Our perfect date night

by moniguzman on 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 a fictional 1925 expedition to Mt. Everest and is written by one of our favorite authors ever. Dan Simmons wrote the “Hyperion” series, my favorite science fiction series of all time. Jason’s family has a vacation home in the Colorado town where Simmons lives, so we entertain this fantasy every now and then of meeting him in some way that’s so clever that we become fast friends and he teachers us all he knows.

2) Every Friday is date night. I know; it’s amazing. We have a two-year-old and another baby due in eight weeks and the fact that my parents a) moved here from Boston last year to be closer to their grandkids and b) offered to watch our son every single Friday so Jason and I could have regular “us” time has made a lot of difficult things easy. I love my parents to pieces. They have so much personality and we don’t bullshit each other, ever.

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How about a fast-forward button?

by moniguzman on 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 my second baby?

Wouldn’t that be great?

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How geeky is my husband?

by moniguzman on 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 happened.

“Oh my god I just shaved all over my mouse.”

Love you, honey.

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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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Join us live as we revise the SPJ Code of Ethics

July 11, 2014

I just landed in Columbus, Ohio, to join members of the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Committee in updating the organization’s influential Code of Ethics. I’m tired (waking up at 3:30 a.m. = yuck), but excited. Most all our discussion so far has been on email. It’s the best we could do at a distance, [...]

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Did we put a baby in here?

April 30, 2014

Visual media is SO good at making us feel. It’s much worse than we suspect at making us think. Need to boost your media armor? Watch this. And thanks to my mother-in-law for sending it.

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Ghosts on the subway

February 19, 2014

I didn’t look directly at the two women in the airport tram car with me. They were both blond, I guessed mother and daughter. They laughed at something on the older woman’s phone. If I hadn’t been there, I thought, they’d have laughed louder.

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