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My favorite holiday treat (recipe, tips,and photos included!)

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For as long as I can remember, I have associated Christmas with one special treat.

Pumpkin roll!

Although I do prepare most of my own meals in order to eat healthy and save money, I do not spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I cook simple things.

But there is one day a year when I stock the pantry More >

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Help pick my prints! (part 2 and more chances to win)

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If you already voted in the first photography category Landscapes, you’ve already earned at least one entry towards winning an 8″x10″ canvas print from Printcopia.  (You can still go back and vote now to earn entries in the giveaway.)

Just narrowing down the photos to this number was difficult, More >

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20 months, 1000s of photos… Help pick my prints!

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I have been back in my home in Columbus for five months.

I still have blank walls and empty photo frames.

I simply cannot decide which of my thousands of photos I want on my walls.

So I need your help. And I want to give you something in return. Help me pick my prints and win an 8”x10”canvas More >
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Why you should always have $20 cash and other lessons from my car-free lifestyle

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My attempt at living a car-free lifestyle in the US has hit an early challenge.

Since I would be giving up my virtual office to go back to the corporate world, I knew that my work commute would be the biggest challenge to a car-free lifestyle. 

So I made a career decision that would give me a More >

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If Portland is weird, then so am I

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During my short time in Portland, I have fallen in love with this city.

I keep asking myself what is so special about this place and these people?

I think I finally have it.

 

The things that make me weird in Ohio are mainstream and fully embraced in Portland. Bike culture

My friends are probably More >

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Me, a beer, and my goldfish

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As soon as I got to Portland, I realized my days were going to be even busier than Seattle.

I got a massive list of fun stuff to see and do from Bethany and Ted of Two Oregonians.  I had a great discussion with Visit Portland and added more must-dos to my list.  And everyone I talked to who had More >

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Visiting strangers in Maine

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One thing it took me a while to learn while I was traveling in Latin America is to be a better friend.

What do I mean by that?

The majority of interactions we have with other travelers are very casual.  When we talk to another traveler in our hostel or at a café, we are reaching out simply to have More >

Creative Commons photos from Flickr courtesy of Martyn @ Negaro

Can I live car-free in Columbus?

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I have really struggled to write this post.  I think part of it is because I often wonder if I’m just being stupid.

I want to live car-free. And when I tell people that, they look at me like I’m crazy.

I did not drive a car once during my 20 months in Latin America.

I walked a lot.  I wasn’t buying More >

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My First World Problems

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My first week back home in Columbus was spent putting things away (not that I had much stuff to put away), buying necessities, and meeting up with friends.

Overall, it has been an easy transition with little stress.

(Yes, I am aware that the real transition will happen when I enter the corporate More >

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The Blogger Relay Kicks Off Today! (I’m Officially a Travel Geek)

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As I said in my big announcement last week, one of the great things to come out of my 20 months of travel in Latin America is discovering this awesome community of travel bloggers.

That community has officially turned me into a travel geek.

(Two years ago, I would have made fun of someone for what More >

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