Iron Chef Battles

That’s right … It’s a blitzkrieg of baking, broiling, basting, barbecuing, braising, and basically anything else in the kitchen. The contenders, you may have guessed, are none other than the Culinary Couple: Chef Nick and his formidable (yet adorable) opponent, Chef Emily. Let us set the scene. On any given day, one chef will notify the other of a chosen... Read more

And Summer Turns to Fall

Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer, and I celebrated appropriately with bocce ball and badmitton and Dad’s famous pina coladas. Oh what a wonderful summer it was! Boating and jet-skiing in Virginia; My first taste of Pacific Northwest salmon and cherries; Bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings; Celebrating a quarter-century on the Finger Lakes; The quintessential New England... Read more

A Wine Country Wedding and Birthday

I’m 25 and loving life! No quarter life crisis here. 07/07/07 couldn’t have been more perfect. (Well, I could have won that million dollars …) But, really, it was a very happy birthday. Let me recap. a wine-country wedding The celebratory week kicked off with a wedding. Six Pennsylvanians headed north to New York. Waterloo welcomed us with 25 cent... Read more

First Cruise

Months of early morning meetings and late night brainstorming sessions culminated this past weekend at the Last Cruise. My role on the volunteer committee was to design publicity materials and coordinate promotional events. It was creatively-challenging and incredibly rewarding! All proceeds of the weekend’s events were passed directly to the Centre County Youth Services Bureau, which serves important community initiatives... Read more

My Man

(Written during the fall of 2006.) Intellectually stimulating, witty smart sense of humor, makes me laugh out loud, and values family above all else. Never ever smokes. Ambitious and adventurous and athletic. Compassionate and romantic and respectful. Attractive and affectionate. Values nature and doesn’t mind getting dirty. He can’t dress better than me or take longer to get ready than... Read more

Seattle Stories: Part 4

bartender: another round Sunday (6/25) What better way to start our final day in the Pacific Northwest than with a hearty breakfast of coffee, asparagus and spring onion omelettes, crab eggs benedict, and corn beef hash? After filling our bellies, we walked to the market. A turquoise ring, several Starbucks souvenirs, and a few pounds of cherries later … We... Read more

Seattle Stories: Part 3

eat drink and be merry saturday (6/23) The fourth and final member of the crew arrived late Friday night. We welcomed her to the Emerald City with scallops and salmon and Pyramid Hefeweizen. We opted out of anymore alcohol and chose, instead, to lounge in our PJs on the king-size bed for slumber party talk. Not even a city as... Read more

Seattle Stories: Part 2

for people who make websites thursday (6/21) and friday (6/22) If you would have told me three years ago that I’d laugh at jokes about PHP and Java and Ruby on Rails, I would have laughed at you. And yet I traveled across the country to meet and mingle with the world rock stars of the Web. Designers and developers... Read more

Seattle Stories: Part 1

an unlonely traveler wednesday (6/20) After flying over Lake Michigan, the Dakotas, Montana, and Idaho, I caught my first glimpse of the Evergreen State. The landscape seamlessly transformed itself from barren desert to rocky mountains to green valleys. And then there it was … Mount Rainier … The highest peak in the Cascades at 14,410 feet. It emerged from the... Read more

Blessed Busy Bee

I started this blog to keep the creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, the words have come in more of a trickle than a surge lately. I have at least four drafts waiting in line to be finished and published. But I’ve been occupied in other creative outlets: Graphic design for a community event, photography of family and friends and spring flowers.... Read more