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A Wandering Scribbler

Working from home as so many benefits. I can work when (for the most part) and how I want (for the most part).  I can choose to wear pajamas, sit outside with a cat on my lap, take a long lunch, take a nap… whatever. I love that I don’t have to ask someone for the day off, or to leave early on Friday. I don’t have to work around anyone else’s schedule. Except for in a few months when I have this baby—but we’ll talk about that another...

Last week I visited the AWP Conference on behalf of Spalding MFA Program.  In case you didn't know, I am the Editor in Chief of Soaring, the Spalding MFA Alumni Magazine.  It was great to visit with fellow Alumni and faculty that I've spent a lot of time with over the past few years and meet some new people.  Now that I'm home, I wanted to put together my packing list for a writing conference in case any of you are thinking of attending one.  And actually, this isn't...

Pregnancy isn't an excuse to stop traveling.  Whether you're going on an exciting adventure, baby moon, or just visiting family, there's no reason you can't fly.  While it might not be the most comfortable thing to do while pregnant, it's safe and definitely better than sitting in a car or putting your life on hold while you create your child.  I put together some advice on flying during pregnancy to make sure you stay healthy and don't get too stressed while making your way to your destination. What to...

I never spend a lot of time at home. Since I graduated high school I left Buffalo, NY to be in Pennsylvania . Then I moved to Maryland. All that time I was traveling for long periods. And while I missed home, I was close enough to go home for the weekend, or I always made it home between months abroad. I then moved to New Mexico, before finally settling in Texas where Steve and I will be for a few years.I’m home right now, visiting family, attending a...

Steve and I just finished the first leg of our road trip. We left our home in Texas and over 20 hours later, made it to the town we grew up in. It was quite a drive while I am nearly the 3rd Trimester and we had our dog with us. After that long in the car I came up with some road trip essentials that might be helpful to you when you’re planning your next big trip.  In Car EssentialsSnacks like Homemade Trail Mix, popcorn, bananas, beef...

In September 2015 I climbed Kilimanjaro. I'm finally getting around to writing about it, but it was one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.  I'll right a longer post about my actual experience, but right now, I want to talk about my Kilimanjaro Packing List and  what I think was essential for my climb.I actually did a really great job at packing even though I didn’t start preparing until a week or so before getting on the plane to Africa. As my friend Holly will tell...