Linda

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Linda is a Michigan native who moved to Iowa City in 2011 and hasn’t left yet. She and her husband of twelve years, Jacob, have two spunky kids – a kindergartner and a third grader. Linda works full time at the University of Iowa as the Administrative Director for the Medical Scientist Training Program. Together, Linda and her family enjoy cheering for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (shhhh!), going on adventures both big and small, and playing board games (they have over 100 and will play with anyone they can talk into it). Linda is often told she has two volumes: on and off, and she will enthusiastically respond to any news you tell her. No matter the volume she uses, Linda is an “old soul” with a love for baking, embroidery, and old movies.

Are We Still Friends? Friendships Past the Pandemic

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As you can imagine, over the course of the last year I participated in fewer coffee dates and practically zero lunches with dear friends. I didn’t grab brunch with my work bestie. I didn’t...

I Really Do Like My Husband: Who Knew That Would Happen?

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When I was dating in college, I never made it past a six-month relationship. I had one relationship where the guy was just too cocky. Another where it felt like we were buddies and...

Side-Part Hair, Don’t Care: Thoughts on the Gen Z vs. Millennial Fashion Feud

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I heard there is a fashion feud going on. Gen Z vs. Millennials. Apparently using certain emojis, the way we do our hair, and the jeans we wear are very controversial these days. Who knew...

More than Enough: The Pressure of a Pandemic Birthday

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My son had a birthday recently. I’ve been constantly thinking about what we could do with him to help make his birthday special during a pandemic. I was feeling a lot of self-imposed pressure. I...

12 Hours in the Life of a Local Mom: Homeschooling, Work, and a Biopsy,...

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6:30 a.m. My alarm goes off. I need to pee but can’t bring myself to unravel from the cocoon of my comforter. I should also shower. I should have showered last night, but I fell...

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...