Hinterland

Quieting the question factory

Quieting the question factory

Remember when I proclaimed February as the month of Fear/Worry/Robotic Shoulder Tension? I thought I was going to write about the solutions—things like yoga and prayer and walking more than 2,000 steps a day. But as it turns out, I’m going to start by writing about one of the problems.

Surprisingly, one of the problems is writing.

Sometimes writing feels like being on Oprah when she gives away the cars and the vacations and the elixirs that make you look 18 again. But most other times, writing feels like running a self-indulgent marathon. In the Sahara. In a parka.

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A confession, an update

A confession, an update

First, a confession.

I wrote a whole blog post about letting go and in that blog post, I used the illustration of hanging onto your Christmas tree for too long. I knew when I wrote it that it was a really bad idea to use that analogy because I adored our Christmas tree this year.

Which is why I am currently sitting on the couch, starring at our Christmas tree… on January 28th. She’s been camped out in the living room for nearly two entire months and is looking more and more like a shriveled up tree ghost every day.… 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 game—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