Full Speed Ahead

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all, become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” — Roald Dahl Seemed like…

Big Apple Birthday

“One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” – Thomas Wolfe Today I recovered from celebrating my birthday in New York City. I only took photos with my iPhone, so I didn’t have as many pictures to comb through. What I loved most about this trip,…

A Very Good Day (Part II)

Got my birthday (cup)cake after the Garden at SweetArt, where love, magic, sweets and fantastic art are served every time. Because I can say after 45 years…life is short, eat dessert first. I have no other reason for posting this photo than I thought it was funny. That’s some cute advertising. After cupcakes, we headed…

A Very Good Day (Part I)

My big birthday has come and gone, brought to a close with a really lovely visit with my Mom. I loved getting to spend the day showing her around my beloved city. The first stop was the Botanical Garden for the Orchid Show. I’ve been there so many times, but the Garden never gets old —…

Birthday Boy

Belated birthday dinner for my eldest. The big 23. A special occasion, smart phones were purposely moved to the center of the table/out of reach, while actual, focused conversations took place among three undistracted participants. It was nice. Of course, once the meal was consumed and after I was given the check, one by one,…

Surprise!

This weekend my Dad celebrated a very important birthday. He doesn’t like a fuss to be made over it, so I won’t reveal his age. Suffice it to say that it was an important enough birthday that the tennis community in my home town threw a big surprise party for him. And when I say…

Enjoying the Views

After a loooong drive through the monotonous landscape of Kansas, which my youngest son likened to running on a treadmill, we finally reached the gorgeousness of Colorado. Per usual, we’ve had a very loose agenda. A few non-negotiables are on the itinerary, but we mostly just go with the flow. As a family with two males, one…

Bring it on.

Being snowbound on a Sunday made me feel like I had a good excuse to bake a bit. Boom. Birthday cupcakes. Extra sprinkles. And there you have it. Okay, forty-*ahem*. I’m ready. Bring it on.

Dear So-and-So…

Well, my firstborn is 21. We celebrated with a Veteran’s Day road trip to see the Chicago Bulls play. While there, we were formally introduced to Sprinkles Cupcakes and experienced Chicago’s first snow of the season. But people-watching along the way has reminded me that I haven’t done a Dear So-and-So post in a very,…

A very good year

– Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time. – Grover Cleveland replaced Chester Arthur as President of the United States. – The first issue of Good Housekeeping went on sale. – Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill. – Bicycle playing cards were introduced. What do these events have in common? 1885….

World’s Best…

…mom, coach’s wife, grandma, bridge player, coffee consumer, friend, cheerleader, support system, movie collector, role model, confidant, lasagna maker, and… …birthday girl. Happy Birthday and lots of love to my Mom.

Birthday Road Trip

Weekend birthday adventure with my two favorite boys took us to Memphis — Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll — and a stay on Beale Street! Much of our visit revolved around exploring the history of both musical genres. We started out at Sun Studio, one of the most famous…

Birthday Wishes

Best lasagna maker, indigo bunting lover, wicked bridge player, dark chocolate-covered cherry consumer, smart cookie, wise counselor, brutal cross word puzzle solver, living dictionary and thesaurus, loving grandma, loyal friend, avid reader, compulsive movie collector, patient coach’s wife, tireless shopper, nervous sports spectator, lovely singer, mother of three (living saint), daily phone call receiver, birthday girl, my wonderful Mom….