Hey… welcome! My name is Amy Irene, and you have wandered into my personal blog at http://www.xenogirl.com. The name “xenogirl” stems from the Greek word “xénos” which means “stranger,” “alien,” “foreign,” “strange,” or “guest.” The moniker speaks to my chronic sense (undoubtedly self-imposed) of never quite fitting in coupled with my love for exploring all things new. On my sillier days, I also like to pretend it is my superhero name.
As a proud Gen X girl who just hit her 40′s, I was recently struck with the cosmic equivalent of a 2×4 as it dawned on me that I have most likely reached the mid-point of my life. Although the first half of my life has been quite noteworthy, I have since decided that the second half shall be lived in a manner that finds peace in the simple routines of daily living, life-changing friendships, eye-brow raising adventure, an over-indulgence of laughter, and an excess of late night storytelling. I am destined to become an old woman with a few scars and no regrets.
In addition to staring at my keyboard until the wee hours of the night, I teach technical writing, write grants, and share life with my husband and two hilarious pugs here in northeastern Wisconsin. Lately I have been plagued with delusions of a career transition into wordsmithing of the more creative sort.
I am a strange mix… perhaps best characterized as a paradox of sorts. Mostly I suffer from existential angst and wanderlust, the latter a condition which has compelled me to travel to some of the most exotic places on earth for both work and pleasure. I love all things absurd, ironic, quirky, philosophical, and satirical. You can usually find me near a computer while deep in thought, either contemplating the meaning of life or planning my next great adventure.
Since reaching middle-age, I have come to understand that blogging would be the most logical output for the endless cogitations grinding away in my head and also provide a medium with which to share my unusual adventures. So pour yourself an adult beverage, pull up a comfy chair, and rummage around my brain for something that piques your interest. I bet I can surprise you.