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So, what are you doing for your birthday?

Birthdays are kind of weird as an adult. People always ask what I'm going to do for my birthday during the weeks leading up to it. If my birthday is on a weekday, well, surprise, surprise, I'll be working! This year, however, my birthday fell on a Saturday. This meant a birthday race. "You're different,"… Continue reading So, what are you doing for your birthday?

travel

The two honeymoon mishaps

Saying that our New Zealand honeymoon was fantastic is an understatement. We drove around both islands. We met a lot of nice people. We saw a lot of wildlife. We went on some great hikes. We explored varying landscapes. We ate some great food. We did a lot. When we returned home and friends and… Continue reading The two honeymoon mishaps

japan, pre travel

Looking to Tokyo 2020

Ever since it was announced that Tokyo would be the host city of the next summer Olympics, I've been going around telling friends and family that I will be there. Whenever it's come up in conversation -- which happens often when I'm the one starting the conversation -- Bryce and I exclaim in union: Tokyo… Continue reading Looking to Tokyo 2020

Kaikoura New Zealand
new zealand

Kayaking in Kaikoura: A surprise encounter

It was only my second time kayaking and I was super excited. Bryce and I were in Kaikoura, a small beach town on the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island. I got suckered into wanting to go on a seal kayak tour after Bryce brought me back a flyer from the lodge we were… Continue reading Kayaking in Kaikoura: A surprise encounter

new zealand

Meeting the cutest sheep in the world

As you know, and can infer from the name of this blog, I love otters. I have another favorite animal after my New Zealand trip: Valais Blacknose sheep! There are 5.6 sheep per person in New Zealand. Yes, more sheep than humans! But, Valais Blacknose are different from the "typical" New Zealand sheep. They aren't… Continue reading Meeting the cutest sheep in the world

europe, Uncategorized

That time I spent less than 24 hours in Rome — on purpose

It's crazy to think I got along just fine traveling on my own with no smart phone, let alone cell phone, back when I was in college. (This was more than a decade ago, eeek!) I'm so reliant on my phone now. How did I manage back then? I guess a decade ago I was… Continue reading That time I spent less than 24 hours in Rome — on purpose