St. Nicholas Day

06. December 2012 At the House 0
St. Nicholas came last night!  Justin got some freshly-baked ginger cookies.  He is crazy about ginger in all forms and these were made with fresh ginger, not ground ginger.  Delicious!  I love the white chocolate peppermint M&Ms that are new this year and only sold at Target.  I’m going to try to make this bag ...

Post-Birthday Week

03. December 2012 Goals & Projects, Travel 0
A Monday afternoon after a great birthday weekend has to be more productive than a Monday morning after a great birthday weekend.  Right?  Even if it’s a really unnaturally warm Monday afternoon, all sunny skies and 70 degrees for no reason at all.  The warm weather will continue through this week, but next week we’ll ...

Birthday Weekend

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I am taking off work for my birthday.  It always seems decadent to do so because my birthday (when it’s a weekday) is during the workweek right after Thanksgiving, when people are trying to get back in the swing of things before they just resign themselves to checking out for ...

Charleston and This Week

Home from Charleston, and next week is already Thanksgiving!  It has been a very busy few months.  The busyness is not over- it is never not busy at the holidays- but I am done with the big trips for awhile.  We have a couple more road trips planned before the end of the year, but ...

Elections and a Trip to Charleston

06. November 2012 News, Politics, Travel 0
It’s Election Day! I voted early this morning at the Lutheran Church on West Boulevard, and the line was pretty short.  I’ve never had to wait more than 30 minutes to vote, and I really can’t imagine having to wait in the lines that are reported in urban areas.  I think they put in more ...

Trip to Loutre Valley

05. November 2012 Family, Photography, Travel 0
Here are a few pictures from yesterday, when my parents and my grandparents and I went over to Loutre Valley, about an hour east of Columbia.  My grandmother grew up in this area, as did her parents and grandparents.  Her sister and brother-in-law just moved out of their Loutre Valley home and into a retirement ...

Halloween

01. November 2012 At the House, Photography 0
Happy Halloween!  And now that’s over, and it’s time to start Christmas shopping!  I wish I was kidding. The Halloween party on Saturday went really well.  Preparations went well, too.  I spent a couple of hours with the leaf blower on Saturday morning, and managed to clear off the patio and the driveway so that ...

Pre-Halloween Weekend

25. October 2012 Uncategorized 0
And it’s another party weekend at our house!  Party, party, party.  That’s all we do around here. Actually, I was hesitant to host this one since we’ve just had two others in the last few months, and this will total five parties that we’ve had since this time last year.  We do party, don’t we? ...

In Arizona

19. October 2012 Photography, Travel 0
Happy Friday!  It’s a cool windy October Friday in these parts.  We’re past peak in terms of fall color in the trees, which is a little sad.  I was out of town for the best weekend and the only photos I got were on my phone.  But it’s still beautiful.  I love the orange and ...