Letting go

Letting Go

My oldest graduated from high school at the beginning of June.  His final year of high school was challenging and it was a major relief, for both of us, that that time in his life is over.  Rather than jumping straight into college, he’s decided to take a semester off before deciding what to do next. During that time off, he wants to travel the world and have experiences that aren’t centered around academics.   Read more

Discovery Of Witches

A Discovery of Witches

Blurgh. I really wanted to enjoy A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness but I did not. It has some very good moments but overall it felt like a slog to the end. Here is a story wherein witches and vampires and daemons (pronounced like demon, that has always bothered me that there are two spellings that sound the same and Latin is probably to blame but there you go) are real and they all hate each other and it still manages to drag in places. Read more

Booking.com

Booking.com

I have booked a room while walking through Disneyland with a 4 year old in the stroller. That is no small feat made much easier by Booking.com. Maybe too easy. I have booked so many rooms at the last minute simply to avoid a long morning drive…it’s embarrassing, but true. Booking.com is up there with Venmo and Yelp as apps that have made my life easier. I used Booking to make the reservation for the hotel room I am sitting in as I am writing this. Six got food poisoning and spent Friday being violently ill and I knew I had to work this weekend but I also knew I didn’t want Six to have to go to his dad’s because he isn’t quite as comfortable there as he is at home. So I knew I needed a last minute reservation and there’s music festivals and BET Experience going on in Southern California this weekend and I thought, “Well, we’ll spend a nice weekend in Monrovia. It’ll be fine.” Then Booking had a room at the Westin Bonaventure a groovy hotel built in 1974 (and absolutely looks it) and I grabbed it! It is horribly expensive and I totally can’t afford it but I really wanted to work and I really didn’t want to stay in Monrovia (although Monrovia has a lovely Old Town and it would have been fine). Read more

Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf didn’t make fun of Huckabee-Sanders’ appearance, Wolf called her a liar to her face in front of hundreds of people. That is what made so many of us uncomfortable.

Here it is, in its entirety, Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

We think she killed it. You decide.

cherry pistachio biscotti recipe challenge

Cherry Pistachio Biscotti

As I write this, Felicia and I are eating these for a late breakfast in our hotel room. We are back to traveling for Persistiny. We gave up our office space. More on that later.

These cherry pistachio biscotti are easy to make and delicious. The only thing to really remember is make sure when you slice them they are only an inch thick. Read more

Suck it up buttercup

Suck it up, Buttercup

Six and I recently took a trip to visit family in Austin. We have only ever flown together once before and that was a nightmare best left unshared. I asked Older Son for some travel tips since he travels all the time for work and fun. Older Son is not one to give away his secret tips but he did give me a good one. He said that he often gets Southwest First Class and I said that isn’t a thing and he said that Southwest First Class is when you get either a row to yourself or the middle seat free. Read more

Savage Lovecast Podcast Love

Savage Love

I’ve been listening the the Savage Lovecast for years.  In fact, after This American Life, it’s one of the first podcasts I started listening to regularly.  If you’re not familiar with it, Dan Savage gives sex and relationship advice to callers on the weekly podcast.  For a middle aged, cisgendered, straight lady, these calls are what one might call “eye opening”. Read more

Raising boys

Raising Boys

Felicia has one son and I have two. Felicia has two daughters and I have none. Felicia has read many parenting books. I have read one parenting book, Dr. Spock. It was an older version I loaned to a friend of mine when Older Son was in 1st grade so it has been, hang on I have to do some math here…a long while since I read a parenting book. Read more

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Reading Challenge

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is so romantic! The story of a young man coming into his authentic self not only romantically but within all his relationships. Simon learns how to be his authentic self not only with his love interest but also with his friends and family. Read more

Pinterest Love

Pinterest

Oh Pinterest. What a time sink you are. And how I love you, mostly for leading me to Apartment Therapy home tours. I have to admit that I never look at Pinterest on my phone, it is laptop time sink only. And I mostly look at it when I am fooling myself that I am working. I am not.

The thing is, Pinterest has been useful. I needed an idea for how to corral Six’s art supplies and found a really good idea for an art cart. Here’s a funny story. When Six’s art supplies outgrew the art cart I gave the cart to Older Son who turned it into a bar. Read more