New York and Boston (Photos)

My summer fling with New York City was unfortunately short-lived. It really was love at first sight on that taxi ride to our hotel, and to think I merely had a glimpse on this trip. What can I say, there’s just something about the hustle and bustle that makes you feel excited, adventurous, and inspired.

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

– Tom Wolfe


Enchanted Rock and Peaches



Enchanted Rock State Natural Area features a grand, pink granite dome surrounded by various trails, rocks, and camp sites. Enchanted Rock is part of one of the largest batholiths [underground rock formations unveiled by erosion] in the United States. Vernal pools, located near the summit, catch rain water, and form microhabitats that play an integral role in the preservation of this natural area. This enchanted dome was considered a mystical location by Indian tribes, and they were hesitant of “ghost fires” that flickered towards the top and the sound of the rock creaking. Scientist contribute the “ghost fires” to reflections of the sun along the vernal pools, and geologists state the creaking is due to change in temperature.


An Ode To My Father On Father’s Day

A couple of days ago marked the seven year anniversary of my father’s passing. Seven years may seem like a long time ago, but parts of that time remain very vivid. He passed away after fighting through a ~5 month period filled with a series of hospital complications. Memories of hospital waiting rooms, ICU hallways, dreaded phone calls, loud monitors, and that ambiguous hospital smell linger on. It’s difficult to describe losing a parent at the age of 20. During those few months, we were always told to “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” Fortunately, my dad made it home to celebrate his 55th birthday in the presence of family, and just for a moment, we started letting our guard down. He was only home for about a month, but I will always be grateful for that extra time with him.


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Stitch Fix #1


My first Fix has arrived! By the way, receiving the package is exciting in itself! Now, just to remind you, I signed up for Stitch Fix a few weeks ago, just to see what the fuss is all about. Since I’m no fashion guru, naturally I needed some extra “styling advice”, so I filled out a style profile, linked my style Pinterest board,and Voilà! A few weeks later, a personal stylist has selected 5 items specifically for me!




Summer Vacay!

I’ve decided to kick this blogging thing up a notch, with a new name and new look! It is still a work in progress, so stay tuned as I continue to make some changes.


On another note, summer vacation is officially here! That phrase doesn’t apply to me anymore, but at least there’s less traffic on my way to work, heh. It’s hard to believe it’s already June! There are a few things that I’m looking forward to this summer:

  • Snow cones, homemade popsicles, and watermelon! Mmmm
  • Gilmore Girls Reunion at ATX Festival TODAY! Unfortunately I don’t have tickets to attend, but hoping for a live stream??? (more…)

Someday I’ll Dress Like A Grown Up

So…I’m pretty sure “someday” should be coming up… right…about…NOW!  It doesn’t help that I live in scrubs or work-out clothes most of my days. As I look down at my 5 year old jeans and one of my many collected t-shirts, I’ve realized, that I might need a little help in the wardrobe department.  I’ve decided to hire a personal stylist!! Yes, it might seem a little extreme, especially for a “Plain ol’ Jane” like me, BUT who cares, a girl has to live a little, right??


Photo proof of my lack of style. Don’t mind the multicolor socks!



15 Tips For Outdoor Running Safety

Unfortunately, we live in a world where a solitary pastime can be controlled by fear. With the many dangers that loom around every curve, I’ve decided to compile a list of proactive steps we can take to become defensive runners and continue to stay healthy on the road/trail.


1. Keep a family member/friend in the loop: Let them know exactly where you’re going, and what time you plan on starting/finishing.

2. Take your phone: Just in case of an emergency, or unexpected injury. Once, my hip gave out on a long run, and I was 6 mi. away from my car! Fortunately, I was able to call for someone to pick me up at the nearest trailhead.
3. Personal ID: ID bracelet, emergency contact numbers, blood type, allergies, etc.

5 Easy Steps To Make A Banner

At the Rehab, we recently had a breakfast potluck for our occupational therapists to celebrate OT Month. I decided to dig out my inner crafty side, and attempt to make a banner for the occasion!

– Printer
– Scissors
– Card stock
– Glue stick
– Markers
– Stapler
– Ribbon

STEP 1: Find a template with the desired shape for each letter. In my case, I decided to use a puzzle piece. Giant jigsaw puzzles are popular at work. I printed out this free sample template from K3 Teacher Resources.