Some big news

by moniguzman on May 15, 2015

I found out a couple weeks ago, but I can finally talk about it today:

I’m a 2016 Nieman Fellow!

Here’s what that means:

- I’m moving to Boston in August with Jason and the kids
- I’m spending the 2015-2016 academic year taking courses at Harvard and MIT in and around what most fascinates me in journalism, digital media and leadership
- I’ll be getting to know the 23 amazing fellow journalists in my class
- I’ll be learning all I can from the speakers and faculty who stop by Harvard’s Nieman Foundation
- I’m going to miss Seattle like crazy

We’ll be back home in May 2016, so don’t worry — this is a round-trip ticket.

I still can’t believe this is happening. I’m so grateful to Nieman for the opportunity. This is going to be fun.



I’m on Season 5 of “The Good Wife,” the CBS legal drama starring Julianna Margulies that became my binge of the moment during the long days at the end of my pregnancy.

Every time I drown in a TV show, little things about it get in my head. This series is no different.

Here are four things watching “The Good Wife” makes me want to do more.

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My (mother of two) morning

by moniguzman on November 10, 2014


It’s 8:12 a.m. on a Monday. My son is dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” My newborn daughter is asleep in our bed.

I’ve had my Keurig coffee. My Oatmeal Squares cereal. I’ve looked in the mirror on the wall by the dining room table and thought, as I do most mornings, that my bedhead hair looks fantastic.

A breast pump is on the table next to my laptop. We’ve looked everywhere — EVERYWHERE — for the second of two tubes and the second of two “breast shields” that I swear I stored in a smart place after my son moved on from human milk over a year ago.

Pumping my own milk is the weirdest thing I’ve ever done that’s become normal.

At 8:25 a.m., Jason appears at the top of the stairs in a button down shirt and blue pajama pants. He’s finished the three-hour web stream that broadcasts his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games to a couple dozen viewers. Julian gives him a hug in the kitchen, then throws his white knit blanket over his head for several rounds of “Where’s Julian?”

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Our perfect date night

August 30, 2014

My mom made fun of me when I told her what Jason and I wanted to do for date night last night: settle in somewhere cozy and read to each other from a hardcover of Dan Simmons’ “Abominable.” Some context. 1) “Abominable” is a fantastic book. Rich with detail and lots of description. It’s about [...]

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How about a fast-forward button?

August 27, 2014

When pregnancy blahs get extra blah-y, this is what I keep thinking about: What if I nodded off — or better yet, took off my body, kept it safe and fed and packed with multivitamins in a temperature-controlled closet somewhere and existed as some floating, thinking, pain-free all-mind — until around the time I deliver [...]

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How geeky is my husband?

August 26, 2014

After a year sporting a beard, THIS is what made him shave it off: Jason is “Spade” on the game Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, and he’d made a promise on his live Twitch stream (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 a.m. Yes, a.m.): When he got 75 viewers, he’d shave his beard off in-stream. Monday, it [...]

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A funny thing today

August 26, 2014

I was in the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library, sitting on a cushy chair near the back that’s just right for my beach ball of a 32-week pregnant belly. It was morning. Not 30 minutes after the library opened at 10 a.m. And sitting kitty corner from me was a teenage boy in [...]

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Got tips on how to use social media to teach writing?

August 20, 2014

I just got this email from a reader the other day, a local high school teacher who wants to use social media to teach her students more about writing and critical thinking. I didn’t have any ideas or resources to give off the top of my head, but figured I might know someone who does. [...]

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Actually, I’m NOT sorry

August 18, 2014

Tonight I joined a women’s professional discussion group to talk about apologies. Namely, how women tend to say “sorry” too much. The moderator, Channing Daniel, sent out this Hairpin article before the meeting, and pulled out this quote: Apologizing is a survival skill in a society where women are penalized, personally and professionally, for being [...]

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A debate with the Seattle Police Department over its ‘Tweet Smart’ campaign

August 17, 2014

Local police departments, including Seattle’s, put out a “Tweet Smart” campaign a couple weeks ago asking people to hold back from sharing police activity in real-time in emergencies, among other calls to share with caution. I see a problem with the request, and wrote it up in GeekWire on Thursday. Last night I read and jumped [...]

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