sillygoosegirl: (Fairy - Forget-me-not)


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Birthdate:Sep 19
About me:

Lately: I've become a serious world traveler, and a bit of an accidental travel writer. I recently returned from an around-the-world trip with my husband. The blog. Well, this is no longer so recent, but it's still the coolest thing I've ever done, so it can stay at the top for now.

Hobbies: My hobbies include gardening, gaming (cards, board, D&D), hiking, camping, sewing, and travel... but I like to dabble in too many things to list. I also love to make things, and I am not especially picky about the medium.

My husband and I play bridge and our convention is precision. We are going to re-up our membership in the ACBL and start playing at clubs regularly... any day now.

I enjoy hiking and camping to get out in nature, and because I need the exercise. After 6 years living in Chicago and Wisconsin, I'm looking forward to exploring the outdoor offerings of the Pacific Northwest.

I do a lot of sewing. As of summer 2005, I am the proud owner of a BabyLock Ellure. I like making ball gowns and also more utilitarian projects.

Work: Currently I am a health care IT consultant working on UCSF's install of the Epic electronic medical record system in San Francisco, although I still live in Oregon on the weekends. Before this I was self-employed as a math tutor at the middle and high school levels. Previously I worked as a software developer designing database software for healthcare applications at Epic. My first job out of college was as a physicist where I designed image processing algorithms, which is what I always wanted to do when I grew up, but I didn't know I could get paid for.

Education: I graduated from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA) in 2004 with a BS in Physics and a concentration in books and literature. Prior to that I graduated from Hillsboro High School (Hillsboro, OR) in 2000. I enjoyed a homeschooling education for grades 1-8.

Home: I live in downtown Beaverton, Oregon. I love being walking distance to the library, grocery store, hardware store, various ethnic grocery stores, and a 20 minute MAX ride from downtown Portland.

Ideology: I am very liberal and an environmentalist. I have recently discovered that I am a Pagan in addition to being an agnostic, and I am enjoying exploring that right now. As always I'm working on getting my life more in line with my values than it has been in recent years. So far this has taken the form of biking to work, which also has nice synergies with my own personal finances and desire for better fitness, and figuring out how to do compost while living in an apartment, which should produce nice synergies with my garden.

About my Family: On the last Saturday of Spring in 2005 I got married to the man of my dreams, Joshua (camlost). He is my first love, and my last. He is also probably the sweetest man on the face of the Earth.

Milestones of Possible Interest:
How We Met, Fall 2000
A Very Special Moment in February 2, 2001
Our Wedding, The Last Saturday of Spring 2005
Our First Anniversary, The Last Saturday of Spring 2006
Trip of a Lifetime, First Half of 2010
Relationship Artifacts:
The Rainbow Connection
Champagne for Two
The Rings I Made Myself
The Other Ring

About my Journal: My username refers to both my husband's favorite pet name for me, Silly Goose, and the Brothers Grimm story "The Goose Girl." The story of "The Goose Girl" seemed especially appropriate to an online journal because of the passage in the story where the king tells the goose girl that if she could tell her woes to no living soul, to tell them to the hearth instead (and of course, he listens in on everything she says). This seemed like an apt analogy for a public journal.

As you read, be aware that I write without a particular intended audience most of the time, and often I write things in anger. I also make it a point never to delete old entries because this is a journal, so there may be some content which certain readers may find objectionable. I am sorry if this happens, but please don't assume I still mean or believe everything I have ever written here... I'm quite sure I don't.

Many entries are viewable only to people who I have listed as friends, and then only when they are logged in to their LiveJournal accounts. If you are my friend in real life and would like to read along, but do not have a LiveJournal account, I encourage you to sign up so I can give you access to the protected entries in my journal.

Points of Interest:
  • Blog of my 'round-the-world trip in 2010 at Trip of a Lifetime
  • I used to keep a photo album at PBase, but I am in the process of moving it over to LiveJournal. Old photo album.New photo album.
  • My Reading List lists all the books I've read since graduation from college, and contains my books-to-read list. If you care to make me a recommendation, leave a comment. Eventually I plan to also mark which books on the list I particularly recommend.
  • princess_amber is a draft of the children's fantasy story I've been slowly writing since just before I started high school. Membership is closed, so you will need to contact me if you wish to read it.
  • petermiddendorf is my husband's and my family journal which we have mostly used for discussing wedding plans so far. Feel free to follow along.
  • My Wish List at is available if you wish to buy me a gift.
  • My Calendar at Yahoo! may be of interest, especially to zixi who likes to visit when I will be out of town. I will try to keep it up to date.

Contact Info: I'm a little picky about where my contact info appears online. If you need to contact me my address, phone number, email, and directions to my apartment can be found in this protected journal entry. If you wish to send me an electronic message, but do not have access to the protected journal entry, you may leave me a message at this journal entry and I'll receive an email about it.
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