Weekend Read: Girls’ Weekend

/ I picked up the e-galley of Cara Sue Achterberg’s “Girls’ Weekend” because the blurb intrigued me. Had I known I’d still be sitting in my favorite chair at 2am, racing to the finish, I probably would have put on my pajamas before I started. (Sometime before lunch…) Yeppers, it was that good. It was compelling, touching, and [Read On]


Swimming with Dolphins in Cozumel

There’s nothing like the thrill of knocking something off your bucket list. On our recent Carnival cruise, I was finally able to check off one: swimming with dolphins. While several of our port stops offered a dolphin interaction excursion, we opted for the Royal Dolphin Swim offered by Dolphin Discovery. This was a 60 minute [Read On]


Ten Things Of Thankful: Rainy Days Edition

It’s raining. Again. I could be all “April showers bring May flowers” but the flowers and trees and grasses really just bring on allergic reactions, so it’s a struggle to appreciate the “ending a drought” aspect of the current situation.  Particularly since the volume of rainfall is making me consider brushing up my Ark building skills, [Read On]

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Exploring “Eye of the Collector” at the Perot Museum

My daughter is a bit of a magpie – a collector of things, some shiny, some not. If you open any small purse or pouch in her room, you’ll likely find a collection: plastic butterflies, acorns, pressed flowers, feathers, rubber bouncy balls. (I’m sure there is a fine line between her kind of “collecting” and [Read On]


Thoughts on The Jungle Book (and a few Printables, too)

Last night, while my family huddled in the bathroom as tornado sirens went off and baseball-sized hail fell on surrounding suburbs, I was comfortably kicked back in the IMAX-3D theater waiting to see The Jungle Book at the AMC North Park Cinema. Without a doubt, I won twice over. Long a fan of both Walt [Read On]


How Erma Helped Me to Reclaim My Focus and Boot Dolores

  On the decorative cork board hanging beside my desk you’ll find this quote from Erma Bombeck: Writer’s block is just another name for putting it off. You can train yourself to shut out the world and write. – Erma Bombeck Never mind the fact that I was procrastinating when I wrote the quote for [Read On]


Port Stop: Maya Key, Roatan

I’m an avid watcher of HGTV, and two of my favorite shows are “House Hunters: International” and “Beachfront Bargain Hunt”, because I’m really meant to be living on the ocean but I likely won’t for a very long time so I must live vicariously through others. Roatan, Honduras has appeared frequently on HH:Intl and has been a bucket [Read On]


Revisiting Carnival Cruises – 15 years later.

Oh, the stories I could tell about the cruises I took with friends throughout our twenties and early thirties! Starting around 1995 right up until 2001, I cruised on Carnival nearly every year with friends, and did we have a good time! (Such a good time, in fact, that when we showed up on a cruise one [Read On]


Zootopia: Why We All Should See This Movie

Today I took my daughter to see Disney’s recently released “Zootopia”. At one point, my daughter may have set aside her popcorn and quietly taken my hand. At the end of it, I might have teared up, just a little. But probably not for the usual reasons. (Or more accurately, in addition to the usual reasons.) [Read On]


A Letter to my Son on his 12th Birthday

To my wonderful, goofy, clever, infuriating son, on his 12th birthday: Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday when we were driving home from the hospital, in what felt like the longest ride ever because your dad was so nervous. Now, we’re nearly looking at each other eye-to-eye. We don’t always see [Read On]