Well hello! I’m Zoe, the face behind the words.


However you got here, I thank you for reading and I graciously invite you to enjoy and keep coming back.

(I am also an avid user of parenthetical asides and usually I grace a lot of my sentences with exclamation points but I try to reign it in for things like bios. Sometimes.)



  1. lovely to meet you Zoe. enjoy your adult life. 🙂

  2. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed today! 🙂

  3. Very kind of you both!

  4. I’m the same way about my blog posts. I don’t post as often as other people might because I spend so much writing/editing just one post.

    P.S. I also really like the look of your blog.

  5. just stumbled across your blog and i love it!

  6. Haha as another Zoe, I have the exact same problems! NO, it’s not pronounced ‘Zo.’ And NO, it’s not spelled Zowie. I actually got Zowiey once. I was like, really? REALLY? I’ve started using umlauts on the e (ë) but unfortunately most people don’t know what they mean anyway. 😛

  7. Oh yeah, we’ve had plenty of butchering of a simple and elegant name! When people ask me if I use “those two little dots” I firmly say, “NO.” I always use the analogy of the word Nike. NOBODY questions that you say the e on Nike and so I say, “It’s like Nike. It’s Greek and you say the e.”

  8. Zoë Blue says:

    Hi Zoe, I’m Zoë! 🙂 Do you use the umlaut too, or not? I LOVE it when people call me “Zo,” but I get why you wouldn’t. And when I was 14, Huskies were my favorite types of dogs.

    Cool blog. Mine’s on dating, me, etc. Extremely Narcissistic, but people still like reading it. Drop by; the world can never have enough of us. 🙂

    • I am umlaut-less, but I have forced myself to be more open-minded to the various ways people spell Zoe over the years. If a girl is Zoey, it’s not her fault – her parents named her that with that spelling. HOWEVER, I do not approve of the way Zooey Deschenel spells her name, even though it’s not her fault. Zooey is the word zoo+ey and I find that repulsive, mostly because she’s saying it like Zoe. Then there’s the fact that in the book Zooey & Franny, Zooey is the dude. :-/ I’ll definitely check out your blog, Zoë!

      • I love Zooey Deschanel as an actress, and her style is awesome, but yeah – I HATE how she spells her name! (Or I suppose how her parents did)

  9. Awesome! I live in Illinois too! Love your blog! thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. I enjoyed your post (found it on Freshly Pressed – congrats!). I have to admit I would have called you “ZO”, I always thought Zoe was french, and you know how they use way too many vowels and declare them “silent”
    Thanks for the enlightenment 🙂

  11. I love your refreshing writing style! Enjoyable reads… Thank you!

    • Thanks for coming by to read, Shayna!

      • I took a peek though many of your flicker photos as well. I love how you “rehearse” shoots by doing self portraits. I don’t have many cooperative, willing “models” so I’m thinking that self-portraits is a good way to develop some skill. I’m learning a lot and all advice, critique and HELP is appreciated. Thanks for your posts.

  12. Great piece about that forced smile. Interestingly scientists have found out that even if you fake smiles the body produces the same hormones as for the real ones.
    The explanation on how to pronounce your name was very entertaining yet rather unnecessary for me since I am Greek and I Borg know how to pronounce it and what it means (life)

    • Haha, thanks. If everyone would just know a little bit of Greek, it would save a lot of time! Interesting tidbit about fake smiles vs. real ones in the body.

  13. @Shayna, I haven’t practiced too much with self-portraits with my DSLR but know I need to. I have heard it really does help with getting to know your camera and when you need to practice, you’ve always got yourself. Getting together with local photographers and getting into Flickr Groups so you can critique and share is a great way to get feedback and keep going!

  14. I love the photos of Chicago. I have lived in Illinois practically my whole life. For our anniversary we went to the scenic area right between the Shedd Aquarium and the Planetarium. That is THE perfect photo spot of the skyline and the lake. We did a picnic there and rode a quad-wheel bike along lakeshore. I have traveled quite a bit but there is nothing sweeter and more beautiful than Chitown. Keep up the great work and best of luck in all your endeavors. Congrats on getting FP!

  15. Thank you so much! I keep forgetting to check my photography site but I have seen that people are heading over there to look through it. It was my first adult trip up there and I really can’t wait to go back. Thanks so much for your kind words 🙂

  16. I have a husky too. Had to laugh when you said that dog hair is now an integral part of your life. Mine too! I hate it. But I would NEVER trade Aspen in to get my clean carpets and hardwood floors back. NEVER!

    • Of course not and neither would I. When I Swiffer (nine pads later…) I bask in the clean floors for all of half an hour before I see the next tuft of hair float by.

  17. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂

  18. Bravo, Zoe!
    Great writing, and great insights!
    I particularly like your use of the word “authoress.”

    • Why thank you, Jennifer! Very kind of you. I hope you’ll keep coming back. 🙂

      • As long as you keep being so cool, and so Zoe, I will keep coming back!
        Don’t take any crap from anyone…YOU are the authoress extraordinaire and YOU should have coffee the way you want it, and food the way you want it, and the boyfriend the way you want him. How’s that sound?

        I am a tiny, petite girl, but I have been speaking up and speaking out since about age ten. So what if you start learning it now? Next time, when you’re in a restaurant, try saying this to the server when ordering…”I would like some coffee, please, but please do not warm-up my cup, please ask me if I am ready for a refill…first…Okay?” I guarantee they won’t do it to you, and if they forget and they top off your cup when you’re not looking, then say, “I am so sorry, but I cannot drink this, can you please bring me a fresh cup?” How’s that all sound? As long as you smile that cute face at them, you will be okay!

        Good Luck Girly Girl!
        From a fellow Girly Girl

  19. What a great blog this is, Zoe. It’s like a candy store that changes with every visit. Keep up the great work!

  20. Just dropped by to say hi to my fave Zoe-girl. Hope you have a great weekend after 8-5’in it five days in a row. TGIF! love you tons – YM

  21. Haha, the only time I’ve heard you called “Zo” is by a 70+ year old Polish political films professor and that was decidedly untrendy.

  22. So my guilty pleasure is Grey’s Anatomy, and in the recent seasons there is a child whose name is Zola. They call her Zo-Zo. It takes all of my willpower every time I see you to not call you that.

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