The Empire gathers in Seattle NEXT MONTH for a huge party and Geek Girl Con

You guys, Geek Girl Con is just a month away and I am stoked. Most of the Offbeat Empire staff will convene in Seattle, WA, meaning — I'll get to meet my cohorts and even better, we'll get to meet readers! If you're even considering coming out, read all the details on Ariel's big bad Con post. We'll have a panel on Sunday at the Con AND — and I'm a little frightened for this — a mad party that Friday night featuring nerdy burlesque, cupcakes, and some crazy karaoke. Please note: I do a mean karaoke interpretive backup dance.

Read up and make plans. I can't wait!


Log cabin contemplations: the history & the scheme

It was 1975 and my parents' "back to the land" impulses were in full swing. Although they had an infant (me) and were a geography professor and a nursing student (him, her) with no experience in construction or building (any of us), they decided to build a log cabin on Bainbridge Island, WA. My father, ever the researcher, read a bunch of books about the subject, and March of 1976 they broke ground on the 1000 square foot cabin I grew up in.

In 2011, I temporarily moved back in.


Why having our family living in 730 square feet is our ideal scenario

"Well you'll have to move, of course" a close friend said to me the other day when I brought up our next adoption. She said it so confidently that I hated to disagree. This is easily the number one thing that people who know us bring up when the conversation turns to kids. I'm not surprised, because when we were in the middle of our first adoption process people said the same thing, or something similar.