My Last Political Post

"You should get a Scottie dog. Barney is hilarious," said my friend, who worked in the White House during the George W. Bush administration. She knew I was trying to decide what breed of dog would best fit into my 23 year-old, single, corporate America, overtime-working lifestyle. In all honesty, the answer was really no dog, but that’s another story for another day. photo from whitehouse.gov/barney now on Google images Long story short- I’ll spare the ...

Secret to Island Living

I now know the secret to living happily ever after on your island. It's actually not to be perpetually laid-back and to just go with the flow, although that probably would help. The secret isn't to avoid having one too many rum drinks, although that will clearly help your waistline and your decision-making skills. At least for this island girl, I recently discovered that the secret to island living is to, well, get off the ...

Christmas On A Rock

So how do you spend your first Christmas on a rock? Well, because islands are tourist destinations, Christmas is like Thanksgiving, which is like September 15th, which is like March 27th. Visitors come in every day, and in fact, more of them come at the holidays. Since my husband works in the hospitality industry here in St John USVI, he spent Christmas Eve at work, and he's working today. We did our Christmas picture earlier ...

Thanksgiving Top Ten

Thanksgiving is different this year. In fact, it doesn't feel like the start of the holiday season at all. The other day I saw a post on Facebook about a tree lighting, and I honestly wondered what kind of tree they were going to light. It definitely doesn't feel like Christmas is one month away. In some ways, that makes me a little sad. I enjoy decorating our house and trimming the tree. I enjoyed ...

Moving to Paradise

Please understand- it's not that I think everyone should move to an island. It's clearly a major life decision that required (at least on our part) thoughtful consideration and a lot of sweat equity. It was hard work. There were times we felt that we had lost our minds and that surely we weren't supposed to be making this kind of a change. There was overwhelming joy when we sold the house coupled with a ...

Life On St John

It's 4:30 in the afternoon and I just said to Shaun, "I'm so dirty." His response: "That's island life." That comment made me laugh and got me thinking. I'm reflecting on the past week and how life on St. John is a dramatic change for our family. Like today, for instance I took a nap and woke up so hot and feeling so exhausted that I asked Shaun if he thought I had contracted Chikungunya, a ...

When Pigs Fly

You know how when you see a picture of the Colosseum, you automatically think Rome? And when you see the Eiffel Tower, you are mentally transported to Paris? Well, for many of us, seeing Ziggy's posts everyday makes us feel like we are in a tropical paradise where it's sunny and perfect and everything is as it should be in the world. For Ziggy's friends and loyal followers, it has become part of our morning ...

Zzzzzzz…..

I’ve always believed the most important part of your day is the sleep you got the night before. Sleep determines everything. I know because I am blessed with the gift of good sleep. I go hard every day until the time comes that I can’t go any longer. I get into bed and usually within about five minutes, I’m out cold. 99% of the time I have peaceful, uninterrupted sleep for eight to nine hours. ...