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The City of Lights, er well, the other City of Lights : Las Vegas. It’s Sin City for some, a city of endless food possibilities for others – others like myself.  Being there for work recently ( for six days -ermergherd) was exhausting and exhilarating at once. Long days followed by semi-long nights of exploring the strip and all the wonderful food it had to offer. From day to night I’ve got your guide to the TOP foodie spots next time you find yourself in the desert. In & Out Burger  For those of you with access to one of…

There are rare times when you meet someone new and you just *click* and you are a little bit angry because you hadn’t met them sooner. Nate is that friend for me. We met through our mutual friend Marco, who is also truly wonderful, and hit it off right away. With our shared love of food and wine and the finer things we had a lot to talk about and that led to us planning our Sunday evening Italian dinner. As I’ve written on the blog many times, I love dinner with friends. Good wine and conversation over candlelight is…

Thirty is the new twenty, forty is the new thirty….new new new. What about just accepting getting ‘old’ instead? In the grand scheme of things, thirty is not elderly and in fact it a perfectly fine age to be. My twenties were pretty wonderful and I whole-heartedly expect my thirties to be as well. This new decade has me thinking a lot about time. How slowly and how quickly it passes. When I think of when I turned twenty, it seems like from then to now it has been a slow treck. When I asked my grandmother about when she…

It comes in all forms. It can be unexpected or a long-time coming. Whichever way it goes, it’s always hard and always a very emotional process; no matter if the end result is for the best. After living life beside someone for so long the detachment process gets more complicated. My husband and I were officially divorced in January after separating last August. Our divorce was unexpected, even for me, and I am the one who initiated the conversation. I had everything I needed to be happy, yet I wasn’t. It didn’t make sense and it was a very scary and…

Did we all want to wake-up with a fairy godmother on New Year’s Day or at least a life coach to help get us through the rollercoaster that can be life? I sure did. Alas, there was no floating grandmother in my room with a wand ready to give me a new ride, a checking account full of cash money and a new dress for the charity ball so what’s a girl to do? Become the coach/fairy godmother/leading lady of her own life. That’s right. Pick myself up by the boot-straps, save the tears for Bridget Jones’ Diary Marathons and get-the-eff-on-with-it.

kid sea

A million books on the subject but in the end I feel most people just do what their instincts tell them. No new parent really knows what will happen or how their child will behave until it happens, no amount of reading can truly prepare one for the unknown. That said, advice, blogs, books all are informative and help but no matter what, it comes down to the environment and the culture in most ways. Since my last post, babies have still been on the brain. While abroad I took an opportunity to observe the parenting culture in Europe more…

airport

A lot of people dislike packing. I actually find it quite fun! Whether packing to move house or packing for a trip, there’s a sense of order and organization to it that I find therapeutic. Since I’m a planner, I enjoy the thoughtful process of selecting my best things for my trip and imagining what I’ll be doing while I wear them. It helps when your gal pal comes over to make a list and drink wine with you too! Having been traveling internationally for a decade now, I’ve picked up a few accessories and travel tricks I’d like to…

coffee

Squeeeeal! The sound of steamed milk rushing out of the machine hits my ears and makes me just as happy as the sound of a cork popping off a wine bottle. The click clack of the cup as the barista taps it on the bar after adding the coffee and before pouring in milk. My love affair with coffee shops began before I even liked coffee. As I mentioned before, coffee was always the go-to when meeting someone new. Everyone asked to go a tomar un cafe with me. I hated coffee (so I thought) and didn’t care for tea. What…

paris france

Often, all I can think about is being in Paris. Really, just the act of being. I imagine myself on Rue Cremieux, in the 12th, one of Paris’ most beautiful streets. I’m wondering through on my way to the baker’s to pick up a loaf of bread and perhaps some fromage as well.  The sun is shining and the breeze is cool and crisp. My heart sings when I hear my favorite two words in the French language, “Bonjour madame.”  There is just something so wonderful about being greeted in French; perhaps Hemingway’s best quote comes closest to describing it best;…

sea

You can be in your early twenties though usually the questions start coming around your late twenties, early thirties. No matter the age, the question will come. Your friends will begin reproducing, then they might have another and eventually look at you while you hold your martini and ask, “So, are you next?” In Europe children are expected much later in life. Most people don’t even get married until they are almost thirty or beyond. Most of my Spanish friends have just begun having kids and most have just turned thirty-one.  My husband’s aunt has children when she was thirty-six,…

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