Odds & Ends – Feb/March 2018

Anyone have any theories on why February always feels like the longest month of the year even though it’s the shortest? Mine is that February and March are the first full months of work or school after the holidays, with nothing to look forward to until Memorial Day. This year in particular has felt like the…

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Odds & Ends – Dec/Jan 2018

I will start off by admitting that I made zero New Years’ Resolutions, especially not ones related to the blog. I did, however, take on “Drynuary” (dry January) – no alcohol for a month. I’ve never been a heavy drinker, but all those corporate happy hours add up!  Feeling self-conscious about not having a drink…

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4-Day Singapore Stay

I don’t get to travel to the other side of the world to see my grandparents in Taiwan very often, and it’s not every year your company gives you five days off between Christmas and New Years. Considering these factors on top of my dear friend Joycelyn’s new job in Singapore, it was a no-brainer…

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Easy Graham Cracker Toffee Brittle

These days, my motivation to create in the kitchen is next to zero. A huge reason is the clean-up, but another reason I didn’t anticipate is the lack of big groups of hungry people to pass baked goods off to. When you spend most of your time with adults twice your age and your job…

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Foodie Gift Guide 2017

Hello from Singapore, where it’s hot and humid and anything but “beginning to feel a lot like Christmas”! Nevertheless, with the big day less than five days away, I thought I’d put together this last-minute gift guide for any procrastinators out there who might need something under the tree for the foodies in your lives….

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Odds & Ends – Oct/Nov 2017

Happy December! My brain is seriously seasonally confused. First it got cold unexpectedly fast and I hosted Friendsgiving super early, making the lead-up to Thanksgiving feel like it should’ve been the lead-up to Christmas. So I was totally ready to get my tacky sweater and peppermint mochas on, especially since I’ll be out of the…

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Fall Fun in Charlottesville, VA

For the past three years, I’ve spent the weekend of fall break in Charlottesville with some of my best friends. There’s no shortage of fall activities to do there! Not having a fall break anymore didn’t stop me from keeping up with tradition this year. Neither of us went to UVA, but Helen and I…

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Odds & Ends – August/September 2017

In the words of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley (of Green Gables), “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Mother nature helped us usher in October this weekend with absolutely perfect flannel-and-boots weather. Helen and I took full advantage and road tripped to Charlottesville for some fall fun, which I’m excited…

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It’s Okay to (Drink) White After Labor Day: Bluemont Vineyard

Raise your glass if you’re ready for riding boots, flannels, and apple pie everything! Now that I’m not in school anymore, there’s nothing stopping me from willing summer to end so I can frolic in crunchy leaves and trade my iced coffee for pumpkin spice lattes. We caught a whiff of fall in the air…

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Quick Seattle Getaway: Saturday Morning on Bainbridge Island

When planning my trip to Seattle, I initially wanted to do a day trip to hike at Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately the trails were still too snowy (yes, in early July)! It all worked out though, because Joyce and I got to go on a ferryboat adventure to one of the neighboring islands of the Puget…

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Odds & Ends – June/July 2017

I spent all of June willing the month to go faster, because I was so excited for my trip. After two weeks in the Canadian Rockies (three posts!) and Seattle (coming soon), I felt like July was dragging its feet. There were a lot of unknowns about my move and starting my new job; finally…

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