20 Days and Counting!

It's getting close. In just 20 days we will be taking off for ten days of awesomeness. We've got our itinerary pretty much set, we know (generally speaking) how we're going to get where, and when. The pet/house sitter is confirmed. My obsession with suitcases has proved fruitful as I've finally got what I think will meet our airline's ever-changing carry on requirements.

I probably went a little nuts here worrying about this, but you know the internet rabbit hole. You go online to find basic requirements, no biggie, the next thing you know you're reading articles about carry-on horror stories where passengers with a bag one inch larger than the requirements are forced to gate-check their bag for like $100.

I've flown for years. First for work, traveling all over the United States (including Alaska), and then for pleasure. I have gotten to the point where I am so jaded about the airline industry if I could get away with never flying again I would. It's n…

Labor Day and All the Things

This past weekend was a busy one for us. Lots of comings and goings.

For me, it all started on Friday. Professionally, I incorporate Reiki/energy work into most of my treatments. I have been working with Reiki for the better part of seven years now. In the last year, I took my work with it to the next level by offering "Integrated Treatments" to my clients - something I couldn't officially do until I started my own practice. It is a highly intuitive session and I never know what I'm going to do until I'm in the middle of it.

After many years of toying around with the idea, this past weekend I finally received the final step of training and became a Reiki Master. This is a huge boost for me and receiving this training really felt...right. Like coming home. What does this mean? More tools in my energetic tool box, for one. A deepening connection to my intuition and a greater sense of the energy I'm working with. I am excited to start incorporating my newfound k…

Project 251: Short n' Sweet

Yesterday was supposed to be a rainy, good-for-nothing day. Especially in the afternoon. We all wanted to get out though, so we decided to do a few 251s and then have lunch with my brother and his Partner. We had six left in the "reasonably easy" reserve, and now there are only three. Everything else is going to start requiring long drives and possible overnight stays.

Going Back in Time

With our trip to Wales getting ever closer, we thought it might be cool to see if we could trace back some of my relatives to an actual place in the country. And if we could, to visit it.

When I was in college (oh, so long ago) one of my assignments for an Honors class was to trace my family history back. The teachers assumed there would be many first- and second-generation immigrants and thus would be easy to trace, interview, and report back on experiences. I think they were hoping for some meaty Ellis Island stories. Considering we were in Westchester County, NY, that wasn't an unreasonable assumption.

For about half of my classmates, that was indeed the case. The other half of us, well. We were throwing dates out like 1640, 1792, and I think one even confirmed coming over with the original pilgrim set.

My mother kept all of the work I did for this. This was pre-internet (yes, that existed and yes, I am dating myself), so these written histories were precious. They required eff…

Summer Time, and We're Inside Hiding from It

July 31st. We're into the meat of the summer and our plate is full of... boring stuff that does not involve swimming, trips to the beach, hiking, biking, ice cream, or anything that makes the most out of these precious few warm months.

I believe we are failing at summer.

We haven't even done as much garage saleing as we normally do. Both Best Guy and I have been filling most of our weekends up with various other engagements, and most of our money and vacation days are being saved up for our UK Honeymoon.

Oh, did I mention we're considering the overseas trip a honeymoon now? We are.


The first few days will be dedicated to the festival BG's band is playing in, but that ends Sunday and we're not leaving until the following Friday/Saturday. So the rest of the time is ours. We've got a loose plan sketched out that we'll finalize a bit as we get closer. But there will definitely be exploration of castles, henges, tors, and cliffs.

There was also this a cou…

Project 251: Boldly Going to Nowheresville, VT

Last week, we decided it was time to knock off some of the most difficult towns in our 251 Project. We made an entire weekend out of it: we took off to Newport after work Friday night to spend the weekend at my Mom's. From there, we spent all of Saturday tooling around the most sparsely populated section of Vermont. We managed a new record for towns visited in one day: 16. On Sunday, we headed back home and knocked a few more towns off on the way. We passed the halfway point of our adventure, got another corner piece, and visited a whopping 20 towns in one weekend.

Oh, and on Sunday after we got home and had lunch we bought a new car.


We got rid of Veronica the Ford as she wasn't going to hold out much longer anyway. I am inheriting Best Guy's old car (who has informed me his name is Bob), and BG is using the brand spanking new fully electric car as his main commuting vehicle. Because of its 100-mile charging radius we probably won't use the as yet unn…

Freedom Adventure

Yesterday was Independence Day. It was also a beautiful summer day in Vermont. We have had far too few of those this season so far. We've had rain more days in June than not, and someone told me last week saw four inches of rain in just a couple days.

So, to have some blue sky and warm temperatures meant we had to get outside. We found a nice little hiking trail around a pond not too far from us, and spent a couple hours hiking. It was stunning. And very muddy in more than a few places. But overall, it was wonderful to be outside.

Would you like some pictures? Okay, but they're in no particular order. 😉