About!

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-mail 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 Hinckley, MN. It sits on 40 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.

I’ve been gardening since 2007, the first summer I spent in Minneapolis. I love to grow vegetables (and fruit!), and now that I’ve got more than just a little urban backyard, the sky’s the limit. For now, I’m happy with the manageable garden I’ve fenced in, which is about 21′x28′.

I don’t have any horses or chickens yet, but I do have something of an indoor menagerie. Beany was the first to join me, adopted from the Humane Society in 2007 (she was born in September of 2006). She’s the type of friendly, out-going cat that plants the seed of doubt in those proudly claiming to be dog people. Birdy is a different story. She also came to me from the Humane Society, just a kitten in 2010 (born in January of that year). She doesn’t care much for strangers, but she loves being brushed, her scratch pad, the ball-track game, and food.

In 2010, I started fostering Henny, a chihuahua who had been rescued from a puppy mill at the age of three (her birth date is July 13th, 2007). I had no intention of adopting a dog, but there was never any interest in Henny from potential adopters, and after a few months, she and I had bonded. She has her quirks, but she’s a very happy dog these days. It hard to imagine not having her in my life! Lastly, in 2012, I adopted Nova, again from the Humane Society. She was a four-month-old puppy when she came to live with me (born in June 2012), and it’s been an adventure adjusting to the energy of such a young dog. She’s also a chihuahua (possibly a mix of some kind), and Nova has been great for Henny. It’s a funny little pet family, but everybody gets along well enough to share a bed when I let them!

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! I miss being well-rested, but it’s worth it to see her smiles. I used an anonymous donor to conceive, and we’re in touch with M’s 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 (not all the archives are 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.

8 Responses to About!

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  2. 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!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

  3. C.C. Burnikel says:

    I enjoy your blog & writing as well, Anna.

  4. JustMe says:

    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!!

  5. 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

  6. Taryn Domingos says:

    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 ;) 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!

    • Anna says:

      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!

  7. Anne Bennett says:

    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

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