Monthly Archives: January 2013


We’ve been remiss at keeping in touch.  Please forgive us.  We  are very busy.

luna and rocket

We have shed our kittenish appearances for full fledged cattiness.  But we still get up to much in the way of antics and wanton destruction.

rocket whiskers


This is me, Rocket.  Cat #1. I have a flair for the cantankerous and enjoy biting.
But when the mood strikes, I like to make with zee snuggle.  If we snuggle too hard, though, and I get really happy, then I drool.  It is charming and grotesque all at once.  My favorite time to tell you about my love is in the pre-dawn gloaming, around 4 am.  After that, it is time to have fisticuffs with my cat-at-arms, Luna.

luna portrait


Yeah, that’s me, Luna, the lovely lady lump.  When I am not cooking my rump in front of the radiator, I would like to come sit on you and then get up and turn around and then sit on you that way.  And then put my right paw in and sit on you.  And then shimmy coco puff sit on you some more.  And because I am badass, I will also purr like the mother fucking dickens while doing all that squirrelly sitting.

lickingWe are friends sometimes.  Except in the bathtub, where we are sworn to be mortal enemies.  Commence scuffling!

rocket stands upJust try to be so awesome.  Try it and be disappointed.  Your belly is far too unfurry.

luna jumpAnd your tail has got no stripes.

Until next time, humans.  Enjoy all that being awake you do.






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oh, the things they wore

I got back from ALT Summit in Salt Lake City on Saturday and I still feel like I need a week to lie very still, speaking to no one, not wearing any tights.

There are blog posts galore, spreadsheets and checklists, and even online classes to advise you on how to dress and what to wear at ALT. Because if you’re not wearing polka dots, stripes, and neon (preferably simultaneously) then you are bad blogger bad.
For the longest time, I tried to pretend that I didn’t care and I’d just wear what the heckles ever. But at the last minute, I spazzed and I lugged six pairs of shoes to Utah.
So, what I wore:

Day 1: Dinner with a sponsor – flowery embroidered skirt, orange tights, brown boots, a green sweater and a silver locket.
Day 2:  Sessions and whatnot – cat dress, cat cardigan, blue tights, brown boots, my Emily + Ross Un-Tourist scarf.
Day 2:  Clue-themed party – green ruche-y dress, green tights, green t-strap sandals, a big green necklace, and a vintage hat from Decades. Not yet adhered:  some ridiculous green-tipped fake eyelashes.


Day 3:  Sessions and whatnot –  tweedy pink pencil skirt, pink tights, vintage-style heels, a softball team t-shirt featuring a bat-holding fox, a green skinny belt, vintage-style cardigan, and a rhinestone necklace.
Day 3:  Mini-party hosted by Blurb – gold sequined mini-skirt, purple tights, cowboy Frye boots, oversized gray sweatshirt, a long copper disc necklace and a short star necklace.
Day 4:  Room service breakfast in bed, half a craft class, and travel – Levis, sneakers, a long-sleeved gray t-shirt, a striped v-neck shirt, and a burgundy infinity scarf.

Not pictured:  The workout clothes that I thought really hard about wearing…


Filed under About a blog, Maggie's closet

my favorite bit so far

today at alt summit, I was in a state of aimless wander when I saw a lady who was wearing the same scarf as me.

I hopped right over to her and said “HELLO!”

Then I sent her telepathic messages saying “We are wearing the same scarf!  Can you believe it?  What a wacky, fun coincidence!”

She looked at me and said her hello, but her eyeballs were saying “Do I know you?  I don’t think I know you.  But you are very boisterous.”

“We are wearing the same scarf!”

That’s my scarf,” she says.

“Your scarf?”

“Yes! I designed it!”

Oh, bowl me over.  This is the lady who made the scarf that I got on her kickstarter campaign and I love it so.  She is here and I am donning her design.

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Me and Emily McDowell wearing her Un-tourist Scarf

And that’s my favorite bit so far.


Filed under About a blog, Maggie's closet

eating like this

My interweb friends Caroline and Jen have both been being all buzzy about this Whole30 thing, so I looked into it and got intrigued by this promise: “improved body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, attention span, mental attitude and athletic performance.”

Curiouser and curiouser I got, so I told The David and we decided to give it a shot.

What “it” is, is a diet comprised solely of lean meats, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit.  Which means no grains, no beans, no sugar, no soy, no alcohol.  For 30 days.

Today’s my 11th day and aside from some added sugar in some jerky, I think I’ve kept to it pretty accurately.

So far, I’d say that I’m feeling about the same as usual, although I do notice that I’m not getting slumpy in the afternoons.  I still have regular tired laziness as per usual.  And no magic sleeping.  So the jury’s still out – maybe my magic moment is just around the bend.

Also, around the bend, I’ve just arrived in Salt Lake City for Alt Design Summit. Where my meals are going to be provided for me, which means the plan is probably out the window.  (Please let there be pasta)  Oh, the sacrifices for bloggery…


chorizo, sweet potato and spinach hash, with a soft boiled egg


romaine and spinach salad, with chicken, avocado, broccoli slaw, and macadamia nuts


sweet potato stuffed with brussels sprouts, pecans, and bacon

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a decade

20130117-102930.jpgMy first ever passport expired in December and to ensure that I had continuous flee-the-country coverage, I made sure to get a new one.  It just arrived.

I’m intrigued (and yet also disappointingly bored) by this opportunity to see the same photograph of myself replicated ten years later.

I have definitely gotten more orange over the years.  But my smirk remains consistent.

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I will always have gum


You were born on Saturday. It was cold and sunny. I wondered about when you would turn up all day long.
Your mom did a good job cooking you (she even gave you 8 extra days) and I’m very proud of her.
You have squishy plump cheeks and ears that like to fold over under your hat.
Very nice to make your acquaintance, kiddo. We’re gonna have great times (when you stop pooping in your pants.)

So glad you’re here, baby.

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sometimes i invite you to stuff

popup tree invitationHere is an invitation I made with my mom and sister-in-law while I was trapped in Boston during Hurricane Sandy.

I co-hosted a baby shower for my very best friend and since I don’t have sisters or other very best friends, I wanted to put some elbow grease into it.

In fact, it was so special of an event, I wanted to borrow some other people’s elbow grease, as well.  My mom wrote all of the messaging and addressed the envelopes, Nicole helped me assemble all of the pieces together, and Caroline made the die-cut trees for me and then FedExed them from Florida.





Filed under Family, Friends and other Humans, Up to Stuff

I got a mammogram today

People do a lot of stuff with pink ribbons to promote breast cancer awareness. 

I’m don’t really get why there’s so much hype about generating this awareness, though. It’s not like this is some rare and mysterious ailment. We all know of at least one someone who’s had it.  

So even though it’s personal and kind of awkward to talk about, I’m just putting it out there.  I got a mammogram today, for the first time. 

It wasn’t that big of a deal.    


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at least it *looks* fun…

jumping and runningIn December, I ran another half marathon, The Las Vegas Rock n Roll.  It starts in the evening and part of the course is on the strip, so you get all the glitter and grandeur of lights at night to stick in your hat.

It was a fantastically sucky run for me.  I could complain a laundry list of stuff I didn’t like about the race itself, but the biggest problem was that I hadn’t done any running at all for about 2 months prior.  I had (and have) been firmly ensconced in a crapped-out period.

So, I’m bitterly trudging along through the hours, diligently passing by the race photographers, one after another.  Either they’re going to take yet another picture of me looking grim or…



Filed under Fitness and/or Fatness, Running, the bitch goddess

this year’s love


The Christmas card I sent this year was evidence of my descent to full on cat lady crazy.

In the beginning, when faced with the task of completing The Christmas Cards, I forget how much I like them. The stack seems  overwhelming and the list of names daunting.  And on top of the shopping and the eating and the near-constant state of some degree of drunk, they do stress me out.

And yet, I refuse to just sign my name to anonymous card and stick a stamp on something impersonal.

As much work as it is, I love the ritual of sending these messages. And I get such a nice feeling of accomplishment from sealing up the pristine envelopes and dropping off the finished stacks in a mailbox.

I love you.
I miss you.
I’m sorry I haven’t seen you in so long.
I’m so glad we got to see you this year.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
This year will be better.
I’m excited for all that’s in store for you this year.
I’m glad there’s a you here.
I want you to be happy.
You matter to me.



Artfully arranged cards on the mantel


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