By day I am a mental health counselor, by night I am a tea drinking television connoisseur (Earl Grey forever). I live in a little, old house in Iowa City, IA with my daughter, husband, an old rescue Beagle named Betsy, a beautiful fluffy cat named Birdie, and Calcifer the bearded dragon (named after the fire demon in Howl's Moving Castle. The daughter insisted). I am an extroverted introvert. I love being a Midwesterner, but I wouldn't mind a few months in Norway someday. I also have a curious habit of looking at real estate in New Zealand and Vancouver. I like putting words on paper (or, more likely, a screen). I am an existentialist. I love a good donut and a pastry beer.