Let me tell you a secret: I hate unpacking suitcases after a trip. I returned to Dominica nearly a month ago after three weeks in Virginia and {this is embarrassing} still have not fully unpacked one of my suitcases.  I rummage through it when I need something from the suitcase, and I also throw things I don’t want to put away in there and then I shove it under the bed…. so bad!  Why am I such a slob?

Today I am not allowed to leave the house until I unpack.  And put away the laundry {same problem.}  Meh.

Does anyone else have this problem?



Have I ever told you how cool my little sisters are?  Well, they are really, amazingly cool!

Margaret is in her junior year at Sewanee: The University of the South where she is a history major.  She is currently spending her spring semester studying abroad in Rome, Italy.  She is loving it, and spent last weekend visiting friends in Nice, France for Carnival.  Pretty awesome!

Frannie graduated from Sewanee last May with a B.A. in Global and International Studies and a minor in Spanish.  Frannie spent her summer working at A BarA Ranch in Wyoming.  A few weeks ago, Frannie joined the U.S. Peace Corps as a Community Education Promoter in the South American country of Guyana.  She will spend the next two years there, and is jumping right in to her experience – eating chicken feet and taking bucket baths!  She is brave and so impressive!

In addition to being world travelers, they are also smart, hilarious, and very artistic.  Frannie has traveled to Ecuador, Haiti, and Honduras and is fluent in Spanish; Margaret speaks French and is learning Italian.  They both have awesome fashion senses, and I love to steal borrow their clothes and get fashion advice from them when I’m home.  They are also gorgeous and adventurous… be sure to check out their blogs (click on their names, above)!

So there you have it, the world traveling sisters, currently all living in three different countries.  Thanks, Mom, for passing along your adventurous streak to us!  Fun fact: my mom, Katrina, lived in Germany for two years after college.  She has some awesome stories!

Dominica: a beautifully kept secret in the Caribbean

{Photo of Calibishie by C Squared}

It was pretty cool to discover an article on Dominica in yesterdays Lexington Herald-Leader:

“The bright spot was my final destination: the beautiful island of Dominica. Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, Dominica (pronounced DOM-i-NEE-ka) lies between the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the southern Caribbean.  Of the 103 countries I have visited, this is one of the most beautiful.”  -Patti Nickell

In five days, travel writer Patti Nickell explored a good portion of the island and went to many awesome spots, places that Charlie and I would definitely take visiting family and friends or recommend to visitors.  It was fun to read about our island home and some of our favorite places here.  The article also just gives a really nice overview of what Dominica is like and how beautiful it is.  You can check out the article in its entirety here.

Au Revoir!

It’s been a fun couple of weeks back in the ‘mond.  I’ve loved hanging out with my mom and sisters, and catching up with family and friends.  Many good laughs and good meals have been had!  Obviously, I did a little shopping.  Watched some movies.  Drove a car.  Wore winter clothes and socks.  Got a real haircut.  And a facial.  I did not cook anything or do a single dish by hand.  It was heaven!

And now, it’s time to head back to Dominica, to Charlie, and to warm weather.  Au revoir mes amis!  See you in August!



Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. But that’s because I literally have been MIA: Missing and In America, to be exact.  I’m home for a few weeks, visiting my mom and sisters, catching up with friends and family, and wearing winter coats and gloves.  In fact, the main reason I’m home is to spend some time with my sisters before they head off on their own exotic adventures in about a week.  They’ll be in Guyana and Italy!  {More on that and the coolness they have in store for them soon!}  Meanwhile, I have a few days left here in Virginia to enjoy the good ole USA!