Being Alone Among Others

Do you ever take yourself out on dates? It seems like an odd notion, maybe: you’re with yourself 24 hours a day.  It’s not like you have catching up to do. But self dates are more than your run-of-the-mill alone time.  They’re a declaration: you’re telling yourself that you deserve more than space; you deserve […]

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Memorial Day Week

Howdy ho, Junior Rangers! (Sometimes I just need to quote Full House) (By the way, this makes me feel ancient) Anyway, how are you? How was your Memorial Day? I’m back at work, sunburned, and with a new spring in my step after a week off.  My friend-since-kindergarten Jessica was visiting from Minnesota, which meant […]

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Friday Favorites

This week I hosted my second of three Spring visiting parties, my friend Mara.  Our moms have taught at the same school for over 30 years, so it’s safe to say that we’ve known each other since birth.  Or since her birth, at which point I was a chubby eight-month-old. Highlights of her visit included: […]

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Buying a Bed

Around here, weekends are for adventuring.  Last weekend I went to the National Museum for the American Indian, the National Botanic Gardens to see the Christmas model trains, the American Art Museum (briefly, because I wasn’t in the mood for art that day), and stumbled upon a little independent movie theatre where they served wine […]

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Adventure Day in St. Paul

It was adventure day in St. Paul for Holly and the Gentleman Caller. Cossetta’s for pizza and antipasto salad (I ate the cheese, he ate the jalapenos and tomatoes.  I think I got the better deal): Grand Ole Creamery for ice cream (it tasted a lot better than this young man betrays): The historic (think […]

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Trekking

Snowpocalypse 2013 has come and gone, and while the plows have been out at all hours (I heard them at 2:30 this morning) clearing the streets, the sidewalks are another story entirely. My walks to campus have now been enhanced with Everest-like snowbanks which must be scaled.   Typically, more often than not, my leg […]

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The Hazards of Crafting

We didn’t go Black Friday shopping, per se.  Mom and I patrolled Grand Avenue in St. Paul, where we did some (utterly justifiable, I tell you!) damage at Pottery Barn, Patina, and at Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books (new location).  We may have also made an unrecorded Caribou Coffee stop, and we may have had to […]

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Old Business and New

Saturday night, I forgot to tell you, I accepted a miniature cupcake from a tray thrust at me by strangers wearing red white and blue and dangling a large American flag out of the window of their minivan.  They had apparently been circling campus for the past hour and a half, because, although we denied […]

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Copy Editing

Last night, although it held on until 2 this morning, was glorious.  There’s so much more to copy editing than quiet and the flick of thumb or pen against paper, even more than the good-natured debate about the merits of the Oxford Comma. Copy editing, at least in the context of the University Register, of […]

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