About These Two Girls

This blog was born in October of 2008 when the kid (blog-named Elle) and I had every intention of traveling, exploring, and adventuring all over the place. More recently, since losing my state-funded job last year, I have had to get creative in finding productive yet fulfilling (and affordable) ways to occupy all of this free time. I have found myself learning more about food, photography, road trip travel, and organic gardening.  In the meantime, I search for jobs, drink a lot of Starbucks coffee, volunteer at the Catty Shack Ranch (and submit articles for their monthly newsletter), and write in this here blog. It doesn’t pay the bills but it helps to keep my brain from turning to mush.

In the summer of 2011, I became involved in a long-distance relationship.  Matt and I are separated by more than a thousand miles (he’s in Oklahoma City, I’m in Jacksonville, Florida) but we manage to make this whole thing work with an incredible amount of simplicity and video chat time. (Some backstory: we knew each other in high school in another state and both suffered from the “What if…?” thoughts for nearly twenty years.  Here we are now! It was unquestionably worth the wait.)

I grew up in the military and moved around quite a bit as a kid. Along the way, I acquired a love for road trips and local museums, a paralyzing fear of flying, a Midwestern accent, a deep appreciation of different cultures, a desire to see and photograph more of our country’s breathtaking scenery, a fierce devotion to the Green Bay Packers, an interest in food (both eating it and creating it), an expansive collection of postcards from around the world, and the ability to find something in common with just about anyone I meet.

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26 Responses to About These Two Girls

  1. iRemember says:

    You have a great blog here. : )

    I’ve nominated you for the Candle Lighter award!
    More info here: http://lookbeneathyou.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/pretty-gif-award-candle-lighter/

  2. Stacy says:

    Lovely blog…except for the Packers fan part .

    Go Bears!

  3. 1stpeaksteve says:

    Just saw your blog on Freshly Pressed and thought it was funny how similar things are in a reversed way. I have a son. I lost my job and am in the fun state of unemployment and of course trying to rectify this. To top it off, I am engaged to a wonderful woman who just happens to be in a whole nother country.

    Well, I just have to say this. Life is fluid like the ocean. Some days it is calm. Some days it is terrible and stormy. The good thing, it always changes! So keep on blogging and keep on working to rejoin the masses who are productive in a traditional way! It will happen.

    Isn’t MSN and Skype a lifesaver! Imagine just sending letters…Uggghh.

    Now I am off to surf…because I live in Florida too! Ha ha!

  4. Jean says:

    Best wishes for the future and rediscovery of self and other adventures. Your list 36 before 36 is interesting. It makes me wonder if I should try a 55 before 55 list. (Yea, I am old enough) but too daunting!

  5. justmyphoto says:

    Good luck and Great Blog!

  6. Ms. Teacher says:

    Awesome! What a great read!

  7. nakedeyesss says:

    I really relate to the military family and moving around… Great Blog !

    • Dena says:

      I’m quite happy I wasn’t raised in the same spot my whole life…but I do sometimes wonder what that would have been like! I liked the experience of moving around more, though!

  8. I havent had a chance to read a lot of your posts yet but hope to soon. So far me likey.

  9. Dena says:

    I appreciate that!

  10. Hello there! When I started reading your bio I thought I was reading about myself!! I love how eccentric you are and how you support local/organic farming. Right now I’m in the process of starting my own organic garden. It’s refreshing to read your blog!

    • Dena says:

      Thanks! I’m new at this, too. Failure was expected so the fact that I might make a decent meal out of some of my garden makes me really happy! Good luck!

  11. I’ve only read one of your posts so far but I must say you are one of the funniest writers I’ve encountered on WordPress. Could you write for a living? This is coming from another ‘between jobs’ creative who also uses her blog to explore ideas and hope it leads me to her next job/career, or if not, keeps me sane and away from terrible daytime tv!

    • Dena says:

      Wow – well, thanks! Could I write for a living? I hope so! I’m currently writing for volunteer purposes, so I guess I’m being paid in some way! We are launching a newsletter at the wildlife sanctuary where I volunteer (big cat rescue) so that’s been a fun outlet to explore. I appreciate the kind words 🙂

  12. Siobhan says:

    I just stopped by today and I really enjoy your blog, I’m a new blogger struggling for focus both in my life and in my blog…you seemed to have successfully channeled both into something positive and productive! Look forward to reading more 🙂

  13. djdre1800 says:

    Love the blog!! I moved around alot too (Dad was a truck-driver), so I wonder what would have been, but it was made me a more rounded person, and an to adapt to certain situations, so things always have a purpose!!

    • Dena says:

      Thanks, I like to think the same. Though my daughter (who has moved for the first time ever) seems to be having a tough time of it. I like to think the constant moving made life easier, in some aspects!

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