Classic Imperfect Happiness: Mining Meaning

Lately I’ve been thinking even more than usual about what it is I’m passionate about. I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post about this, but it turns out I already did, way back in December 2010. I’ve changed a bit since then; for example, with the help of one particularly understanding friend, I’ve made greatContinue reading “Classic Imperfect Happiness: Mining Meaning”

Fun Month Review: Fun in Unexpected Places

Fun month hasn’t been a laugh riot or anything, but it has helped me to be ready for fun whenever it might happen. Sometimes it’s taking a moment to listen to my daughter talking with my husband about college. My daughter (who’s 5 1/2 years old and has been reading a lot of wildlife books)Continue reading “Fun Month Review: Fun in Unexpected Places”

No More Emotional Pink Bellies

I’ve been kind of freaking out and overwhelmed the past couple of weeks. I mean, contemplating moving my family into an RV might, under the right circumstances, be a bold yet totally reasonable and right choice for my family. But I realize that I wasn’t entertaining the idea because I’d reasoned it out and decidedContinue reading “No More Emotional Pink Bellies”

Breakfast for Dinner

We waited all day for the snow to start. I don’t know why, but something about waiting and waiting for snow made the day just drag on and on. That and the even-more-futile-than-usual task of trying to clean up the house. Entropy just got the better of us. I gave in, quit trying to clean,Continue reading “Breakfast for Dinner”

Reducing Clutter Without Alienating our Relatives

You may have noticed that I’m thinking a lot about reducing the amount of stuff in my home. I’ve mentioned how the amount of stuff coming in during the holidays has really thrown me for a loop. Apparently, I’m not alone. (Actually, if I’ve learned anything since I started blogging, I’ve learned that I rarelyContinue reading “Reducing Clutter Without Alienating our Relatives”

Review: Horror Story And Other Horror Stories by Robert Boyczuk

Horror Story And Other Horror Stories by Robert Boyczuk My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend bought this for me, I think because of the hours we devoted in our misspent youth to discussing horror films. Since having kids, I’m not as enthusiastic about horror as I once was (I seem to be moreContinue reading “Review: Horror Story And Other Horror Stories by Robert Boyczuk”

An Embarrassment of Riches

This is an addendum to my RV post from yesterday. My husband asked me why we couldn’t just declutter without moving into an RV. A decent question, with a simple answer: because we can’t. I mean, clearly, if we have the space, we find a way to fill it. So it seems to me theContinue reading “An Embarrassment of Riches”

That’s It. I’m Buying an RV.

OK, not really. I’ve found myself recently looking wistfully at the blogs of RVing families, like The Happy Janssens and The Ticknor Tribe, imagining what it would be like to sell everything we own and move into an RV. Aside from the fact that neither my husband nor I have any practical skills that could bringContinue reading “That’s It. I’m Buying an RV.”

Cinnamon Rolls and Ugly Eggs: My Morning in Pictures

My husband took the kids to the playground and then out to lunch in advance of the snow storm this afternoon. I dedicated my alone time to preparing and eating food and getting dough on the camera. First, I made Ugly Eggs. My preferred breakfast is one that I can make with whatever I happenContinue reading “Cinnamon Rolls and Ugly Eggs: My Morning in Pictures”

Week 21 Review: The Satisfaction of Pop-Culture Exegesis, or The Unexamined Simpsons Episode is Not Worth Watching

It’s become a bit of a family tradition for us to watch “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the first Simpsons Christmas special and the first full-length episode to air (way back in 1989). I practically know the episode by heart, but each year another little tidbit stands out to me. The portion that’s gotContinue reading “Week 21 Review: The Satisfaction of Pop-Culture Exegesis, or The Unexamined Simpsons Episode is Not Worth Watching”