27 November 2012


I am jet-lagged. 

There's no denying that it's hit me this time. I'm exhausted at 3 pm, and wide awake at 4 am. 

This morning, instead of tossing and turning in bed and waking up Joe, I crawled out of the warmth and settled on the couch with my laptop to read until I was sleepy again. 

And eventually, much too long later, I was sleepy again. 

So, I padded down cold wood floors barefoot, my hair doing what hair does best at 5:30 in the morning - flowing in random, improbable directions - and my hands cold from too much time outside blankets, I lifted the covers on my side of the bed to slide back into the soft warmth. 

And Joe, in the deep sleep of the early morning, rolled over, lifted his arms just so for me to snuggle back in. Welcoming me home. Beckoning me back to where I belong. 

As my breathing matched Joe's and my toes started to unfreeze, in that twilight stage of awake, I knew I was home. 

Wherever I go, whatever life may bring, I have a home. It's with the man who, in his deepest sleep, (I even asked him this morning if I woke him up, but no, no recollection whatsoever) still loves me with every bit, enough to always open his arms and welcome me home, every time. 

What a powerful realization in such a quiet moment - to know where you belong. To find your home. 

23 November 2012

How My Friday Night Looks

In the middle of "the empty quarter" of the Liwa Desert, UAE, at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort.

Relaxing on a private balcony, with full glasses of rose, sweet snacks, and great company, toasting a farewell to our Dubai adventure.

I am so blessed. Amazing opportunities to see the world. Great friends in every corner. And a really awesome guy waiting to welcome me home.

The more I whisper "thank you" to the universe, the more I am blessed with to say "thank you" about. So incredibly blessed.

This Past Monday Morning


Over the Hajar Mountains, UAE.

Via hot air balloon.

I am so lucky.

*Middle picture courtesy my travel partner in partner in crime, 'the Bagel'.

07 November 2012


I don't often recommend movies as must-sees since I'm well aware everyone has their own favorites. 

That said, the best movie I've seen in a long, long time has been Argo. 

Even though I knew how it ends, since it's based on a true story, both Joe and I found ourselves sitting on the edge of our seats the entire time. 

If you're looking for a movie to see, go check out Argo!

06 November 2012

Date Night

We're in the midst of an unplanned date night. I found a coupon to "our" movie theater for two tickets, two drinks, and a medium popcorn for $14 when I was going through some papers this afternoon. Since the coupon expires tomorrow, date night it is.

We don't know if it was normal rush hour traffic, rainy rush hour traffic, the traffic mess caused by President Obama being in town, or some combination of all of the above, but when it took 30 minutes to go a mile, it was no surprise we missed the early movie.

So we wandered Target for a while and now we're relaxing in the Starbucks next door to the theater.

Joe's checking election results and I'm checking out the Blogger app for my first ever smartphone. And truthfully, I couldn't ask for a better unplanned date.

Plus, with any luck, the results will be in by the time the movie ends. And these two former poli sci majors will have been spared the agony of waiting for hours for the results.

05 November 2012

Creative Compliments: From the Archives

I found this compliment the other day, when I was going through one of my notebooks. It was a snippet of a conversation Grandma and I had during one of my visits with her this last year, and well, it still makes me laugh: 

"You're beautiful, Grandma."
"Oh, thank you! That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me. You're going to have LOTS of boyfriends."
"I don't think Joe will like that very much."
"Oh well. You're going to have LOTS of boyfriends because you are so nice."