December 19, 2017

It's Christmastime, and I'm not fooling around.

Ok, you guys.  Bustle insists that I blog about this.  Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday.  I love it the most, and the holiday season brings on a kind of strange mania in me, where I can't rest until all of my many and wondrous holiday tasks are complete. 

The only other time I get this kind of weird OCD is when I pack for a trip.  But I don't enj...

September 30, 2017

Or, What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

What's the opposite of perspective?  Haha..who knew I would be writing another post about anxiety?  I suppose this post could be a companion piece to the last, entitled "Lack of Perspective and Other Infernal Torture".  It could have been, but that seems like kind of a bummer.  While Bustle has been struggling with a lack of everyday conveniences we all take for granted, slog...

August 23, 2017

Not everything in life is hard right now.  A lot of things are, but this cake isn’t one of them.  

So … this is a post about my Easy Italian Cream Cake.  And I feel a little weird posting it right now. The recent hubbub over Tina Fey’s sheet-cake sketch in the wake of Charlottesville has my social media feeds full of folks smarting at the suggestion that we should just ignore these racists and neo-nazis and, we...

August 10, 2017

 Friendship Week (er Month?) continues!  Friendship has always been a big thing in my life.  It's brought me some of my most profound pleasure and profound pain.  As a kid I struggled with playground politics.  Never the class pariah, I still however, never seemed to quite fit in.  I was accepted, but I didn't belong.  And man, did I need to belong.  Occasionally I would find that sacred Shangri-La of belonging, on...

April 30, 2017

Bustle tersely noted today that I have been remiss in my blogging duties, and she's right.  Very right.  Well, it was terse for her.  She's gentle as a lamb, but I've known her most of my life so I can read between the tenderly worded lines.  She has also rather compassionately noted that I seem depressed of late, and she's also probably right about that.  Dear Readers, I'm having a tough time.  Perhaps you are too...

February 21, 2017

I feel bad giving these cookies a somewhat downtrodden title.  The truth is, these are EXCELLENT cookies, cookies of your dreams, cookies of obsession, cookies that could dominate the self-control of an ascetic monk, and here I am calling  them “Better Late than Never”.  Sigh….  Let’s talk about exceptionality and my troubled relationship with time and then I’ll give you an awesome recipe.

So, the r...

September 28, 2016

Fall is here!  Many herald this as the season of pumpkin-spiced beverages, but for me, tis the season of soups, stews and chilis!!   As soon as the weather gets brisk and the sky goes a little gray, all I want to do is snuggle up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a good movie, and chow down on that most comforting of cuisines, soup.  Soup: the only cure for seasonal affective disorder.  Or just yummy.  Whatever....

August 29, 2016

Yes, yes, I know Bustle just wrote about "Summer's End", but if you're not in school, trust - summer is not over for you.  Especially if you live in Texas.  Here, summer extends well through September and even into October.  But even if you are in a more temperate clime, worry not.  These beauty buys are good recommendations all year long!

Best Everyday SPF - Shiseido SPF 40 Urban Environment Protecti...

July 19, 2016

So it was that I found myself, at home, and feeling like all I really needed in this world was a good fudgy brownie.  Well, a brownie and a glass of red wine.  You see, it's been a stressful week: I opened a show (at some point I will explain the special hell that is tech week, but for now, just imagine a week-long root canal), I finished moving all the accumulated crap of six years out of my apartment with my husb...

May 13, 2016

Actually, if you are in Texas right now, NO IT IS NOT.  However, you really never know what’s going to happen with the weather in spring here, and I made this chili on an uncharacteristically glum and rainy day. 

I am not going to get into the “does real chili have beans in it” debate, because: foolishness.  My chili has beans, and that’s the way I like it.  You don’t like beans?  Don’t use beans.  It’s a very...

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