Things are Not Ideal

I had been looking forward to Saturday night because M was coming home from college — yay! But then on Saturday morning, Cute W tested positive for Covid. He’d been exposed through work — all of our household near misses have been because of his work — and had tested negative enough times that we … [Read more…]

Our Yummiest Vegetable Sides. Plus One Fruit.

Ah, vegetables. We have a few beloved salad recipes that are included my big recipe round-up, and our salsa recipe is a favorite. Cute W has been obsessed with making pico de gallo ever since we adopted this vegetarian meal. And I have some super-easy vegetable sides that I’ll whip up quickly to make sure … [Read more…]

DIY Dermatology

Not too terribly long ago, someone in our family felt the need for a bit of dermatological assistance. There was some “maskcne” and overall, we had to concede that things were a little rough. We made an appointment, got some advice, and now they are back to delightfully dewy and glowing splendor. Recently, I was … [Read more…]

Nice Fights

Long, long ago I mentioned that on those rare days when my kids would act truly awful and I’d maintain my cool, it felt like one of the most supremely awesome triumphs in my world. I would feel downright heroic. Now that they are (shockingly enough) 17 and 19, that hardly ever happens, just because … [Read more…]

Yummy Eats Down South & A Minor Rant

We once again traveled to Savannah for the Savannah Book Festival, and along with seeing family and checking out some great authors’ talks, we enjoyed delicious food along the way. As soon as H knew that we were planning a trip to Savannah, she put in a request to go to downtown Savannah to eat … [Read more…]

And Crotchety

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty old I’ve got an empty nest looming ever closer and kids who are practically adults. In our neighborhood, I’ll walk around and see the parents walking their preschoolers and toddlers and I realized that I’m one of the old neighbors now. When we first moved into this house, a college … [Read more…]

Attempting to Get Organized

I know that there’s this whole obsessive subculture in which people enjoy taking their groceries and re-homing every ingredient in their house into beautiful minimalist packaging (which some people love and some people hate). I understand the appeal, but I just can’t get over how comically unrealistic they are, at least to me.. Specifically, I … [Read more…]

Little Local Treats

I was walking around Hannaford and saw these: And my first thought was, “How did it take this long for capitalism to come up with this idea? These airplane spoons have been begging to be made for years and years!” On Saturday, Cute W and I took a little walk around the neighborhood and stumbled … [Read more…]

Puzzles

Hey, guess what I did for the first time in years? I went to the theater! There are a heck of a lot of cranky anti-vaxxers whining in the comments of the Proctors Facebook page, but Cute W and I were super-glad about their proof-of-vaccination-and-masking-required policy. I wrote a review of Come From Away which … [Read more…]

Happy Book Surprises

After a pandemic hiatus, I am thrilled to plan a trip back to the Savannah Book Festival. I am a teensy bit nervous, and I might choose which authors to watch based on the sparsest and most well-ventilated venues. However, I love that they’re requiring vaccinations and/or negative tests and masks. And because I am … [Read more…]