Email: Zandria [at] Gmail [dot] com

Hi! My name is Zandria and I live in Washington, DC.

History: This blog has existed since September 2002, when I was 22 years old. My original motivation for blogging was a cross-country drive; I would be traveling solo from my home in Virginia to live with an aunt in southern California. At the time, I didn’t know how long I’d stay and figured this would be an easy way for family and friends to keep up with my adventures.

I ended up living in California for four months in 2002, before returning home to finish my Bachelor’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a college senior in 2004, I spent five months in Amsterdam on a semester abroad.

After graduating from college in 2005, I took off back to California for my second cross-country road trip. I ended up staying a full year that time (June 2005 – June 2006). While I loved living in California, the pull of my family and friends on the east coast lured me back.

I moved to Washington, DC in October 2006 because I was finding more job opportunities there than in Richmond. At the time, I didn’t know a single person who lived in the DC area.

I met my my now-husband in 2010, and we got married in 2013. From 2013-2017 we lived in Paul’s hometown of Buffalo, NY, where we bought (and later sold) our first home. We ended up missing Washington, DC too much, and returned to the city in 2017 after a four-year absence. Now we live simply in a 1-bedroom apartment and both of us walk to work.

What’s next? Stay tuned.


  • Reply Tammy February 7, 2007 at 10:35 am

    I just found your site through BlogHer and I LOVE it. Great writing! I’m looking at yours and thinking — Hey — that’s how I want MY blog to be set up! Great job.


  • Reply Ronnie April 30, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    You have an interesting site
    browsing it is such a delight,
    and keep writing those essays.

    And soon, with your creative mind
    you might well find,
    yourself writing short plays!

  • Reply Ronnie April 30, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Zandria is a photogenic delight
    and she will become a great playwright!

  • Reply Ronnie April 30, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Soon Zandria the BlogHer
    will find a great PublisHer
    and the Pulizer Prize
    will be her’s to win.

    But for now we can enjoy her
    as much as runners enjoy jogging
    with their backs
    being pushed by the wind

  • Reply Gretchen May 17, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I googled my sister Zandria just for fun, and I found another one!!! You’re right, your name sets you apart. She likes it too.

  • Reply Sara September 5, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Wow, you are in my neighborhood! 🙂 I found you through Cady’s blog I think. Your blog is cool, I will have to come back and read more about you and your life.

  • Reply Ronnie February 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Hello Zandria, you with the pretty
    smile, the glow of your golden locks
    are still quite in style.
    Tell your friends about my site
    because it is full of humorous


  • Reply judi April 5, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    You are so pretty girlie.

  • Reply Ronnie June 8, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Zandy has hair that is Sandy,
    quite typical for a blond
    but Zandy is going to school
    to learn the math tool
    for calculating the interest
    that is paid by a bond.

  • Reply Dad February 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Yep! Beautiful alright!

  • Reply Mr. Groovy April 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Hey, Zandria. Hope all is well in Buffalo. Just want to let you know that I linked to your article about crappy cars in my post today. It’s still the best article I’ve ever read in defense of minimalism and crappy cars so I try to promote whenever I get a chance. Toodles.

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