That One Time I Met Neil Gaiman

It was June 29, in the sweltering Portland heat…wait, that can’t be right. But it was. It was like 90 degrees  the day I met Neil Gaiman. There were 900 people packed into the Crystal Ballroom, a beautiful, non-air conditioned venue downtown. By virtue of our early arrival, my friend and I were seated in […]

Past My Bedtime

I stayed up late last night, and today I’m paying for it. My  sister and went to see Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra in Portland,  and I spent a good deal of time comparing the concert experiences of my early years with the experience of being a 39-year old mom out past her […]

Last Best Place

It’s really amazing, isn’t it, when two people so completely different have the same favorite place? Ours is Timberline Lodge and we stayed there for our anniversary a few weeks ago. We arrived in the afternoon so there was time for picture-taking (me) and bird-watching (him). Though temps were still warm in the valley, On […]

Special Occasion

My husband and I had big plans for our anniversary last month. Well, big plans considering we are on a budget and have two kids at home, and jobs to go to the next day and. And. And. We’d watched Blood Into Wine, a documentary about winemaking in Arizona and had planned to buy a […]

Zoom Zoom

So, does a person’s vacation start on Friday when they’re off work? Or on Monday when you don’t have to go into the office? Whatever the case, I’m on vacation this week and I could really get used to it. The kids and I kicked off our Week of Fun with a little car show. […]