I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy.

I “attended” a virtual online brand storytelling conference today. My boss signed me up under her email and username. When I logged in and realized I was her—and that none of the participants were on camera—I could not let the opportunity to have a little fun pass. It all started when introductions were made. People … Continue reading I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy.

“Turn Left Heading Two Three Zero”

A short attention span and an inability to multitask are a dangerous combination. I learned this the hard way on Tuesday. Midway through our weekly Teams marketing meeting, J. started talking about something and I zoned out for a few minutes. To be fair, I was responding to a work-related email. It’s not like I … Continue reading “Turn Left Heading Two Three Zero”

Nostalgia is Fine, But the Midwest is Mine

Three years ago today, we arrived in Rapid City. Happy Dakotaversary to us. Three years, man. It doesn't even seem possible. There's a cliche about time passing in the blink of an eye, but I swear, living here still feels like a novelty. The newness has yet to wear off, and I have no idea … Continue reading Nostalgia is Fine, But the Midwest is Mine

Ask and Ye Shall Receive

In an admirable example of "ask and ye shall receive," I recently expressed a desire to have my book banned, and a longtime reader complied. She didn't hesitate in banning my book on her blog. Thank you, Stephanie. You're awesome. And really, she's more than a blogger: I consider her a friend. How could I … Continue reading Ask and Ye Shall Receive

June 24, or, How I Arrived Here (Twice)

Twice on June 24, I arrived in Rapid City. I don't think I even realized that until a couple of days ago. Obviously, the anniversary of our arrival on this date two years ago has been top-of-mind lately. But equally momentous—though I did not realize it at the time—was June 24, 2011. I have a … Continue reading June 24, or, How I Arrived Here (Twice)

Gettin’ Jiggly With It

Look, I can understand closing down certain non-essential businesses, rescheduling concerts, postponing Major League baseball, limiting social contact, yadda yadda. But Portland has just taken things a step too far by canceling their annual naked bike ride. Is nothing sacred these days?! This decision took some real balls. Sounds like a cover-up to me... Few … Continue reading Gettin’ Jiggly With It

Conflict of Interest

I got burned by an Englishman yesterday. Not physically burned, as in, he spilled his scalding hot tea on my arm while reaching for a crumpet. (By the way, I've never met a stereotype I didn't fully embrace.) Instead, I refer to the definition in Urban Dictionary: A usually sarcastic and insulting comment, devised to burn someone's emotions. What … Continue reading Conflict of Interest

One Down, 49 to Go

One year ago today, we went public and shared the news that we were moving to Rapid City, South Dakota. Via social media, of course, because this is the 21st century. We actually made our decision weeks earlier, on the first full day of our quickie weekend road trip out here. But there were i's … Continue reading One Down, 49 to Go

The Moment When Everything Changed

One year ago, at this exact moment - June 16, 2017, 8:07 a.m. - everything changed. My entire future was altered with the push of a button. At the moment, I never imagined such far-reaching consequences would result from sending a simple email. Here it is, in its entirety: "You know, if you wanted to … Continue reading The Moment When Everything Changed

This Here’s the Rubber Duck

We bought walkie-talkies on Amazon last week, and I have to admit, I’m pretty excited. More so than any self-respecting adult should be. Good thing I have so little self-respect! The whole thing was Tara’s idea; she'd suggested a while ago that we purchase walkie-talkies so we can communicate more easily between vehicles while driving … Continue reading This Here’s the Rubber Duck