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The Dress Brought Out My Insecurities

A couple came to Purim dressed as The Dress. The man was wearing it in white and gold and his wife was wearing it in blue and black. It, of course, triggered a sharing moment through the congregation: “how did you see The Dress?” Blue and black. When it first popped up in my Facebook […]

Lost Items

The piece I was writing needed a visual example, and I thought to myself that this ink drawing I made back in graduate school would be perfect.  It was the sketch for an intaglio I never made.  I left my computer and went down in the basement to grab the pad so I could scan […]

Yes, We’re Reading Harry Potter 7

I am, once again, eating my words.  Remember how I said that we were a long way from starting Harry Potter 7?  Yeah, not so much.  Our plan had been to read the His Dark Materials trilogy next, but the ChickieNob started getting stressed about spoilers.  A lot of their friends were reading book 7, […]

#MicroblogMondays 27: Clutter

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I save too much stuff.  It’s time for a massive decluttering.  I need to go through the drawers, go through the cabinets, clear out the storage room.  I need to admit that oversized sweaters from […]

Pi Day 2015

March 14th is always Pi Day, but this year is special.  Especially at 9:26 AM (and 53 seconds).  Because the first 10 digits of pi will all play out in listing the time: 3.141592653.  Get it?  March (3) 14th (14) 2015 (15) at 9:26 (926) and 53 seconds (53). I don’t really have a bucket […]

534th Friday Blog Roundup

March’s IComLeavWe list opened this morning. I didn’t want that to get lost in the shuffle since this post pushed that one down on the screen. So sign up, making a commitment to comment more for one week.  Seven measly days.  You can do it. Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be […]

IComLeavWe: March 2015

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a […]

The Deep Future

Not to continue on the morbid streak, but Pamela Jeanne sent me an article from NPR that I’ve been thinking a lot about, too.  It’s on historical preservation; not just the stuff that we know is important in the moment, that we immediately put behind a glass case.  But the things that we think we […]

Wastes of Time

I was sad to read Oliver Sack’s piece in the New York Times about his terminal cancer diagnosis.  I’ve enjoyed his books, and it’s always moving to read someone write about the end of their life. There were a few sentences near the middle of the piece that gave me pause: I feel a sudden […]

#MicroblogMondays 26: Repetition

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. There were a few things in the Rosie Project that hit close to home.  One was a thought on page 173 about repetition: “I settled on Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty.  With the repeat button […]

Mental Sampler

Am I the only person who wishes the new Blogger captcha checkbox that says “I am not a robot” also came with an option that said “I AM a robot?”  Because… you know… for the robots. The twins have settled on their science fair project.  It was one of those whiny negotiations where they […]

533rd Friday Blog Roundup

The very end of the [mouse] tail… tale. The exterminator found a dead mouse in the attic in the trap that Josh set at the beginning of the week.  And then, that evening, while we were watching the end of the very intense episode of Sherlock, a mouse died in the kitchen.  Josh went to […]

Mother’s Day in February

The first Mother’s Day pitches arrived on February 16th.  February 16th. 83 days. One day shy of 12 weeks. Pitches.  As in, 3 pitches dedicated to Mother’s Day all came on the 16th, amid all the other PR pitches. This is unconscionable; even in a world controlled by the market, where businesses need to glom […]

As Quiet as a Mouse

This is the end of the story. We now know that it was a mouse. The mouse watched me work.  He stood in the doorway, at the mouth of the kitchen, and watched until I felt something staring at me and I turned around.  I immediately jumped onto the sofa, shrieking.  The mouse stared […]

Animals in the Attic

I woke up at 5:30 in the morning because of a scratching sound above my head, coming from the attic.  It sounded like a squirrel trying to stack acorns.  Which is different from the time that it sounded as if a serial killer was dismembering a corpse in our attic.  Still, as much as I […]

#MicroblogMondays 25: What’s That Smell?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Bad smells: any and all perfume, lavender, vanilla, chamomile, flowers. Good smells: bleach, my detergent, my soap, bookstores. Can you tell that I just had to spend time in a too warm space with a […]

Realizations and Questions

I wash my hair every morning.  It’s the only way to make it look decent. One morning last week, I was having a great hair moment and decided not to wash it during my shower.  I threw on a shower cap (I know, so hot) and did the rest of the washing up.  And then […]

532nd Friday Blog Roundup

It’s Friday the 13th.  I don’t know if there’s much more to say about it than that. I’m sort of surprised that so many people who answered the meme put the unicorn before their most prized possession.  They were prepared to resent the unicorn for the rest of their life, but they weren’t prepared […]

Blogging Cupid

I’m not really a fan of Valentine’s Day.  As I’ve said before, I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day; I’m just not pro-Valentine’s Day.  I think of it in the same way as Arbor Day — a holiday that exists on the calendar, but I don’t do anything to mark it. I was watching the twins fill out […]

The Quest You Get

I’m still reading the Magician King, the second book in Lev Grossman’s trilogy, and there was a line that gave me pause, especially in regards to our very real, very unmagical world. It, of course, made me think about infertility, but it’s applicable no matter what you’re dealing with in life. On page 227, Quentin […]

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