A little bit of NH in NoVa

One of our favorite things about living in NH was the SNOW!!! Our first year living there, we had record amounts of snow (somewhere around 120 inches). NoVa may not have the cumulative amount of snow all winter long like NH, but it has surprised us with its random snow events! Like today, when we…

Goal Completed!

You probably don’t remember this, but in 2008, Deal & I set a goal to watch all the Academy Award Best Picture winners over 80+ years. As of April 2010, we had finished and blogged about 1958 through present. See here for 1981-2009 and here for 1958-1980. Please note, we rate on a scale of…

Insanity is Insane

I mentioned that Deal & I are doing the Insanity (NOW) workout to get in shape for Mount Rainier. We are only on day 12 and I cannot believe we have 48 more days of this insanity. But we are feeling good about our progress and I definitely think we can make it to base…

Ringing in 2013

Our kindred spirits visited us. Yes, we have our very own kindred spirits, another couple who spends as much time outdoors and reuses foil & saran wrap just like we do. Unfortunately, they live all the way up in NH, so we don’t see each other very often.  Any visit with Paul/Second Nature and Kristen/Gr8ful…

Christmas in Newtown

My sister has lived in Newtown for the last 10 peaceful years. We have spent Christmas at my sister’s for the last 10 years (give or take a few). You can imagine that this year was quite different. The black cloud lingering over Newtown is not going anywhere anytime soon. You just feel the sadness…

Bottom Line: Don’t Get Sick.

Everyone has a horror health insurance story. And everyone has a political view on health insurance. I am just going to tell you our experience of getting individual health insurance and you can make your own judgement. My opinion is that it’s neither a horror story, nor political, just kind of comical. Deal and I…

An Extended Visit

During the last week in October, my mother-in-law, MamaF, scheduled a 4-day trip. It turned into a 7-day trip because of the storm and flight cancellations. For most people, 4 days with their MIL is a nightmare, let alone 7 days. For me, it’s only a bad dream. KIDDING. I am one of the lucky…