A belated 28 weeks

I’m a bit late with this, but last week marked my 28th week of pregnancy (today actually marks the 29th week). I took this photo in the bathroom of my hotel room in New York: I don’t know why I’m even telling you this, but that was the first hotel room I’ve ever stayed in [...]

Lover, business partner, best friend

About a month or two ago I signed up for Facebook to reconnect with a group of friends I had in college at BYU and since then have noticed several memes making the rounds among my contacts. I’m not usually a fan of memes and couldn’t tell you exactly why, I think it goes back [...]

Should probably replace the batteries in our walkie talkies

Jon: “Hey, baby. What’s up?” Me: “Not much. Just sitting over here on this side of the couch reading tweets on my phone.” Jon: “How you doin’?” Me: “Um, I’m fine. How are you?” Jon: “No, how you doin’?” Me: “I’m doin’ fine.” Jon: “How’s… that?” Me: “How’s what?” Jon: “… that.” Me: “The tweets?” [...]


Last night was the sixth anniversary of the evening Jon and I stood on a cliff in Yosemite National Park and vowed to give each other shit for the rest of our lives. This weekend that we have spent in San Francisco at a three-day music festival was planned at the last moment, and it [...]


A few days ago Doug from Laid Off Dad Twittered: “If you saw David Gregory on The Daily Show, you might think that he and @blurb were separated at birth.” I’m a frequent viewer of NBC news and had never really considered the resemblance between my husband and David Gregory before, but after Doug suggested [...]

To the rescue

My father and stepmother gave both Jon and me cards with a little bit of cash tucked inside for our recent birthdays. They signed my card, “Love you.” Jon’s card was signed with, “Thanks for being who you are. Also, have we told you lately just how grateful we are you took one for the [...]

On this day many, many, many years ago

Today my beloved husband turns 43 years old. This morning before either Leta or the dogs woke up he turned over in bed, rested his head on my chest and said, baby, I want to grow old with you. And I was all, um, that’s already happened. Tonight my mom is taking Leta for several [...]

On being more friendly to the environment

Last week the price of gas forced us to switch cars, and now instead of driving around in our mammoth SUV we’re folding our bodies to fit inside the two-door 2000 Honda Civic that has been parked for months inside our garage. It is a car I could fit in my front pocket. We tried [...]

A routine expedition

Saturday afternoon I checked my mailbox and found a package from a reader named Lindsey full of t-shirts silkscreened with images of the characters from Land of the Lost. I bet half of my readers haven’t ever heard of that television show, and if you’re one of those people then I am very sorry that [...]


I take my first bite of a tri-tip steak that Jon has just finished grilling, and the sensation is not unlike swallowing the entire Pacific Ocean. “What did you put on these steaks?” I ask, barely able to move my swollen tongue. “Why? Is it okay?” “It’s just…” “Let’s see… salt. And… pepper. And… seasoning [...]