Happy 30th Birthday Vicks!

September 24, 2011 is the 30th birthday of someone I consider a very dear and close friend. You might know her as Vicki, CrowndVic, DIY DC Wedding Planner Extraordinaire, or Amazing Blogger and Frequent Tweeter. But I just call her my Vicks, and this post is my birthday present to her: A reflection on how much more awesome my life has been because she's been in it. Here's our story.... The Stars Align: Vicks and Ali Meet I don't remember the *very* first time I met Vicki, but I do remember the Continue Reading

Tensing Pen, Negril Jamaica

I'm going here to stay at Tensing Pen in Negril, Jamaica to celebrate my dear friends' five year marriage anniversary. Below, is the view I will wake-up to every morning. I'm going to sleep in this little cabin, called the "Middle Pillar," which features a bed surrounded by bug netting and a shower nestled underneath the pillars, surrounded by foliage, with a view of the Caribbean sea. I can't afford it. I shouldn't do it. Taking the time off from work is going to be next to impossible Continue Reading