FAQs (and not-so-FAQs)

Why do you live in Minneapolis?
After spending seven years in Seattle, two years in Nashville, and five and a half in Denver, in 2015 I took a job in Minneapolis. I bought a house a mile and a half from the office, because I like having a very contained life. I’m enjoying a lot about the Twin Cities, most of all the cheese curds.

Do you think you’ll always live in Minneapolis?
No. But I’ll be here until I’m not anymore.

What kind of dog is Foxy?
THE BEST. My best guess is a mix of Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, and maybe a little Husky or Sheltie. She loves rotisserie chicken, and is terrified of kids.

How do you pay your bills?
I’ve done a lot of different things over the years, in a variety of settings. Right now I work for a really amazing public radio show.

Who are your favorite songwriters?
Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna, David RamirezGretchen PetersSara Groves, and Peter Bradley Adams.

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Montrose High School in Montrose, CO, in 2000 – and although Montrose was a fabulous place to grow up, I couldn’t wait to leave. I fled to the Pacific Northwest where I studied music at Seattle Pacific University. It is a useless degree. But I’m glad that I have it.

What do you do in your free time?
Read, write, run, walk, eat, travel, and wallow. In no particular order.

I’m new here. Where should I start?
These are some of my most frequently visited posts (and a few I just like):
K is for Kaleidoscope
Living proof
It’s okay to be happy
You just never know
Business trips
20 things learned in my 20s
Sisters getting married, and other reflections
Fostering beauty
Labor Day
A meandering take on honesty, vulnerability, and courage

How can I contact you?
Smoke signal, pigeon carrier, or Saint Bernard with a tube around its neck (my top choice). Or you can email annie@hootenannie.com.

Why “hootenannie”?
Because “goddess of light and beauty” is a little bit too accurate. It just felt so obvious, you know?

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