Tonight I played a couple rounds of Settlers of Catan. There is definitely a degree of skill and strategy to the game, but a large part of it comes down to chance as well. In the first round, I was well on my way to dominance through a sheep monopoly. As luck would have it, […]Read More Half Chance
There were tears, whispered conversations, coin-flipping, bribery-fuelled negotiations, even a few break-ups. Nothing could spark drama among my friends and coworkers during my time in Japan like this one word: Recontracting. Once a year, in the darkest, coldest and most depressing time of year, I had to sign my name on one of two lines: “I […]Read More Stay The Course or Abort Mission?
“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkein If I ever got a tattoo, it might have to be this quote. I am a wanderer. On my fourth grade report card my teacher wrote: “Janelle is smart but her mind tends to wander.” She meant it as a weakness, but for me it’s always been a […]Read More International Label Day 2015: Wanderer
There is a small speck of dust in the pit of my stomach when I wake up. It grows quickly as I go through the motions I planned out so carefully the day before. Get dressed, throw nightclothes into bag. The dust becomes the size of a mustard seed. Fold bedding, place neatly in the corner. Now it’s becoming […]Read More The Day I Left
From little wanderer to grand adventurer. Three divorces later, my parents smile. “Best day of my life!” -everyday You had me at Super Mario. 5 years, 2 degrees, overqualified, underpaid. Wife of grad student seeks kitten. What’s your story in six words? Share it below in the comments, or […]Read More Six Life Stories In Six Words
In university I took a fascinating course called “War, Peace and Society.” We always used to joke that the class should just be called “War,” as we never made it through the “war” part to talk much about “peace and society.” In retrospect I realize the thing about peace is that it can’t really exist without […]Read More War, Peace, Society, and Space Robots
So I just got home from work and it’s already after 11pm. We had a big reception this evening which I had to do a lot of prep and coordination for, then clean up after, so it was a VERY long day! I simply don’t have time or energy to do justice to the topic […]Read More Sleeping Duck
If we were having coffee right now, I’d smile at you from behind my lactose-free half-sweet with-whip peppermint mocha and ask you what you ordered, and would you like to split my cranberry bliss bar? If we were having coffee right now, you’d point out I got whip cream on my nose, and I’d laugh […]Read More Coffee, Cats and Rainbows