Meetin’ Texas Bloggers!

On Saturday evening, I’ll be rollin’ into Ft. Worth for my first blogger event. When we moved to Texas, I joined a group of Texas Bloggers on Facebook. And will be meeting some of them this weekend!

Ten Things To Know About Me (not at all in order of importance):

1.  I am obsessed with bubble tea. My favorite is a shop called Chatime that opened in the Mall of America shortly before we moved from Minneapolis to Texas. I’ve tried to recreate it myself with only so-so results.

2. Speaking of Minneapolis, this summer we moved from Minneapolis, MN to Richardson, TX. I was born in Oklahoma, spent half my childhood outside of Washington, DC and the other half in Dallas, TX. I went to Minnesota for college and stayed there after meeting my husband. During my first year of law school, we decided we would move to Texas when I graduated. We wanted to raise our family near extended family.

3. I don’t have big Texas hair. Or a drawl. I have short hair that is trying to look funky and messy. My mom doesn’t like it. She thinks women look best with long flowing hair. My hubby thinks it’s sexy. (Smart man). Obviously, I like it. I think it fits my style and personality.

4. I have a tattoo on my right forearm which expresses what I aspire to have as my perspective on the world and others. You have to know me pretty well before I’ll talk about faith or politics in depth. But my faith and my politics are definitely correlated. I’m an Episcopalian. I’m a Democrat. I’m a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.

5. My daughter, Jaye Mississippi (13 mths) is starting her Mother’s Day Out tomorrow. I’m so nervous. She doesn’t typically do well when left at nurseries, etc. Right now I’ve been staying at home with Jaye full-time, which is not something I’d imagined myself doing. 
6. My favorite home project e.v.e.r. is this awesome orange deer lamp. It’s awesome and makes me so happy, and I love it!

7. I love Shiner Ruby Redbird beer. It has Texas ruby red grapefruit and ginger. It’s delicious.

8. I’m looking for some new friends. As I mentioned, we just moved, and I don’t know anyone other than my family and one other couple! It’s really freaking hard to meet new people as a grown-up.

9. I went to law school for free. Thank goodness, because I’m not so sure I actually want to be a lawyer. I’ll take the TX Bar Exam in February regardless though. Sometimes I daydream about being a midwife, doula, or Hypnobabies instructor instead because I feel so strongly about those after Jaye’s birth. Or owning a bubble tea shop. Or owning a cool baby playground where moms would talk and babies would play (no kids over 3 allowed).
10. Most Saturday evenings you can find me playing Settlers of Catan with my husband and another couple. But this Saturday, I’m excited to be meeting real live bloggers at the First Official DFW Texas Bloggers Meet Up.


  1. Looking forward to meeting you Saturday! Yay for short hair no matter what Moms say

  2. Can’t wait to meet you! I like the short hair. Okay, I’ve never heard of bubble tea and want to try the Shiner!

    • I highly recommend both bubble tea and Shiner. The best bubble tea I’ve found in the DFW area is called Fat Straws, with one location in Dallas and one in Carrolton (I think). See you Saturday!

  3. I love your short hair, I love bubble tea, and I also have a lot in common with you politically. :) I’m also glad to not be the only one there without a heavy drawl! I’m from the south, but I never took to the colloquialisms or drawl!

    • Can’t wait to meet you. Sounds like we have some things in common! A good start. When I was in Minnesota they thought I had a Texas accent, but here people think I have a Minnesota accent. I guess I’m somewhere in the middle!

  4. Great post, and super informative! I feel horible that I haven’t written one up yet, but I have been super busy making sure the party is a hit! Can’t wait to meet you!


  5. Jill, i wish i would have read this BEFORE we met at the event. I would have made a Beeline straight for you. Just be reading this i feel like we have a lot it common (minus the accent though, it’s bad and i cant help it). Let’s meet for lunch or something. I’ll email you my phone number. You’re short hair is precious and i wish i had the courage to pull it off. Orange is my most fave color in the whole world and i may take your lap when you’re not looking. JK.
    Hugs! Holli

    • good grief i must proofread before i post! I meant i may take your LAMP not lap. lololol!

    • Hehe. It would be strange if my lap were bright orange, and my daughter would miss it if you stole it, so please don’t! lol.

      It was fun to meet you on Saturday. I wish we could have talked more then. We’ll have to meet up again!

  6. So, I just found your blog today and… guess what? I moved to Texas (I’m VERY close to Richardson!) in October of 2009 from Minnesota (grew up in Shoreview, went to boarding school for three years in Faribault, lived in Minneapolis and on the East Side of St. Paul until I moved down to Rochester for a job in 2006… and then I moved to Texas!)

    I guess I am out of the loop on blogger meetups but would love to meet you for coffee or something! Welcome to Texas! I have found that the Texas bloggers I have met are all very nice people!



  1. [...] Continuing on: (1) this awesome gazelle (antelope?) head I bought at Canton. I love adding a 3D dimension to an art wall every now and then. I love the wooden tone in the mix as well; (2) the small picture at the bottom is a sweet picture of Phil as a newborn being held by his mother, who has the happiest look on her face. She passed away suddenly last August, so I wanted to make sure we remember her in a happy way in our home; (3) at the bottom of this image, you can see part of another painting we bought on our travels. This one is from our awesome week in Cozumel, Mexico. (4) Finally, the masterpiece on the top left was painted by non other than yours truly. That’s why it’s mostly hiding in this picture and mostly hiding in the room behind the lamp. It’s from the first Texas Blogger event I ever attended. [...]


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