A few years ago, I unearthed a travel journal from a month-long trip to Europe that I took in 2006. As I reviewed its pages, I was struck by just how many details of the trip I had completely forgotten. And if the memories of a once-in-a lifetime trip that was so impactful to me could fade away – how much of my day-to-day life is lost? Sensations, emotions, achievements, losses, experiences from the mundane to the exceptional, all transforming from that specific moment in time to become that day, that week, that year, that life…

As I get older and gain a better understanding of how fragile, how brief, and how precious life really is, it's become even more important to me to me experience it to its fullest and to try to retain all of those little moments that might otherwise get lost. It's with this idea that I started the process of recording these moments – a travel journal, of sorts.

A travel journal for life.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


The Studio on Fifth
Today, some friends and I attended a big opening for a new event venue in town, the Studio on Fifth.  It was a lovely event with amazing decorations and lighting, mouth-watering confections at every turn and stunning floral arrangements.

Autumn and Jen
I was admiring one of these stunning floral arrangements; an expansive table full of red-roses and the aforementioned mouth-watering confections, when I noticed something else.  There was a girl in the middle of this arrangement, which is unusual in itself - but stranger still, this girl was smiling and waving at me.

Right there in the middle of an arrangement, I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in months.   

You just never know where you will run into an old friend in Pittsburgh.

Did I mention confections??


  1. The question is, did you get to eat any of the yummy-looking confections?

    1. Umm... We've met, right? I was getting some confections - display only, or not! (Yes, we sampled quite a bit and they tasted as good as they looked!)