Monday Night Flashback OT: Summer 2007

It’s Monday again, so it’s time to go down memory lane. What were you up to four years ago, during the dog days of summer, 2007? That summer, my extended family rented a house in Outer Banks, NC. Read More Monday Night Flashback OT: Summer 2007

We Try It: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A year ago, Universal usurped some of Disney World’s claim at the Most Magical Place on Earth when they opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at their Orlando, Fla., Islands of Adventure Park. Despite being a huge Harry Potter geek and living less than two hours away, it took me a year to make a visit to the park. It was well worth the wait. Read More We Try It: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Are We There Yet?: The 21st Century Road Trip

In 1981, my family moved from the east coast to the midwest and thus began our twice annual (some years more) tradition of the 12-hour road trip. We’d leave at o-dark-thirty and drive east on I-80 until evening. We sat in the back seat of our pea green Buick Skylark playing games like “the alphabet game” (finding words that start with each letter of the alphabet), “the license plate game” (finding the license plates from all 50 states), and “the lifesaver game” (where everyone takes a Lifesaver candy and the person who makes it last the longest wins). We also had tape players, coloring books, and Twizzlers. That’s how we rolled. Read More Are We There Yet?: The 21st Century Road Trip

Away from Home in Our Own Backyard

This past weekend was my daughter’s fall break from school. Does a kindergartener really need a “break” per se? I don’t know, but I’m sure her teacher appreciated a few days away from her charges. Read More Away from Home in Our Own Backyard