December 10, 2018

Travel Hard: Iceland

January, 2012.

It was winter, which means it was dark approximately 20 hours a day.  There was a freak blizzard so everything was covered snow, which, paradoxically, is not the norm in Iceland.  Also, since Icelanders celebrate Christmas for 12 days, pretty much everything was closed.

I realize this is not everyone’s ideal vacation.  But for us, it was heaven.

Top 5 things to Love Hard about Iceland.  (In January)

  1. Nature.

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The volcanic terrain is simultaneously imposing and barren, alternating between seemingly endless expanses of rock, mind-blowing waterfalls, cliffs overlooking majestic black sand beaches, and serene glacier lakes.  Furry horses roam the tundra and tiny homes and churches speckle the hills under a constant glimmer of almost sunset.

2. Aurora Borealis.

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Seeing this was top 5 on my life bucket list.  They dance.  They literally waltz across the sky.  It’s breath-taking and elusive and once in a lifetime.

3. Solitude.


We never fought jetlag.  Since most stores and restaurants (and almost all museums) were closed anyways, our favorite time to explore was between 2 and 4am, wandering the deserted streets of Reykjavik or standing knee deep in snow outside our adorable Inn in Vik, staring at the sky, waiting for the Northern Lights to dance across the abandoned farmhouse next door.

4. Magic.

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Fairies.  Iceland is magic.  Pure, raw, unfiltered magic.  It’s hard to describe.  You have to FEEL it.  The locals believe in Huldufólk – hidden people or elves… they build miniature versions of their homes and buildings to house them in the front yards.  I LOVE IT SO HARD. 

5. ?  New Years?  Fireworks?  People?  Hotel owners?

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I have never fallen in love so hard.

With a chair.

My friend Briana had one of these in her nursery and I pretty much lost my mind when I saw it.  I had to have one.  Immediately.

I ordered it the next day (not kidding) and the love affair is still going strong a year later.  As shown, it was hung in our bedroom for the first 8 months or so, but is currently in the backyard hanging from a stand Briana had.  (I owe her…not my firstborn, maybe my second.)

I love supporting small business and artists, and the folks at Cobble Mountain Hammock Co. are both.

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Cobble Mountain's Hammock Chair

” Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Jess Bailey is a creativity machine.

Kind, generous, faithful, and honest- She’s a loving wife, sister, daughter, and mama-to-be.  She’ll put you at ease with her bubbly, positive personality and then knock you out with her general badass-ery.

This chick gets shit done.

*disclaimer- Jess was 3 months pregnant and I was breast-feeding when we did this interview.  There were hormones everywhere.  Just… hormones flying through the air, smacking into each other, and bursting into tears.  It was intense.


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Maternity photo of mom to be Jess Bailey

Marriage after baby is a whole different ballgame.

I’ve been married for 8 years and with my husband for 15.

Essentially since we were fetal.

We know each other so well it’s frightening and obnoxious.

We were “that couple” in high school that made people throw up in their mouths because of annoying cuteness.

(Not so much in the physical sense- I had an unfortunate haircut that made me look like a mop, gnarly braces-filled teeth, and a unibrow.  My husband…. dammit, he was totally cute.  What a dick.)

We were a pretty solid, easy-going couple.

I never thought I would want to punch him on such a regular basis…. enter, BABY.

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Marriage after baby