Author: Erica


Hello 2015

I have a document in Evernote called Personal Goals (A bucket list, if you will). In it, I’ve listed various experiences, accomplishments, trips, etc. I’d like to achieve at some point in my life. Like most of these things, it’s a living document and I remove things just as much as I add — it’s silly to hold yourself to resolutions that no longer serve you. Sometimes, there is just a brief window that needs closing.


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.



Hawaii is far. Like, really far. I think it’s the furthest away from home that I’ve ever been. I learned just how far Hawaii was when I double-checked my travel plans and saw that my direct flight from Newark to Honolulu was over eleven hours. That’s almost an entire (waking) day. It’s super weird to get on a plane at 9am and to get back off the plane at 9pm.

The view from the Piazza XX Settembre in Teora.

More than a vacation

For the past year, I’ve been working with the wonderful group of people at italyMONDO to start the process of becoming a dual Italian-American citizen. My family immigrated from Italy a few generations back. However, because they never renounced their Italian citizenship, my grandmother, mother, and I were all eligible for Italian citizenship through our bloodline. At least, that’s the very simplified way of putting it.