A beginning, a middle, and an end

Over the past year or so I have found myself craving the possibility of just getting things done, seeing progress, and having something to show for a few hours of work.  This doesn’t happen much in my day job. I’m posting these things here not to brag or to call myself skilled in any of […]

Because we have always done it this way.

My dad died in January of this year.  He was 92 years old.  My sister and brother and I wrote his obituary  and we did our best to capture not only the life he lived but how he lived it.  Buzz, as he was known to his friends, was quite a force to be reckoned with… […]

The news from here

It started with a pinch or a cramp under my ribs, and it ended with 6 weeks of medical leave.  What I thought was indigestion (this from the person who had never experienced heartburn before), and then later thought was a bug I had caught from a colleague who gave me a ride home that […]


Unidentified Frozen Objects.  My mom had them in her freezer,  I haz them in the bottom of my chest freezer.  So for dinner tonight I pulled out these five containers  and set them on the counter to thaw.  I have  NO IDEA  what is in them,  but hey, I enjoy a challenge. Plus, I don’t […]

Getting rid of the schtink of chlorine

Yeah, okay so I swim.  I enjoy it but I do not like carrying the schtink of chlorine around on me for an entire day.  I smell like a bottle of Clorox, especially on the days after they have “done a little cleaning” to the pool.  Bleech. I once had some really awesome walnut scrub […]

Feeding the kid

This is what breakfast looks like for the eating machine that is also know as my younger son.  Most mornings it is just waffles ( made from scratch because it is just as easy and way cheaper) and bacon.  Some days I go crazy (as I appear to have gone on this particular day) and […]


My siblings and I have divided the tasks that Mom and Dad need to have done, and I took on the paying of the bills.  I hate paying my own bills, so somehow there is a cruel irony in the fact that I am now in charge of paying their bills as well. And let […]


I go to Pilates classes 2-3 times a week.  I love my teacher ( she is ten years older than me and can easily whup me and everyone else in the room…damn) but her choice of music during class is dreadful.  Think of trying to do The Teaser or  One Hundreds during a medley of […]

Lowering the bar

Precisely one year ago today, Ryan and I thought it would be fun to participate in Inkygirl’s  “250 words a day” . I blogged about it here.   250 words seemed do-able, low stakes and possible. I was filled with hope, enthusiasm…even pluck. And then life got in the way. Although I did do my […]