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The Internet is awesome

I met Ryan Marshall of Pacing the Panic Room and his wife Cole through the Internet and then in person when they came to the Alt Summit here in January. Cole was in an antique shop in Florida when she saw this huge set of china, one almost identical to the teacups and saucers I [...]

New Tunes – Bon Iver

My favorite song off of the new Bon Iver album (and it was hard just choosing one, the album is so, so lush), is called Holocene: They recently released a video for this song, too …and at once I knew I was not magnificent
 strayed above the highway aisle 
jagged vacance, thick with ice
 I [...]

The good dog

For today. She’s not the dog who sprayed diarrhea all over the living room. Yes, THAT living room. Chuck is still alive and has seen a vet and will be fine if I can keep him hidden from Jon.

Basket of fun

I bought this basket to store shoes at the front door, but someone else had other ideas. Last night Leta climbed into this with her and they pretended it was a bathtub. Adorable until Marlo shoved her and yelled, “GET OUT!” But then Leta pulled a Leta and said, “I didn’t want to be in [...]

Going Boom – the pictures

Like the video of our living room explained, I met the owners of the DIGS website back in January at a conference. A few months after that they contacted me and wanted to know if they could help furnish a room. I hadn’t realized how broad their selection was, and then when I saw the [...]


This is an approximation of the outfit I wore yesterday to speak at the UNI ribbon-cutting (there is a local news piece about it here). I wanted something conservative with just the tiniest bit of edge. Those heels put me at about six feet two inches tall. The view from up there! (You can see [...]

Nine years

Today is our ninth wedding anniversary. Back in 2002 when we got married I remember reading a few snide remarks online about how we’d last less than six months, which made me sad. Not because the remarks were directed at us, but because people had such little faith in love to put that sentiment out [...]

When networking goes horribly wrong

I didn’t think this time would ever come, but in the last couple of months I have had to reassess my list for a reason other than “this one hates dogs” or “that one has toe hair.” You’re like, this had better not be her grocery list. The list list. The five people you would [...]


The Former Congressman just threw up his entire breakfast all over the floor of the one room in the house that is carpeted. Jon already had to give Coco a bath this morning because she peed in her crate, so he was unhappy with this development and told me to hide the dog so that [...]

The Camilla Series, no. 16

Me: The sad part about this is no one is going to be able to tell that those are SEE THROUGH PANTS. Cami: Oh, trust. When I wear these on campus, everyone does. (You can find Cami here: She is a lot of fun and only a little bit weird.)