The S Word

Suicide. There, I said it. In the last 10 months suicide has touched my life twice. And in both cases, no one wanted to use The Word. The shame and secrecy of suicide is so prevalent that I’m not going to name these men, though if you know me personally, you will most likely figure... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Xbox LIVE!

You're getting to be a big boy now, XBL. Nine years old! Next year you'll be in the double digits and that's a big deal! I remember when you were a tiny little baby not yet born into the world. You held the hopes and dreams of all your mommies and daddies and aunts and... Continue Reading →

My Day in Tech aka HOLY SHIT

My days are filled with technology that I've come to take for granted: my two bands of wireless internet, streaming movies on Netflix through my Xbox 360, taking video with my cellphone and instantly uploading to Facebook, YouTube or Tumblr. Yawn, I EXPECT that stuff. And if it isn't working, I am pissed off. Today... Continue Reading →

Friday Fun with Britney and the USMC

A Marine (Andrew Tarin) on deployment with my husband has been making funny music videos for the past 8 months. The first was "Party in the USA" which unfortunately has been pulled down from YouTube. Last week some of the men and women from the VMM-266 or "Fighting Griffins" covered Britney Spears' song “Hold it Against Me.”... Continue Reading →

After the Quake

It's been ten years since the Nisqually Earthquake. Aka that big ass quake that broke the Viaduct and busted a lot of old brick shit in Pioneer Square. Aka the scariest day of my life. It was a normal day at work. I was a copywriter at Sierra On-Line and the creative team (8 zillion... Continue Reading →

Love in a War Zone

My husband is in Afghanistan. Most of the time I just put it in the back of my mind. I have a full-time job and three kids. I'm exhausted, and I don't have the time to really think about what exactly he's doing and what it means. I wear a yellow ribbon on my coat.... Continue Reading →

What’s so scary about onion powder?

The internets are freaking out today because Taco Bell's beef only contains 36% cowflesh. What's the rest? Judging from the collective "OMG ew!" heard across the tubes, you'd think it was squid eyeballs, monkey nuts and boogers.  What's really in that "Taco Meat Filling"?  Onion powder, tomato powder, salt, and *gasp* cocoa powder. The hell?... Continue Reading →

The Splendid Bullshit

My whole life, I have had a tendency to tell it like is. Not in a way meant to hurt anyone's feelings -- I'm down with the kind white lies regarding bad haircuts, fat pants and horrible boyfriends, but for the big stuff I'm all about honesty. Sometimes brutal.  This is a conversation that has... Continue Reading →

Ave, Atque, Vale

This is a heartbreaking post for me. When I first came to xbox in 2002, people didn't talk about 'Community' in gaming. Oh, community existed of course, but no one called it that. My first forays into building community began with an interview with a customer. The term "Gamer Spotlight" I pulled out of my... Continue Reading →

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