For more than a decade, I tried to leave Colorado. When I arrived in August 2008, I planned to get my graduate degree and immediately head back overseas to work in international development. Yet somehow, that never happened. Jobs, romantic relationships, friends, the writing community, athletic aspirations, and financial goals all conspired against my inner … Continue reading Time to Move On
Why I’m Quitting AirBnB
When I bought my townhouse last year, I intentionally bought a place with two bedrooms plus an office so I could have my dedicated workspace but also a guest room. I wanted the guest room for family and friends, and I figured that when it wasn't getting used, I could put it on AirBnB. Why … Continue reading Why I’m Quitting AirBnB
The Road to Gold Ridge
I'm pleased to announce that I've published another short story, this time in the Metaworker. I submitted this story to five magazines back in January and didn't get any acceptances. But I did get one personalized bit of feedback (thank you, Novel Noctule editors!) that included the following: The writing was solid, but we felt … Continue reading The Road to Gold Ridge
Am I A Grown-Up Now?
Now that I'm 40 and half my life has gone by, it seems about time to do the big girl thing and commit. To property. I almost bought a townhouse back in January and then I didn't...and then, a week ago, I bought the same townhouse I passed on before. Well, not the exact same … Continue reading Am I A Grown-Up Now?
It’s a Record!
No, not a running record (but stay tuned for that post soon) - a work record! I'm about to break my full time job tenure record. As of this Thursday, I'll have been at LogRhythm for 3 years. I lasted 2 years and 11 months at the job before this one, although in theory I … Continue reading It’s a Record!
Boulderites: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 2)
Most of my posts about Boulder are flattering because I love living here. The quality of life is excellent, the scenery is beautiful, there's lots to do, and the people are friendly. But, like anywhere, Boulder does have its share of self-righteous blowhards and general asshats. And I'm just as willing to write about the … Continue reading Boulderites: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 2)
Sanctuary 2.0: Surrounded by the Best People
No, I'm not a Trump fan! Far from it. The Trump administration does not have the best people, but Boulder does. Prior to last week's post, it had been a while since I posted about living in Boulder. But since my company is not moving to Broomfield (yuuuuuge sigh of relief!) and I'm staying in … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: Surrounded by the Best People
The Darkest Hike
Last weekend, Trotsky and I set out to do a five mile hike. But, as it seems too often happens to me in Colorado, Apple maps failed to take me to the trailhead. When it claimed we had arrived, there was nothing there. At that point, I was out of range of any cell tower, … Continue reading The Darkest Hike
Sanctuary 2.0: Why Would I Ever Leave?
I almost bought a condo this month. Almost. It was 95 percent perfect, but aside from having a deck that faced a busy parkway instead of the mountains, it was also $8,000 over the max I wanted to pay. That really only adds about $50/month to my mortgage payment, so I was willing to go … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: Why Would I Ever Leave?
Human vs. Mouse
After a year and a half haitus, I returned to the storytelling stage last November. The theme of the night was "Fire." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJB4lyyx2Sw I won second place with this story, which means I'll be performing in the season finale on March 3 at 7pm in Boulder's Dairy Arts Center. Come out to see me, all … Continue reading Human vs. Mouse