Spring flowers

Winter in Florida isn’t really “winter” and Spring in Florida lasts about five days. But being a four seasons kinda gal (not the Four Seasons from New Jersey, but the four seasons that I experienced when I lived in NJ), I still like to pretend it’s a real spring — break out the floral prints and sundresses, drive with windows down and music blasting and pick up fresh flowers from the market.

I especially love tulips. The best part of real spring is when perennials pop up from the freshly thawed ground, tiny little buds rising up to signal that at long last, the sun is strong, the temperatures are rising and life begins anew again. Tulips, daffodils, gladiolus — they’re all gorgeous. But tulips are my favorite because they remind me of a little tulip garden my mom planted when we lived in Lincoln Park, NJ for a few years during my early childhood. Continue reading

Pet adoption: Giving our dogs a good home

In September 2008, I came home from work one afternoon to find a dog in our apartment. Joel and I had talked about getting one for a little while and he took it upon himself to find a dog that a family didn’t want anymore and brought her home. We named her Miko, meaning Shinto Princess, or something like that.


A little over six years later, I came home one November evening, after getting off work and going in for a haircut, to find another new dog in our house.


Meet Hattori, named after Hattori Hanzo, the sword maker in Kill Bill named for the famous Samurai. (Pronounced Huh-tore-ey) Continue reading