I'm a native Midwesterner, coffee drinker, design enthusiast and mom. I'm trained as an architect and now work as a freelance writer, content strategist and marketing communications consultant with agencies and corporations. My delightful husband (and travel companion) Mahesh Alur is a hard-working science teacher who grew up in California. We live in Chicago near Lake Michigan with a curious toddler and two elderly cats. We enjoy art, books and the outdoors. We are quiet, easy-going, humorous, and considerate people (and house guests).