Holiday Residue

There are a few things happening in my brain right now. 1) I’m sleepy.  It’s a half hour before I have to leave for work, and I am desperately fighting to be productive.  One load of laundry has been switched over.  Dishes have been loaded into the dishwasher.  Lunch has been put together.  I have…

Home Withdrawal Antidote

As you might expect, working 40 hours this week kept me busier than working on random projects from home for the past few months.  Not that I wasn’t busy, and not that I didn’t work.  (Like those double negatives?)  I just had a bunch of flexible time and very very happy feet.  My feet didn’t…

Holiday in the Woods

I certainly grew up in a family that liked to eat, but my husband’s family is all about the Thanksgiving feast in a way that my family never was.  There are about 10 side dishes and leftovers for every branch of the family to take home.  It’s kind of amazing. So that’s what I’ve been up…

Cooking for Other Folks

My family goes out to eat with guests sometimes instead of cooking.  It saves prep time and dishes and stress, and I totally appreciate that.  Oddly enough, there’s also some sort of link between proximity to my house and going out instead of cooking.  Come to think of it, I’m not sure if I’ve ever…

December Decisions

It recently came to my attention that my family intends to spend Christmas in Colorado, which makes sense.  Two of the five in question live there, and the other three know where to find good snow in December.  Unfortunately, my Colorado plans for the year don’t include December. I was really sad about that at…

Show and Tell

Mountains are pretty awesome, and my niece is pretty cute.  That’s my thesis.  Here is my first piece of evidence: That’s great, right?  But not as adorable as this: If you have a niece who’s that cute and that sad, you naturally want to help.  I thought that sitting with her and chatting might do…

Long Drives, Weddings, and Other Things

Okay, I’m back from my giant vacation, also known as 3 days off.  Unfortunately for you, there were about a trillion small things going through my head on the trip.  I’ll try to keep the random thoughts to a minimum.  The one-sentence summary is that mountains and corn fields still make me happy, I still…