About

Back when I still worked in an office. We don’t have the office any more. Everyone works at home forever now.
Hey! I’m Tori, a disaffected thirtysomething who still hasn’t figured out how to fully participate in adulthood. I started this blog to share recipes, book reviews, sartorial choices (AKA outfits), and general thoughts about life, work, frugality and everything else under the sun.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a hot mess (emphasis, if you please, on the “hot”).  I first got online in 1991 (age 5), discovered the Web in 1996 (age 10), and, like millions of other people, now contribute almost a gigabyte of meaningless garbage to it every day (age undisclosed, but you can extrapolate from available data).  If I had to sum up my childhood in a sentence, it would go something like this: Heinlein novels were okay, but I wasn’t allowed to watch Nickelodeon cartoons because they encouraged children to disobey their parents.  I was a super-cringeworthy weeaboo in high school, but still can’t work a game controller to save my life.   I also spent way too long doing college (I tried on studio art, education, and English before settling on art history as a career choice) but still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up–although, if I really had to choose, I’d be Indiana Jones

Despite being a software developer, I don’t think I’m really cut out for the modern Web.  I hate social media (but am totally addicted to it), still put a dash in the word ‘e-mail’, and insist on a difference between ‘the Web’ and ‘the internet’. I don’t know why I have a blog, honestly. All of the lifestyle bloggers on Instagram are just so… glossy.  I am many things, but I will never be glossy. I probably shouldn’t be allowed to have a blog, but I’m kind of an anarchist and not really into rules, anyway.


Let’s face it, I peaked in 2003… but for the sake of this blog, let’s pretend I didn’t.  So put on some Weezer (at a reasonable volume), hand me my cat ears (they go great with cashmere), and let’s party like the next Harry Potter drops at midnight (even though we have to go to work the next morning).

You can also find my outdoor adventures at ToriBethOutdoors.com.


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