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We are back.

After 10+ days on the road, this past Saturday we pulled back into our driveway and were reunited with hearth, home, and pup.

It was an incredible experience. From meeting one of Best Guy's oldest friends, to watching him perform in another country to experiencing driving on the other side of the road, it was something I will never forget.

We started our trip by heading down to New Jersey to spend a couple days with one of Best Guy's oldest friends. We toured around, visiting old haunts and listening to favored music. It was a wonderful opportunity to really get a taste of BG's childhood. We even visited one of his old homes, and they were having a garage sale. He bought a kitschy old Halloween decoration and swears up and down it was left over from when they lived there. It is now in our living room window.

From there we took a red eye to Heathrow, and then rented a car and drove to Wales. BG did all of the driving while we were over there, and I am so proud …


We leave tomorrow.


We'll be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning, heading down to visit one of Best Guy's old childhood friends for a day or so. On the way we will pick off a few 251's, although I probably won't blog it until we return in a couple weeks.

Thursday evening we fly out. Friday morning, we arrive.

This morning, I have a 2-hour hot stone scheduled for myself. Because taking care of me is important too. I have been looking forward to it for a solid month now. Hot stones massages are my absolute favorite, and I am lucky enough to be able to schedule it with one of my favorite people. Working in the industry really has its perks sometimes.

When I get home this afternoon, the packing begins. We've got a tiny amount of space, and some of it has already been taken up by merch we're bringing in. If anyone asks, we're giving it away not selling it. Because lord knows none of it is coming back with us. I will be packing with a glass of wine, b…

Project 251: They Say it's Fall, But it isn't Fall

We have had some record-breaking heat here in Vermont the last few days. Today, the Burlington Electric Department is prepared to call it a "Peak Day" and is in full conservation mode. This is very unusual for late September. A lot of the trees which should be near to bursting with color (especially after the wet spring we had) are shedding dried up leaves that never bothered changing.

And they say global warming isn't a thing.

Still, it's warm in Vermont and I'm having a hard time complaining about it since Summer didn't start until practically July. Since winter generally lingers for six months in these parts, I'm in no hurry to get the process started.

Anyhoo, this weekend we had a rare one in which neither of us had anything planned so we decided to knock off a few 251 towns. For the first half of our adventure, Best Guy usually drove, I navigated, and we spent half the trip bickering over the fact that I'd rather look out the window than at the m…

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…