About the author…

Lauren Tepaske

Before becoming an award winning blogger* I had aspirations of becoming a professional horseback rider, an actor, or a model. Then, at 18, the real world smacked me in the face and my dreams took a different shape. As I grew older I realized I wanted to marry rich and so, I married a civil servant. Now, here I am, firmly in middle age and still surprised that someone let me bring two babies home from the hospital despite the fact they’re now 10 and 8 years old, respectively.

Speaking of which, I have been on maternity leave for the past eight years and I’m beginning to suspect my employer isn’t going to take me back. That’s okay because it has given me time to hone my craft while holding out for a management position. I have dabbled in housewifery, not raising hooligans (which is significantly harder than it sounds), combating the egregious overuse of glitter, and saving the Earth one cloth napkin at a time.

As I was searching for a photo so to put a face to the name it became glaringly obvious that it has been nearly four years since a picture has been taken of me not from the viewpoint of a child and in sweatpants, a muumuu, or a robe. When I found this picture (which is practically perfect in every way) I knew it was the one to share, despite the fact it’s a few years old. You may be wondering why my modeling career never took off and to be honest, I still can’t explain it.

In all seriousness, I have written various blogs for my own amusement with a fanbase limited to my loving family and friends who don’t have the cojones to tell me to stop. Prior to “The Traveling Tepaskes” I wrote about my family’s renovation of a 130-year-old home in Fredericksburg, Virginia entitled “Bringing Back Sligo” which I update on occasion.

*Seriously, I won the E. Boyd Graves Preservation Award of Excellence from the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. for the preservation and blog about our historic home, Sligo.

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