Guilty pleasure post – My once a season thoughts on “The Bachelor”!

In Runaway Bride, as Richard Gere’s character is interviewing the four men that Julia Roberts’ character has left at the altar, he ends each conversation with the same question. “How does she like her eggs?” Each man answers the question the same way, “She likes __________, just like me!” Later, after [spoiler alert] Julia Roberts’Continue reading “Guilty pleasure post – My once a season thoughts on “The Bachelor”!”

Wine for your Weekend: Valentine’s Day edition

Happy Valentine’s Day! The year that Josh and I met, Valentine’s Day was on a Friday. As we were dating long distance at the time, this was very fortuitous as it was the only way that we probably would have planned to go out. I drove to Rochester; Josh made dinner reservations. We ended upContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Valentine’s Day edition”

The Barnes and Noble Date

I’m a dedicated online shopper. I want to support small businesses and shop local, and I do try, but especially this time of year when the weather gets bad and the parking lots get crazy, and I’ve got a dozen different types of things to find for a dozen different people, it is almost tooContinue reading “The Barnes and Noble Date”

Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?

We bought our house plan off the internet. When Josh started to seriously consider whether or not we should build, and I told him I’d build if we could find a house plan that we both fell in love with, I Google searched “4 bedroom craftsman blueprints” and started clicking through options. I found IContinue reading “Built to Last – What’s on the blueprint?”

Built to Last – When you’re not “trending”…

I really really really didn’t want to have a Pinterest wedding. That is not to say that I didn’t go to Pinterest for ideas or inspiration to share with Josh and our vendors, but I did not want to have the kind of wedding that people looked at and immediately thought, “Oh yeah! I sawContinue reading “Built to Last – When you’re not “trending”…”

Built to Last – Don’t buy your doors first!

When you buy a lot to build a house, you’re immediately faced with the imposing question of when you’re going to build it. We closed on our lot in late October of 2018, and, as the weather had already started to turn for the worse that fall, decided that we’d wait to dig our foundationContinue reading “Built to Last – Don’t buy your doors first!”

Built to Last – From our foundations

In April of 2014, just a few months before Josh and I were married, we attended a couples’ retreat day as part of our church’s marriage preparation requirements. The day was a bit of a mixed bag of church teachings about relationships, professional advice from financial advisors and family therapists about their various areas ofContinue reading “Built to Last – From our foundations”

It shouldn’t need to be so hard – An annual reflection on “The Bachelorette”

Sigh, to be twenty four and in love with two different men on the island of Crete! Tonight is the finale of this season of The Bachelorette, and as has been my custom, I’ve been left with some reflective thoughts about the nature of relationships and love that I now intend to share. If you feelContinue reading “It shouldn’t need to be so hard – An annual reflection on “The Bachelorette””

“High Seas” is the Netflix summer binge we’ve been waiting for!

Confession: High Seas first showed up on my recommended Netflix queue and I was drawn in by the glitzy, glamourous, Titanic meets an Agatha Christie novel aesthetic. I am a sucker for Titanic. I watch at least part of it every time I stumble across it on TV. So the lavish art deco ship, the beautiful historical costuming, and theContinue reading ““High Seas” is the Netflix summer binge we’ve been waiting for!”

Your 2AM friends

I recently heard a young couple recount their story of struggling to find a community of young families and professionals in the various cities they’d lived in. They started in Colorado, just before they were married where they had a close-knit group of friends, then moved to Seattle where they found it much more difficultContinue reading “Your 2AM friends”