Good Year/Bad Year

The view from my new office

As a kid, the one thing I remember the most about references to wine (from TV or movies) was its year. The phrase “X was a good year” stands out. I feel like and entire year can’t be all good or all bad, but some years stand out as leaning more to one direction than the other.

The years that stand out the most are the bad years. However with each of the bad years in my life, I feel like some of the most joyous things happened at the same time.

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Total Weirdos

The other evening Brad looked at me and said, “Do you know that when I first met you, I thought you were a total weirdo?” He followed that shortly with, “and after all these years, I know I was right.”

“Yeah, well I thought you were weird too,” I shot back.

As our 6th wedding anniversary is this weekend, it’s nice to be open about how weird we think the other person really is. Continue reading

What it’s like to be with someone for 10 years

What do you consider to be a long period of time?

I’ve had this unconscious idea in my head that 10 years is a long time. We tend to measure things in 10s. When you hit that 10 years, you get to use the word “decade.”

Well today, it’s been a decade since Brad told me we were humans and we decided to be humans in a relationship. Ten years.

I remember in high school I had been dating a boy (not Brad) for five months and it seemed like a long time. Everyone thought it was a long time. So perhaps it’s a change in perspective.

As I think on it more and more, 10 years is a significant period of time but really, not all that long. I feel like just yesterday I was musing about five years of marriage, but that was in May… five months ago (exactly).

So, what’s it like to be with someone for 10 years? Continue reading

July in Photos

Hello and Happy August! The summer is flying by.

July was another busy month in a string of busy months. Other priorities (life offline) have kept me from blogging as often as I’d like, so I figured I’d catch you all up in photos.

Fun with friends

 We visited with our good friends who live out on the East Side and I got to meet their horse, Annette the Clydesdale.

We wandered visited Ohio’s wine country with those same friends and discovered new favorites from Hundley Cellars, Niagara and Harvest Red.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Continue reading

“Bless You!” {Allergy Season}

We have a thing in our house with sneezes, started by Brad of course.

Sneeze 1 = “Bless you!”

Sneeze 2 = “Bless you!'”

Sneeze 3 = “Faker!”

It lightens the mood a little during allergy season. I live with mild outdoor allergies and mild food/medication allergies. Brad lives with severe outdoor allergies. We are no strangers to sneezing, but between the two of us, Brad is the one with a love/hate relationship with the outdoors. On top of allergies, he’s quick to sunburn and the bugs think he’s more delicious than anything else. I actually sent him this cartoon (from Tastefully Offensive, you’ve been warned) after a day spent working outside and being inundated with pollen

We try to make our home a safe haven from allergies in a variety of ways, including keeping shoes off inside the house and opting not to have first-floor carpet. However, it’s impossible to hide from them. Especially this time of year when the outdoors beckon.

Blink Health sent me a cool infographic on allergies, that I figured I’d share. Continue reading