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Briefly | It's early on a Tuesday morning, and I'm at home for a bit before heading out to BookExpo 2017 in New York. My flight leaves bright and early tomorrow, and I'll be coming home late Saturday. I've been on the road a lot lately, first out to eastern Wisconsin, then to our family [...]


Briefly | As of today, Sophisticated Dorkiness has been around for nine years. Every year that this space still exists I feel surprised and grateful, but this year those feelings are especially strong. After everything that's happened since last year at this time -- turning 30, accepting a new job, the boyfriend's death, moving, starting the [...]


Briefly | Is there anything better than springtime in Minnesota? I honestly don’t think so. Even though we’ve had some extended periods of rain over the last couple of weeks, being able to spend sunny afternoons out walking in the parks near my house or sitting out on the patio with a book has been [...]


Briefly | My first week of unemployment has been... surprisingly great. I knew having some time off from the regular grind of work was going to feel good, but I don't think I registered how hard I'd been working to hold all my shit together until I didn't have to do it anymore. I've been [...]


  Briefly | I was planning to do a January reading wrap up post this week, but when I sat down to write it I realized I only finished two books last month – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab in print and Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick in audio. It’s not [...]


Briefly | It's vacation week! Amidst all of the packing and preparing and planning for a move later this month, my family's six day trip to Portland, Oregon for my cousin's wedding sort of snuck up on me. I think this will be the longest trip I've taken with my entire family since high school, [...]


Briefly | This week it felt like all of the big changes coming up finally became real. We settled on my last day at the current job, and I finally got around to posting the news on Facebook. As it turned out, I made "the announcement" almost exactly five years to the day I shared [...]


Briefly | As I'm drafting this post on Sunday afternoon, I'm having a hard time figuring out what this week has been about. I've been trying to savor the time we still have here, while also thinking about how we're going to get there. The week has been so full of awful things in the world, [...]


Briefly | It has been a hectic few days! After celebrating my birthday on Friday, the boyfriend and I spent the weekend in the Twin Cities hanging out with friends and apartment searching for our move in August. I'm home from work today -- our company gives an extra vacation day during your birthday month [...]


Briefly | We're going to see Hamilton! I managed to snag tickets for my sister, a friend, and I to see the Chicago run of Hamilton for March 11, 2017. Yes, we're planning a theater trip nine months early. No, we're not sorry about it. Reading | I think I finally hit a reading groove this week. [...]