19 July 2015

Forging Westward: Idaho

After my short stint in Madison, it was time to pack up again to head west to Boise.


OK, so while Wisconsin and Idaho may not make the average tourist's "bestseller state list," I could argue that's why they are so beautiful and enjoyable. So many outdoor activities, low-key airports, and genuinely kind people are ready to welcome you to their pretty corner of the world. If you have the chance: GO.

Wisconsin to Colorado to Idaho

I will never forget this arrival in Boise.

10 July 2015

Forging Westward: Wisconsin

My whole year has been spent mostly flying planes instead of taking trains. This is not a preference, but simply how the chips fell with schedules, prices, and distances. In all, since I landed in Amsterdam last August, I think I've flown on 19 planes (yes, counting the plane changes in the same itinerary), and I've got 4 more to go before landing in Amsterdam again on August 12th. It feels like a lot!


Part of our travel strategy this summer was that by starting on the East Coast, we could one-way ticket ourselves across the country to California. Marc and I split forces in DC, and we will reunite in LA in August. This plan was so much cheaper and less time consuming than picking a home base and round trip ticketing everywhere together.

My summer of 2015 has been so many states and planes! I've passed through New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Idaho, just to finally get to California. That's 11 states (DC definitely counts) in 5 weeks!

How did it work and why did I do it?!

05 July 2015

(East) Coasting in DC and VA

We had to shuffle around our itinerary a bit, and we ended up in the Washington DC area for two weeks!


We had only a few objectives.

01 July 2015

2014-2015 Review: Get Out of Town!

It's like...we moved to the middle of nowhere, and, all of a sudden, I had so much free time that I was going everywhere!


Our "years" begin and end in the summer. Every time I've tried to do a "real" year-in-review at the end of December, I always feel halfway through whatever we're doing. I've just always been on a school year schedule; my parents were both teachers, and our life refreshed and restarted every summer.

30 June 2015

Monthly Musings with Marc - June

Family Connections

Loyalty was expected from me at an early age. Growing up a military brat made me cherish and protect everyone and everything around me, especially my family. As one of my high school teachers and coaches used to say, "You get what you give."


My wife and I don't want kids, but that doesn't mean we don't want family. We think of, pray for, and talk to family as much as possible when living on the other side of the world. We try to make ourselves available to family and friends in any and all ways. We rely on our family for help and insight as we go through life. 

23 June 2015

Coming Back to America: New York City

The #SwagVilUSA quest has begun!

Our week in New York City was marked by a lot of relaxing and walking.


18 June 2015

Childfree Series: Identity, Culture, Home

This is the third and final installment of the Childfree series. I hope I don't feel the need to blog about this topic again for at least a decade.


The previous installment (Childfree: 15 Things They've Said) concluded with the line:


Your home is your sacred place, and it's up to you to make your sacred place a happy one. Whether you decide to fill it with people or things or as little as possible - your home will be what you make it!



The most content people in the world have all arrived at the same place. They are comfortable and secure in their identity. They know who they are and how to be that person. Happy people can be found across the entire personality spectrum because being comfortable in one's own skin is an achievable target for anyone.

You have your own individual identity, then you also have an identity for each of your relationships. If your identity is still in process, your decisions are probably influenced by people with a stronger sense of personal identity. Your personal identity and the identity of your relationship with whomever you live with are the key factors in the culture and home life you will create and maintain.

What is our identity as a married couple?

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