It’s Friday before a long Memorial Day weekend and in a few hours we are taking the dogs and heading North on the Pacific Northwest coast, almost to Canada basically. We always get an itch to travel on this weekend and get out of Seattle. It’s a great bookend to all the hours worked in… Read More Long Weekend Getaways in the PNW
Let your mother know you’re safe And by the time she wakes We’ll have driven through the state The Lumineers About one month out from our amazing western road trip, and I’m still a little bit in awe of how great it was. I was a little worried about spending so much time in the car… Read More It’s About The Journey, Not So Much The Destination
Today I am going into the magical west and possibly never returning. Just kidding. Sort of. The seeds for this trip were planted around a year ago when I heard one of my besties decided to go and get married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which in itself has been on my travel bucket list for a while.… Read More Going West… An Aggressive Road Trip Camping Itinerary
January and February have never been my favorite months. It’s bitterly cold most of the time, dark, and just generally depressing. (This is a positive post I promise.) But I’ve had the best January this year that I’ve maybe ever had as I’m finally settling in to my new surroundings. During my years in Memphis, I… Read More Getting personal on being alone.
The Kansas City Plaza lights are still up so I can still pretend it’s the most magical time of the year and not January if I want to, right? Christmas may have already came and went with the beginning of the new year, but my recent pre-Christmas adventure to The WigWam Resort, right outside of Phoenix, Arizona… Read More My own Wig Wam = all my childhood dreams came true
Since I was just talking about my love for October, my birthday month, I should also point out that a good handful of my best friends also have October birthdays. Katie, Emily, Ro… and I could go on. Since Emily’s was yesterday, I thought this would be a great time to show the world the… Read More Welcoming Baby Newell: A Book Themed Baby Shower
It’s here. My last day as a Memphian. I’ve been writing this post days before I even knew I was officially leaving because I wanted my Memphis eulogy to be perfect. After a couple weeks of jotting down stuff, it finally struck me that it’s Memphis. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Even when the… Read More I’ve set my sights on where I’m going, and my goodbyes on where I’ve been… Memphis
I am moving soon (in 9 days to be exact), but I’ve been in Memphis long enough for it to be in my blood. I will never not feel like a Memphian. This place is like no other, it doesn’t matter if you weren’t born here, what state you’re from, or where you’re going.… Read More Mandy Does Memphis
A couple of weeks ago I panicked. I searched for tickets to the Moon River Music Festival and found that even a week before the event, it was sold out completely. I had my heart set on going, and I was mad at myself for procrastinating. I started madly searching discount ticket sites to no avail.… Read More The weather here is like a nice big warm hug: Moon River Music Festival and a tangent on my love of the river. And music. And music on the river
Whoever said honeymoons must be relaxing doesn’t know my husband, or myself, for that matter. When we were planning our wedding and its festivities, (upon the inviting, cheap ticket fare) we booked a trip to South Africa for our honeymoon. The ticket required us to fly from Chicago to Paris, Paris to Abu Dhabi, and… Read More Honeymoon Schmuneymoon: In other words, ignore social norms and get out there!