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Tucson | January

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Hoping to do these little collections regularly throughout the year

The Obligatory New Year’s Reflection Post

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I’m not the most introspective person in the world, but I felt compelled this year to join those who intentionally look back at the year that has just passed. I am, however, a somewhat lazy person, so I’m going to do this list-y style. Or, as my new favorite writer Mindy Kaling calls it in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making Time for Creativity Every Day

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Maybe I’m still on a SXSW-inspiration high, or it’s just because I finally finished Anne Lamott’s excellent book on writing and creativity, Bird by Bird, but I decided to start a new project that builds regular creativity into my life. It’s the Photo 365 Project: My life in pictures. Every day. And it’s exactly what […]

16 Things I Love About Baseball

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I used to think the first line of our national anthem was “Jose can you see,” because we sang it at Astros games and their star player was Jose Cruz.   Craig Biggio. Singing. What other sport gets 30,000 people to stretch their legs in the middle of a game and join in chorus to […]

Discovered: Why I Love the Olympics (Video Edition!)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympics kick off this evening, and I am ready to soak in 2 weeks of sport, endurance, heartbreak, joy and Bob Costas. Let’s do this. I’ve loved the Olympics for as long as I can remember. One of my all time favorite gifts was the U.S.A gymnastics leotard, ala Mary Lou Retton, […]

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 […]

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