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Signs of Spring

“All I can smell is pollen, but it’s beautiful.” In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been busy meeting our new nephew (Max, born on 3-13-13!), taking a trip to Florida and planning a trip to Germany. We’ve enjoyed a lot of dinners with friends and family lately, and that has been especially nice. In Florida, we stayed with Brian’s aunt and uncle and had a ball with them. We spent St. Patrick’s Day on the beach, went to a {Read More}

On The Island

“The pilot’s name was Mick, but he died before we hit the water.” – On The Island, Tracey Garvis-Graves When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now {Read More}

Winter 2013 Playlist

“I’d use a black Sharpie to write ‘No-snow #Snowquester Mix ’13.’” Mix CDs were the greatest, right? God, I remember when they were mix tapes, though. Being in elementary and middle school, sitting by the stereo with my finger on the huge RECORD button, waiting for “my song” to come on Z104. Most of my mix tapes probably consisted of Puff Daddy, Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls, circa 1997. In high school and college, I had a huge binder {Read More}

Music in the Morning

“She prefers the couch for guitar, and my lap for piano.” Mornings in our house usually begin one of two ways: loud or quiet. There is no middle ground. Loud means Brian is singing a ridiculous made-up song in the shower, Zoe is growling at me to get out of bed, and music is being streamed on all three levels of the house. The quiet version is easing into the day. Brian may pick up his guitar and play without {Read More}

Baby Shoe Shower

“This little girl will need a closet full of shoes – All different types for her to choose.”     This weekend and into next week, Brian and I will be awaiting news of our first nephew’s arrival. We’ve had so much fun with our niece, who was born in December of 2010, so we’re looking forward to being Aunt and Uncle to another little nugget. Each of our brothers will be dads, now! My mom and I threw a baby shower {Read More}


“That’s not a good idea.” – Slammed, by Colleen Hoover New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover writes a romantic debut novel about a family shattered by a sudden death that leads to two unlikely lovers forming an intricate bond. Following the sudden death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and her younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.   One young man brings change {Read More}


“We picked her up out of the back of a gold Mercedes in the Pentagon parking lot on a Friday night” When I was little, I used to drag a pink stuffed dog around by a string. I’d take it outside for walks, apparently. My aunt recently told me she would tell my mom every time she visited to “get that girl a damn dog!” We were a military family, so I understand why it wasn’t easy to have a {Read More}

Carbon Leaf

“You know the seasons oughta be Love Loss Hope Repeat” I first discovered the band Carbon Leaf in 2007. They’d been around for years, but that winter, my husband started playing their latest album, Love Loss Hope Repeat, in our car on road trips and I was quickly hooked. Plus, I loved that they were from Virginia. I felt like I was completely late to the party, but I’ve made up for lost time and converted as many of my {Read More}