Well…not really….But I don’t know that I could have packed any more into the month of June.

She said yes!

She said yes!

Tying the Knot

It actually all started on May 29, when I asked my beautiful girlfriend, Jill, to marry me. ¬†Thankfully she said yes ūüėČ (does anyone ask anymore without knowing the answer?)

I am beyond fortunate that Jill and her kids have entered my life.  We have both come through a lot to get where we are and I am more than excited to continue this journey with her at my side.

An incredible psychologist impacting people’s lives every day,¬†an amazing Mom raising to young kids who are amazing in their own right and the of love of my life who reminds me every day what true grace, strength and love really are. ¬†What an amazing woman she is.


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I Miss You Old Man

September 15, 2015 — 1 Comment

grandpa-eIt’s been seven years since you left us and not a day goes by that I am not reminded of you in many¬†simple ways.

Whether it be an old man in a neon knit hat …or…

Those¬†old Lincoln Town Cars you so loved to drive …or…

A seat of a car covered with newspapers – you swore it was because it was cold
but I think it was because the older you got the shorter you became and you
needed them to see over the hood …or…

Beer in a styrofoam cup that you nursed for hours…
“Can you put a couple of ice cubes in that?” …or…

Long sticks of pepperoni that you used to bring to our house¬†…or…

Scrambled eggs made with pepperoni – just like you used to make me that one summer …or…

Shots of Sambuca…warm please not chilled¬†…or…

A new song¬†–¬†Shut up and Dance – only you could get away with wearing that shirt¬†…or…

How your¬†words¬†&¬†your¬†wisdom…”Go slow”, “Everything in moderation”
…are now mine and I am¬†faithfully passing¬†them on to my own¬†…or…

A found penny…a reminder that you are not far¬†…or…

Today РSeptember 15, 2015 Рtoday would have been your 100th birthday.

Every day – in many simple ways – you continue to be part of my life.

I love and miss you old man.  Happy Birthday Grandpa E!

sunset-at-sea-2Ok we’re hooked. Even more so now.

It has become clear to us that cruising is our greatest vacation. From the moment we set out for the airport until we step off the ship at our final port – it is the closest¬†I think we can come to being completely unplugged and sincerely relaxed. Time seems to stand still onboard a cruise and even though it’s¬†a relatively short trip¬†and the days slowly tick away…there is no urgency, no sense of running out of time. Even as the last days approach you don’t feel … “Oh no it’s almost over!” but rather¬†the sense is¬†“We still have two more days left.”

Not until you head back to wherever you call home¬†that the feeling sets in that it’s over…for now. And then life begins to flood back in as thoughts of children, work, home and everything else we deal with in our daily lives rises back to the surface and becomes top of mind again. But those feelings only¬†serve as added motivation for us to plan more cruises. Continue Reading…

Back At It

February 24, 2015 — Leave a comment

FacebookCoverPhoto-Keep-Going

Blogging on a consistent basis is tough.¬† You can tell, as it’s been almost a year since my last post.

Spending time on a new hobby is tougher.¬† Such as with my want to learn iPhoneography…until today the last photo I shared was last July.

Continually progressing with my running is the toughest.  RunKeeper tells me I last ran in April 2014.

I guess – as the saying goes – if it were easy then everyone would be doing it…all the time. Continue Reading…