adventures in commuting

In Lynchburg, I lived two miles from my office, and so my commute went kind of like this: Roll out of bed. Get in car. Be at work. But life is about choices, and when we moved to Cville, we chose a bigger, more affordable house close to Seth’s work and about a half an …

dancing about architecture

Two years ago, my best friend went to sleep and never woke up. His remains were not found for two days. This week has been on my mind for ages, a huge obsidian block in the middle of my springtime, a chasm of sadness that I know I must navigate each year. I dread it …

knockoffs

I have wanted tall boots for about a billion years, but I have what shoemakers like to call “extended calves.” They’re thick, okay? Maybe fat. They’ve been thick/fat forever, long before I myself qualified as thick/fat. So that made finding boots really difficult, especially when my budget was so small. So I have this weird …

love the one you’re with

At the start of this year, a funny thing happened. I consciously avoided making many actual resolutions, and in the process I found myself embarking on a flurry of positive activities instead. How does that work? I don’t really know, but I’m liking the sense of control and stability it is giving me. When I …

dog school failure

In news of the completely unsurprising, I’m a perfectionist and an overachiever and all of those other horrible things that make oldest children trend both toward the successful and the annoying. And I have this dog. And if you’ve been following along at home, you might have noticed my belief that my dog was born …