Rants & Ramblings

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

personal

oct
08
2007

Signal Hill

It only took ten months but I finally went through my photos from a mini-hike that Rob and I took with my parents to Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park West last December. We arrived just in time for sunset. …

oct
07
2007

papago park

Yesterday morning, I met up with my sister in Phoenix for a girls’ morning out, which started with a mini-hike through Papago Park to the rather literally-named Hole in the Rock. We took drinks up with us and sat in …

sep
16
2007

a beach outing

For the past month or so, Rob and I had been tossing around the idea of going out to Cape Henlopen this weekend. When the appointed day (yesterday) came, though, we overslept. But we’d resolved to go to the beach …

sep
09
2007

lovebirds

Best wishes to Doug and Mele, who are getting married today (and, it should be noted, had the most creative wedding invitations I’ve seen, in the form of origami birds on custom-printed paper). Updated, 11:02 p.m. - Photos from the …

aug
27
2007

my event apart

I’m in Chicago today and tomorrow for An Event Apart, an intensive two-day conference about Web design, from CSS to design to information architecture to JavaScript. It’s certainly been interesting so far, and I’m looking forward to Day Two. It …

aug
25
2007

meta refresh

I decided it was long past time to update the banner photo and color scheme (the previous one had been up since last July!), so here’s a beachy new “theme,” taken from a photo of a seagull at Assateague Island …

aug
21
2007

out of the box

So after about a year of dithering about it, I took the plunge this weekend and bought a new MacBook Pro to replace my aging Powerbook G4. (It seriously has been a year. Rob was going to buy me a …

aug
08
2007

town of hurt

On our way to Peaks of Otter on Thursday, we noticed a road sign that mentioned Bedford (the next town) and another town past that called Altavista. Randomly curious, I looked it up in our road atlas and found that …

aug
03
2007

plugging back in

Rob and I just got back from two days in Peaks of Otter, Va., just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke. The place was just beautiful. But for someone who’s used to being plugged in nearly 24/7, there were …

five years

In 2002, I took what were, for me, some big risks: I applied to grad school, took a two-week trip to Italy by myself (albeit with a tour group) and quit my job to move across the country from Phoenix, …

jul
11
2007

function before form

While I perusing the sale section of Piperlime this evening, I came across some unbearably adorable shoes. Alas, a new shoe purchase is not in the cards right now, as: 1) it’s a bit frivolous, ridiculously impractical, and, besides, none …

jul
07
2007

a girl!

A hearty congratulations go out to our friends Megan and Michael, who just welcomed their first child, Maya, on Friday morning. Best wishes to them and their new little one!

jul
03
2007

lambertville

On our way home last Sunday, we made a small side-trip to Lambertville, N.J., to find the house where my grandmother grew up. My mom and aunt lived here for a time as well, when my grandfather was deployed abroad …

jul
02
2007

at the quick stop

There are a few interests that my youngest brother Ross and I share that the rest of the family doesn’t totally get. One of those things is a love of comic books. Another is an appreciation of Kevin Smith films, …

jun
26
2007

adventuring

These days, every time something goes a little wrong when we’re on the road — be it a wrong turn or a mis-transcribed driving direction that leaves us 20 miles off-course — Rob and I try to put a positive …

jun
23
2007

missing in action

This week has been obscenely busy at work, so I haven’t had time for anything but the automated daily link posts for most of the week. Hopefully this will change soon. In the meantime, Rob and I are hitting the …

jun
18
2007

chins up, ladies

On Thursday I went to a reading / booksigning by Laurie Notaro, a humor writer I used to work with at The Arizona Republic. We both left the Republic around the same time in the summer of 2002 — me …

jun
09
2007

do-over for the cure

To some extent, I’ve been hiding in shame from the blog this week. (Granted, I also was ridiculously busy this week, but The Shame just made me even less inclined to blog.) The reason for my blog avoidance: I totally …

jun
01
2007

this weekend: race for the cure

I keep meaning to post about this but keep getting sidetracked, and now it’s pretty much too late… Tomorrow morning, Rob and I will be participating in our third Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk through downtown D.C. to …

may
26
2007

roundabout chicago

Still catching up on a backlog of photos / blog entries here… After the “Nancerus” wedding on May 12, Rob and I had two days left to enjoy Chicago. On Sunday, we met Rob’s parents in Chinatown for a Mother’s …

may
22
2007

wedding party

(Photo above of the Indiana University contingent by Rachel Kipp.) Two weekends ago, Rob and I flew up to Chicago to attend the wedding of one of his college friends, Christin, who had gotten engaged during the weekend of our …