Something New is Coming!

The microphone and me.

Something new is coming to this website. I would describe myself as beyond excited, but that would be too short. I am excited, but I am also nervous, thrilled, and if there were another word for nervous that involved introverts stressing about having to talk to people they respect, admire, and don’t know very well about a subject near and dear to their hearts—well that would be the other thing beyond excited.I often have this conversation.

Well-meaning loved one (WMLO): “What have you been up to?”

Me: “I’m going to graduate school.”

WMLO: “What are you studying, and where are you going to school?”

Me: “Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric at Utah Tech University.”

WMLO: (confused look)

Me: “It’s a kind of Masters degree in English.”

“What will you do with it?”

Me: “I don’t really know.”

Part of my reason for going to graduate school, aside from it being a dream, was because I was having second thoughts about doing real estate. I’m an introvert. Can introverts succeed as realtors? That is a great question for another time. As I have gone through my program I figured out that I do in fact care deeply about the housing market. It affects every person, and in our county in particular housing is a huge issue. People who have lived here for generations are wanting so much to hold on to our agricultural heritage, but we also want our children to be able to live here. What can we do? Well, remember the “Digital Rhetoric” part of my degree title? It turns out that Podcasting is a form of Digital Rhetoric. So for part of my major project portfolio, I will be launching a podcast here on this blog very soon. I can’t wait to share it with you. I have interviewed some amazing people already, and I’m just putting the finishing touches the first few episodes. So hold tight, and soon you will be able to listen to the Jenny Chamberlain Podcast, and this first season we are going to focus in on Attainable Housing in Washington County.

Summer Solstice

Yesterday was the longest day of the year, and so many good things happened.

I had a good day at work, plowing through lots of things that needed to be done, managing mischief, as they say.

Then, after work I went to dinner with my best friend and husband Alex. We ate at River Rock Roasting Company, and sat enjoying this view:



Could my boyfriend get any cuter? Love him. And then there was this life changing salad. I really love the Amarrakesh (sp?) at Red Rock because it has this heavenly yellow lime dressing. I don’t know what else is in it, but it has just enough heat, possibly some turmeric? Whatever it is, it is exotic. The only thing I don’t love about that salad is that it is all spinach. So last night I ordered the Cobb Salad with no bleu cheese and no ranch (I can’t eat dairy – one of the greater tragedies of my life), and the lime dressing from the other salad.

Shortly thereafter, this salad came, and it was heaven on a plate. It had so many good things. Romaine lettuce, tender chicken breast, bacon – just the right level of crisp. The cucumber and eggs were sliced to thin perfection. I left the tomatoes, because I’m experimenting with avoiding nightshades for my RA diet, but even that meant a pretty red pop on the plate when I was done.

Whoever that chef is takes true pride in his or her work, and I thank them for it. It was a solstice dinner long to be remembered. I wanted to go order another one after we had left because I kept thinking about this salad.


Just look at it. I wish you could smell it and taste it. I made Alex taste it twice. It was magnificent.

Afterward, we went to Best Buy to shop for laptops for me, because it’s getting to be time I had my own.  On the way out, there was a gorgeous sunset. The pink gold clouds stopped us in our tracks, and we stood leaning against our car to enjoy it while it bloomed. iPhone pictures never do things justice, so you’ll just have to trust me. Yesterday was definitely a solstice to remember.