(Not) Taken from our Airbnb

I am a bit of a Nervous Nellie. My mind tends to go to the worst case scenario right away. If I’m on a roller coaster, I’m thinking about the safety restraint malfunctioning. If I get a bug bite, I immediately assume I have bed bugs and will need to burn all of my belongings….

Admire the Water

I grew up spending summers on Canandaigua Lake in New York State so I have always loved the water and lakes specifically. Lakes are my happy place. It’s just so relaxing to sit and look at the water. So when my sister suggested a trip to Banff National Park and showed me a few photos of…

Life’s a Climb…But the View is Great!

I knew my sister had a lot of nature and hiking in mind when we booked our trip to Canada, but today’s very intense hike was sort of my idea. Once again, we didn’t have much of a plan for the day. After visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge, we decided to find something else to do…

Fail to Plan…#winning

When my sister and I arrived in Vancouver, we didn’t have much of a plan. We knew we wanted to walk around the city, check out the capilano bridge, and see some of the beautiful parks, but we didn’t really know where to go, or what to do first, or where anything was in relation…

We Have to Exclaim(!!) Everything Now!

Early in my career I was often worried about seeming immature or young. Obviously that stemmed from a confidence issue, but it was also because I look pretty young (I was carded at an R rated movie when I was 29). So I was often on the receiving end of comments like “you’re so young!”…

I’ve Never Seen Ghostbusters

There are a lot of classic films that I just sort of missed as a child. Some of them I’ve caught up with as an adult like Back to the Future (though I haven’t seen the sequels), or Goonies, or Sixteen Candles. And some I still haven’t seen like The Breakfast Club, Star Wars (though…

(Claire and) I Made a Pie

When I started this blog, I made a list of things I wanted to try. Making a pie from scratch was on it, but I had’t tackled that one yet. For a few reasons. I was intimidated. I wasn’t sure what kind of pie I wanted to make. I didn’t get to it before summer…

Details: Fluffy Toes

I take photos of my parents’ dog all day long when I visit. But it’s all photos from afar. To get the full cuteness factor: So what about the details? One of the best things about this almost fifteen-year-old girl is her fluffy toes:

Fun and Free in NYC: LOL Movies

As I’ve mentioned before, trying new things and being a tourist in my own city is awesome! But as I’ve also observed, it can be expensive. So I’ve been looking of more inexpensive or free activities. About three weeks ago, I got a daily email from Ann Taylor Loft (aka my mothership and where I…

I Went To the Movies…Alone!

I said I was having trouble following the plan for this blog. I said I hoped something would happen by chance. And this weekend…I got my wish? I use a question mark there because my “by chance” blog activity happened because my friend got sick. And that’s not something I would ever wish for! But I…

Look up! 

This week’s photo challenge helped me find the perfect tree frame for this building. It also took me to a part of the park I don’t usually visit on my lunch break. And isn’t that what these challenges are all about? Making us see the world a little differently?

I’ve Never Read Jane Austen

Gasp! I’ve never read Jane Austen?! How do I even: Call myself an English major. Work in the publishing industry. Identify as #basic. Seriously. It’s like I missed this whole thing that should be central to my identity as a book person. (And it’s all due to getting shut out of a Jane Austen seminar…