July 19, 2009

Men’s Fashion Choices, and Where Were the Women Who Claim To Love Them?

You may have noticed that I have a somewhat morbid fascination with the fashion choices people make and how they choose to present themselves to the world.  MORE →

July 6, 2009

Fashion On Parade

There I was, minding my own Fourth of July parade business, snapping photos of monster trucks and juggling pirates on the village insurance guy’s float when I saw him. He couldn’t wait to see what was coming next… MORE →

June 15, 2009

Brace Yourself

Some people say I’m a good photographer. I’m not. I’m naughty… MORE →

June 14, 2009

Cell Phone Etiquette, Part 2

Until recently, I didn’t realize what the fuss was all about. Why are people so upset about fellow diners using their cell phones in restaurants? Inevitably there are people chatting with one another at every table anyway, and nobody seems to get their knickers in a twist about that. That was until yesterday… MORE →

June 13, 2009

The Painter

Once upon a time there was a young artist whose talent was evident from even the earliest days at the finger painting station in kindergarten. It was really something to watch those fat little fingers flying from the blue tempura powder bucket to the red to the yellow. Grand sweeping arcs of color were followed… MORE →

June 11, 2009

Beauty Tortureware

The instructions said that immediately after applying mascara, one should carefully place the comb AT THE BASE OF ONE’S EYELASHES while the mascara was still wet and brush out to the tips. I want baby-clean extendo-lashes just like the next girl, so I tried it. Once… MORE →

June 10, 2009

Letting Jafar Have His Way With My Head

Looking effortlessly elegant takes an obscene amount of work. This is true for all women, but it has even more impact on those of us born with ambivalent hair. Take my head, for instance… MORE →

June 7, 2009

Surprised by Mennonites

People I expect to see shopping in Carmel: wealthy women who are so thin they need to run around in the shower to get wet, and wealthy bored men. People I don’t expect to see shopping in Carmel… MORE →

June 7, 2009


We’re hoping we can make some money on this someday. Of course, right now we don’t have a freakin’ clue what that would look like. That’s not the sort of disclosure that builds credibility, I know, but we don’t care… MORE →

May 31, 2009

Learning To Play

It seems easy enough when you watch other people do it.One just casually places the soft pads of one’s fingertips gently on the sweet spots on the neck. The other hand strums and plucks with confidence. Steel laughs and hums… MORE →

May 25, 2009

Griddle Girl Rides Again

I have rediscovered the joys of making pancakes. It’s been a while, but I’m back in the griddle. Part of it is that I have the right equipment. The new cast iron scorcher and I have finally reached detente: I have agreed not to overheat its saucy bottom, and it has signed up for the breakfast… MORE →

May 23, 2009

The Green Queen

I am not green, yet. At work today, I threw a personal-sized water bottle in the black bucket when the blue bucket was sitting right there beside it. This does not mean I’m a bad person. I took it back out and put it in the blue bucket… MORE →

May 17, 2009

Dim Sum Touches Heart

It’s an incredible heart joy to stumble on a little authentic taste of home when you’re in a foreign country. The unexpected whiff of fresh Johnnycake… the first flaky bite of tortiere on Christmas Eve… the scent of fresh-from-the-fryer poutine…. MORE →

May 13, 2009

The Gripper

Spoiler warning: This post contains very girly concepts. If you’re likely to break out in a rash at such ickiness, bail out now and come back on Sunday… MORE →

May 11, 2009

The Cheese Kid

We wandered in and weren’t five steps across the threshold before The Cheese Kid was unwrapping the cellophane off of half a wheel of some cheese so creamy and delicate he didn’t cut it: he scraped off two glistening pearls on to the sides of a wide knife… MORE →

May 3, 2009

How Not To Look Old

I’m just going to have to get the ugly facts on the table right up front. I have bought and read the book How Not To Look Old. I love it… MORE →