Day One in the Ivy League

Today was my official first day as a Cornell student! Going to an Ivy League university for graduate school as a 33 year old is considerably different than my venture to the tiny Christian Brothers University for undergrad as a measly 16 year old. Dog actually ate my shoes for the day so had toContinue reading “Day One in the Ivy League”

(Re)Tired Ramblings #1

It’s been almost two months since my official retirement date and I finally started on my retirement checklist, per my post Tattoos, Baldness, and PJ Pants. Decided to modify the “baldness” a little bit and went with super short vice baby-butt bald. I like it! I also submitted my tattoo idea to a local tattooContinue reading “(Re)Tired Ramblings #1”

Oki the Pup

We got a puppy! I’ve promised Emma we could get a dog since she could talk, but we had to wait until we settled somewhere. Full disclosure, I am not an animal person. I’ve never wanted a pet. I’ve never been super fond of other people’s pets. That is, until I met my sister’s dog,Continue reading “Oki the Pup”

I am a Homeowner!!

That house I talked about in Playing Adult outside of Ithaca, NY…it’s ours as of yesterday 😃 I am so excited! So many ideas and plans, and there is so much room inside and outside! I’ve lived in 21ish houses, one ship, and multiple long-term hotels over my 32 years (I get a different countContinue reading “I am a Homeowner!!”

Homeschool, shmomeschool!

My mom homeschooled all five of my siblings for at least a few years. It came up regarding me a few times…I vividly remember threatening that I would move in with my dad if I was pulled out of public school 😆 I loved school. When I had my first daughter I swore she wouldContinue reading “Homeschool, shmomeschool!”

Playing Adult

I mentioned in Finally a Trip to Ithaca, NY that I couldn’t wait to get back to Ithaca. That happened much quicker than I expected…my MIL came into town last week so Chris and I decided to capitalize on her being here and make a weekend trip up north. There was a house we wereContinue reading “Playing Adult”

Finally a Trip to Ithaca, NY

Took G to Ithaca for a quick trip last week. It’s even more beautiful than I imagined! I still can’t believe I’m going to Cornell! Buying a house is stressful and scary. G and I really like ice cream. I’m totally all-in on this farming thing and I think Ithaca is the perfect place toContinue reading “Finally a Trip to Ithaca, NY”

From Hero to Zero

I’m a Marine. I decided I wanted to be a Marine when I was 12 years old, and I worked unbelievably hard to make it to where I am (more on that in a later post). I put the Marine Corps ahead of pretty much everything else in my life for well over a decade.Continue reading “From Hero to Zero”

Looking to the Future

I had a *feeling normal* moment Monday; went solo to Starbucks, took my coffee into Barnes&Noble, sat on the floor with a coffee and a book…it was fantastic! I was able to sit right between two of my favorite book sections and dig in to some of my future endeavors. Gardening, farming, entrepreneurship, and homesteading.Continue reading “Looking to the Future”

Tattoos, Baldness, and PJ Pants

I’ve slowly been making this public, but I am transitioning out of the Marine Corps this year. That means a lot of changes for me and the family. There are three things I really, really want to do when I get out that seem a bit contradictory to the average person. I want a tattooContinue reading “Tattoos, Baldness, and PJ Pants”