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Day Two – Pushing On

By on Jul 31, 2016 in Great American Road Trip, Personal

So the decision was made. We decided to push on from our miserable start and our questionable to motel stay in West Virginia. We had a lot of ground to make up so we got off pretty early. Thankfully this day was not nearly as eventful. I had stocked up on some bland crackers and what I think I may start referring to as “band-aid therapy.” I knew deep inside that I needed more help this time around but here I was on the road and I was stuck with what I had in my bag and what I could pick up on the road. I planned to call my doctor the next day to see if I could get some prednisone or something to help knock this down. I knew it would be a long shot because I haven’t been sick like this in years, but I was definitely going to try. Until then…band-aid therapy. The hours of the day passed as the tires on the road ran. We made up time better than expected. We cleared...

Let the Great American Road Trip Begin!

By on Jul 30, 2016 in Great American Road Trip, Personal

Every great summer needs a great adventure but it feels like forever since we have taken one. So this summer was going to be different. This summer is going to have travel, adventure and excitement. So here we go…let the fun begin! Full disclosure…I’m doing this series of posts after the fact. Part of this vacation included me leaving every one of my computers at home, which I did. I certainly did not want to blog from my iPad or phone or any one else’s computer. I had definitely not anticipated being away from my computers for as long as I was though. But let’s let that story unravel as we go along. Day one started out a little more laid back than initially planned. There was no stress getting out of the house. When we originally planned our trip, my teenager didn’t have much interest in the Great American Road Trip so we planned it over her band...

Happy Birthday, America!

By on Jul 4, 2016 in Personal

Between town festivals, parties and fireworks on the beach, there is never a shortage of fun things to do on the 4th of July. But this year, I opted for a low-key quiet day at home. We snacked on chopped veggies, fired up the grill and waited for the sun to go down to set off some fireworks. Overall, it was a definite success. At the end of the evening, the kids and I went for a walk around the neighborhood to see how everyone else was celebrating. We were able to watch the town’s firework show from the river’s edge and caught a few exciting backyard fireworks, too.

Thrills, Chills and Fun Times Ahead!

By on Jun 26, 2016 in Personal

I grew up a relatively short distance from Williamsburg, Virginia. This meant that summertime often included trips to Busch Gardens. Being a thrill seeker, these trips have left some awesome lasting memories. As an adult, I still enjoy the thrills and now I get to share them with my kids. But, over time I stopped going as often. Eventually it became a thing for the kids to do with their dad. They would take off early in the morning and come back with pictures and souvenirs and I’d enjoy the stories they would tell me about riding the little Clydesdale horses, the tea cups, and whatever awesome new coasters have been added. This time, however, I had the chance to tag along. When your kids’ ages range from 6 to 14, you expect to split your time between the smaller rides and the larger ones. Otherwise, someone is not going to have such a good time. We were able to kind of...

On an Island in the Sun

By on Jun 23, 2016 in Personal

Here is to another great musical adventure! To keep up with my awesome concert trend, my latest adventure was Weezer / Panic! at the Disco in Virginia Beach. This marks the second time I’ve seen P!ATD within the last year but surprisingly it was my first time seeing Weezer. I’ve been a fan since my teenage years. They definitely didn’t disappoint. Between seeing Weezer and the Offspring lately, I have come to realize one very alarming thing. We are ALL getting…OLD. It is so funny thinking about how those guys looked when I first started listening to them. But some things will never change. I will always <3 Dexter. Hahaha On a serious, or at least less-joking, note…I learned that VIP is the way to go. We went all out for this concert with front row seats (behind the pit…I’m too old for the pit) with VIP access. The VIP entry and lounge make...

Welcome Summer!

By on Jun 16, 2016 in Personal

Summer has finally found us! After a few false starts, it looks like the warm weather is here to stay for a while. I have been looking forward to the telltale signs of the season – the smell of charcoal from the grill in the evening, the sounds of the kids laughing and running around in the yard, lightning bugs illuminating our path during evening strolls… Of course, the presence of summer also means that the kids are home from school. No more homework after dinner and 8pm bedtimes. Instead, they get to trade those in for extended playtime and staying up late (10pm – because we party like rock stars around here). This was a pretty big milestone school year. Lexxie started Kindergarten. She put on a brave face on that first day of school as she walked into her classroom and found her seat. There were no tears – a little apprehension – but she held it...

Hello Pool Season!

By on Jun 13, 2016 in Personal

Hello summer. Hello sunshine. Hello lazy evenings poolside! Summer is finally here and in full swing – that means longer hours in the sun and more time to lay by the pool. Last year I couldn’t quite find the time in my schedule to slow down and enjoy the warm moments of summer but this year I have made the time. So far it has been the perfect solution. The sun is still shining bright when my work day ends and the heat is definitely not going anywhere. By the time we get to the pool, the usual afternoon crowd has left so there is more room for the kids to throw balls, play Marco Polo, or just splash around on kick boards and pool noodles. It is nice for me too! I can take in a little Vitamin D while I enjoy a relaxing moment…and when it gets too hot…a quick dip in the water brings me right back to bliss. I am definitely loving it.

Welcome to Chapel Hill

By on Jun 11, 2016 in Professional

I spend a decent amount of time in the Triangle these days, specifically in Raleigh, but this week was a little different. Rather than visiting my office, I had the pleasure of working in beautiful Chapel Hill. We hosted a conference at the Friday Center and it was quite a success. This was my first visit to the Friday Center and I was really impressed with the venue. The accommodations were wonderful – clean and spacious – and they even had common areas for user networking. It was refreshing seeing so many people from different industries, backgrounds and locations spanning the globe coming together to learn and share their own knowledge. The weather was beautiful for the entire event. The sun was shining, but not too hot, for the pre-conference golfing and it was just warm enough to enjoy the Durham Bulls game from our private party area at the Tobacco Road Cafe. Things...