A Trip Down 2017

Rang in the new year at Casa Cranzini with my closest friends

Went on a luxury cruise with Austin and two of my best friends

Took Austin out for the best sushi dinner on his 21st birthday

Went to Las Vegas during March Madness

Threw an awesome Seder with even more awesome people (and great brisket!)

Saw 21 pilots with one of my best friends at the Gorge in Washington state (Epic)

Celebrated my 50th birthday in my favorite city, Seattle

Spent a respectable amount of time writing and painting with some of my best friends, who continue to inspire my creativity every day

Said “so long” the greatest neighbors (and friends), knowing for certain I would see them again and always remain as close as we were regardless of distance

Weathered a rough storm thanks to all the wonderful people in my life

Shared a delicious thanksgiving meal with family and friends…and beer

Played in the snow with 3 year olds

…and those are just the highlights.

I am blessed to have had many more memorable times this year.

Thank you Universe…mean it.


Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “W”


42nd state to join the Union on November 11, 1889, Washington State is home to Mt. Rainier, which to my surprise is an active volcano and the highest point in the state. The mountain’s tip is about 14,000 feet above sea level, which is well below Mt. Everest at over 29,000 feet, but it is still pretty impressive. Mountainous terrain for me is very uncommon, considering I have lived in Florida for almost my whole life. The highest point in my state is Britton Hill at a whopping 345 feet above sea level. And believe it or not the highest point in Broward County, Florida is 25 feet above sea level. To learn more about Mt. Rainier, check out this site.


Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “V”


Fighting off villains is tiresome work. Why can’t they find something else to do?



Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “U”


Putting things off until later, until the time is right or until I’m really ready seems like the logical, responsible thing to do. As if time holds this magical power to validate my decisions or my dreams. Newsflash: it doesn’t.




Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “T”


I don’t want to know what time it is.
So, don’t look at the clock, right?
What about the sun?
It let’s me know when day is fading into night.
What if I’m not ready?
What if I have more to do?
I don’t get to decide.
If I had the power to freeze time, would I accomplish more?
Or would I just fill the hours, never having enough?
I’ve learned to live within its constraints.
But still, I don’t like the power it has over me.
I push the limits, but in the end, time always wins.



Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “S”







You walked away I stood and stared
my throat was tight my hands were clenched
it only took a second too
then time stood still
and nothing moved
all I had were thoughts of you
there beneath the heavy stare
of those who know and some who care
but in the end you’re still not there



Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “R”


In my life I’ve taken small risks like anyone else, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve never done anything really big. I have friends who have moved across the country multiple times, changing their lives completely and a friend who gave up a career that wasn’t satisfying in order to pursue her dream. Incidentally, both of those situations worked out for the better. I, on the other hand, have always taken the safe route, too worried about small details and logistics to allow myself to step outside the ordinary and mundane. The time has come to shake things up, throw caution to the wind, and take a chance. It’s scary, yes, but exciting, too. I wonder if I will have the courage to follow through, but as I ponder, I can’t help but remember the words of the wisest woman I’ve ever known. I went to her once with a krazy plan and she didn’t shoot it down or try to talk me out of it. Instead she simply said “Go for it”, which meant she believed in me and it gave me the strength to believe in myself. All those years ago I was brave. Maybe it was because of her words or maybe I had it in me all the time. Maybe I still do.



Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “Q”


Sometimes there are questions I don’t ask because I’m afraid to hear the answer. When I think about it, though, I can’t decide which is worse: the anxiety of not knowing or the fear of asking. In the end, I suppose I always try my best not to give in to fear. Often I succeed.



Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “P”


One of my favorite sights when visiting Key West, FL is the Hemingway House. The tour is rich with history and anecdotes about the man himself and the people who were in his life. This includes his four wives, one of which lived with him in the Key West home. But we can’t forget the other residents of Hemingway House: the cats. There are around 40 – 50 of them on the property, some of which are quite unique. Cats normally have five front toes and four back toes. But about half of “Hemingway’s” cats are polydactyl, meaning they have six toes. To learn more about them check out this site.



Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “O”

Obsession (a mediocre haiku)

Twist, turn, overthink
Notions in a cluttered mind
Obsessed but not mad