Building small, so we can live large. Eventually.

Building small, so we can live large. Eventually.

It took me almost a year to convince Glenn we should build a little house in our backyard. They go by a lot of different names – granny flat, mother-in-law apartment, or accessory dwelling unit, to name a few. Glenn didn’t care what I called it, he just knew it meant strangers living in the […]

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

The total solar eclipse knocked my socks off. If I’m totally honest, I wasn’t expecting that. I mean…I’ve seen and done some pretty amazing things in my life. This blog is full of tales of those adventures. For better or for worse, at this point I feel like I am hard to impress. I figured […]

I cleaned out the fridge, mom.

I cleaned out the fridge, mom.

Those were the last words I said to my mother as she died. “I cleaned out the fridge, mom.” She passed away almost three months ago – a few days after my post about her going into hospice care and just over a year after my post about her terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I […]

A fond farewell.

A fond farewell.

  A little over a year ago I was sitting with my mother during her first chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer. Today, I find myself sitting with my mother again – this time next to what will most likely be her deathbed. As was expected, the chemotherapy treatments eventually stopped working and my mother made […]

Guiding the Way

Guiding the Way

There is always that one person on most every group travel trip. You know… “the one.” They often exhibit one or more of the following characteristics: An exhausting personality or offensive sense of humor. The embodiment of the crass and entitled (North) American tourist stereotype. Talking your ear off at dinner, all the while complaining about […]

The Buddy System

The Buddy System

I’m sitting next to my mother as she receives her first round of chemotherapy treatment. I can honestly say that as I was flitting around the world on our grand 6-month adventure, a chemotherapy clinic is just about the last place I imagined I’d end up upon my return home. We were in Thailand just a couple […]

Michele and Glenn’s Grand Adventure

Michele and Glenn’s Grand Adventure

For longer than I can remember, my work has had a tradition where fellow staff give lunchtime presentations about their international trips. It’s a fun way to learn about the world and dream up new exotic locations to visit before returning to the email-meeting-email hamster wheel we all seem to find ourselves stuck on. When […]