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The Bird at the Door

I’m allergic to animal dander, so pets have always been out of the question for me. A few years ago, my now-husband recommended we get a birdfeeder, seeing that I enjoyed watching the birds hopping about in the very large evergreen tree that sits directly outside my condo balcony. Years later, the birdfeeder has expanded to 2 birdfeeders, as an influx of overly gregarious goldfinches and housefinches were displacing my favorites, the chickadees, from the few perches on the original feeder. The success of our little bird community has not gone unnoticed by the local wildlife, and since the New…

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GarageGate 2015

On Friday, January 23, I wrapped up my work for the day – but needed to head downtown for my TheatreSports performance. I had a few hours between, so the plan was: grab dinner, a leisurely drink, read a bit, and get centered for performing at 10:30. I got to my garage – the 7th and Pike Garage in Seattle – at around 5:50. Yes, I know that’s nowhere near Amazon. Amazon has a pretty terrible parking situation going on. I’m on the waiting list for the waiting list for parking on campus, which is probably another year away. In…

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Many Years on the Final Frontier

It is a ritual we have nurtured over the course of over three years. The curlers must start heating no less than 90 minutes prior to showtime. The rollers must be in by 7:10 PM, so that we can join the others in fight call and the traditional warmups. At 7:30, we return so that our director can put to use the hair tools – teasing comb, brush, hairspray, dry shampoo, and about 30-40 bobby pins per lady – to create combat-hardened 60’s hairstyles that can take the abuse of life on the improvised Enterprise. (It’s never the same twice,…

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A Farewell to 2014

This year, I learned that I’m far better at flying a jet than I am at falling through the air, that oranges are pretty great fresh off the tree in your parents’ yard, that tiaras and roller coasters are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and that I’m a far faster runner than I expected; especially when there’s an elephant involved. 2014 started for me with an amazing TheatreSports NYE show, my husband at my side, and an unbidden sense of optimism. I didn’t know how 2014 could possibly compare to 2013, which brought with it my wedding and the weddings of…

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Memories of Game Dev: Playtest Notes #1

Every once in a while, I come across a notebook with a series of scribbles from my past in game development. Playtesting one’s own game and taking notes was a daily occurrence, but the notes provide a little burst of humor when taken out of context. I’ve decided that I’ll share these out-of-context gems here when I come across them. First up: A page of notes from a playthrough of an early build of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” for the GBA – my first game project for Griptonite Games. This was a relatively…

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