Fear of Flying.

How do you feel about flying? I am a bad traveler in general, but flying causes a special kind of stress.

My stress is less related to a fear of heights, and more connected to anxiety/motion sickness/mild claustrophobia. It's a vicious cycle: I get a bit motion sick, I worry about being motion sick, the worry about being sick makes me more sick. Ad nauseum (add nausea).

We experienced some vomit-inducing turbulence en route to Ireland last year, so my stress about flying to Portugal was heightened. I don't see flying as a miracle of modern technology. I see it as being trapped for 8 hours in a cramped death tube.

That said, I do have some strategies that help with my particular brand of flying fear...


Happy Weekend!

We're closing in on our first week in Portugal, and it's been lovely so far. Porto is such a beautiful, vibrant city. In honour of upcoming summer adventures, here are some good travel-related links from around the web:

The best Airbnbs in Cuba (one of the locales we're dreaming about)

Is this the best U.S. road trip ever?

This graphic novel travelogue looks sweet (check out a preview here)

Perfect travel notebook

Eco-friendly (and beautiful) hotels

Gunther, Christine, and Otto. What a story.

Travel scratch map

National Geographic Traveler photo contest winners

Time travelers (my parents did this with Barbies when we were kids - ha)

An Iceland elopement

Happy weekend!



32 in Porto.

Today is my 32nd birthday and I'm happily celebrating in Porto, Portugal. Last year, Dane and I realized that our summer schedules were the perfect storm of flexibility and portability, so we decided to pick up and live elsewhere for awhile, which is how we ended up here.

More to come on beautiful Porto (and later, Lisbon), but for now, a thank you to all of my loved ones who made the last year so wonderful. It is a privilege and a joy to age! (At least until I'm 40 and then omgiamgoingtofreakout).

P.S. A poem from Gregory Corso, just for today.


Packing for Portugal.

Last year, Dane and I went on a trip to Ireland and I attempted to (almost) relive my undergrad Eurotrip days of minimalist packing. My goal was to bring just a carry-on for our 2-week trip and, while I was able to do it (packing list here), I learned a couple of lessons that I intend to employ this time around...


Welcome, Jack!

This week brought a very unexpected visitor: my new nephew, Jack! He was more than two months early, so he's got some growing to do before I can give him snuggles and kisses, but I'm *very* excited that he's here. He's already eating and breathing on his own, so he's got a fighting spirit. 

In honour of this new kiddo, here are a few baby-inspired links:

A father's love

Easy handmade gifts for baby

A really interesting series about motherhood around the world

Cute mobile

A great print for baby's room

Gifts for new parents

Fun fact: this is the first song I ever heard

Pretty blocks

DIY toy mat

A great picture book blog

Cute, modern quilt

Ikea hacks for the nursery

Cute, sunny baby shower

How wonderful life is, now you're in the world!


Have a Happy Weekend!

I just read this article called 22 Things Happy People Do Differently. While I'm typically disappointed in these clickbait-y types of pieces, I really enjoyed this one.

My takeaway: we all experience things that can threaten our happiness, but, ultimately, most of us (barring extreme circumstances, of course) have a choice about how we're going to react to those things: we can choose to be happy or we can choose to be unhappy.

I choose to be happy, as much as I can, but it's not always easy. I really need to work on a few of those 22 tips (especially getting absorbed in the present, exercising, accepting what cannot be changed, and not sweating the small stuff).

What are your happiness tips?

Here are a few things that make me happy, and I hope they'll bring a smile to your face, too.

When kids write hilarious threatening notes to their parents and also, the tooth fairy

Heroic dog rescues (of course it would be by a part-time model)

Love that lasts and lasts and lasts

Fifty Suns

When regular people become superheroes

Animal photobombs (the stingray, I just can't)

Doing the impossible for great love (if you don't know the story, see here)

When people prank their kids for Jimmy Kimmel (the kid at 3:56 is amazing)

Little moments of great kindness

If kids wrote movies... ("I knocked on the doorbell, then rang it...")

This song

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How to Live to 100.

After watching this TED Talk, I've become fascinated with articles about Blue Zones - have you heard of Blue Zones? They're the places on earth where people with the best longevity reside (spoiler alert: none of them are in Canada)...