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My husband just returned from a quick trip to Istanbul, where he presented a paper at the International Society for Iranian Studies conference. If you ever wanted someone with whom to discuss the Gothic Sublime, and repetition and imagery in Sadeq Hedayat’s The Blind Owl,…

As it turns out, I have a lot to learn about packing my daughter up to go anywhere more than 5 minutes away from home.  This weekend was the PNW Highland Games in Enumclaw, Washington.  We go every year. Every year we get sunburned, eat…

Canon Beach, Oregon 2003 Aaron and Rufus: I had forgotten to pack any toys for Rufus, so Aaron took one of his socks and filled it with sand. It amazes me sometimes how the simplest things make the best toys. The $40 toy for your toddler is…

As usual, I spent the vast majority of my time at cheese days in the hammock. As a result, the vast majority of my photos are of items I could spy from the hammock. Side Note to Hammock Manufacturers: Is it so difficult to come…

This is my husband when he visits Alaska. And this is my husband when he’s not in Alaska. I guess “When in Rome….” The men outnumber the women in Alaska by something like 2:1, so you’d think the odds of finding a good man were…

Today was a big day. A very big day. As with most very big days, it involved a lot of waiting. And people herded like animals into areas where they can do some more waiting. There were some important people, like Quincy Jones and Bill…

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