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About peik

What's to say? I'm a chronic fun seeker and life marrow sucker. I live in an ancient brick house in a darling town with my perfect and tolerant husband, my two amazing teenagers (The Giant and The Ginger) and two blue Danes (Oliver and Periwinkle). A lover of obscure roadside attractions and museums of oddity, I travel, write, laugh, make friends, write letters, sometimes run, eat great food and drink good whiskey. I've never had a bad journey and every single day is my grandest adventure.

A Raspberry on a Leaf

The New England Holocaust Memorial–six glass towers set atop glowing beds of embers, each one is labeled with the name of a death camp. The glass is clear. It is etched with the numbers tattooed on the arms of the … Continue reading

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New England Sounds

This list is short, because I have not yet experienced a full New England Spring or Winter, but so far. . . . . The hierarchy of amazing New England sounds. 6. The slurp of coffee while looking out the … Continue reading

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Dinner – November 19

Dinner table tonight- The Ginger- Mom, there is no way to drink from a straw quietly. Me- Really, let me see (hand outstretched for his soda–soda is a rare commodity, he has to wait until Sunday for another one) The … Continue reading

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Shame, Shame, Williams Sonoma

Shame, shame on Williams Sonoma this day. My birthday has been spoiled and I will be forced to buy something else in celebration of surviving 40 years on this earth. I should probably back up. . . . (for 99% … Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow For Fun

I have a strange penchant for strange. I’m not embarrassed by it, either. This world is moving so quickly, I want to grab it by the hair and gobble it up. I’ve already digested the homogenized memory makers–the mandatory Disney, … Continue reading

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The Bath Battle

I love to take a bath. Not in a corny, “Calgon, take me away!” Sort of way, either. I am offended when people trivialize a bath in this manner. A bath is a privilege. A truly spiritual experience and should … Continue reading

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Exploring Connecticut

Today, I went for a walk. It’s just breathtaking here, especially for a girl who grew up knowing the sharp,hard beauty of the desert. To wander a graveyard in a town that traces the history of its residents from the … Continue reading

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Lost in Windsor, Connecticut

Today I got lost on the way to the post office. Our hotel is on the outskirts of Windsor, CT and we will be settling in West Hartford CT, so I have been driving in to West Hartford for errands … Continue reading

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Wild Bill’s Emporium Adventure

So, this happened today- I read that there was a tribute to The Cadillac Ranch in Connecticut, right outside of Hartford, MADE OF YUGOS!!! We made the trip this afternoon and, well, it was a little lackluster. The Yugos, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Friendship with Barns

I drive by this barn all the time, now. I feel like this barn and I were friends a different day. Something about how she loves yellow and refuses to fade despite the world. I had to memorialize it. I … Continue reading

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The End of a Kitchen Era

Six and a half years of barbecues, lovely dinner parties, off the cuff drinks that turned into sleepovers, raging costume parties with crazy that spilled into the pond and on the street, shoulders to cry on over appetizers, healthy meal … Continue reading

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Final Day – Cross Country Adventure

We started the day innocently enough–let’s stop by Gettysburg, I mean, how often do you find yourself just passing through Pennsylvania? Well, it’s official. I’ve found my next job. I’m going to march my happy ass into the parks department … Continue reading

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Day 7–Cross Country Adventure

Today, I saw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! Nestled into six levels of abject loveliness, this place was a fun and tasteful tribute to all things Rock and Roll. There were stories, artifacts and installations, music was everywhere, … Continue reading

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Day 6–Cross Country Adventure

As we rolled onto the freeway, on our way to the World’s Largest Baseball bat in Louisville, we discovered that there was a National Monument called Mammoth Cave on the way….we started to brainstorm other “mammoth” things to see and … Continue reading

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Day 5–Cross Country Adventure

I woke up in a roadside motel in what I had been certain the night before had been Tennessee, but it turned out that I was in Arkansas. I should have guessed. The carpet was a wet spot. No, I … Continue reading

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Day 4–Cross Country Adventure

We didn’t make Amarillo before sunset yesterday so we altered our plans a little –we NEEDED to see The Cadillac Ranch in the daylight. We woke early in the morning to find torrential rains and cloud cover that made it … Continue reading

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Ode to a Late Night Check in Roadside Motel Bathroom

Just kidding. I can’t rhyme for crap. This happened….the shower was an excellent massage—for my lower back. I can never decide whether to bend over frontwards and grab my ankles in order to rinse my hair or limbo under a … Continue reading

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Day 3–Cross Country Adventure

1. Wigwam Motel–I must ask you all a question? Have you slept in a Wigwam lately? What can I say, you see the pics. It is TOTALLY worth it. 2. Painted Desert and petrified forest – this world, it baffles … Continue reading

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Day Two–Cross Country Adventure

1. When staying at a Comfort Inn, the 40 pound weight limit for a pet is more of a guideline than a rule… 2. You can’t go to the Hoover Dam if you’re towing a UHAUL. Um, park ranger, sir, … Continue reading

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Day One-Cross Country Adventure–

1. Needed roadside assistance BEFORE we left Reno. Tire guy wasn’t hot. Two strikes, Uhaul, two strikes. 2. Took the dogs a little while to figure out that the plan was. They’ve been WONDERFUL. Polite, they didn’t bite the statie … Continue reading

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