After cavorting through Massachusetts in pursuit of a degree in Public Relations from Boston University, Amanda returned to her home state of North Dakota (voted happiest place in the US in 2014!), where she is now married to a Canadian, mother to a boy nicknamed Pants, and the owner of an honest-to-goodness tractor. In her spare time, Amanda is the Marketing Director and an Associate Principal for JLG Architects. If you have a few million burning a hole in your pocket and want to build, say, a medical school or a hockey arena, look her up.
When I told people that we were considering a change-up after almost a decade on our respective sides, they recoiled in horror.
“That would be grounds for divorce in our house!” they…shouted. “We would move into separate rooms before we would swap! You will never sleep again!” I have never been a middle-of-the-bed type of girl. In my unmarried years, I trended towards the side farthest from the door, probably with the subconscious thought that if someone nefarious broke in, they’d get to the first empty… >> Read More
Dear journalists, scriptwriters, and other members of the media: I officially revoke your ability to use the word "adoption," in any of its related forms.
The lead story on CNN recently (which was…not about adoption in any way, shape or form) pointed out not once, but twice, that a couple adopted their son. In one instance, they use the line, "...[She] carried him out of the hospital in her arms, as ecstatic as if she'd carried and birthed him herself." A sensation, indeed: imagine, a woman whose… >> Read More