Seasonal Changes

St. Louis, Greater swiss mountain dog, st. louis cardinals, greater swiss, swissy, finnegan

Pop quiz. Where’s home to the one of the most successful franchises in baseball and soon two Zalewskis and a Finnegan Murphy? Hint for Cubs fans: they have 11 World Championships so Chicago is out. Site of the 1904 World’s Fair. The first American city to host the Olympics. Hometown to Jackie Joyner Kersey, Maya Angelou and perhaps most […]

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Cookies and Catch Up

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Great news, guys. The Murphalewski Bed and Breakfast just wrapped four straight weeks of out-of-town guests. That means 7 midwesterners are entering the winter season a little bronzer than usual and many local restaurant staffers here in Sarasota are actually starting to think I have friends. It’s a win-win! Now you may be asking if I’m […]

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Super Spring Break

If you couldn’t tell from my overgramming last week, my nephews (and my sister) came to visit us to celebrate their spring break. Unfortunately I spent most of the week at work, but I’m grateful for the afternoons and evenings I spent brushing up on my toilet humor, identifying fire ant hills and avoiding getting […]

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Long time no talk

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Hey there! Where have you been? Feels like we haven’t had a one-sided conversation in forever. My bad. Truth is I’ve actually been busy. Really, truly, contributing to society again busy. That’s right the sabbatical has ended. The summer of Sarah has come to a close. But what a summer it was! Beach time, dog walks, mid-day […]

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30!

Lido Beach, St Armands, Florida, family, birthday

I’m thirty. 30 years old! Thirty! I did it. I finally passed the last milestone birthday that all of my friends passed nearly a year before me! Being the youngest of the group, I was used to being last in line for all age-related events. Last to drive at 16, last to do whatever a […]

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June Photo Dump

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Because every once in a while you just need to dump…your old photos from your iPhone to make more room for new ones. Get your head out of the gutter. Geesh. Today is Canada Day so I figured what a better way to celebrate our friendly neighbors to the north but to share random photos […]

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Beachin’

venice dog beach, florida, swiss mountain dog, beach day, gulf

Yesterday we took Finn down to Venice to check out a dog beach we had heard about. And while he’s probably still mad at me for the inopportune timing of a large, salty wave that came over both of us as I attempted to get him to swim for the first time, judging by the fact that […]

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So we moved to Florida

new house, florida, lakewood ranch, sarasota, swiss mountain dog

I told you I’d check in once we got settled and even though we are anything but, I thought I would update you anyway. What can I say I like you guys more than unpacking boxes. Dad, Finn and I arrived Wednesday evening with 1,200 miles and four states under our belts. We were very fortunate […]

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On new beginnings…

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I was going to write this post about chicken tostadas. About making the most of the awesome weather we’ve finally been having here in Chicago and using your grill for a whole meal. Chicken tostadas with grilled corn, fresh guacamole, and homemade salsa based off of this Cooking Light recipe.  But I got too hungry and rushed […]

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Life’s a Beach

I was off my blogging schedule this week but I’ve got a good excuse. I realized that even in our over-connected world, there comes a time and place to just unplug. And while Las Vegas may not be that place, California is. Note-this excludes Instagram. I can’t help my love for Instagram.  I’ve determined you […]

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