Buying Happiness & Other Coping Mechanisms

When I was feeling particularly high-stress just after the election, I went into a bit of an Advent calendar frenzy. I had been thinking, vaguely, that an Advent calendar would be a nice teensy surprise in these days that often run together, and then I found out that Aldi, which is known for their Advent … [Read more…]

Gap Year Phase 3

I’ve told you about M’s Gap Year Phase 1, where she worked for the census, and Phase 2, an attempt at farm work followed by a trip to NYC. And now–for as long as it lasts–it’s Phase 3: working at Breckenridge resort in Colorado. So… this whole COVID-with-a-graduate thing has been… a journey. M’s college, … [Read more…]

Meanwhile, in the Kitchen

The last time I started writing a post, it was all about election anxiety including possibly too much information about how this anxiety was manifesting as multiple physical symptoms and, well, I just decided to set it aside. And now, after a deep breath, here’s some kitchen stuff. First, I need to thank my sister … [Read more…]

Scary Season

Happy November! I meant to do an update before Halloween, but things got away from me. We generally have TONS of kids on our street for Halloween, and we didn’t know how this year would go. But we wanted to be prepared and COVID-responsible. So we repurposed the Cat Castle ramp (which the kitties never … [Read more…]