Scrapbooking Memories

About 10 years this project fizzled out and it’s stayed neatly tucked away in my office area all that time. I have a week or two to finish it before my three month sabbatical from my job is over. Will I finish? No one knows! But I hope so! The project is a scrapbook that…

Touching Greatness

A few years back we introduced our kids to Elton John. They  love his music, so when we found out he’d be in Albuquerque, they begged us to go. Being the amazing parents that we are (you could also call us pushovers) we bought tickets for all 6 of us. But being also, at least sometimes,…

WAHM Reality 

A friend of mine, Amylee Udell, recently interviewed me for a series about work from home moms (WAHMs) on her site. You can read the interview over at Productive Mama. It was an honor to be asked to share my thoughts as Amylee is someone who I admire a great deal. Enjoy the article!

Making Carimañolas

Carimañolas are a traditional Panamanian food. They’re a deep fried meat filled yucca roll that we used to eat from time to time when I was a kid. We, of course, never deep fried them because my mom is a health food stickler.  Last week my friend, Olinda, taught the kids and me how to…

A Tale of Wonderful Support

It just makes my day when a company takes responsibility for  errors, even when, actually *especially when*, the error isn’t their responsibility. Mid February, I was with my husband and kids at the Albuquerque Sunport, waiting to get on a flight to Costa Rica, connecting through Atlanta. We had to wake up super early to…

Heaven in a Frying Pan

I’ve lived in the US so long that I’d completely forgotten about this wonderful green piece of heaven, the chayote. We found it at a local market in San Jose, Costa Rica, and my brain instantly recalled delicious soups and stews.  When sliced it looks a little like an apple and the kids looked a…

Sabbatical

Everyone at Automattic is eligible for a two to three-month sabbatical once they’ve been an employee of the company for five years. On February 6th, I reached this milestone and on the 7th I took off for three glorious months of travel and relaxation. Ever since this employee benefit was announced I’ve been planning what…