A brief interview


Hey, Annie.
Oh hey there.

What did you not do last night?
I did not attend a… seminar? a workshop?… called “7 Ways to Choke a Man Unconscious.”

What??!?  Who invited you to such a thing?
My friend Mike.  You know him, you love him.

Well, it’s really too bad that you didn’t go.

I know.

What on earth made you pass up such an incredible opportunity?
Well, I had to go running.

That’s not a very good excuse.


I hope you at least made it a good run.
I ran 4.8 miles – I’m starting to train for another half-marathon.

Which one?
I’m signed up for the Seattle Half, which is happening the Sunday after Thanksgiving.



So… what else did you do this weekend?
Well, I drove very far – 1,300 miles.

That is insanity.

Did you have company?
Yes – my mom was with me on Saturday.  And the Toad was with me the whole time.  Still is, in fact.

Where are you?
I’m in Portland.

With the Toad?
Yes.  She’s a good travel buddy.

I still can’t believe you didn’t go to the choking class.
You and me both.



  1. Katherine M on September 19, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    I hope this Mike took detailed notes, and that you can share his new knowledge with us.

  2. Allie on September 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I wonder, and you’ll have to ask Mike, if the secret to choking a man unconscious has to do with too much Coco Mademoiselle perfume and pair of unwashed gym socks.

    I’m just asking for a…you know…a friend.

  3. rachel b on September 19, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    annie. your life. is ridiculous.
    and i love that toad cross-country-road-tripped with you. i’m glad your mom got to kc well. i’m jealous you’re in portland. give smelly kodi a hug for me.

  4. erin in potato land on September 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    …or come to boise.

    but alas, next time.

  5. Dad on September 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    You are the best toad-loving woman in the world. She is the most blessed chow in the world. You two are a fabulous team. I am so glad you’re there safely.

  6. shanna on September 20, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    What! I was just in Portland! Our worlds are always passing one another.

  7. wrecklessgirl on September 20, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    YOU’RE IN PDX? I’m in OREGON! dudette!

  8. Julie on September 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    “I still can’t believe you didn’t go to the choking class”… You’re hilarious. We are (were?) in the same city! That makes me happy. I hope you’re doing well, Annie. : )

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