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Heading to Italy for a Bit

Posted on: May 21, 2007 I Written By

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Well, as you can see my blog hasn’t gotten much activity lately. I wish I could say that things were going to get better, but the fact is that you probably won’t see many posts from me for the next 2-3 weeks. I’m going to Italy with my wife. I will give you a little look at where we’re headed in Italy.

We’ll be flying into Rome arriving about 10 AM. We’ll spend most the afternoon going around Rome. I think that Trevi Fountains, and the spanish steps are tops on my list of places to see in Rome. I also love going to St. Peter’s and watching the painters.

After touring Rome we’ll hope on a train and head down to my friend’s place in Napoli. She is the sweetest lady. She said she’d have dinner waiting for us and a key to her house so we can just come and go as we please.

The next morning we’ll be touring some of Italy and I definitely have to hit Piazza Garibaldi to get me a suit and some other Sunday clothes for church. I was also told that there will be a baptism Saturday night. This happened last time I went to Napoli (truthfully Pozzuoli). It’s so much fun, because I get a chance to see a bunch of the members all at once. The next morning I’m sure we’ll enjoy church in probably the most beautiful chapel I’ve ever seen. Well, at least the view from the chapel is the best.

Monday we’ve got a nice hotel lined up in the beautiful town of Amalfi. We’ll probably check in to our hotel as early as possible and then head up for a little hike to the waterfalls just above Amalfi where they use to make paper. It’s an incredible hike that feels like you’ve gone into a completely different world. Got to love Valle Dei Mullini.

After spending the night in Amalfi, we’ll be taking an early morning “chicken bus” up to my favorite place in Italia:Sentiero degli Dei (Trail of the Gods). It’s about a 4 and a half hour hike. At the end of the hike there are 1000 steps to reach the beautiful city of Positano below. We’ve got a hotel lined up in Positano which will be a certainly welcome relief.

Napoli – Pompeii and Vesuvius
The next morning we haven’t decided exactly what we’ll do, but we’re considering heading to Pompeii since it’s in the area. However, if we’re too tired we might head back to Napoli and go to Pompeii later. I would love to take the boat from Positano back to Napoli. The boat is a lot of fun and a nice soothing ride.

After spending a couple days with friends in Napoli, we’ll be heading for a romantic weekend in Venice. I can’t say anything about Venice. It’s absolutely the most unique place I’ve ever been. It’s Romantic. It’s incredible and I can’t wait to stroll the streets with my wife. Not to mention a nice gondola ride.

I’ll be meeting a friend of mine in Bologna. We’ll be attending church in Bologna which should be interesting since we’ve never been there. I’d rather go to church somewhere else, but I really want to see my friend Maria Rosaria so we’ll do what we have to do. Sunday after church my friend will pick us up and after eating some of her mother’s fine fine Italian cooking we’ll be heading to Florence.

We haven’t decided how many days we should spend in Florence. We’ll stay at least a day and up to 4 days. I must admit that my wife and I aren’t that into art and so I’m not sure how long we’ll want to stay in Florence. I think we’re probably going to want to head back to Napoli to spend more time with friends.

Well, that’s the general round up of our trip through Italy. Most things are subject to change, but it doesn’t really matter. No matter where we go or what we do we have nothing to worry about, because the best part of Italy is….


Hopefully I’ll be able to at least blog a little from Italy, but if I can’t then we’ll see you after our trip.

Romance Is In The Air

Posted on: April 7, 2007 I Written By

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When my husband and I first started dating we didn’t really go out on dates. We just sat around and talked. Sometimes we went out to eat. But we were poor. And didn’t have much money. The best way for me to express my feelings to him was to write romantic love letters. We both kept the letters we wrote and have them in our file cabinet in a file titled lovey dovey. It is fun to look back on them and remember the courting days.

Much to my surprise my husband proposed to proposed to me in a very romantic way. We went to Niagara Falls for the day and went on the Maid of The Mist and then afterwards went and sat on the benches that overlook the American Falls. We were talking like normal and then he proposed. And as his little lip was quivering he said, “will you marry me?” a little flower fell from a tree above and landed on me. It was very romantic and perfect.

We have now been married for 4.5 years and it isn’t always easy to find time and ways to be romantic between work and the kids. However, eHarmony offers tips to anyone he looking to add a little romance in their relationship. My favorite idea that I got from harmony is the “I love…game” You and your spouse take turns telling each other what you love about the other person.

I love this game because so often we get so stressed out in our daily lives that sometimes all we see are the faults we each have. This game allows us to sit back and reflect on why we both fell in love with in the first place. I think that if we can just remember to do this more often that our marriage will not only last but be happy and fulfilling for both of us.

Send a Unique Gift Basket for Christmas

Posted on: December 7, 2006 I Written By

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I know that all of you out there are wondering why I would suggest a gift basket for a Christmas gift. In fact, I even went as far as to suggest that you get a unique gift basket. Should unique and gift basket really be in the same sentence? Let me just give you an example of a gift basket that I consider unique. It’s not for every person on your list, but for the right person take a look at the Barbeque Gift Baskets:
BBQ Gift Basket

Had you thought of that before? I didn’t think so. Now, don’t all of you go out there and order me a BBQ gift basket. The thought would be nice, but I’m really too lazy to do good BBQ myself. If you are thinking of me, then you probably should take a look at this basket. That has chocolate me written all over it.

What type of basket would you like to get? What other gifts are you planning for Christmas? What are you getting your husband or wife for Christmas? There are so many choices of gifts it is sometimes hard to choose. Not to mention the picky husband or wife that doesn’t really like any gift you give them. They already have it all and don’t want another gift. Ok, I’ll stop ranting. Just get a nice gift basket for Christmas.

Discounts on Gifts for a Husband or Wife

Posted on: December 5, 2006 I Written By

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Getting the right gift for the holidays is important. My personal favorite gift for a husband or wife is called Spoil My Spouse. However, there are also a ton of online discounts available for those who want to buy something a little more traditional. Let me help you out by taking a look at a number of online coupons that you might want to consider if you are planning on buying your husband or wife something online.

A dell coupon would be a nice gift for almost any husband and many wives. Buy just about anything at discount rates from Eddie Buaer and you’ll have a happy wife. The pet loving husband or wife will love one of these PETCO deals. Finally, want not save a little money and use this coupon to Old Navy to buy your husband or wife something nice.

There are so many options out there that you just have to look around and you’ll find deals and creative gifts. They’re worth the extra effort. I guess that means I better get started shopping for my wife.

Transgressing a Blog

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Many of you have probably wondered why I would transgress my blog like this. Well, let’s just say it hasn’t been purposeful. I just have been distracted with a ton of other things. I have a stack of things that I’d like to blog about, but I just haven’t had the time to flesh them out. So, here’s a little update on what I’ve been doing lately.

I’ve been spending a lot of time working with a community called Cambrian House that basically uses crowds to select, develop and market ideas. Well, I’ve been really blessed to be apart of the community because a couple of my ideas have been approved by the crowds. Right now my first idea is called Spoil My Spouse which has been created and is going through a market test. If you are looking for a gift for your wife then go and try out the Holiday Spoiler that they have going on now. I sent one to my wife and she was so excited that I was thinking of her. It was pretty neat. Plus, I have the best wife and so she deserves a gift.

My second idea is called It’s Just Lunch for Networking (and the name will probably change). It just won the Cambrian House Idea War and now they (and me) are working on developing the idea. The coolest part is that Cambrian House sent out a press release about Just Lunch for Networking and picked up the release. Pretty neat to be quoted on

Other than that I’m almost done with school. One more class and one more paper and I’m done for the semester. I can’t wait. A number of other things have happened, but not too many worth note. I promise I’ll do better at updating my blog more regularly now.