Hiking Dirtyface Mountain

We have always enjoyed spending time outdoors and have really enjoyed tackling progressively more challenging hikes since moving to the Pacific Northwest. When we moved here from Ohio, we were excited to spend more time in the mountains, which we simply didn't have the opportunity to explore back at home. What I didn't anticipate is …

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Two Years Closer to Becoming a Mossback

As we were getting ready for bed last night, I happened to swipe through my ‘On This Day’ feed in Facebook. I couldn’t believe it when I read the first item that displayed. Two Years Ago Today: Moved to Everett, Washington Two. Years. Ago. How is that possible? When we made the decision to move …

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A Day Along the Columbia River Gorge

My parents have come out to visit a couple times since we moved to Seattle and most recently bought round-trip flights to Portland for a long weekend visit. We made arrangements to join them Saturday and Sunday to see some new sights in town as well as the surrounding area. Brian headed down earlier in …

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Road Trip: The Midwest and Plains

After months of planning, packing, panicking and preparing we finally hit the road for our move to the Pacific Northwest! The movers packed our house Wednesday and Thursday, they loaded the truck and our vehicle on Friday, and our families met us at the Corkscrew Saloon in Medina, Ohio, for one last send-off/early Mother's Day luncheon …

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My Last St. Patty’s as a Single Lady

The fiance and I have been hosting St. Patty's Day gatherings for several years. Unfortunately the year of the move in (and move again, and move again) was a break in the annual festivities, but we've gotten back on track. I mislabeled this year as our 'third' annual gathering but it was actually our fourth. …

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My Last Unwed Christmas

Christmas 2012 was incredible. It was also my last unwed Christmas; my last Christmas as Heather Bing. I did pause to reflect on that fact many times throughout the days leading up to Christmas as well as on Christmas Day itself. It seemed appropriate to think about the changes ahead in 2013, both my personal …

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Literary Travels: The Good Daughter

I borrowed The Good Daughter from a friend and with her recommendation, and I was not disappointed. Given everything going on in my life right now, it took a little longer than usual for me to get through it, but that's a reflection of my availability and has nothing to do with the book's ability …

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Weekend in Washington D.C.

I could have wished for better circumstances surrounding our weekend trip to Washington D.C., but I certainly couldn't have wished for better weather or better company. My parents and I completed the 6.5-hour drive there and back this weekend in order to attend a funeral service for my great aunt, Kazuko, who recently passed away. …

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