Doggy DNA Test Results

If you’re new around here, hello. I’m Kristen, and I have five animals. Three of them are rather large dogs. Yes, we move them around the world with us. Yes, they are all mutts. Yes, there are too many but there’s nothing I can do about that at this point. They are my babies and […]

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Vardzia Cave City

This past weekend we were supposed to go skiing, but Mother Nature had other plans. It hasn’t snowed much in Georgia this winter – there’s barely enough snow in Gudauri for a decent base layer let alone proper skiing. Since our time here may be running thin (long story) we oped out of so-so ski […]

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Mount Kazbegi

This past weekend we were invited to a last-minute quick trip to one of my favorite places in Georgia: Stepantsminda. When we visited this idyllic valley in June we did a ton of hiking, and the shy but stunning Mount Kazbei was completely obscured by clouds and fog. This time around we didn’t set a […]

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Five Days in Stockholm

It seems Sean and I are incapable of traveling to just one city or county at a time. After a few lovely days in Helsinki, we continued our week in Scandanavia with a visit to Stockholm. By comparison, Stockholm is the larger city, so we had five jam-packed days to explore. We arrived in Stockholm […]

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Tbilisi Christmas Lights

Today is Orthodox Christmas, so I thought it would be fitting to briefly talk about Tbilisi at Christmastime. We were a bit bummed when planning our failed R&R and then our impromptu trip to Helsinki and Stockholm that we would miss out on the spectacular Christmas season here at home. However, since Georgia is on […]

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Helsinki

I feel like there are two distinct times to visit Scandanavia: in summer when the sun never sets, and in winter when the sun almost doesn’t rise. I have romantic ideas about Finland, Norway, and Sweden’s midnight sun, but was always nervous about traveling towards the Arctic Circle in the winter when my Seasonal Affective […]

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A Decade in Review

I feel like 2010 was like 20 minutes ago. I’m not exactly sure how it happened but 2020 is upon us which means we are entering into a whole new decade. I saw somewhere that babies born in the 1980s will have experienced four decades, two centuries, and two millenniums before we turn 40. I […]

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What To Do When Your R&R Implodes

I’m currently supposed to be in Bangkok. I’m supposed to be soaking in the fast-paced, bustling Southeast Asian city. I’m supposed to be settling in for one more night before we fly to Bali in the morning for some good-old-fashioned communing with nature and self-centering meditation on a tiny island at the end of the […]

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Frosting Fails

Recently I’ve gotten back into baking. For some reason, I went on a bit of hiatus for the past several years. I think in part it was our desire to eat healthier, and we really don’t need six dozen cookies for two people with little to no self-control. But, I really enjoy baking, and I’ve […]

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Really, Pantone?

It’s slowly dawning on me that we are closing out a decade in a few weeks. The 2010s are ending on December 31. That’s a huge deal. Everyone is posting their top whatever of the 2010s: most streamed songs, most clicked news stories, biggest celebrity names of the decade, most played video game, you name […]

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