May 2014
27

Eighteen Years

We met at a concert and it’s almost an age test to see who remembers the bands who played: The Mighty Lemondrops and Material Issue. I get very reminiscent with I hear “Inside Out” and “Valerie Loves Me.”

When we tell the story, each of us leave out details we don’t like, but the main point is this: it was a condemned bar and Bryan was moving back to Baltimore the very next day. The company I worked for was hiring and I gave him my number under that pretense. But we both knew there was something there, even then. Continue reading…

Cookie Monster San Francisco PBS Annual Meeting
May 2014
16

Cookie Monster’s Message About Special Friends & Family

Note: PBS KIDS Provided my travel to the PBS Annual meeting, but all words are mine.

I just got back from the PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and need about 12 more hours of sleep to process everything we saw and learned. But I am not sure I will ever recover from meeting David Rudman, the very talented puppeteer behind Cookie Monster. A genuinely nice man, he took the time to meet each PBS KIDS blogger individually, took a photo with us (as Cookie) and did a quick video message about something that is important to us. Continue reading…

Feb 2014
28

#MonAndJon

When people ask how I met Monika, we usually look at each other and shrug. Twitter? Ignite Boulder? A concert? All of the above?

It was quite a while ago for sure, and that lady has become a most cherished friend. The difference in our ages makes us more like sisters sometimes, although Monika is quite mature and me… not so much. So basically we meet in the middle?

What *is* clearly defined, though, is how Monika met Jonathon. And then married him 23 days later.

I remember it distinctly because I am there in that timeline, at Day 5 Concert. I got a text while they were in route, “I am bringing a guy. I want your opinion.” Continue reading…

Dec 2013
31

Jealousy

I don’t consider myself a jealous person. But of course it comes naturally to everyone, right? That ugly feeling that creeps out of nowhere when you hear something wonderful for friend, and you can’t help thinking, “why not me?”

I grew up in a pretty affluent area of Maryland, although we are not part of that crowd. In a lot of ways, I was happy about that because it was much less pressure when you didn’t have to have everything all the time. I saw the toll it took on people around me and felt sad when the grass was so much greener that they could not be happy with their situation in life – which was really was quite good, after all. Continue reading…