Thankful Thursday, vol. 2

“Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.”

Sam Levenson

I honestly don't know if any of us pass for normal when we're apart either...


And whaddya know?! It's actually Thursday today!


It's cheesy and predictable, but today I guess I'm pretty thankful for my siblings. I'm sitting in Paris, eating decadent desserts and drinking cheap wine (cheap wine doesn't necessarily equal bad wine in this part of the country, another thing to be grateful for) with my brother and waiting for my sister to get out of class and join us. Life ain't too terrible. I'm grateful for the rest of my family too, but being in Paris with my siblings is a Thanksgiving that I am sure will stand out in my memories.

And my sister's boyfriend deserves an honorable mention as well, for graciously sharing his living space while we're visiting. 

Happy Thanksgiving, folks!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

Technically, today is the last day of summer, even though the forecast is telling me to expect 80 degree days the rest of the week. And even though it’s been a pretty awesome summer 1, I have to admit that I am pretty damn excited for this fall. Well, if I’m honest, I’m always excited for fall, it’s been my favorite season for as long as I can remember. But this fall stands out a bit more due to some very recently finalized travel plans.

I try to travel as much as I can throughout the year, but you may notice that I rarely am able to get away for more than a long holiday weekend at a time. However, with a little begging and some good fortune, I’ll be taking two extended trips this fall. The first will be a week in Utah in October to climb some long, hard routes with Evan. Getting a couple of classic desert towers under our belts seems like the perfect way to wrap up our first season as trad climbers, and I can’t wait!

Then, in November, I’ll be packing my bags and jumping on a plane to cross the big pond and visit my sister in Paris! And not one of those backwoods, middle-of-nowhere towns named Paris, of which there seems to be one in almost every state in the US, but Paris, France! My sister has been living in Paris for a little over a year now, first as an au pair and now as a graduate student. She’s been harassing me to visit while she’s there, but I’d pretty much given up hope that I’d be able to afford to come since I couldn’t find any plane tickets for less than $1000…and then something magical happened. I found tickets for less than $1000. SIGNIFICANTLY less than $1000. When I finally bought my tickets, the round trip price had dropped to $407. It was a chance I couldn’t pass up.

I’m so excited I don’t even know what to say, other than “I. AM. SO. FREAKING. EXCITED.”

If you have any suggestions for must-do climbs/eats/sights in Utah (we’ll probably spend most of our week in the Moab area) or off the beaten tourist path things to check out in Paris, let me know! Does anybody else have plans for this fall that they can hardly wait for?