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Scott and I learned an important lesson at our anniversary dinner this weekend: “gorgonzola picante” is actually fancy restaurant talk for toe cheese.

This particular toe cheese was aged for 200 days, and when it arrived at our table each and every hour of that fermentation process hit my olfactory nerve and gave a hardy hello.

My anniversary gift to Scott was pretending not to gag as I forced a piece of it down.


Things I learned this weekend:

  • A dog brings a lot of love into a household.
  • Playing Bananagrams is a great way to spend an evening. Especially if wine is involved.
  • Be careful when cutting lilies. They may look pretty, but they stain.
  • This man is crazy. In honor of his 27th birthday, he ran 27 miles—in the rain—to our house, then promptly took not one, but two car bombs before we all took off for his birthday party. Impressive, but like I said, crazy.
  • A dog brings a lot of craziness into a household.

What did you learn this weekend?

Married for three years today, together for seven years next month. I have loved this man for more than a quarter of my life.

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to my spontaneous and sweet parents, who got married 31 years ago today. When they met, my mom was 21 and my Dad was a whopping 34 (busted, Dad!). He was much older and twice-married, but despite my mom’s reservations (and those of her well-meaning friends and family) she followed her heart and took a chance on my Dad. Two children and three decades later, my mom still laughs heartily at my Dad’s old stories, and my Dad still gets a glimmer in his eyes when my mom puts on a dress. She says that while he was not the person she ever imagined herself marrying, he was exactly what she needed in her life. Isn’t that often true of the people we end up with? Here’s to all of us finding a Karen to our Howard. xo

Two years ago today, and I still have a hard time believing it’s true. I scarcely feel old enough to be married, yet I cannot imagine how I lived for so long without the warm shelter and fulfilling joy of my marriage. In our six years together we’ve lived a lifetime of experiences that leave me amazed and enchanted. We have climbed mountains together, sailed together, surfed together, hiked together, run half marathons together, jumped out of a plane together, held hands through funerals and weddings and held new babies together, traveled to Vegas and San Francisco and Palm Beach and Boston and New York and Canada and Italy and Switzerland and Germany and Czech Republic together, nursed broken noses and elbows together, laughed until our bellies hurt together, earned degrees together, bought a house together, rode bikes and cars and boats and planes and trains together. We’ve grown together and because of each other in so many ways, and I still feel like the luckiest lady ever because he chooses to spend his life with me. I’m so grateful for all of the things we have done, and I can’t wait for the new adventures we’ll create for ourselves in the years to come. xo

A photo of me.

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Hi, I'm Pam. I'm a runner, reader and recent MBA grad living in Baltimore with my husband. I work in PR, but I spend my off-hours writing here about my life, which mostly revolves around family, friends, fashion and fitness. Sometimes I throw in the occasional food photo just to make sure you're paying attention.


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