RSCDS, or Finding Community

Five or six years ago, I was in grad school.  It was probably one of the more miserable years of my life. I was sleep deprived (getting up at 5 every morning to catch the bus to the train to school, and up until 1 or 2 completing work), struggling (my stat’s professor saw me in ever single office hour she had), and all-around miserable. I didn’t realize it until after I quit (a very good day), but I had fallen into a major depressive episode.

In the midst of all this, I did have one good point. I’d made a friend during the orientation and we rode in together each morning. We’d talk about anything and everything and one of our conversations ended up covering one of his hobbies- Scottish Country Dance.

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Adieu, Rainbow Railing

When we first moved to Maryland, I spent a lot of time painting things. The bank that owned the house before use had painted every single wall beige.  I’m not a beige fan, so I spent hours (and our friends spent hours, to be honest) covering it all with a bright white.  But since I thought we’d be living here forever, I also painted a few walls bright blue because it’s pretty. I also painted this:


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Harry Potter and the WHAT DO YOU MEAN STANDBY

The big news today, of course, is that Cursed Child tickets go on sale Wednesday and the very bizarre ticket-purchasing made started today. So this morning, I and thousands of my closest friends woke up, scrambled to check our emails and… nothing.

The weird “advanced notice that you can maybe buy tickets later” emails didn’t arrive until well after noon. And alas, I got this one:Read More »

Writer in the World

I’ve been traveling with family since Friday. We’re on a tour of the Southwest to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. (Happy birthday Mom!)

So far we’ve been to Vegas (where I turned 20$ into 43$ and called it a day), the Hoover Dam (big and kind of dull), and a town called Williams in Arizona that was surprisingly interesting for a small town (and had the best mac and cheese I’ve had in ages).

Yesterday we drove to the big destination of the trip: the Grand Canyon. And I have to say, I think I’m a fan.

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Vacation Reading

I’m back!

As you may or may not know, I’m a big reader.  Like, I love reading.  A lot.  So a big concern on any trip is how to make sure I have enough reading material.  (I’ll be honest, the usual solution is “buy more books while traveling.”  This is somewhat at odds with my dream, ‘downsized’ lifestyle.)  Here’s a picture of what I came home with yesterday, after two weeks away:


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On the road again

This week is the traditional Carnan family vacation in the Shenandoah.  We’ll be spending the week at Shrinemont, where they feed you three times a day and the rest of the hours are your own.  Until recently it didn’t have cell phone service or wifi, and even now those are pretty spotty.

Sounds like the perfect writer’s retreat to me!