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Photo of Denise at Sunshine Garden


My name is Denise and I live in Austin, Texas. I’m a geologist by training, a software engineer by trade. I’m mother to two fabulous teenagers and wife to a brilliant scientist.

This is my space for sharing experiences and thoughts about downshifting my life and home as I try to make my time on this Earth as meaningful as possible.

Places I have Lived…

I was born in Youngstown, New York near Buffalo, but grew up in Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. I’ve lived in San Marino, California and spent a year as an AFS exchange student to Campinas, Brazil. I came to Austin to attend the University of Texas for graduate school, married a fellow student, and, except for a brief stint in Houston, here I am.

If I were reincarnated I would come back as….

A lizard. All I want to do is sit on a rock in the sun.

Tristan and Genevieve Easter 2014
My kiddos – Tristan & Genevieve

My favorite hobbies are…

Reading e-books, especially Young Adult and New Adult romances or books about hunky space aliens; gardening; I used to knit, cross-stitch and do needle-point and hopefully will again.

Craziest job…

Helicoptering out to a ship in the Gulf of Mexico for six weeks at a time to spend midnight-to-noon,  7 days a week processing geophysical seismic data. I’ll never forget those emergency drills! Man overboard!

Something most people don’t know about me…

I am a huge fan of 80’s alternative music.

You can’t date my son/daughter if you can’t quote from at least one of the following movies…

The Princess Bride, The Lord of the Rings, Monty Python and The Holy Grail

The family
The family

I take way to many pictures of ….

Mickey, our tuxedo kitty. We also have a very sweet, wonderfully loyal, but not-too-smart dog Bella.

I am stupidly, horribly terrified of …