Melissa Scott

Melissa Scott

A few weeks ago we were talking about reading. I couldn’t decide who my talent crush was so I picked two books and one sort of type of book.

Wait, I have to go upstairs and grab the second book. I cleaned off my desk a week ago and took the book back upstairs. I don’t think I like living in a house with two floors. Hang on.

Well shit, now I can’t find it.

Okay, I got it. Sheesh. It’s a disaster up there. Read more

Tomato and Avocado Salad

Tomato and Avocado Salad

This week I make Contessa Garten’s Tomato and Avocado Salad mostly because I have a bunch of avocados in the house. Also, this is probably the last hurrah for tomatoes. I changed the onion to shallot since raw onions give me heartburn.

I would say onions give me heartburn because I am old but raw onions have been giving me heartburn since I was in my mid-thirties.

And no, mid thirties is not old. Read more

Unpaid Labor

Unpaid Labor

It has occurred to me, possibly too late, that maybe we should have made our blog about simple ideas.  Like how much we like frozen yogurt. Or how bad my knees hurt when I wear high heeled shoes.

See what I did there?  Stalling.  I want to talk about unpaid labor.  It’s so important we started a business that puts unpaid labor as its central concern.  And here I am having a very hard time figuring out how to talk about it.

The unpaid labor I have performed throughout my life has been a source of enduring pride and joy.  It has also had a severely negative impact on my marriage and my self-esteem.  It has given me hours of laughter and shenanigans with my two sons.  It has given me hours of arguments with my spouse.  It has made me wonder if I have wasted the past 23 years of my life.  It has given and it has taken away. Read more

superpowers

Superpowers

‘Tis the season of superheroes in my household.  We’ve seen the new “Incredibles 2” movie a handful of times this summer, and my kids love to watch YouTube videos of hypothetical matchups between superheroes that wouldn’t otherwise run into each other.  Did you ever wonder if the Hulk could take down Wonder Woman? Me neither, but plenty of people have their arguments for each side. Read more

No One Cares About Crazy People book cover

No One Cares About Crazy People

No One Cares About Crazy People is not and was not meant to be an easy read.

It is the story of one family’s struggle with schizophrenia as well as a wider history of mental health care in western culture. Read more

Kristen Bell Talent Crush

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell tells the story of how her mom sat her down and told her if she ever feels sad and dark to get help. She obviously tells it better than that but it’s her story so please watch here or read here or both. Read more

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Six decided he wanted to learn how to make chocolate chip cookies. I love having kids, they come up with the best ideas! Breaking with using only Contessa Garten’s recipes, we will be using the classic Toll House cookie recipe. I have made it a million times. Familiarity with a recipe will help me deal gently with having Six in the kitchen. Read more

Nervous Breakdown

Nervous Breakdown

When I was 25 I had a nervous breakdown. I don’t know if that is what they are called anymore. I hope not. It’s a mean phrase.

I’d been married a year and Older Son was three and I just lost it. I ended up in the ER on an EKG machine. When it turned out I wasn’t having a heart attack, the ER doctor gave me a handful of Ativan and sent me home with instructions to see my doctor.

I don’t have the words to describe what a dark and difficult time that was. Read more

Persistiny swag

SWAG!

Swag! It used to be the only swag I liked was a free pen. Everything else irritated me. I received two shopping totes in one day last week and donated both of them. I look dumb in baseball hats because (through no fault of my own) I have a big head and I look like that kid in the Hey Arnold! cartoons when I wear them.  Tshirts? Not unless they are low necked and dark colored. And there should be a law banning me from wearing polo shirts. Polypropylene tote bags, flash drives, stress balls? Nope. Nope. Nope.

So when we talked about things to put our logo on, I was stumped. Read more

The Life-changing magic of tidying up book cover

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

What hasn’t been said about this book and the movement it spawned? Did The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up change my life?

No. My willingness to read the book and follow its direction helped prepare me for the divorce and subsequent move that would change my life and for that I am grateful. Genuine value resides in the ideas and methods put forth by Marie Kondo. I particularly responded to two ideas. Read more