1. My ancestors came from Norway, and found their way to Westby, Wisconsin. In Westby, you can still buy Norwegian textiles and delicacies. There is also a great place to buy cheese called Westby Creamery.
2. Between college and law school, I took two years off. I spent the first year working towards a masters degree in philosophy (my undergraduate major). I then quit grad school and spent a year volunteering as an AmeriCorps VISTA, mostly teaching kids to read. It was awesome.
3. I have a tattoo of a butterfly. It was inspired by the book/movie Papillon, starring Steve McQueen.
4. I love colorful, modern art, including "folk art." Here are a painting from a street vendor in New Orleans, and a portrait of our dog Otis (by Steve Godbold, who perfectly captured Otis!):
(My apologies to the artists for the camera flash in these pictures.)
5. When I was in high school, I sang in a few bands, and dabbled in guitar. We played mostly original music, varying from folk to alternative.
6. I love to write. When I was in college, I wrote press releases as a PR intern, and some articles for the college newspaper. I don't get to do much substantive writing now (the occasional summary judgment motion or appeal), but it's my favorite part of my job by far.
7. I can cook a mean holiday turkey even though I don't eat them (or any other meat other than the very occasional seafood - for the past 10 years). The trick? Simplicity. Lots of butter, salt and pepper, and a little paprika for color. Celery, carrots and yellow onion stuffed in the cavities.