January 4, 2018

Happy New Year, my gentle readers!  And, please, Lord, let it be a good one!

My friend, Jenni, says that whatever you are doing on New Year's Day foretells how you will spend the next year.  This, after confessing she had spent the whole of the day binge watching 24 and feeling a little regretful.  Of course, this is a superstition, but still it influences me.

Driving home from visiting my husband's people over Chris...

October 9, 2017

And now for something completely different.

That was for Older, who is now into Monty Python.  Yes, apparently I'm raising one of those.

Ok, back to my something different.  This is actually a post I was working on before Harvey hit, but it was sidetracked for obvious reasons.  I'm going back to it because I just don't think anyone wants to hear more about Laundry: The Saga * (This will be the 3rd chapter in my...

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...

September 25, 2017

Firstly, I would like to thank all y'all Gentle Readers for your patience.  Hurricane Harvey has put me out of commission for a variety of reasons, not least of which is that we have had no internet for 2 weeks.  My sons had been doing fine with all the flood upheaval, but that's when they lost it - "Take me now, Lord," Younger shouted, looking heavenward when I explained that we would have no TV, no computer, no n...

August 30, 2017

Gah!  What a week!  I am, of course, referring to the season finale of Game of Thrones, which my husband pronounced "Meh."

I kid.

 I'm talking about Harvey, which has been a lot of things, none so nice as meh.  As I write this, I'm sitting in my own home again, and the power is back.  I took a shower this morning and put on some mascara.  Since I gave birth to my first child, my rules for Maintaining S...

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...

July 23, 2017

And so the theme this week continues to be FRIENDSHIP!  I have just finished reading Melanie Shankle's book, Nobody's Cuter Than You.  Apparently she and her best friends say this to each other when the other needs to hear it.  I wish I had thought up this marvelous phrase, it's so something I would say.  No, what I came up with, and this was years ago, was "You ROCK!"  It's not nearly so precious, but it's what ca...

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...

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