the year the two families met

Until this year, my family had never met Andrew’s family. Ever. Eleven years of being in this sweet sweet relationship, with no interactions while both families were present. We’ve been based in WA & CA, my family is spread across the east coast, and Andrew’s family is in England. We chose to get married at…

Celebrating 4th of July at Seabrook

Leading up to the holiday, a good friend was explaining how the 4th of July was her most favorite holiday. I say she was explaining it because I needed all the details in my attempt to fully understand how that could possibly be anyone’s favorite holiday. What about Thanksgiving, Christmas, even Halloween? As she described…

From SoCal to NorCal

The Darbyshires are on the move. Again. Turns out just over one year in Southern California was all we needed. I am not aware that we are in any witness protection program, for the record. After some time in Rancho Cucamonga, I realized in my heart that it would be a temporary location for us….

July Update

Uh, hi. Hello. Were you wondering where Mary went? I guess I could say I lost my keyboard or busted my iPad or fell off the face of the earth. But none of those things actually happened. I was just taking a break while in New York. Sometimes I lack that little bit of inspiration…

Back in New York State

The beauty of feeling like I need a change of scenery in my life right now is that I can make it happen without too much difficulty. Sure I disliked departing the warm North Carolina sunshine, but I knew it was time to change venues and come spend time with my family and friends in…

Memorial Weekend & Family

I spent the recent Memorial Weekend here in the US doing exactly what I wanted. Laying on a beach, listening to the waves crashing and seagulls shrilling, being beckoned into the ocean water by my nephews. Sometimes I forget how much of a pisces I am, and just need a weekend near the water. Not…

Chocolate Wasted at Cadbury World

Growing up on Pleasant Street in wee little West Winfield NY, many of my childhood weekends were spent watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the neighbors, the Danovitz’s, along with my sister and a large bowl of homemade popcorn. I have watched that movie as a child and adult no less than one…

Old Friends Become New Friends in Louisville

Visiting places that turn out to be nothing short of wonderful after mostly negative comments attached to them seems to be a theme with this adventure. That theme continued with Louisville, Kentucky, where I spent three days with my mom. For her, the road trip was two-fold, first she wanted a little ‘mom and me’…

The Reluctant Segway Tour

So Segways, huh? Is there a more comical mode of transporation? How much do you chuckle when you see a mall security guard cruising down corridors on one. Or a group of people taking a city tour on Segways, with their helmets and fanny packs securely fastened to their bodies. What is wrong with walking?…

An Afternoon at the Ballpark

Sunday morning didn’t start out looking like the most glorious of days. It was cloudy and cool from the breeze. Thus, we were late to make any plans. The afternoon rolled around, the sun started to come out from behind the clouds, and around 1:25pm I remembered there was a 2pm ballgame at BB&T ballpark…