About Me

It’s time for an updated ‘About Me’ section, I think! Hi. My name is Anna. I usually start these things by telling you how to pronounce my name — if you’re American, it doesn’t rhyme with ‘banana’; it’s the other one. You know, pretend you’re German. I suppose it doesn’t matter if you’re just reading along here, but I wouldn’t want you incorrectly believing I’m an Anna-Banana. You can get in touch by e-mailing me at anna.torborg [at] gmail.com.

I grew up in a suburb south of the Twin Cities, in Minnesota. I went to college in Wisconsin, moved to London for a while, came back and lived in Minneapolis for several years, and now I have a house in the country, about an hour and a half north of the cities. It sits on 70 acres — we have some trees, some hay fields, and a really pretty pond. Who’s ‘we’? Well, I’m part-time housemates with my best buddy, Rob. He’s from the UK, but we share this place when he’s in town, a little less than half of the time.

A few years back, I decided to become a single mother by choice. It wasn’t easy to get my ducks in a row and even more difficult to conceive, but Baby M finally came along in October of 2013. She is cuter and funnier than I could have ever imagined! In June 2016, her little sister F was born. I used an anonymous donor to conceive, and we’re in touch with the girls’ donor-siblings — our little family is now a great big family, in a way!

I work as a publisher, editing fiction manuscripts, typesetting, and designing book covers. I work from home, and yes, it is a pretty awesome job to have. I’ve also been blogging since 2000 (most the archives are not available to read), although I don’t get paid a cent for that. I started when I was still in college, and the blog has changed to reflect my interests as I’ve moved through life. For a long time, I focused on crafts — sewing mainly. Around 2007, I started posting more about food (I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade), but it’s always been a hodgepodge of whatever going on. Most of the site’s traffic comes from people looking for either my zipper tutorial or the paper house patterns (you can find links to both on the sidebar).

Mainly, I just like taking photos and sharing pieces of my life with people! I hope you might enjoy it, too.

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello,

    I read you blog every day – first thing. I love your little family and you have a great style of writing. Wishing you the best in this new year!


    Barbara Diane

  2. Wow. I just read this and I am so impressed. First of all, because I was raised in Montana and currently in LA, I am so envious of your lifestyle. The 40 acres, collecting animals, watching things grow…just a slower pace of life. Plus, what a great career that I imagine allows you a lot of flexibility. But also, I am impressed by your strength. I mean, managing all of that life on your own and making the choice to raise your daughter…you are a strong person. I think I could have made the same choice in a different life. Looking forward to reading more in your journey.

    p.s. Get some horses!!

  3. Hi Anna, Your mother is one of my favorite people and a niece to boot (lucky me) and that makes you a grand neice. I’m so happy your mom gets to be a grandmother. It’s almost as good as being a mom. Congratulations on being pregnant and best wishes for motherhood. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog/website.
    I look forward to pictures of baby M. Be well. Love, Great Aunt Sue

  4. Whoah! I took an extended break from some of my favorite blogs and come back and holy moly so much has happened with you! New pets! New house! 40 acres?? Isn’t Rob the guy from when you lived in London? A baby?!! I’m glad to hear you are about to embark on the wonderful world of parenthood, well, to a human baby this time šŸ˜‰ I had my little girl in 2011 and I also had an easy pregnancy and easy birth. I’d say the hardest part about it was trying to heal postpartum while getting to know the new family member. I seriously have not managed to get back those days of deep, deep sleep that I was so used to- and it’s not even because she was a light sleeper (she actually is a very good sleeper!). It’s just the way parenthood goes I guess. Worth it though. Congratulations Anna. I’m happy to hear you are doing so well!

    1. Yay, welcome back! I remember seeing that you were pregnant and then a few photos of your adorable little one on flickr a while back! Are you going to start posting again somewhere? Yep, Rob is the same person I lived with in London, but we’re just pals now. I never sleep TOO solidly at night, but I’m definitely going to miss being able to just take an afternoon nap when *I* feel like it!

  5. Just found your blog and love it. Thank you for blogging and sharing photos and pieces of your life. It is uplifting and inspiring to read about other peoples lives. Anne

  6. Hi Anna, I must apologise for not getting over to read your “About” page before. I love About pages and probably should update mine sometime soon! I am particularly impressed that you chose to have a baby alone, with a sperm donor (is that still the term?) what a wonderfully strong and generous concept. And turning a concept into a human baby is like magic isn’t it! Your property sounds gorgeous and as usual I love your images. Have fun! Talk to you again soon.. celi

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