A Goliath-sized hole in my heart

As it turns out, I’m an excellent dog trainer*.When Mr. T and I first started dating, I was charmed at how his white fluff ball dog, Goliath, would jump to greet me at the door. I delighted in fluttering my hands in encouragement, noticing that if I did so, he would stand on his hind legs and talk to me. So cute. Henceforth, I told T how lucky he was that I taught his dog to walk on two legs. (Never you mind the jumping or barking that never went away.)...more

The Great Halloween Tree, a recipe

Behold: Nine feet of fabulous Halloween glory.Now you might be saying to yourself, “Wow that Shawna has really gone off the deep end with holidays.” Or “Hmm, that looks suspiciously like a Christmas tree underneath those spooky cute decorations.” But really, you’re probably thinking, “HOW DO I GET ONE?!?”Well, it’s pretty damn simple.Step 1: Gather your ingredients...more

Academic job hunting: Unicorn status

Last year, I felt like I’d just won the lottery. (If the lottery involved seven years of graduate study and three cycles of churning out 100+ page job applications by the dozen.) This year, I feel like a magical unicorn....more

Trusting your gut in the kitchen (and the most perfect pancakes ever)

I knew  better. I KNEW BETTER.The recipe said to saute the halved mushrooms and the asparagus tips together for three minutes until the shrooms were soft. I thought to myself: Well that doesn’t seem long enough for the mushrooms and the asparagus will get mushy in the mean time. Well myself was correct. Except that I saved the asparagus at the expense of the mushrooms and ended up with chewy blobs in my pasta....more

Wist and wonder at life’s seasons

The first of three alarms would blare at 5:30 a.m., with back-ups set for 5:34 and 5:36, respectively. (I learned after the first couple weeks of waking up to check that I hadn’t slept through the alarm six times a night, that I needed multiple for piece of mind.)After sleep-walking through my toilette–clothes and shoes laid out in the bathroom the night before–I would pad through the dark trying not to wake Mr. T. I took even more care not to disturb Goliath, who if roused, would pace and certainly interrupt T’s beauty sleep....more

Photos: RV-6 30th anniversary formation and West Coast Ravens at EAA AirVenture

Want to know the coolest thing in the world? Watching your favorite person kick ass achieving a major goal. In my case, I got to see Mr. T perform in his first official air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. (For those keeping score, he flew in a very cool flyover for the 40th anniversary of Vans RVs in 2012, but it was not during the waivered show.)...more

EAA AirVenture airshow awesomeness

In addition to boasting airplanes everywhere, with arrivals and overflights at all hours, a fantastic feature of AirVenture at Oshkosh is the daily airshow. The line up varies every day, but you can be guaranteed a wealth of fantastic flying.Here’s a compilation of shots from the week’s airshows. Sadly, we left on Friday and didn’t get the see the Snowbirds perform. Waa. Next time!...more

A week wandering aviation Disneyland

Trying to describe EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh to pilots who have never been is hard enough, but whenever I talk about it to non-pilots, the reference to Oshkosh usually conjurs up overalls.How can I describe the miles of airplanes of every imaginable type, as far as the eye can see? How do I properly convey the thrill of warbirds overhead all day long? How do I get people to understand the magnitude of Mr. T getting to fly in the AIRSHOW at Oshkosh?...more

Oshkosh bound: Cross country and formation flying

A couple weeks ago Mr. T and I enjoyed our six-year wedding anniversary. Six years! And T has been delighting in telling everyone we celebrated by him dropping me at the airport at o-dark-thirty, and me flying off with another man. Ha!...more

Confessions, Volume IX: The birthday edition

Well, we’ve arrived at my favorite day of the year, second to Christmas. The day where I can excuse cake for breakfast, fondue for dinner (yessss), and being (slightly) imperious* because… it’s my birthday!Harris Ranch fruit tart makes a divine birthday breakfast, fyi....more