Ask and Ye Shall Receive

This morning we called my dad, put him on speakerphone, and sang “Happy Birthday.” Which would have been great, had it actually been his birthday. Oops. So we were a day off. In my defense, January 11 was my grandmother’s birthday (RIP), and my dad’s is the 12th. I could never quite get those twoContinue reading “Ask and Ye Shall Receive”

NNWM/1: And So It Begins

It’s the stroke of midnight on November 1, and I have officially kicked off NaNoWriMo. In style, I might add. I am holed up in a vintage trailer on the Washington coast, with my favorite music playing and a lineup of Day of the Dead candles burning festively, putting me in the Halloween spirit. It’sContinue reading “NNWM/1: And So It Begins”

Huckleberry Haul

Recently, Tara and I were in an upscale grocery store in NE Portland. She’d grabbed several pricey bars of dark chocolate and, suddenly worried that she might be spending too much money, turned to me and said, “Do you think it’s ridiculous to spend $16 on chocolate?” Glancing at the expensive tins of Jacobsen seaContinue reading “Huckleberry Haul”

Bad News: I Lost the Election

I am sad to report that my last-minute campaign during Washington’s primary last week was unsuccessful. I┬álost my bid to become┬áthe Evergreen State’s newest Commissioner of Public Lands. What’s that? You had no idea I was running for public office? Neither did I, right up until the day of the election. My coworker, Kimberly, wasContinue reading “Bad News: I Lost the Election”

Ohanapecosh, By Gosh!

I have, in the past, lamented over the fact that technology is taking over the world. I’ve mentioned how I wish we could go back in time to those carefree days where a “smartphone” was considered one that had buttons to push rather than a rotary dial, and a “web domain” was simply the homeContinue reading “Ohanapecosh, By Gosh!”

Breaking Down the Fourth Wall

I’ve never been a good sick person. Then again, if you talk to most women, they’d say the same thing about the men in their lives. So really, I’m just perpetuating the stereotype. Go, me. In any case, a week ago I came down with a bad cold [I don’t know what the medical definitionContinue reading “Breaking Down the Fourth Wall”