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Whirlwind to Atlanta

I’ve been to Atlanta so many times that I have the mayor’s airport welcome message memorized, but in nine years traveling through ATL I’ve never set foot outside the airport. We remedied that this spring break week with a quick trip to the... read more

Sunday, Sunday

We ate on the porch for the first evening this year, a delicious meal of brown butter tortellini with lemon zest and balsamic, and arugula, and fresh baguette dipped in an olive oil mixed with red pepper and pink Himalayan salt I found in the cupboard and dedicated in... read more

Books, hearths, snow, and other happenings

I’ve been reading some awesome books lately, which is, I think, the loveliest way to snuggle up in the living room on a winter night with a new slate hearth and surround setting the stage for the blazing fire. I’ve always loved reading 18th- and... read more

A cold winter’s day

Someone at work commented the other day that January is the worst month because there’s nothing to look forward to until spring. Of course, it was pouring rain that day, and our 100-year-old building was sucking in every single percentage of cold, clammy... read more

Looking back, looking ahead

Happy New Year! 2014 has been quite a year for me personally and for our family. No major life changes, but a good, satisfying year of growth and overall excellence. We all agreed last night at dinner, during our annual “Best of 2014/Goals for 2015″... read more

Morning routine and musings on gratitude

All my friends in my entrepreneurial circles are big into their Morning Routine. It goes something like this: Get up early, because early risers get stuff done. Meditate. Practice gratitude for things big and small. Read over long-term goals and ask self how the big... read more


Since it’s November and since there must be an up after the down, my thoughts this Thanksgiving week have turned to thankfulness. Not the evangelical blogger Instagramesque #gratitude kind, just the normal “Wow, I have some amazing people around me who... read more

Cucumber Gap in the snow

This week has been a beast, with too much going on internally and externally.  After two straight days of hours of sitting, due to a four-hour drive to Charlotte on Thursday, an all-day meeting including a working lunch on Friday and four+-hour drive back Friday... read more

More power to you

After last week’s fit of doldrums (which you may have read about via the post, but fortunately weren’t also subjected to the novel-length emails I wrote my family last week), my sister the counselor-in-training gave me some good advice. She said I’m... read more

The doldrums

I don’t know why I have to But this man must move on I loved my time here Didn’t know till I was gone November shadows, shade November change November spells sweet memory, the season blue remains It’s not even winter and I’m in a funk. A... read more

A philosophical question

Is it more valuable to work on your weaknesses or your strengths? I generally think it’s better to focus on your strengths and amplify them, and work around your weaknesses. But then I get into modes sometimes where I feel like I need to conquer, or at least... read more

Fall, sweet fall and other musings

People say fall is the prettiest on the east coast, but how could it be prettier than east Tennessee? Here’s the view out my dining room window this morning (as I sit here and struggle to make Derek’s laptop PC laptop do what I need it to do after months... read more

Habit Bull and the Big Three

So many things I want to accomplish, and so very little time. Or whatever. I think that’s often an excuse. “I don’t have time” really means “I am not making this a priority.” There are plenty of things I want to do, and don’t... read more

Superhero Sunday

I love this kid. He has the most elastic imagination, going from Captain Hook to Puss & Boots to Escelato (sp? skinny guy in Nacho Libre) in a matter of minutes. He fights bad guys, takes down alligators, and protects me, the “Lost Boys mom,” from mean... read more

This day, forever

Our CPH board meetings happen to fall around September 11 each year, which often puts me on a plane on a day of anxious, heightened sensitivity everywhere. A day of sorrow and remembrance. A day with every monitor in the airport blaring memorials, bells clanging for... read more

On the menu 9.7.14

We’ve got a crazy week ahead, and I have the lack of great meals to prove it. Sunday Drip beef sandwiches. This is a recipe my sister made for us in South Dakota, which she got from the Pioneer Woman. It’s incredibly tasty, and especially gratifying to... read more

Staying off the hedonic treadmill

The hedonic treadmill: I came across this term recently and sort of fell in love with it, as the idea of it perfectly encapsulates a feeling I’ve had, and have expressed very wordily, many times over the years as Derek and I work on our budgets and financial... read more

On the menu 8.31.14

I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile (since October), but a few of the few people who read this blog have mentioned it recently, and I thought I should start it up again. After all, some day when I’m old and blogs are a relic of the past,... read more

Wrapping up 36 and 14

We’re winding down one of my favorite weeks of the year, our standing celebratory week of anniversary and my birthday, and beyond the amazing evening I had with Derek on our 14th anniversary Tuesday at Knox Mason, the highlight of the week was largely this: My... read more

Home, and home

One of my best friends from college came to visit us today. We haven’t seen them in eleven years–eleven years!–which we know because our oldest daughters were roughly two weeks and two months old, respectively, at the time. Fifteen years ago we... read more