About Me

IMG_5844I am trained as an attorney but currently serving as an analyst in policy and operations in Chicago, IL.  My husband, “H”, my cat, Leo, and I recently moved to Chicago after living in Washington, DC for five years.  Since starting this blog, I’ve finished law school, gotten married, passed the bar, completed a fellowship, and found myself somehow starting a new job (much like the old one) in a new city.

In this space, I share our fun adventures, my greatest worries, and everything in-between as we grapple with living our real lives.

Things I love:

  • Exploring. I hate parties but I love going places.  Send me to a new city and let me wander, reading signs and stopping at historical locations and trying new restaurants.
  • Good grammar.  Don’t be surprised if you find a grammar lesson here from time to time.  (And on that note, if you see a mistake please do let me know.)
  • Writing about writing.  Some of us love it, others hate it, but I love a good how-to series.
  • History.  And Literature.  And funny movies.
  • Trying new recipes.  You’ll find a few recipes here as well as stories of cooking disasters.
  • Politics and Religion.  I’m careful what I write about both because (a) my job and (b) I love people who disagree with me.  But, not that careful.
  • Comfortable fashion.  It’s such a stereotype, but I am a sucker for posts on fashion, women’s magazines, and all of that.  But I’m also kind of terrible at it.
  • Watching television.  I am totally addicted and I’d love to talk to you about your favorite shows.  But if you are “too busy for TV” we probably can’t be friends.
  • Making new friends, and keeping up with old ones.
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  1. You really do sound like an amazing person. I don’t know if you’re involved in prison issues still. If so, I am looking for individuals / groups who might benefit from receiving access to the 12 years of work done by my grassroots criminal justice reform group. In any case, best wishes!

    • Wow, what kind words. Thank you. I’m not working on prison rape issues right now, but I’m glad to hear that you are keeping up the fight! Thanks for your dedication.

  2. Wow, you’re such an inspirational young woman! I am a recent University of Connecticut graduate in Political Science. Although gender politics is closely related to my blog, I never imagined 4,000 followers later in three months. I hope I can take my blogging skills and apply them somewhere soon. My debt will never go away. haha I wish the best of luck in all your academic and blogging endeavors for 2013. Take care, love.

  3. HeartSpace

     /  April 25, 2013

    I went to Lambuth for my first semester of college! (Thankfully, I left before it became none existent.) I am also a Tennessee transplant (from Franklin) I now live in Florida. :)

  4. As a follower of “A Way With Words”, you are invited domain warming party as I move to a new blog address. Click on this link –


    You’ll think you are in a parallel universe.

    While you are there, be sure to click the “follow” button. Within the next week, I plan to publish exclusively from this site. Don’t miss out on any of the fun!

  5. Nice blog.would like to share my poems and photos.All Best
    Bangalore India

  6. Sharon Nyatanga

     /  December 20, 2013

    ‘Oh goodness. I was tempted to copy and paste this on my ‘about me’ on my blog, this is amazing!

  7. Nice to meet you and your cool blog!!


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