We are Thomas and Eirill.
I (Thomas) was born and raised in Michigan - -the Great Lakes State -- and I am immensely proud of that. I remain a child of the outdoors and still try (though oftentimes fail) to make it home to fish the steelhead run in the spring. I moved to Chicago going on three years ago for a position with a web startup after college, though I have since changed firms. These days I'm into antiques, gastronomy, records, and making noise; I'm also missing my print subscription to The Economist. When I grow up I'd like to raise sheep, preferably somewhere near the sea.
Eirill is a native of Oslo, Norway and came to America to get an education (and to escape the cold). Little did she know that in addition to her diploma she'd somehow wind up with an American husband (and a climate not that different from that of Oslo, boohoo). Eirill is darling girl with a voracious appetite for printed word, chocolate, and potatoes. She graduated in December and works in the non-profit sector.
Most notably we were married one year ago in June during a lovely civil ceremony at the courthouse, followed by champagne and cheesecake at the park. We wouldn't have done it any differently.
When we aren't at work you'll find us reading, cooking, or Thomas playing his new guitar (a Rickenbacker!); Eirill will probably also be shivering under a blanket (or many blankets), even when the ambient temperature is more than reasonable.
We're pretty low-key hosts and guests and respect others' privacy, property, and autonomy. We ask for very little from others.
Motto? I think Eirill would agree: 'I wonder whether we may not envisage modernity rather as an attitude than as a period of history. And by "attitude," I mean a mode of relating to contemporary reality; a voluntary choice made by certain people; in the end, a way of thinking and feeling; a way, too, of acting and behaving that at one and the same time marks a relation of belonging and presents itself as a task.'