A forest in the living room

Weez, Cabo, and I made it to Ohio safe and sound on Thursday after a 24 hour road trip.  I’m thankful we were able to take off a little earlier than scheduled because we outran the storm and stayed ahead of the snow. Unfortunately, my brother and his girlfriend are now driving through the mess,…

The most wonderful time

of the year. It really is. The smells, and decorations, and traditions. The anticipation for family moments and new memories. I can’t wait to get home. Home to Ohio with my entire family. Weez and I picked up our fresh Christmas tree the other day, but when we brought it home, we realized the stump…

32 hours spent driving, for 48 hours with family.

It was, without a doubt, absolutely, unequivocally worth it. There was serious catching up to do. The where’ve and what’ve you been up to’s; egg nog drinking and no-bake cookie eating; games of ‘tag’ with the little ones and Bailey’s in hot cocoa with the adults; Christmas tree forest wandering and family photo posing; happy pants…

FriendsGivings 2012

I was fortunate enough to enjoy not one, but two Fake/Friends-Givings this weekend. Double the turkey, double the friends, double the laughs and good times. I can’t help but think back to my first year here in grad school – and our first annual FakesGiving – and reflect on how all of us have grown…