About Me

I am a mom. I have incredible kids:

Zaffron

Zaffron

Mgazi

Luyanda (a.k.a. Mgazi)

I am a wife. I married well:

Russell

Very well. *smile*

Together, Russell, Zaffron, Mgazi, and I make a pretty awesome family:

This is the Castagnaro Family

This is us.

I love love love:

Chocolate

Chocolate

Wine

Wine

I am a world traveller.

This is me in Cote d'Ivoire

This is me in Cote d’Ivoire. Note the “NO MACHINE GUNS” sign on the hotel lobby door.

This is me in Burkina Faso.

This is me in Burkina Faso.

This is me in Nepal.

This is me in Nepal. The search for the elusive white Bengal Tiger became the search for the elusive clean toilet.

This is me in Alaska.

This is me in Alaska, flying over some glaciers.

This is me in Swaziland.

This is me in Swaziland. I’m being proposed to at this very moment — and not by Russell!

This is me in Vancouver.

This is me in Vancouver. My first cruise. Didn’t know I’d be paying for that drink.

This is me in Belize.

This is me in Belize. This is the country where I discovered the Crocolog.

This is me in Paris.

This is me in Paris. Well, technically, in a Paris bathroom.

Me in Mexico

Mgazi & me in Mexico

Me in Japan w/ an awesome colleague

Me in Japan w/ an awesome colleague

I was super cute in kindergarten:

This is me in Kindergarten.

My kindergarten teacher’s name was Mrs. Cherry.

But most of all, I’m just me. Post-Paris Kristine.

Post-Paris Kristine

This blog is about the balancing act that I must attempt each and every day in order to not suck too badly at any given version of me. Most often, I’m left dangling off the tightrope by my pinky.

21 insightful thoughts by 21 brilliant people

    • Oh. Okay! Good idea, honey. A crocolog is an animal that I personally discovered and named on a trip to Belize. It’s a stealth beast that floats just below the surface of the water. It disguises itself as a crocodile but is much more dangerous in that it brings deep and bitter disappointment every time you encounter one.

    • It’s quite possible! You know, when I’m hiring I always ask the person I’m interviewing if he or she likes chocolate. I swear I don’t hold it against them if they don’t. But their answer does give me a glimpse into their soul!

      Pam – have you tried Madre chocolate? I think it tastes better because the guys who make it are good-looking. (Just a theory.)

  1. Blog’s name had me at “hello”! My kiddos call my wine glass “momma juice” so I just love this! Your babes are beautiful :)
    Found you on Bloggy Moms and could really use some vino this Friday afternoon!

  2. Ive been on your blog for a total of 5 minutes and Im hooked! Amazing about me page. Chocolate & Wine are my loves also but Coffee is slightly higher than wine.

  3. Found you over on Bloggy Moms and so glad I did! I’ll henceforth receive your posts via email (yay).
    Ahhh mommyjuice (or mummyjuice as we call it in the antipodes where I’m from) I miss you and I can’t wait til we meet again (BF 8 month old).

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