House update: one headboard, two desks, one table and the best backpack ever

House update: one headboard, two desks, one table and the best backpack ever

When I have the pleasure of seeing some of you in real life, you often ask “How is the house?” The short answer is that the house is good. But if the question is “How is the house coming along?”…

Souper Tuesday: Vegetable Soup (and more)

Souper Tuesday: Vegetable Soup (and more)

How is it already Tuesday again? I’m glad it is, because that means it’s Souper Tuesday, and that forces me to figure out in advance what I’m making for dinner tonight. However, I’m currently having trouble putting a sentence together,…

In Dog vs. Toddler, nobody wins

In Dog vs. Toddler, nobody wins

The other day I told Pat that we should have gotten holiday card pictures out of the way before all the chapping set in. For the last month, our family has been playing a perpetual game of hot potato with…

Souper Tuesday: Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Souper Tuesday: Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

If anyone were to ask Pat and me about our secret to a happy marriage (they haven’t), surely one of us would borrow this line from Best in Show: “We both love soup.” (Not to mention talking or not talking.) I love…

Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day

Last night, after reminding Noah that he didn’t have school today, I tried to explain the meaning of Veteran’s Day. I told him that his Grandpa had served in a war, and that his Pop Pop had lost a brother…

Possum come a-knockin': a story of cooking nostalgia (and horror)

Possum come a-knockin’: a story of cooking nostalgia (and horror)

One thing I haven’t written much about is cooking. It’s a shame, because I really enjoy it. And since I haven’t been working, I’ve actually managed to cook most days (it’s one of the few “Happiness Commandments” I’ve actually gotten…

The tears of a clown: a home decorating update

The tears of a clown: a home decorating update

The rug came for the living room. It didn’t work. That is all.

The Cult of the Clearance Rack (or, if you can't have the thing you love, love the thing you're with)

The Cult of the Clearance Rack (or, if you can’t have the thing you love, love the thing you’re with)

Rory on a rug hunt at the store I had to leave in cheapskate shame. I bought a rug Saturday night. After two hours scrolling through the endless selection on Overstock.com, I reached the point where sleep could no longer…

Pigpen's Ghost

Pigpen’s Ghost

If you’re anything like me, today you’re downing your 4th cup of coffee, looking out the window at the soggy spiderwebs sagging in your trees and breathing a sigh of relief that Halloween is over. Halloween 2013. Featuring Noah as…