“It’s a museum.” What started as a simple joke about a neighborhood museum in Siena that was closed on Sundays turned out to be a defining description of our adventures throughout Europe. While the United States and Europe aren’t that different from each other, there were several moments that caused us to laugh and shake … Continue reading Buongiorno and Willkommen
“Bird. One.” Everyone erupts with laughter as we all realize that three of the cards on the table each have a different type of bird written on them, and the boys’ team has to decide which bird my dad wants them to guess. Not surprisingly, it took them two tries to get it right, but … Continue reading Shifting Strategy and Perspective
“I’m going to appreciate every one of those positive degrees.” It was Sunday morning, and the temperature outside was approximately 5°F. Which sounds bitterly cold, but the day before we had been skiing in -5°F with a wind chill factor that felt like -17°F. Needless to say, we lasted a little longer on the slopes … Continue reading Facing the Reality of Winter
"So can we put our Christmas tree up on the Saturday after Thanksgiving this year?" It was October 29, and my family and I were in the middle of our weekly Skype call. We had just gone through the dates that Abby and I would be home for Thanksgiving, and I knew that I needed … Continue reading Adaptable Adventures
“So if it’s 635 feet long and travels at six miles per hour, then the ride takes how long?” One of the more popular Pittsburgh attractions is a trolley ride up the side of Mt. Washington that provides a scenic view of downtown. Actually, there are two such inclines, but my family was discussing whether … Continue reading Pinch Me, I Must be Dreaming.
“I don’t know.” That’s probably the most common phrase to have come out of my mouth these past two and a half months. Whether I’m talking about a type of equipment at work that’s in my manual, where a particular restaurant is located (or even which restaurants are a must), where I would be living … Continue reading A Planner’s Worst Nightmare
“The way you got to a place is probably not the way you’ll get home.” My manager was offering me some advice on navigating the streets of Pittsburgh. And having spent the past two weeks trying to figure out side streets, stoplights and shortcuts, I believe he’s right. Going back down that one way street … Continue reading Pittsburgh Ponderings
“I’m just drooling.” I hate to break it to you, but if you’ve ever said that to an employee in a candy store and thought you were being original, well…you’re not. The phrase probably has an average of five times per shift, making it just one of the many regularities found in a candy store. … Continue reading Candy Store Shenanigans
“On Fridays, the flannel family rides the ferry to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin.” Both of my sisters were home for the weekend, and following my brother’s suggestion, we had just arrived at the local pumpkin patch across the river. Naturally, before we could select our pumpkin, we decided to find our … Continue reading Twisting and Turning Expectations
“Room service!” Shortly after the above exclamation, you can expect to see a pulley ring dangling in front of you, waiting for you to “tweezle in” and move to the next element. At least, that’s what you can expect when you’re in the middle of a ropes course with my family. Like any close knit … Continue reading Ready, Set, Wait?