Mamacita Lolita, etc. This sweet girl came to us … More Introducing: Lola Noel!
The holiday season is arguably one of the most stressful periods of the year. It has its delights, sure, but I’m willing to bet that most people have found themselves overwhelmed at the thought of: cooking, cleaning, decorating, splitting time between loved ones, shopping, crowded stores, financial strain, bad weather, increased traffic, tense family dynamics, … More Simplifying Christmas
While my title is a little snarky – we really did have the best time visiting the theme parks in Orlando this past week! I just wasn’t prepared for the humidity. I complain about the heat in Phoenix a lot, but I finally found something worse: heat + humidity. I will never complain about “dry … More The Most Humid Place on Earth!
For Labor Day Weekend we flew up north to visit friends and family in Washington. Since this blog references trees in its very name, you can bet I was thrilled to visit WA, known as the Evergreen State. The flight in was pretty magical – we had a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier at sunset, … More A Visit to the Evergreen State
I asked myself this question at least 27 times as I was filling out the registration for this site. After all, this is not my first attempt at keeping a blog. If you’ve known me for a while, you may remember a wayward journey called Stevie the ’53… Originally, I had big dreams for that … More Am I really doing this – again?!