Opening My Etsy Shop During a Pandemic

I haven’t felt like posting much to my blog, a pandemic certainly puts a damper on traveling. But it has actually given me time to work on a few things I’ve felt passionate about, and one was really focusing and opening an Etsy shop with products I’ve felt passionate about. (You can visit me atContinue reading “Opening My Etsy Shop During a Pandemic”

Don’t Panic. Or, Panic, But Then Remember to Breathe and That Everything Will Be OK.

Like a lot of people, the last few weeks have been stressful and mentally exhausting. So when my alarm rang this morning to get me up for a dog walking gig in the still dark hours of the AM, I reluctantly got up. I spent my whole ride there crying about things I have zeroContinue reading “Don’t Panic. Or, Panic, But Then Remember to Breathe and That Everything Will Be OK.”

Road Trip Tip: Sometimes Changing Direction Is the Best Course

I go on a big road trip every summer with my daughter and my dad. We’ve visited so many states in the U.S., seen things we all enjoy, and usually by the end of one, I’ve got a solid idea where we’ll be going next year. I don’t usually give my road trip buddies detailsContinue reading “Road Trip Tip: Sometimes Changing Direction Is the Best Course”

The Best Sweet Treat in New Orleans is Not a Beignet, It’s Bread Pudding

When I started planning my trip to New Orleans I got a ton of recommendations. And a “must” that was on every single list was a beignet. Usually from the famous Cafe du Monde, but a few people also recommended Cafe Beignet. So of course, my friends and I dutifully tried out both locations (suchContinue reading “The Best Sweet Treat in New Orleans is Not a Beignet, It’s Bread Pudding”

Stuck on the Porch of Indecision

Do you ever feel like you can’t decide what you want to do next? Either you are uninspired and have no ideas, or you have too many ideas and that prospect overwhelms you? Yeah, the latter is where I’ve been for a while. Sitting here on the figurative Porch of Indecision (I found a realContinue reading “Stuck on the Porch of Indecision”

Hire a Holiday Helper!

Do you ever want to wave a magic wand, and be ready for the holidays, without all the stress of decorating, wrapping, and shopping? I’m Angel the Elf, and I love all things Christmas! If you live in Northern New Jersey, hire me! -I will come to your house, put up your tree, and trimContinue reading “Hire a Holiday Helper!”

Counting My Blessings: How an Attitude of Gratitude Changed My Outlook on Life

About eight years ago, my friend Daniel private messaged me on Facebook after I’d posted a comment about some egregious thing New Jersey Transit had done that morning. He’s a spiritual sort of guy and he said that as much as he loved looking at pics of my kid growing up, my constant kvetching aboutContinue reading “Counting My Blessings: How an Attitude of Gratitude Changed My Outlook on Life”

My Hardest Hiking Experience

Over the years, I’ve hiked bigger mountains in Yosemite. I’ve done longer hikes, including a 24.3 mile trek of the Devil’s Path in the Catskills (which my brother and I insanely did in 25 hours of pretty much straight hiking). I’ve even hiked bigger mountains in New Hampshire, like Mount Washington which I’ve been upContinue reading “My Hardest Hiking Experience”

Road Trip Car Packing Tips: All That Tetris Playing Paid Off

Before my last road trip, a friend looked at my Subaru Crosstrek and was like how do plan on fitting luggage for three people for two and a half weeks into that? Well, I got really good at using space when my daughter and I would travel in my Volkswagen Beetle, so this new carContinue reading “Road Trip Car Packing Tips: All That Tetris Playing Paid Off”

How Major Surgery and a Tough Breakup Led to the Best Year of My Life

A year ago today I was lying on an operating table, having an actual panic attack as four capable medical professionals were struggling to find a vein for an IV. I couldn’t catch my breath and was sobbing uncontrollably and my kind surgeon, who I’d grown friendly with during the pre-op process, offered to callContinue reading “How Major Surgery and a Tough Breakup Led to the Best Year of My Life”