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January’s Thing: Interviewing my parents

January’s Thing: Interviewing my parents

My parents have gotten some good air time on this blog over the years, mostly because they are hilarious. There was the time the cops came over for Christmas, the time my mom almost ran me over with her car, and the time my mom schooled all of us on how to properly insulate coffee, just to name a few. And because I haven’t shared a good parental anecdote here in awhile, I feel like it’s time for a new one. It’s just the right thing to do.

My mom has a long history of keeping her … Continue reading

Hinterland 2018: Party like a Puritan

Hinterland 2018: Party like a Puritan

About a year and a half ago I decided to move out of my modest-yet-endearing apartment with wood floors and gigantic windows and ceilings higher than a kite and into a house in the city with friends. Moving from many years of living alone and into a room that is smaller than any dorm room I’ve ever occupied seemed mostly crazy at first. The next logical move would have been to buy a house, not move back down the adulthood ladder from living independently to living with roommates. Also, I had stuff. It wasn’t wedding present caliber stuff; it … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Thirteen: Letting go

Hinterland, Week Thirteen: Letting go

Here we are at the very end of 2017.

I’m not great at embracing change, and I’m especially bad at endings, so you can imagine how much I dislike transitioning from one year to the next. I usually cling to the last few days of a year as if they were the last drops of water at the bottom of a barrel in the middle of the desert. But along with 99% of the world’s population, I will not be sorry to see 2017 come to an end today. Bye, Felicia. Don’t let the door hit you on the way … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Twelve: Christmas with a real camera

Hinterland, Week Twelve: Christmas with a real camera

I’m sitting here at 10:30pm watching the Packers play a meaningless gameā€”and it’s not even a preseason game. This has not happened in probably close to a decade because the Packers haven’t been this bad in probably close to a decade. This does not make me feel jolly. But you know what does make me feel jolly? The Great British Baking Show, which my mom and I just started watching today because of The Hype and now I totally understand The Hype.

“Jolly” is only the correct word to use when it’s two days until Christmas. At any other … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Eleven: A few pros and cons

Hinterland, Week Eleven: A few pros and cons

If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like to quit your job, throw caution to the wind, and race into the great unknown… good news! I can tell you all about it, or at least as much as I know from 2.5 months in. Which, let’s be honest, is not a lot… but it’s still something! And hopefully that something is helpful if you’re considering whether or not to embark upon your own version of Hinterland in 2018.

Let’s start with the cons:

  • DEATH AND TAXES
    • And by that I mean… health insurance and taxes. Picking my health insurance
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Hinterland, Week Ten: Over to you, Shauna

Hinterland, Week Ten: Over to you, Shauna

True story: I don’t really have anything to share this week. I thought I could write about one thing, and then I thought I could write about another thing, and then I thought about making a list of things. And while I could write about any of those things and many others, I’d rather take a break and pass the mic to one of my favorite sharers of things, Shauna Niequist.

Shauna has a whole host of wise and true things to say, but given that we’re nearing the time in which we all resolve to be better at … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Nine: Have a Mary Christmas

Hinterland, Week Nine: Have a Mary Christmas

Remember back in October when I said I wanted to chill the heck out and enjoy November? It took most of the month, but it really did happen last week. Not surprisingly, it happened on its own terms after I had mostly forgotten about it, and long after I tried to make it happen myself.

(Isn’t that true about all of the things, all of the time?)

There were several factors that made last week so enjoyable, but one of the nicest parts was that it didn’t feel rushed. It usually feels like December arrives before the apple pie … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Eight: So The Hulk walks into Old Navy…

Hinterland, Week Eight: So The Hulk walks into Old Navy…

If you are a person who grew up in a place, and you left that place, and you come back to that place for things like holidays, you might have noticed that you are capable of becoming the actual Hulk.

This is true by definition:

Caught in the blast of gamma radiation, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner is cursed to transform in times of stress into the living engine of destruction known as The Incredible Hulk.

Times of stress? Living engine of destruction? Home for the holidays.

No matter when you return, home can be an alternate reality of sorts, … Continue reading