Blue Ridge Parkway & Plant

Have you ever had a moment when you’re driving and you see a sign or a turn off and you say, what the hell, and take it, even though it’s going to add time to your route or maybe even take you off course? I’ll admit, I rarely do that. But on the way back … Continue reading

Mountains & Memories: Brevard, NC

The other week, G & I traveled down the Blue Ridge Mountains to Brevard, NC, to visit my father one last time before he jets off to Ecuador. Since he’s still living in my grandparents’ house (nestled on the side of a mountain in Pisgah Forest), it was also, perhaps, the last time I’d be … Continue reading

Crazy Ass Backpacking/Whatever Girls’ Weekend

Things often turn out differently than I think they will. I mean, that’s the truth with pretty much anything–from that potato salad I posted on Monday to trying to understand family dynamics. And, trust me, I don’t like it. I’m a planner. I’m really big into Google Docs (or Drive, whatever it’s called now), researching … Continue reading

My Mother’s Visit, Part II

After all the wine & sun & music, it was time for some dining–specifically a meal at Blue Apron Restaurant in Salem (the town connected to Roanoke). (Oh, p.s. their website now has a menu & some other useful info–hurrah!) I booked the meal a week in advance since the restaurant really fills up, and … Continue reading

Dark Days: Kale & Arugula Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash

So, global climate change anyone? After this weekend (and again tonight–we’re having a thunderstorm now of all things), I’d find it hard not to admit that climate change is something to ponder. 65 degrees and sunny one day, massive snow storm the next…Who’da thunk. Saturday, given the awesomeness that the weather was, G & I … Continue reading

McAfee’s Knob Hike & Geeking Out on Windows 8

Photo credit G As anyone who follows my Twitter feed may have noticed, it’s been a little geeky these past two days. The reason? Windows BUILD, the developer conference featuring Windows 8, the upcoming version. The bigger question, though, is why the hell I care. I don’t really, but I do. It’s oh-so-complicated.  (Isn’t everything … Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend Recap

Our campsite at Douthat Before I get into the recap (Labor Day weekend was incredibly wonderful all around & I hope you all had as much fun as I did), I just got home from my first massage in years. And I feel…strange. Relaxed, definitely, but also so happy that I’m sad, or melancholic at … Continue reading

Black & White Chili

I hope everyone had a great weekend, for me, this weekend was just as wonderful as I wanted it to be! I did indeed buy a new pair of running shoes (Brooks! With inserts because, as I’ve learned, my feet aren’t so stellar and need the help), I got a lot of work done on … Continue reading

Backyard Salamander

Here’s the weekend installment of amazing-things-I-find-in-my-backyard. With all the rain bursts we’ve had lately, I’ve been finding quite a few salamanders running around. This orange one, though, really caught my eye. He enjoyed hamming it up for the camera too (although maybe he was just glad I wasn’t a bird who wanted to eat him). … Continue reading

Rain Day

The view from my office window Slow and steady rain at the cabin today and I’m playing hooky from work for a few hours. It’s just too hard when there’s so much to enjoy. A pot of geraniums I picked up at market There’s so much to say and so little time, so I’m leaving … Continue reading