On Sunday my favorite human is turning 30 years old. THIRTY YEARS OLD. I met him when he was 18. That blows my mind.

Once again I was going to share the details of our Texas trip on here today. But then I decided I should write something about Kyle. But I don’t really know what to say…

I often mention K on this blog so there’s not much I haven’t said. (This birthday post is one of my favorites.) Today I’m making him answer some questions in honor of his birthday. Spoiler alert: He dodged most of them.

We’ll start with the hardest question: Peach pie or yellow cake with chocolate frosting?
It depends. Just a generic pie and cake, the yellow cake with chocolate frosting. If it’s your grandma’s peach pie, I’d pick that.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last 30 years?
That’s too deep.
Answer it.
What the hell. (He’s technically not being a smartass… A few weeks ago we realized that we live our lives in a very “what the hell” kind of way. I’ll blog about that some other day. Essential when an opportunity presents itself we say “what the hell” and go for it.)

What age has been your favorite?
My favorite pizza is JNG.
That’s not an acceptable answer.
It IS an acceptable answer. That’s not an acceptable question.

If you didn’t play drums what instrument would you play?
Probably nothing.
You’re so boring.
I didn’t ask you to ask me these…

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
That’s not an answer.
I don’t knooooow. I’m not a casting agent… I guess, with my language, Samuel L. Jackson.

Advice for a 20 year old?
Drop out of school and start a business.
That’s not good advice, dear.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t know.
You could at least be nice and say with me.
Well, yeah. Duh.

circa 2010

Annnnnnnd there you have it. *eyeroll*

So happy birthday, Boo. I can’t wait to see what this decade brings. You can accomplish anything ❤︎ I love you.

                                          – A

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my mom’s birthday. My mom hates the internet & social media, so I’ll keep this brief.

Lisa's Bday

Energetic. (She’s a first grade teacher- I’m tired just thinking about keeping up with +20 kids.)


International. (She’s lived in & traveled to so many places!)






Understanding. (She doesn’t take angry words & actions personally.)


Suspicious. (Planning her surprise birthday treat was almost impossible.)


On Saturday K and I met up with Fred & Christina and my mom & dad to played Key Quest at a local laser tag warehouse. We had 45 minutes to solve the puzzle and escape the “serial killer’s cellar.” Yeah, we totally died. Between the six of us we had 4 college degrees, an engineer, a teacher, three business owners, a writer, and puzzle game aficionado (my mom). I still can’t believe we lost. I was SO mad. I hate losing.

Afterward we had a delicious dinner at Bonefish Grill and then ice cream cake back at my parents’ house. Fred & Christina put off their trip home to Columbus until Sunday morning & Kyle postponed his business travels that night, too. We’d presented my mom with her birthday gift on Easter (a piano!) but I think she was happiest about us being together for an evening.

My grandma & mom on her 9th birthday
My grandma & my mom on her 9th birthday

We wouldn’t be who, or what, we are today without my mom. Happy Birthday, Mom ❤︎


Happy Birthday, Lover

Today my husband is turning 28 years old. I have had the privilege of spending 10 years in his life- when we met he was 18. Honest to God, I don’t think anything has changed about him- except he’s more successful and motivated than he was at 18. I also think he loves me a little more than he did 10 years ago. (Well, I hope that’s true.) Today, in honor of his 28 years of life and the last 8 years I’ve spent as his lady, I have made a list. (SURPRISE!)

Also, I will use his name instead of just “K.”

Kyle Birthday

This is my list of everyday things that remind my of Kyle:
(Kyle, I have a meaningful 14 items on this list because that’s half of 28.)

– Fallout Boy.
We have seen 3 Fallout Boy concerts together. At our very first one he told me he loved me. (swoon) Also, back in our honeymoon-stage, when he was a romantic little minx, he would send me text messages with FOB lyrics. Any song, any album… I think of Kyle and how much fun we’ve had together.

– Pittsburgh.
When we first started dating Kyle worked and spent most of the week in Pittsburgh. Our favorite concert venue is in Pittsburgh ( Mr. Small’s Theatre ). We’ve also seen FOB, Taylor Swift, and other artists in this beautiful city. If we ever became city folk this is ranked high on our list.

Snuggling with ALL animals.
Snuggling with ALL animals.

– Bravo! Cucina Italiana.
We like this restaurant. A lot. Although he proposed after dinner at 91 Wood Fired Oven.

– Build-A-Bear Workshop.
We have Parker the polar bear, Suzy Q the bear, two foxes dressed in wedding garb for our wedding, and Loserface the turtle. (I used to call Kyle “Loserface.” The turtle had a leather jacket because Kyle had a sports bike back then.)

– Cold Stone Creamery.
I think 99% of our dates were at this place. Also, when Kyle proposed he took me to the parking lot of the closed-down Cold Stone [read about it here].

[ Cold Stone and Build-A-Bear also remind me of my late Aunt Kate because she was the first to introduce me to all this awesome-ness. Kyle never got to meet her, but when we’d go on these dates I felt connected to both her and Kyle. ]

Halloween 2011
Halloween 2011

– Sports bikes.
When a sports bike flies past me it still reminds me of my hubs in his early years.

– Cherry Coke.
Kyle’s movie theater beverage of choice.

– Talladega Nights.
Oh where to begin. Well, the first time I saw this movie I was inappropriately flirting with Kyle waaay before we dated. Also, he gave me the pet name “Susan” (Amy Adams’ character) because he said I was like his little assistant (I think?). That nickname was shortened to “Suzy Q” and stuck for a long time.

– Incredibly Beautiful Drums
Surprisingly, not all drums remind me of Kyle, but when I see a gorgeous drum set (or I hear him gush about a kit) I just want to spend all my (non-existent) money on him.

I love this picture of my business man.
I love this picture of my business man.

– Bobcats.
When we first started dating and we were in that cute ask-me-anything stage I once asked Kyle about his favorite animal. He said bobcats. Weirdo.

– Oreo Freezes from Sheetz.
Once (and only once) we had a HUGE fight.
We actually broke up, but 24 (miserable, tear-filled, zombie-like) hours after it happened Kyle showed up at my college dorm with an Oreo freeze and an apology/plea to work it out. It was enough of a “break-up” to scare us into appreciating each other.

Dave Matthews Band Concert. 2010.
Dave Matthews Band Concert. 2010.

Don’t let him fool you: Kyle has a bleeding heart that melts at the sight of puppies and kittens. Last week he pulled over on the side of the road and spent 20 minutes coaxing a stray husky into his truck with blueberry muffins. He then found her owner and drove her home. Seriously, I have never, ever, ever questioned why I married this guy.

– Oatmeal Scotchies.
Ew, ew, ew. But Kyle loves them.

– Very Nice Sports Cars.
Kyle has a deep appreciation of nice cars. I wish I could tell you his favorite one, but I swear it changes. (Aston Martin? Ferrari? Corvette?) Some day when we’re millionaires we will have an 18-car garage for all his toys.

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Happy Birthday, Kyle! I love you! Can’t wait to see where this year takes you ( us )!!!