“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
“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
“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
“Well I guess we’ll just have to wait here for the next hour and a half.” Not that it was a bad wait by any means. The six of us had just finished hiking Jochberg, a 1565-meter peak that overlooks two lakes and offers an impressive view of the nearby Alps. After this steep, but … Continue reading Hiking Out of My Comfort Zone
“Is this real life?” We asked ourselves this question several times while meandering through vineyards and quaint German villages with colorful flowers in full bloom on our way to the Hambacher Schloss (Hambach Castle). It just seemed too picturesque and fairy-tale like to be real. This past weekend two other JYMers and I traveled (in … Continue reading Once Upon a Dream
Dirty cabins. Sketchy showers. No A/C. No cell phone service. A couple of skunks. Oh, and sixty middle school students. Remind me why I signed up for this again? Maybe because my new friend Jesse persuaded me to, and I would get to see her for a few brief hours at the end of the … Continue reading What are You Learning this Summer?