Yesterday my kids had one final day off of school and we celebrated by getting up early and sitting in an alley next to a dumpster for an hour and a half while waiting for my daughter’s dance school to open. It was the first day that we were allowed to sign up for the [...]
Mixer Monday may be misguided. For example, we made pies last week. And, because we used the mixer, the crusts were simpler and tastier than they had ever been before. In fact, it cut the crust making time in half and those crusts rolled out like a dream. But you know what? Who cares. We [...]
Saturday was a marathon, busy from 7:00 AM until nearly midnight. So, to compensate, we did next to nothing on Sunday. The kids watched a movie in the living room while my husband and I watched football in the bedroom. After a while we heard, “Daddy!” It was our daughter. She’s very aware about to [...]
Earthquake shoes. Not to be confused with Earth Shoes, those inversely contoured clogs available only at Whole Foods between the colon cleanses and hemp purses. Last night I drove my husband’s car to an event twenty miles from the house. I picked up my keys and unceremoniously grabbed my sneakers out of my car and [...]
Just picking up the pieces this morning. Playing catch up. Halloween. Kids loved their costumes, scored an entire pillowcases full of candy, and no one tripped on a root and fell. A wild success. I’m now officially the last person on the internet to give a Halloween update. The Firehouse. The guys eventually did call [...]
In my world, baking is the first thing moved to the pending section of the to do list. To do list? Todo list? To-do list? What is it? At any rate, my baby has a sinus infection and all of my baking time was spent in the doctor’s waiting room. A couple of prescriptions later [...]
I have some early settler tendencies. I bake bread, usually kneading it by hand because, well, there is no reason. It’s in the same category as… It’s in the same category as nothing. It’s perfectly acceptable to use the mixer or food processor to knead your dough, but hand kneading feels more authentic for some [...]
It’s hard to hate whimsy. There simply isn’t enough there. Go ahead, hate poverty, smoking or Christmas. All three of those things have weight. They call for extreme emotions. But whimsy? There’s nothing there. It’s a breeze. A puff. A piece of lint. But, whimsy. I hate whimsy. Although, apparently not entirely because I bought [...]
The temperature dropped. This is a good thing. It allows us to ease up on the sunscreen, just a bit. Yesterday I stood with three mothers at school pick up, trying to determine why 50 degrees in Southern California is colder than 30 degrees anywhere else. This is true. We’re all from other places and [...]
This isn’t about people who are deeply affected by the weather, clinically affected. This is just about those who don’t like the damn rain. And those who are the opposite of them. When I graduated from college, I focused on two cities: Los Angeles and New York. This was in April 1997. That spring, in [...]
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