May 25, 2020

I have my friend Andrea to thank for dragging me out of my quarantine doldrums, and giving me a task with meaning and purpose.  Introducing: Baking For Good!

She had the genius idea to take all that stress-baking and sourdough-humble-bragging that's filling our social feeds, and put it to good use: to host an online auction/virtual bake sale to raise money for the Central Texas Food Bank.  But she needed a tech-savv...

April 29, 2020

Hello, fellow quarantiners!  Are you having a hard time not letting the days just kind of drift by in a hazy yet absurdist wave of naps, Netflix, Zoom meetings, day drinking, and... more naps?  If so, and according to the internet, you are not alone.  If you happen to be like me, and are unemployed during this quarantine, it can be hard to keep track of the days, stay productive, and maybe, occasionally put on real...

I keep calling our current Shelter in Place situation by the wrong name; I find myself saying House Arrest.

What a treat I have for you today!  My dear friend, Angela Bell, is guest blogging.  Angela is a professor of American history, specializing in Antebellum Religious History, which has led to some truly eye opening discussions over lunch (I had no idea about the Oneida Community; I thought they just made cutler...

March 25, 2020

Well, Gentle Readers, these are hard times.

Last week was my official Spring Break.  It started breaking down after Monday, what with college visits needing to be cancelled and restaurants closing.   And now, like many of you, I am home.

Until I go to the grocery store.  And stare at the empty shelves where flour and yeast used to be.  Has everyone decided that in Hard Times, they must now bake their own br...

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 19, 2018

Thank you so much for your interest in taking on the role Production Assistant for (my company’s) upcoming world premiere of (current production).  You have asked what the job entails and I am only too happy to share that information with you, as it is a very valid question!  I don’t have an exact job description on hand, and realized now would be a great time to write all this out for the next time you, or some ot...

August 10, 2018

Hello!  From out of the darkness, it is I, Vim, returning to you from what has been a harrowing six months of anxiety, depression, and (only good thing) unexpected weight loss.  I don’t mean to brag, but apparently, what 2 years of a low-carb diet, more salads than I want to think about, and regular exercise couldn’t accomplish - a case of the real hard sads handled neatly in 5 months...on MOSTLY CARBS.  My endocri...

June 9, 2018

Isn't that a dramatic title?  The End of an Era...  what era, you might ask?  Well, it's one of my eras, in fact.  Younger, my youngest son, finished 5th grade a week ago.  I refuse to say graduate.  5th Grade Graduation.  That is absurd.  The only event more ridiculous is graduation from pre-school.  Let's save the word graduate for something bigger.

And yet, and yet.  The en...

May 15, 2018

Younger joined the Scouts this Spring.  I was thinking next year, but apparently that means Spring in Boy Scout-ese.  He's been wanting to do this for years.  I'm a terrible mom - I didn't let him join during his elementary school years.  Older had been a Cub Scout and had not enjoyed it because after being in school all day, now he was spending the evening sitting quietly while adults talked.  Plus, it just seemed...

January 19, 2018

Gentle Readers, you who have been with me as the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey filled my home, listened to my bemoaning of having to move out, and the Laundry Chronicles, GOOD NEWS!  We are home!

Sort of.

Home is not quite finished.  Which I did not quite realize until last Saturday morning when Luis & Co. of Three Men Movers schlepped my stuff from my rental home 2 blocks to my home-home and then collided with th...

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