Toasting Traditions: Valentine’s Day

After several years of lackluster, yet exorbitantly expensive, dinners out we decided to see what fun we could have with the money if we stayed in instead. It turns out, the average American man will spend around $250 on gifts for the annual holiday. And, the average city-dwelling American date ends up running around $400-$500 per couple. Wow! Noah and I decided early on that the uncharges for holiday dates just weren’t worth it. That could be airfare to Paris… And, we’d rather use it that way. Fast forward to 2021, and most Americans should be staying home anyway! So, let some “boring” stay-at-home V-Day veterans help you spice up your holiday as a couple (and a bonus near the end for my single friends, too!).

My Life with a Systems Engineer: 5 Tips to Engineer Your Best Life at Home

Noah is perfectionistic, calculated, careful, grounded, honest, analytical, and systematic. These traits make him an awesome systems engineer and manager at work. These traits also come home with him…

On the Move During COVID-19

Noah and I have been preparing since October to move from sunny California to the Empire State. We had arranged everything with our work, we had told our family and friends, we had found an apartment and signed a lease. We were three weeks away from our big move when quarantine struck Santa Clara County.

Toasting the Moon in Paso Robles, CA

Once you get off of 101 in Paso Robles, everything changes. The air is fresh to breathe, the pace is manageable and relaxed, and you can see real nature, from ground squirrels, to birds, to snakes and spiders, and even bees. The California industry boom left Paso out of the mix. Instead, in this part of the central coast, agriculture is king and vinitourism (wine tourism) is queen.