Adventure Time!

Some folks make extreme life choices. They leave good, secure jobs to follow a dream or escape the monotony of daily life. Some buy the farm (literally, and sadly, sometimes figuratively) they’ve always wanted; they raise goats, and chickens and sell pickled foods at farmers markets. Some run for a political office in a state…

Oh Baby! An Update and New Due Date

Nieves Blanca Will Soon be Here!

Although her due date is July 23rd, and if everything goes as planned at this point, we will be checking into St. Luke’s in downtown Boise this Sunday evening (July 17th) to be induced. Read more…

1992 Wish

I can’t help but feel nostalgic as so many of my friends in Boise are going to see The Cure tonight. I was a HUGE fan during my teenage years, and still love them today.  I first saw them in 1992, the “wish” tour. This was back when fans could camp out at a box…

Mama Drama, aka #momshaming

Going into week 30 of pregnancy I find myself experiencing excitement, impatience, anxiety, insecurity and wonder. There are so many things I look forward to about getting to be a mother, mostly just getting to love someone unconditionally, hopefully inspiring her to be anyone and anything she wants to be, and trying to make the…

I ❤ Sayulita!

A Boise Gal’s Guide to Vacationing in Sayulita It’s no secret. I ❤ Sayulita! As Sayulita has grown in popularity as a welcoming travel destination over the past decade, I’ve delightfully become a source of recommendations and tips for friends who plan to travel there. Web traffic for my blog posts tagged with “Sayulita” continue to have…

Say No. Say When!

Yesterday, I turned down an AMAZING opportunity to do something I’m good at, help a cause I believe in, while supporting like-minded folks in Idaho (and audiences around the world, for that matter). I was asked, via a former employer on behalf of the Idaho Democratic Party, if I could manage social media accounts during…

Let Freedom Ring

Today is Independence Day, and this year, because of shared freedoms, I feel like celebrating! It also is the busiest day of the year for Say When Casino as we’re the hub of libation, grub and reunions before and after the annual McDermitt Rodeo.    Good times will be had by many. A sea of…

How Do We Solve A Problem Like Maria?

There’s a guy in McDermitt, the local yokel, the stereotypical small town drunk, who comes into the bar a couple of times a day to play slots, drink cans of Budweiser and buys packs of cigarettes and six-packs to-go from us. In this post I’ll refer to him as “Maria,” to protect his identity. Along with…

Two Minutes in the Life

Here is a Vine video showing my short walk to Say When through the center of McDermitt. The center of town. Really.

Longing for Waiting Rooms, and Other Excitement

I’ve only lived in McDermitt, Nevada, the middle of nowhere, for about six months. In these recent months I’ve learned a couple of things that make the time here go by faster and the place seem more pleasant and less desolate. One of the things that I consistently look forward to is leaving town. Duh. Whether…

Dear Boise

Dear Boise, Idaho: Thank you for the postcard and kind words! You’re truly missed and admired by both Sean and myself, for many reasons as obvious as this. Love and equality for all, Sean and Leigh Ann

Drugs, Lobotomy and Time Travel

In a slightly constrained rage, I walked out today. I was upset at Sean, frustrated with the task of reorganizing and editing the non-intuitive, antique POS (point-of-sale) system so we can update our cafe menus and pricing, and just generally over this whole “thing.” I didn’t walk-out walk-out, like quit our marriage or anything, but I…

HACKFORT: Obama Approved

In case you missed President Barack Obama’s address today at Boise State University, watch when he gives a shout out to HACKFORT and the Boise community for collaborating on education and progress. And just like we pick up a tool to build something new, we can pick up a skill to do something new. And that’s…

The Horseshoe Club and All Its Glory

While bartending the other night, a trucker came in late during my shift. Because the cafe had already closed, he sat at the bar for a bloody beer. We began to chat, finding a common denominator in that he was from Elko, Nevada, and I used to live there. Actually, Elko is where Sean and…

Make It Rain?

  My first experience doing the daily vault count was not as terrifying or spectacular as the film Casino would make it seem. Although I’d never before had hands-on contact with so much green, I did not feel the urge to “make it rain.” This actually disappoints me just a little bit. On the other…

What Am I Doing?

By trade and nature, I am a planner. That doesn’t mean I can’t be, or don’t enjoy spontaneity. The next few months will test my adaptability and patience; this I know… It is one of the few things I can plan on. [LINK] My current work/life situation seems to change on a daily basis. In limbo…