Sophomore Year

"We recognize your dogs from when we were here on vacation last year," says a nice lady enjoying happy hour on Cruz Bay. Really, I thought, from last YEAR? Have we been here long enough for vacationers who come annually to recognize us? That's crazy! Time flies, whether you're living stateside or on a rock. The comment about our dogs, along with several other observations I've made recently, have lead me to the conclusion that my husband ...

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 ...

It Can Wait

Although I am obsessed with sleep and will go to all sorts of extreme measures to get eight hours a night, I am not a napper. My mom says even as a baby I didn't like to nap and she never really forced the issue. I remember being wide-awake during nap time in kindergarten. I couldn't turn off my brain and just fall asleep. I fidgeted around on the mat anxious to get up and ...

You Might Be An Island Girl If…

It's a random Thursday in the middle of February. In my previous life, that would have meant Tar Heel basketball season, cold weather, shopping to cure the winter blues, and typical weekdays spent working at my corporate America job. February was a time to plan a getaway to somewhere warm and tropical (if we didn't already have something on the books) and to pray that warmer weather was on its way. The stark contrast between ...

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 changeĀ 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 ...