Stop me Before I Blanch Again

When I post to this blog, I usually do so with the faith that someone else out there is thinking/feeling/doing the same thing, or that at least you might find it amusing to read about what I’m thinking/feeling/doing even if (or especially if) it’s a little off the wall. But I recognize that there isContinue reading “Stop me Before I Blanch Again”

Dollhouse Dilemma

It’s not really a dilemma. I just like alliteration. It’s more just mixed feelings about this PlanToys Green Dollhouse on Franklin Goose. I love the idea of a dollhouse. When I was a kid, I loved arranging the little furniture and playing with the little people, and imagining I lived in the little house. AsContinue reading “Dollhouse Dilemma”

Week 17 Review: Utah Snow versus Ohio Snow

Earlier this week, we had a blizzard. It was windy and snowy for about an hour and then it was pretty much done. I was in a few blizzards in Ohio when I lived there, and this one wasn’t much like those. I hear Utah doesn’t usually get blizzards, so perhaps it’s just out ofContinue reading “Week 17 Review: Utah Snow versus Ohio Snow”

A Warning Unheeded

One of the things I didn’t realize I would get when I signed up for NaNoWriMo was a pep talk from Lemony Snicket. Lemony Snicket, possibly the most ill-fated writer ever born. He took time out from his busy schedule of running away from ill-intentioned people in quest of unpleasant truths he will likely wishContinue reading “A Warning Unheeded”

Split Pea Soup with Fresh Peas and Potatoes

(NaNoWriMo Day 26 Word Count: 48,072.) We loved this soup. Well, the rest of the family liked it and ate it, but I loved it. I ate it for lunch for three days, and I was sad when it was gone. But then, I have a pretty emotional relationship with soup. The way I made this, itContinue reading “Split Pea Soup with Fresh Peas and Potatoes”

Book Review: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book reminds me of both Brothers by Yu Hua and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, which Shteyngart mentions in the course of the story. It shares with these other two books a similar sense of confusion andContinue reading “Book Review: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart”

Thanksgiving NaNoWriMo Update

NaNoWriMo Day 25 Word Count: 45,564 Only 4,436 more words to go until I reach my goal! At this point, I’m just focusing on reaching 50,000 words, not on “finishing” my novel. I don’t feel near done with it. I’ve been writing around the turning point of the story for the past week and amContinue reading “Thanksgiving NaNoWriMo Update”

Wait, Do I Like Cooking?

NaNoWriMo Day 24 Word Count: 43,589 I’ve got a homemade Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie and homemade Pumpkin Pepper Hummus hanging out in the fridge with the store-bought veggie tray and whipped topping (both dairy and non). I’ve got a from-scratch gluten-free, dairy-free apple pie baking away in the oven. I’ve got cranberries waiting toContinue reading “Wait, Do I Like Cooking?”

Weather Report and Word Count

NaNoWriMo Day 23 Word Count: 41,866 Weather Report: Snowy. But it’s not like the blizzards I’ve been in before. It’s still snowing, but the wind’s died down to basically nothing. Not that I’m complaining. I’m likely to need to do some negotiating tomorrow between the daughter who hates to be cold and the son whoContinue reading “Weather Report and Word Count”

We’ve Nothing to Fear but an Overactive Amygdala

NaNoWriMo Day 22 word count: 40,141 This morning, during our daily “Good Morning” phone call (my husband goes to work before the kids and I wake up), my husband expressed concern about some things he’d read in the New York Times. “There’s a lot of fear in the articles I read today,” he said. He wentContinue reading “We’ve Nothing to Fear but an Overactive Amygdala”