Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

personal

jul
31
2012

Taking a Moment to Reflect

Ten years ago today, I arrived in DC. My move was a family effort — a cross-country road trip from Arizona with my parents, siblings and a Penske truck. Since then, I got my master’s degree, met and married Rob, …

may
22
2012

News Apps

A bit of work news: NPR is spinning up a News Apps team. This will be an interdisciplinary group of data journalists, designers and developers which will work on projects across NPR.org, NPR Music, Planet Money, StateImpact, stations, etc. Management …

may
04
2012

Graduation Day

I flew out to Phoenix on Tuesday to celebrate my brother Ross’s graduation from ASU with a degree in film. Congratulations, Ross!

mar
02
2012

New Year's in Chicago

For Christmas this year, Rob promised me penguins — and he delivered, booking tickets for Chicago (and Shedd Aquarium) for New Year’s weekend. It was a short but productive trip, in which we were able to catch up with some …

jan
07
2012

Back on the Bike

I don’t know why the temperature is in the mid-60s in January, but I’ll take it. Rob and I rode our bikes down to Old Town Alexandria, got a late lunch at Paradiso, then biked back home. We were not …

nov
14
2011

Mischief Managed

For my dad’s 60th birthday, we decided to surprise him. My sister Ashley, Rob and I flew out to Arizona a few weeks ago for a long weekend. My mom (who had, out of necessity, concocted an elaborate series of …

nov
13
2011

Happy Trails

Rob and I took advantage of today’s mild weather to go out for a leisurely bike ride. We originally intended to drive out to the Western Maryland Rail Trail but got too late a start. Instead, we stayed a little …

sep
23
2011

Photo of the Day: Pedestrian Portal

After work yesterday I biked over to The Yards Park for the Capital Bikeshare Birthday Bash, celebrating the service’s first birthday in DC. The party was fun, with food trucks, beer, games, an ‘80s cover band and some free giveaways. …

sep
22
2011

Western Maryland Rail Trail

Rob and I have been slowly working our way up to longer and longer rides on our bikes, purchased this past May. Rob’s even started bike commuting to work once a week. This month, we started taking the bikes on …

sep
17
2011

A Little Computer Surgery

For my birthday this year, Rob gave me an (almost) new computer for about $250. I’ve had this MacBook Pro for about two years. Because I have a lot of photos and music, my hard drive was nearly full. The …

aug
23
2011

DC Earthquake

So you may have heard there was a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia today.

jul
05
2011

Fourth of July 2011

Rob and I had a pretty eventful Fourth of July this year. Our new neighborhood takes the holiday quite seriously, with a morning parade from the fire station to the community center, followed by hot dogs, ice cream and other …

jun
07
2011

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

After a few months of dithering, Rob and I finally bought bikes over Memorial Day weekend. Our new place is not far from some major bike trails, and we’re just beginning to explore — short loops around the neighborhood in …

jan
26
2011

Instagram

So after some prodding from a coworker, I’m finally on Instagram. It’s a social photo-sharing service kind of like Flickr, but entirely smartphone-focused. I had resisted for so long because I’m kind of ambivalent about all the photo filters and …

jan
19
2011

Birthday Bowling

Rob, Dari and I celebrated Rob’s birthday this weekend with dim sum in Silver Spring and a mini road-trip to Fredericksburg, where we tried to find Stonewall Jackson’s arm, went bowling and visited the only Steak ‘n Shake in Virginia. …

dec
17
2010

Holiday Relay Race

My office takes its holiday partying seriously. Yesterday’s festivities included a relay race around the building (in the snow!) in various modes of kid-fun transportation: three-legged race, hula hoop roll, big wheel tricycle and bouncy ball. NPR’s Andy Carvin live …

dec
06
2010

Shrine to Ditka

Our friend Steve was in town this weekend. He and Rob are both big fans of the Chicago Bears, having grown up in northwest Indiana, so Rob planned a trip to Union Pub, near Union Station in Washington, D.C, to …

nov
25
2010

Turkey Day

Rob, my sister Ashley and I drove down to Sumter, S.C., for our annual Thanksgiving weekend / mini family reunion with my grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins. We were thrilled that my brother Ryan was able to join us as …

nov
04
2010

2011 Letterpress Calendar - Done!

The designers for the 2011 Pyramid Atlantic letterpress calendar (and a few other helpful volunteers) got together last night to assemble the calendars and ready them for sale at this weekend’s Book Arts Fair in Silver Spring, Md. It’s been …

nov
03
2010

Election Night 2010

Still recovering a bit from the craziness of last night (and all the prep leading up to it). Will post a wrap-up soon. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow of photos I took at NPR headquarters on election night, mostly …