Archive for 2014

Happy May Day

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The weekend of or just after May 1st was always one of my favorites growing up. April in MN tends to still be pretty chilly, with the occasional snow storm – because it is, after all, “Minnesnowta”. But May, May is when it actually gets warm, when you’re actually safe to tuck your winter clothes […]

Some thoughts on Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Happy 44th Earth Day. And coincidentally, happy anniversary of the birthday of Vladimir Lenin. Did you know that when Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 it was thought that the date was chosen because Earth Day was some part of a communist agenda? Actually, the date was chosen in conjunction with college students school […]

moving right along

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Now that the loose ends have been tied up, I’m excited to say the macnamania family is moving.  Husby got an excellent resident position match with the University of Wisconsin Madison. And where the match decrees, so shall we go. So Husby, Cheeks McGee, and I will spend the next month and a half enjoying […]

short break

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Please excuse the blog silence for the reason of CHEEKS. Back in April

It’s Peace Corps Week

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Eight years ago I packed up about 50 pounds of my life and got on a plane bound for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Sometimes (frequently) it seems like a dream that I lived 2 years of my life in a farming village in the north eastern mountains of Tanzania.  But seeing as how every morning […]

On being a maker

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I think I started making friendship bracelets when I was 6 or 7 years old. Before that it was paper mache-ing Halloween costumes, writing and illustrating paper books, and drawing murals. Since then I’ve dabbled in beading; crocheted my way through skein after skein of yarn; built computers; joined set crew and learned how to […]

On Swimming Pregnant

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

I might be the only 8 month pregnant lady that hates swimming. It’s frustrating, because I actually love swimming. I’ve loved it since I was a kid taking swimming lessons at our local YMCA or splashing around in the park pool or at the lake. These days, my joy in swimming comes from working out […]

Today’s Links

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Building Earth, a bit of background, part 2 I mentioned in part 1 that living in the bush in Tanzania changed my post Peace Corps plans. When I returned to the U.S. in late 2008 I began researching environmental and mechanical engineering graduate degree programs. The following is a mildly edited selection from my personal […]

Around here

Friday, January 10th, 2014

I’ve switched to using a standing desk at work for most of the day to help prevent back pain. I’ve relied on the kindness of others more than once to help get my car unstuck from the brutal snow banks on the side streets of Midtown. Husby is working 2nd and 3rd shift in the […]