Oh, Hail. Beautiful Devastation

Weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. When green tinged thunderclouds roll in, I cross my fingers we don't get hail. Yesterday, pea-sized hail grew to marble size in seconds. After the quick storm, I checked out the plants. Most of the flowers made it through. I let out a held breath. Eight miles away, golf... Continue Reading →

Five Years Cancer Free!

Whew! Talk about a breast cancer marathon. From the shocking diagnosis to my double boobectomies, the implants of my bionic boobs and subsequent challenges of taking estrogen-suppressing and depressing pills, I've finally crossed the five-year finish line. Hang on while I catch my breath. I couldn't have done it without you, my readers, my family,... Continue Reading →

The Best of Versailles

Mary Antoinette's stomping grounds, Palace of Versailles, is a must-see if you ever travel to Paris. After a short train ride, nothing could prepare me for what lay right around the corner. It was more sumptuous, grand, and had more gold gilt and marble than I had imagined. Truly humbled by the massive palace, Danny,... Continue Reading →

What Not to Say to a Cancer Survivor

I'm almost five years cancer-free and have survived all kinds of off-hand comments. Everyone wants to say the right thing to a cancer survivor, but sometimes not saying anything would have been better. Some were well-intentioned while others seemed like heat-seeking missiles. When that would happen, I would go to a very dark place. A... Continue Reading →

An Epic Oregon Adventure

After a few rainy days of exploring Portland and discovering its weirdness, it was time for an epic Oregon adventure. I had read about their magnificent waterfalls, fairylands tucked into deep thick forests, and amazing coastline and beaches. The opposite could be found in Bend, located in the high desert to the east. Ski resorts... Continue Reading →

How to Beat Mid-Afternoon Slump

Everyone has been hit by mid-afternoon slump but most don't know how to beat it. Yesterday my body experienced a perfect storm of exhaustion; a few sleepless nights and a food coma crash after lunch while a low-pressure system with unsettled weather rolled in. Super sleepy, my heavy head slumped. I had so much to... Continue Reading →

Fake Summer is Killing Me

As much as I love summer, its fake relative is killing me this weekend. You know what I'm talking about; the stretch of a couple gorgeous days in spring that beckon us outdoors to engage in summer activities after a long winter of hibernation Yeah, that. It's supposed to reach 80 degrees today. My body... Continue Reading →

What Makes Portland Weird?

Have you heard that Portland, Oregon is weird? I have. Portlanders are proud of their motto, Keep Portland Weird. I was curious and traveled there for my birthday. What I discovered was pretty dang strange. 18 signs of weirdness in Portland: The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium. Caught in Portland's weird culture at a strange museum. An indoor... Continue Reading →

Travel Tips and Tricks for Your Next Trip!

I discovered these travel tips and tricks while traveling a ton last year. Say that three times fast. I thought I'd share my favorites. Oh, man, now I'm rhyming. These tips save time, help with packing, and have made traveling so much more enjoyable. Travel season is almost upon us! I hope to travel again soon if Danny... Continue Reading →

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