We are Thomas and Alvi.
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 try to make it home to fish from time to time. I moved to Chicago going on four 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.
Alvi 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). Alvi is darling girl with a voracious appetite for printed word, chocolate, and potatoes. She graduated a couple of years ago and works in the non-profit sector.
Most notably we were married in June 2012 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 in his postrock/ambient/drone/doom band; Alvi 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 Alvi 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.'