• Garden
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Orchids

    Several years ago, my boyfriend (now husband!) gave me a really thoughtful gift – a year of orchids. Every time the blooms on one faded, another would appear. Even though I had a budding green thumb, I struggled with keeping orchids alive and was frustrated by their seemingly fickle needs. But by the end of […]

  • Travel
  • Escape to Puerto Rico

    Old San Juan reminds me of the streets of Havana Vieja.  Ambling narrow streets, colorful buildings, and almost purposefully derelict.  I’d visited Puerto Rico while in college, but didn’t stay in San Juan so was grateful for the chance to explore the city. My favorite part of the trip was exploring El Yunque National Forest […]

  • Travel
  • Big Island Adventure

    Sharing part two of our Hawaiian adventure (see part one: Maui) – Big Island!  If Maui is for honeymooners, Big Island is for the adventurous. Big Island is the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, and there is a lot to explore.  We split our time in Big Island in two hotels (one on the east, […]