2015: The Year I Shake the Monkey Paw

While I am not a believer in “The Secret” or any other sort of magi-mystical system where believing something is/will be true will make it so, I more or less behave as if I’ve been under the thrall of a monkey’s paw. That is, I often get what I want/obsess over Secret-style, but usually in some fashion that makes makes everything worse. Continue reading 2015: The Year I Shake the Monkey Paw

Thanksvember 2012: Week One

November 1st: I am thankful for being part of a family full of storytellers. Even in our darkest moments, we can help each other smile.

November 2nd: I am thankful for my rockstar coworkers at Infuz (past and present). The business stuff is just the cusp of what I’ve learned from them, and many have become my closest friends.

November 3rd: I am thankful for being a two-parent household. The fun stuff is better when you have someone to share it with. The bad stuff is easier when there’s someone to shoulder the burden. Also, when you have too much whiskey, someone can manage the kids while you suffer your consequences.

People do that thing in November where they blog/tweet/post one thing every day that they are thankful for. I’m doing it, too.

Lent 2012: The Failed Experiment

Once upon a time, I tried to do NaNoWriMo while in my first trimester of pregnancy. It didn’t work. Neither did this (no, I’m not pregnant).

I mean, it worked. It’s Easter Morning, and aside from any minor gaming I’ve done while writing about gamification for work or testing game-y things we’ve built and a brief demo or two in the name of parenting, I haven’t played a video game since Februrary 21st. (That’s 47 days, btw). So, yay me.

But it didn’t really work. Continue reading Lent 2012: The Failed Experiment

a-Househunting We Will Go: The Forever Home

We are currently on a quest for a new home. Due to our family’s needs and financial …complications… we’re searching for a very specific kind of home in a very limited area. Since it’s hard to spot that “hidden gem” on paper, we see our share of houses. Sometimes these prospects make for interesting stories. These are those stories.

We knew before we looked at this house that it was probably a long shot. It had recently dropped into our range, but the description suggested it was going to need a significant of work. The room dimensions were irresistible, the location (although at a relatively high-traffic corner) was perfect. We had to take a look because if we’ve learned anything in this search it’s that you never know.

I fell in love the moment we crossed the threshold. Continue reading a-Househunting We Will Go: The Forever Home

Lent 2012: Worst Idea Ever


I spend all week struggling with all the “idle moments” urges to play an app on my phone for 5 minutes. I start twitching at work because of the standard work-related chaos that I usually relieve at the end of the day with a bit of Skyrim (or those idle moments with apps). It builds to a head until the whistle blows on Friday. It starts to fade, only to be completely eclipsed by a desire to spend a few lazy hours on Sunday playing Skyrim. Which I can’t do. Continue reading Lent 2012: Worst Idea Ever