About me

When my husband Scott was offered a position as an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill, starting in the fall of 2013, I left the world of office buildings, cafeterias, and cubicles in Washington DC and began working from home. Even two years later, it still feels new, and . . . unexpected, I guess . . . to be living in North Carolina. My father was in the Air Force, and I’ve moved quite a bit since leaving for college, so you’d think I’d be used to moving by now, but it has been hard to get my bearings this time.

Even though North Carolina is unquestionably beautiful:

And our own backyard isn’t bad either:

I started this blog as a way to document my efforts to explore North Carolina, as an incentive to make sure I really did it instead of sitting on my couch wishing I was somewhere else. I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project shortly after moving here; it inspired me to find small ways to be happier (and had something to do with title of the blog too).  I’ve loved posting photographs and telling stories on this blog, and it has helped to shift my perspective and encouraged me seek out new adventures.

But I’ve found that the more I settle into life here–the more I make friends and get involved with the community–the harder it is to find time to travel.  Which makes sense, of course, and really isn’t a loss. So I’m going to shift my focus to getting to know North Carolina in other ways, to exploring the food and the culture as well as the landscape.  Though I’m sure still going to try to travel whenever I can!


9 thoughts on “About me

  1. This blog has many positives and will give us a chance to know what is happening in North Carolina from your perspective. I have missed exchanges with you.


  2. That photo could have been taken in “my” forest! I see you are a lovely family – and Sasso is of coulrse the most lovely creature – next to my own dog, Totti of course…Thank you so much for the follow and good luck with your every project. Moving must be a big one – I have never moved far from my hometown, but I can imagine…

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    • Thanks for the kind words! I imagine your forest gets a *little* more snow than mine. When Scott and I traveled in Sweden a bit a few years ago, I remember thinking the forest was perfect, the ideal forest, so I am sure you must enjoy it very much. And your dogs are adorable. 🙂


      • I’m afraid we have no snow yet…but still hoping for it to come before Christmas. I’m glad you liked Sweden! Where did you go?
        In May, this spring, I lost my beloved Mille. A fantastic dog – called iron Man because of his strong will and capacity to cope with everything he went through. A rather wild guy who was a runner and an enthusiast in everything he did. He had many injuries and accidents because of this – but always came through alive. In the end he got diabetes and we couldn’t save him. A big loss for us all, and a sad blow to Totti who suddenly had to manage without his leader.


      • I am so sorry to hear about Mille! I can only imagine how big the loss is. We have had Sasso for only 7 months and already I worry what life will be like without her–hopefully far, far in the future. I’m glad you keep the page “about Mille” and his pictures on your blog. He was a beautiful dog and it sounds like lived life to its fullest.


      • We did one of those crazy whirlwind trips–Scandinavia in 10 days or so. In Sweden we went only to Stockholm and out into the archipelago, but the archipelago was my favorite part of the whole trip. Scott and I are amateur foodies, and the best restaurant we have ever been to was on Svartso. I would love to go back and see more of the country.


  3. Hello from Türkiye… just wanted to say “thank you”, I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process.

    Hope you have a great day…


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