Obesity

March 25th marks the one-year anniversary for my sister and her gastric bypass surgery.  My sister is 6 years my senior and even though we have our personality differences (her idea of camping is staying at a 3-star hotel), the biggest difference is in our looks. Most people can’t believe we are sisters. She has…

In Search of Some Spring

Voting is still open through the end of March for the Montana contest … come on people, don’t you want to see us get to Montana??? We are nowhere close to winning and need your votes!!  http://mtcontest.backpacker.com/hopefuls/patrice-justin Well, we have finished our East Coast stint.  J & I had decided before heading to these parts…

Vote for us!

Well, this shouldn’t surprise you, but J & I are entering a contest. And we need your help to win!! This one is through Backpacker Magazine for us to win a week-long adventure trip to Montana as Step Out of Bounds Ambassadors. We would graciously let others live vicariously through us using the written word,…

Currently …

I came across a “Currently” blog post from this Colorado blogger and I loved the idea. Apparently, this is not new to the blogging scene, but once again, I live under a rock when it comes to these things.  So here goes my own version of “Currently.” Currently thankful for: being on blood thinners for…

Shred the Gnar!

You know those life experiences that you have once and then swear you’ll never do again? Like bikini waxes. Or pregnancy and giving birth. I think snowboarding was on my list. I took lessons once, 4 years ago, and according to my very own blog post, I should not try to be a snowboarder.  Well,…

Driving ‘Murica

I suppose this could be in the interest of “Throwback Thursday,” but J & I are always reflecting on the awesome summer we had and I realized I never shared some of the best scenes from the road. When you drive 30,000 miles through 37 states over the course of 5 months, you are bound…

Happy Vagrants

We are still enjoying our transition period at the cabin between one adventure to the next. I have loved having a space for silence, a space for ourselves and a space for routine. We’re still pet-sitting and it’s also been nice to have pets again; we are not typically dog people, but it is becoming…

A Twist of Fate

I have been dreading this post. You can probably tell I’ve been avoiding the blog, since I haven’t posted since the first day of the new year.  Well, here goes. We have some bad news and some good news.  First, the bad news. BP decided not to rehire us. I am sad, pissed and hurt…

Hello, 2014

Happy New Year from Colorado, our temporary “home” for the next 2 months. Lest you think we are on some “pot tourism” trip, I assure you we are not. Marijuana is JUST what my clot-infested lungs need, right?. It is merely pure coincidence that we are now living in Colorado and pot is legal for…

Christmas in Chicago

We have spent a number of Christmases with my family, but with that niece and nephew getting older and outgrowing the jolly obese guy in a red suit, we are switching sides. Especially because there’s this guy (nephew on J’s side) and he has lots of years to believe in S. Claus. Lil E definitely…

Health “insurance”

I try to steer clear of opening any can of worms on this blog by talking religion, politics, UFO sightings or whether there is a Santa Claus. But, I have one downfall. I’m looking at you, health care.  My love/hate relationship with this subject could be because I make a good portion of my living…

Save $0.46 on us!

Well, it’s that time of year. My favorite time of year, actually. Thanksgiving into Christmas, when I get to decorate my home and REAL tree, write out all my cards, wrap gifts and bake goodies. Except for the fact that we don’t have a home this year. Not looking for pity here, just stating the…

Thanks and giving

Cliche or not, I would like to jump on the bandwagon (albeit a few days too late) and tell you what I am most thankful for this year. Well, besides the obvious thankfulness for surviving my blood clots in my lungs, that is. I am most thankful for y’all. This summer while we traversed the…