It’s Cool to Love Your Family

My lifestyle has changed greatly over the past few years.  I’ve transitioned back to a full-time in-house design position after almost two years of solely freelance work, and in doing so have increased my skill set more than I could have ever imagined possible.

I have also come to the realization that I can’t do absolutely everything; In order to do my job creatively and attentively without tiring of the screen, I said goodbye to freelance.

I’m lucky to work for a company that that allows me the freedom to train, read, and experiment with new techniques as I see fit.  Since my need for growth and creative outlet in the area of web design is mostly fulfilled during office hours, I’m not sure what utility this site serves anymore.

If you’re interested in genealogy, feel free to visit my family site…


Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce

About 3 years ago, I had the Ravioli Alla Rosini from Chicago’s Pizza. It was so delicious that it rose to mythical status in my mind and I finally had it again while visiting friends in Chicago last month. It was amazing.

Unfortunately, we don’t live near a Chicago’s Pizza and have found nothing similar at the nearby restaurants, so we decided to try Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce‘ by The Pioneer Woman in an effort to replicate the deliciousness.

My hopes were not high, but the results surprised me. We added meatballs and chopped basil and it has now become my new favorite dish.

  • Photo by The Pioneer Woman.


Mercedes in the Sky of Armenia

Mercedes Benz Business Center planned for Yerevan, Armenia.

The building will be covered in green space and take advantage of geothermal energy,
graywater systems, & solar power.

Mercedes Benz Armenia Business Center

The mixed-use Mercedes Benz Business Center planned for Yerevan, Armenia is a chance to redevelop a rundown section of the city and transform it into a business destination and an example of sustainability and progress.


Orphans No More

Orphan Elephants and Care Giver

These are sad and perilous days for the world’s largest land animal. Once elephants roamed the Earth like waterless whales, plying ancient migratory routes ingrained in their prodigious memories. Now they’ve been backed into increasingly fragmented territories. When not being killed for their tusks or for bush meat, they are struggling against loss of habitat due to human population pressures and drought. A 1979 survey of African elephants estimated a population of about 1.3 million. About 500,000 remain. In Asia an estimated 40,000 are left in the wild. And yet even as the elephant population dwindles, the number of human-elephant conflicts rises. In Africa, reports of elephants and villagers coming into conflict with each other appear almost daily.