Intentional Notes

How My Friend and I (Unintentionally!) Wrote a Book

Last November, my good friend Kyle and I inadvertently wrote a book in 30 days (whoops!). We didn’t set out intending to write this book, and we certainly didn’t think anyone beyond it’s original intended audience would read it. But here we are, nine months later, with a fully edited and self-published book which I’m…


Intentional Guide to Working From Home

Since last October, I’ve been working from home. My previous two “proper” jobs post-university, while very different from each other (geologist turned coffee-shop business manager), both came with established schedules and tasks assigned to me. Now that I’m working a combination of free-lance jobs (digital marketing, web design, writing), it’s been a welcomed but very…


Intentional Guide to Packing

On our recent trip to Israel, we did something we never, ever do: we took a cab to the airport [gasp!]. We usually brave the inevitable bus-to-tube-to-probably-cancelled-train journey to Gatwick or Heathrow Airports. But before this trip, despite repeated warnings from Brits not to do so, I booked our flights out of Luton Airport because…


Field Notes

You’ve got that burning feeling (from the Dead Sea)

What does your ideal birthday look like? I’m not sure whether Mike’s ideal birthday involves waking up at 3AM, but this year that’s how we celebrated his. We drove through the desert to Mount Masada, hiked up the mountain to view the sunrise from the top, and finish the (early) morning with a swim in the Dead…


We came for the Old City, we stayed for Machneyuda – Jerusalem

Jerusalem – a city with complex religious and political history, loud produce and goods markets, and hip nightlife – is the most captivating city I’ve ever been to. One minute, you’re standing among hipsters in a trendy bar sipping a new-age cocktail, and the next you can be standing at an ancient religious shrine that’s…


Eating Our Way Through Israel (and other funtivities)

When we told people we were going to Israel in July, the reaction was always the same – “Why are you going in July?”. Fair question. July is Israel’s hottest month of the year, and Israel is a stiflingly hot country. The answer – our good friends were getting married in Tel Aviv, and their…


Kitchen Notes

Cheers to the End of Summer – Cantaloupe Sorbet

Summer is quickly coming to a close. In the past, I’ve been eager for Fall to take over so that I can break out my sweaters and start making pumpkin soups again. But this year, I’m not quite ready for the long days to be over, the sweaty camping trips to be a thing of…


Wild Garlic Chicken

Friends and family tend to ask us what the hardest adjustment to life in London has been. One of the first answers that always comes to mind for both of us is grocery shopping. In the U.S., grocery shopping involves one big weekly shop where you drive your car down to the massive chain grocery…


Isle of Skye – Coffee, Oysters, Whiskey, and a Gourmet Meal (Part 2 of 3)

As we’ve developed our traveling habits, we’ve come to learn that we really enjoy skimping in some areas so that we can splurge in others – i.e. eat freeze dried meals and wild camp for free, and then sign up for the “Kitchen Table” experience at The Three Chimneys for one of the best meals we’ve ever…