October 12, 2019

It is Fall, Y'all!  

And by that, I mean the weather has dipped gloriously below 80 degrees!  Never mind that it will only last 2 days before seizing up again, we are enjoying it!

And in preparation, I've been trying on sweaters. So, for your consideration: *

                                   Black cardigan

Check out this black c...

September 11, 2019

 It has been a good month for reading, so let's get started!

To me, nothing says summer like a Mary Kay Andrews book.  And since it will feel like summer for another two months, you are not late AT ALL if you decide to read one of her books right now!   Mary Kay's books always take place in the South, maybe on an island off the coast of Georgia, or in Atlanta.  There is always a struggle facing our Southern heroine,...

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, all, and a very Happy Birthday, dear Vim!

I hope this post finds you relaxing by a pool.  Or a lake.  Or some other body of tranquil water.  Or maybe just holding a glass of yummy cocktail.  I like liquid in a lot of forms.

This past summer, Older and I took a road trip to Fort Worth.  We stayed with some of our Favorite Friends and drove to Dallas in the mornings because Older was sch...

August 23, 2019

I promised Bustle that this next post would be about an amazing ravioli recipe I recently cooked. 

I lied.

Don’t get me wrong, I will get to that scrumptious, easy to prepare dinner, but right now I’d like to talk about something else.  Job searching.  Below are my expert guidelines for employers.  Please note all these examples are based on real-life experiences. Mine.

Vim’s Guidelines for Potential Employe...

August 13, 2019

Obviously, shopping for clothes is not new for me.  Nor is shopping for clothes online (as long as the return policy is good; I'm not paying $8.95 for the honor of trying on your stuff).   And I have long shopped Amazon for practically everything.  "I bought weed killer on Amazon this week," my friend, Sara, told me last night.  But I have not bought clothes on Amazon.  For one thing, the few times I've browsed, th...

Bustle and Vim finds itself amidst a treasure of Guest Bloggers this season!  Yay us!

My dear friend, Melissa, gave me State of Wonder by Ann Patchett with this review: "It's ... resplendent."  Whatever is going on in my life, there is always room for resplendent.

State of Wonder tells the story of Dr. Marina Singh, a researcher for a pharmaceutical company, who must journey deep into the Amazon to find the rogue Dr....

Happy Monday, Gentle Readers,

I think what this blog is currently lacking is Adventure.

And maybe some Bad-Assery.

"Ohmigosh, Bustle," you say, "Please, tell us this lacking will not continue a moment longer."


I've got a huge treat for you today.  In exchange for driving her son to church one day, my friend and Very Cool Reader, Jennifer is sharing her Absolutely True Adventure of Bad-Assery - Getting her Motorcy...

July 25, 2019

"Hmmm," you may be thinking to yourself, "Self, doesn't Bustle live in Houston?  And isn't it JULY?"

Indeed.  All the clues are there.  I'm wearing my cute summer daisy pants from Old Navy (these are awfully close, and they are on sale!)  And I've got my $5 rose gold flip flops from Rack Room Shoes - why are these the most comfortable?  And why didn't I buy two more pairs?

 And look - I'm wearing a Poppin'...

June 26, 2019

Summer, glorious summer, how I have longed for you.  My summer ode is a bit late due to my working a preschool summer camp, but I have arrived, at long last.

So, we all approach summer reading a little differently.  My friend, Mari, who teaches middle school English, does not read at all during the summer.  She has been reading essays on The Outsiders all year long and could do with a break, thank you very much...

June 7, 2019

Okay, as coached by Co-Worker Tanya, I will begin with the recipe.  But please remember what we always/now say here at Bustle and Vim: "Come for the recipe; stay for the story


1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 jar Apricot preserves (I like Bon Maman)

1/4 cup dried apric...

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