Scattered 4th

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! We made our annual trip back to Oklahoma to visit the in-laws, but it was such a whirlwind this year. I arrived Friday evening for dinner and left Sunday morning after breakfast. While I was there though, I enjoyed some of the natural beauty in Lake Eufaula… Read more »

Dinner with Ruth

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a brief blog post about having dinner with Ruth Reichl, the editor-in-chief for Gourmet magazine. I then went on to get distracted with moving, wrapping up my job, etc. and never wrote my intended post. Here it is my friends! As I mentioned earlier, this opportunity came up through… Read more »

Eugene Arrival

We said goodbye to our old house this weekend, as we packed up all of our belongings and moved two hours south to Eugene. My graduate program in landscape architecture starts next Monday and there looks like so much to do between now and then! I have a bed and most of my room unpacked…. Read more »

Last Week of Normalcy

I’m heading off this morning to my last week at work. After five years of working at the same place, and nine years working in this field, it feels a little weird to know this weekend will last for three years. I will be working hard in my graduate program, but I won’t be an… Read more »

My New Home

I truly despise renting, which is part of the reason I have been so stressed about housing the last few weeks leading up to my move to Eugene and return to graduate school. My motivation for buying a house was driven in a large part by my desire to paint the walls whatever color I… Read more »

House Hunt

There are a whole batch of questions that naturally arise from my decision to move to Eugene and return to school. Where will the chickens go? Where will we live? Who will live in our house? We’ll start with the last question first. We are working with a property management company to rent out our… Read more »

Two Years

Man was lost and saved in a garden. -Pascal (1623-62) Two years ago I started this blog, originally under the name MuddyClogs and today as HipChickDigs. This summer will be our third anniversary here. Over that time, I think I have both lost and been saved in the garden. It has been a quiet comfort… Read more »

Wedding Flowers

One of my friends got married yesterday, which was very sweet and exciting. Although I have no experience doing wedding flowers, she enlisted my help since I know plants and have an eye for design. At first I wasn’t nervous because we were talking one casual bridal bouquet for a small, ten person ceremony. But… Read more »


Yesterday I enjoyed my first cup of coffee at a crowded local bar, watching the inauguration unfold and history be written. It felt to good to be out in the crowd sharing the anticipation and rejoicing together. I spent the rest of the day walking around in an Obama cloud. I thought his speech was… Read more »

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