Linda

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Linda, a Michigan native, moved to Iowa City in 2011. She is the Director of Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Iowa but enjoy summers off with her two children: Quinn (7) and Isaac (4). Linda has been married to Jacob for over ten years. Together, they enjoy cheering for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (shhhh!), going on adventures both big and small, and playing board games (they have over 100!). Linda enjoys reality television and can often be found watching a Bachelor franchise show while curled up in her “mom chair” with her favorite quilt. Linda is often told she has two volumes ON and OFF. No matter the volume she uses, Linda is an “old soul” with a love for baking, embroidery, and old movies.

Laughter through Tears: Day One of Virtual Learning

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Despite my propensity to strong emotional responses to SO many things in my life, I tend to “wait and see” during a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis. And as a result of this...
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Hanging On To Quarantine: the Moments that Bring Our Family Joy

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I wish this pandemic had never happened. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. I have days where I sit in my favorite chair, sighing deeply as I think about what is going...
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Guide to Swimming and Safety in the Iowa City Area During COVID-19

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When I think about summers growing up, I immediately think about swimming. My grandparents had an amazing in-ground pool and hot tub. I learned to swim at a really young age and spent many...

Miss Eating Out? Try these Tips for Ordering Take-Out In the Iowa City Area...

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After talking to a couple friends, I realized all of us were at different places with our comfort level in picking up take-out from area restaurants. And now with things opening back up some...
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Celebrate Bike Safety Month with Helmet Safety Tips

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While a lot has changed for many during the past couple months, the month of May remains Bike Safety Month. Watch this short, educational bike safety video from the the University of Iowa Stead...

Moving On: Saying Goodbye to Our First Home

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I became a mother in December 2011 and we brought our daughter home from the hospital to a condo in North Liberty. We had only lived in Iowa City five months when she was...
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A Few Dollars a Day Keeps the Boredom Away: Dollar Store Activities for the...

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Last weekend it became clear we were going to end up stuck at our house for the foreseeable future. This pandemic has become serious and it is hitting too close to home. I felt prepared...

30 Things You Know You’ve Said About Iowa Winter

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It's February and we are in the depths of Iowa winter. When you choose to live in the Midwest you sign up for a roller-coaster of winter weather, for better or for worse. As...
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The Seizure No One Seemed Concerned About: Febrile Seizures

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It was a typical Friday evening. However, my son had not been feeling well. He’d come down with a fever the day before and had been lethargic. Little did I know, my typical Friday...

Your Girls’ Trip Guide to All Things Pioneer Woman!

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Raise your hand if you love a fun girls' weekend? I know I do! Yet, the girls' weekends are fewer and farther between than they were before I had children. These days it takes...