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2 October 2013

Chili D. Dog, renowned autumnal expert, now has her own page on this blog. She will be sharing her fall-based tips daily through the month of October 2013.

Click here or in the link on the header to bask in her wisdom.

Chili the Wonder Dog



Day 3-5: Miami

21 February 2012

Life got away from me there, and now I’m seriously behind in posting my entries for the photo-a-day challenge. So now I’m playing catch up.

On February 3rd, I went to Miami for a conference related to my job. I met with a number of human rights lawyers doing amazing work throughout the country and world, but I left there with mixed feelings. While I was excited to be working in such a dynamic field, I was a bit frustrated by my limited authority over what I do. The conference definitely pushed me to evaluate where I am right now with my career and made me realize that I may be veering a bit off track from where I wanted to go after law school. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this information… I’ll keep you updated, webernets.

And here are the photos from Miami:

Day 3: Hands (In the window of a clothing store in Coconut Grove. I have been informed that this photo is a bit "unnerving.")

Day 4: Stranger (From the balcony of my hotel in Miami, looking into the glass elevator. Again, this photo was characterized as "creepy" and perhaps "stalkerish."

Day 5: 10 a.m. (At the Miami International Airport. The clock chimed 10, and I stopped where I was to take a photo. The fact that I was standing in front of a bar where people were drinking by themselves at 10 a.m. was purely coincidental and perhaps a tad "creepy.")

In other news, remember when I used to be less introspective and more funny? Sigh…

Day 2: Words

2 February 2012

Day 2 of Photo-a-Day Challenge: The words I read every day

This photo represents a large part of my current job — reading and editing the very long blog posts for a website we run at work, written¬† by a lawyer observing the the Khmer Rouge trials currently taking place in Cambodia. Having been on the other side of these posts, I know what a long day it is for the writer. But I also remember how interesting it is to sit in the public gallery, watch the action happening in the courtroom, and observe the people watching the trial. These words bring this experience back to me every day.

Photo Day 1: My View From Here

1 February 2012

Day 1 of fat mum slim’s photo challenge: The view of Chicago from my cubicle.

I will admit I spent a good part of the morning trying to figure out the most artsy way to express that my view today is rather wretched. Emotionally speaking, that is. Coming back to this blog, I was reminded how adventurous my life was just four years ago. Difficult, but amazingly adventurous. And now I find myself at the beginning of 2012, at the age of 35, with a second expensive graduate degree under my belt, working at another unpaid job with a fairly definite end date and no other prospects on the horizon.

Then, while I was doing all this internal whinging and whining, I spun around in my ergonomically appropriate office chair and stared out the window behind me, as I often do. At this moment, I reminded myself that, although I might not be halfway around the world right at this second, I am at home with my loving husband and adorable dog. And I do have a job (of sorts) where I can continue to engage in my chosen profession. And I have been incredibly blessed in many ways, beyond what I ever dreamed. And I do live in a beautiful city that is unseasonably warm for February 1st.

And I do have the cubicle with the best view in the office.

Heck yeah.

Photo-a-Day via fat mum slim

31 January 2012

I have wanted to get back into blogging if only for the creative me time for a while. Sadly, life seems constantly to get in the way. From work to travel to illness to whiny dog, there is always something else demanding my time.

So, when I heard about fat mum slim’s photo-a-day challenge, I figured I would dive back in, starting tomorrow. I mean, how hard can it be to post one photo a day, right?! Right? … right?

In case there is anyone in my life who still looks at this blog who wants to play along, here is the task list for February – all credit to fat mum slim, of course:

Chili the Wonder Dog

17 January 2012

Sure, I haven’t posted in nearly three years. But then I decided that my dog deserves her own internet meme…

Want to make your own? Email me or check out my facebook page for the original pic!

The Reason for My Hiatus

2 April 2009

So, if you were paying attention, you may have noticed I disappeared for about a month there. At first my absence from the webernets was intentional. A person should check twitter in the hopes that Rainn Wilson will say something funny only so many times per day. Once that limit is exceeded, the word “obsession” starts being bandied about. However, the further I moved away from my virtual relationships, the more time I seemed to have. More time to do things like sit around and envy those badly-dressed women with well-dressed fairy godmothers on the three episodes per day of What Not to Wear.

But, seriously, there is a good reason for my hiatus. And it’s name is Proof. As in the 2001 winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. As in the 2005 movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal. (The clip on IMDb is totally my favorite line of the play, though Gwyneth doesn’t make it nearly funny enough in my opinion.)

Yeah, so, in a moment of sheer madness, I auditioned for this play, and I got a part. (This may be a good time to mention that I haven’t been in a play since I was 18 years old, when I took on the role of a crazy old king in a children’s play in Tuakau, New Zealand. I got the part, despite being very noticeably a girl, because I was the only person who auditioned who had ever memorized lines before. They made me wear a very itchy beard made of polyfill and dyed with gray magic markers. I made my own crown based on the Burger King crown – everyone thought it was brilliant because they didn’t have a Burger King in their area at that time.)

For reference, if you watched the IMDb clip, I’m the stony-faced older sister in the pink coat. Sadly, I don’t get to wear a fun pink coat, especially since the play takes place in Chicago in SEPTEMBER, which Hollywood apparently thinks is cold enough for a wool overcoat. I mean, c’mon Hollywood, it’s not April!

For the last month, I have spent significant amounts of time reading and re-reading and reading once again this play. My script is covered with notes and highlights and coffee stains and tears from the panic attacks. However, I count it a major victory that I have not passed out or run away in hysterics from a rehearsal yet. And, as we open in three weeks, I figured it was about time to let the webernets know what’s going on.

So here it is — Proof by Red Ink Productions. Be there.


I’ll see you back here in May.