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Living in Laramie so far

Here are some fun facts about living in Laramie: 1. The I-80 around Laramie and Cheyenne has some of the few remaining dead zones for cell phones. In Laramie, Sprint doesn’t not work. Like, zero bars, no phone calls, nothing. Kevin and I learned this the hard way when we pulled into Laramie around midnight […]

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Receiving a Wyoming Arts Council Professional Development Grant

Several months ago, I received news that I’d been awarded a Wyoming Arts Council Professional Development Grant as an individual artist. The working life of a creative writer can often be a solitary one, with good news to share only coming every once and a while. Receiving this grant meant than someone besides myself believed […]

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2016 wrap up

The second half of 2016 was a whirlwind. After graduating and leaving Boise, Kevin and I drove across the country (again) to leave Meeko at my sister’s apartment so we could fly out of Boston airport to Iceland and Paris. Thanks to cheap flights, that monthly discount on Airbnb, and a limited food budget (mostly baguettes), Kevin […]

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Why Being Happy at Your Job is a Silly Idea

Where did we get this idea from, that we should be happy at our jobs? “As long as you’re happy in your job….” “When you’re happy with your job, it won’t feel like work….” How often have you heard someone say things like this to you? This idea of a job bringing happiness, continuous joy to […]

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Reading Nostalgia

When I was little, my parents were very involved with making sure I had a love of reading. I even completed the Hooked on Phonics program (and yes, it worked for me.) One morning Kevin and I went down a rabbit hole of our genealogy after he revealed he was related to Davy Crockett’s brother, […]

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Changing My Idea of Free Time

When aspects of our life are not fulfilling, we seek out other ways to fill the void. This is not always a negative thing, and certainly I am the first to admit that despite grad school, dog ownership, relationships, sickness or health, I enjoy watching things move on a screen. TV shows and movies are […]

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Repurposing materials

In response to the great support I received from my earlier post on the micro living movement and my increasing interest in living small, I thought I would dive into a popular aspect of this movement: repurposing things. Resourceful is a characteristic I’ve prided myself in, and whether you call it scrappy, creative, or just […]

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Living in 444 square feet

Micro living. If you haven’t heard this term yet, it is a movement against unnecessarily large homes and unmanageable mortgages and for creating an optimal life/work balance in a teeny tiny space. Or, as one participant in the documentary “Tiny: A Story About Living Small” said, the outside of your living space should draw you in, […]

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Thoughts on cohabitating

This is my second go at this, at living with the person I am dating. We aren’t married, we might be eventually, but there’s no promise and there’s no ticking clock on it. Just cohabiting and splitting the rent. I remember my first time around moving in with someone, and though I felt supported by […]

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Summer reading list

During my first year of grad school, I took a lot of notes. I realized that in many of my classes, professors had suggestions for things I (specifically) should be reading. This felt different from the random person who is all like, “you haven’t read X, omg, you are a horrible uncultured person, but just […]