Life: Version 2.0

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October is Sublime

photo 1 (1) photo 2 (1) Sugar Hollow

Stuff that dreams are made of…

I dream of living near Monticello – in the footsteps of this green, magical mountain…

Uber-geeky holiday wish list

I was recently asked about my holiday wish list. My mature, responsible self tried to respond with pleas for world peace and an end to poverty. My selfish, all-about-me self responded with this:

I like themes – this year it’s all very Jeffersonian:

Thomas Jefferson’s Scrapbooks: Poems of Nation, Family and Romantic Love Collected by America’s Third President

A 2 night stay at this bed & breakfast which was designed by Thomas Jefferson, along with dinner and a wine-tasting at the vineyard:

Weekend Seminar:
Full tuition for The University of Virginia Travel & Learn series: Jefferson Weekend Seminar – THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION IN AMERICA

A 1 year subscription to the Virginia Wine of the Month club

Amazon Kindle – so I can read my favorite Jeffersonian books wherever I go

What’s on your list?

cVille Community Garden

When I stay at the English Inn in cVille, I often meander around the community gardens next door…

Monticello Gardens

There is a secret (and magic) garden behind every gate.

Community Garden Gate

Thistle at the Community Gardens

Sunflowers at the Community Garden


I took a week off from RL and escaped to one of my favorite places. The house that I stayed in inspired me beyond words – to the point where I left with more clarity than ever on how I want to live my life.

Looking at Cabell Hall – UVA

Yet another reason why I want to live in Charlottesville

Originally uploaded by zachstern

favorite things: part one

*This post inspired by my long-lost younger sister
  • spending time with my daughter in the woods searching for evidence of fairies and other magical beings
  • hiking in the woods and listening to how it sounds
  • thunderstorms, and the sound of rain
  • the smell of morning
  • Target
  • cooking during a snowstorm, listening to coltrane with the fireplace going and I am slowly sipping on a glorious glass of cabernet
  • the mountains
  • picnics at the vineyard
  • Autumn
  • (you are right Debbie!)
  • my new Canon digital SLR camera (especially when I can figure out how it works)
  • Charlottesville
  • Listening to my daughter sing when she thinks no one is listening
  • when my son shares his new music with me
  • planning future adventures
  • bungalow-style houses, like this one

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