Archive for the 'Life Upheaval' Category

Philadelphia Story

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Travis landed an internship at a top landscape architecture firm this summer, so we packed up the pups and headed to Philadelphia, where the company is located. Since I work from home, it was easy for me to go along. We rented a cute little furnished apartment from a Penn graduate student in Center City, […]

How to Clean a Jute Rug

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Jute [joot] – a vaguely natural fiber woven devil material that cannot, repeat, cannot be cleaned In just 21 easy steps: Move into a sublet for the summer so that you confuse your dog and she doesn’t know how to ask outside to go to the bathroom. Also this way you can lose money from […]

Stuck in a Funky Rut

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Until today, I had written exactly one blog post in the last three months. Why? Because I was summering at our estate on Lake Como, having  dinner parties with George Clooney and eating pizza and pasta and red wine at every meal, which, in Italy, is actually considered perfectly healthy and causes you to lose […]

Out of the Ordinary Things I’ve Done Since Moving to Tucson

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

One of the things I’ve been struck by since moving to Tucson is how a change of scenery forces you to do things you’ve never even considered before. I knew life would be different here, but I didn’t take into account how the fact of living in a new city and meeting a whole new set […]

5 Signs You’re at Home in a New City

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

You know that horribly awkward feeling you have when you attend someone’s wedding or birthday party but you don’t know anyone other than the host? A quick hello to the one person you’re comfortable with and then two hours of guessing what other people are talking about while they ignore you. (Ok so maybe if […]

I Am a Grad School Widow*

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I’ve lost my husband. He’s crossed over to a mysterious, distant plane where I cannot visit. It’s called grad school. Oh sure, he tries to invite me into that world, showing me projects he’s working on and sharing a few stories from class. We’ve even spent time together with some of his classmates, exploring Mt. […]

Confession: I Don’t Miss Austin

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

I’m a lucky one. Part of the privileged few. A golden child. You guessed it—I’m a native Austinite. Not only a native Austinite, but a South Austinite. Even more authentic! My youth was filled with trips to Barton Springs and Fiesta, when it was still called Fiesta and held on Laguna Gloria’s storybook grounds. During […]

The Big Move

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Yesterday marked our first full week in Tucson, our home for the next three years. Since neither Travis nor I have ever lived outside of Austin, you could say it’s a slightly monumental change. I’d like to write a poignant essay on the journey and experience of uprooting my life and settling down in unfamiliar […]

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