Monthly Archive: November 2010

Lessons on Dying 10

Lessons on Dying

I’m reading Cutting For Stone for book club. In it, a character mentions losing a parent after a long illness and that the parent first taught him how to live, and that now they were teaching him how to die. When Dad was in hospice, the counselor on site (Who – coincidentally – knew my parents when they were married.) told my brother and I the same thing. The last lesson a sick parent can teach their child is how to die. I thought about it a lot at the time, as Dad was dying, and have returned to that...

Speaking of… 24

Speaking of…

Entertainment Weekly told me (and me – personally – you know) that Matched by Ally Condie could be the next Hunger Games. It’s another dystopian YA series that has already been sold for film rights even though it doesn’t hit shelves until tomorrow. While I truly loved 80% of the Hunger Games series, the last 1/3rd of the last book kinda rubbed me wrong (another entry for another day) so I’m not jumping on this recommendation with rabid excitement, but I will be reading it as soon as I finish my current book club book. Just wanted to share the...

Black hair, Photos, and Mutating Laundry. The usual post-Thanksgiving blog entry. 11

Black hair, Photos, and Mutating Laundry. The usual post-Thanksgiving blog entry.

The black hair from my Bellatrix getup is washing out slowly as indicated by a subtle gray stream of water down the drain every time I shower. As many of you know, I quit using shampoo on my hair in 2003 after learning how bad soaps are for curly and severely dry hair. (And to answer your questions: No. I’ve never had oily hair. Not before I quit using shampoo or since.) So, since I do want the color to fade out eventually, I’m using a very mild baby shampoo on my hair periodically. This, I think, is making my...

On the road again… 20

On the road again…

We’re hitting the road today to Slidell, LA. I wasn’t asked to cook anything specifically for Thanksgiving dinner, there’s always plenty of food. However, I am bringing a batch of cake poppers for dessert and I made three different kind of muffins to take down for breakfasts while were there. I made Mihow’s Giant Delicious Pumpkin Muffins which have won me tons of favor among the teens in my life, Bakerella’s Bananaberry Muffins which I love because it gives me a small break from all of the pumpkin AND Pioneer Woman’s Good Morning Muffins which are a fall-back fave in...

Because I Know What’s REALLY Important 9

Because I Know What’s REALLY Important

Yes. I’m thankful for family, friends, my home, my financial security…etc. But let’s talk about what I’m really thankful for, shall we? I’m thankful that Jumbo Eggs don’t seem to make any huge difference in a recipe that calls for Large eggs. At least not in the recipes I’m using for the contribution to the family trip to Slidell, LA tomorrow. I’m thankful that my car holds 7 people. It makes 6+ hour road trips much more bearable. The DVD player doesn’t hurt either. I’m thankful for SmartWool socks. SERIOUSLY. They are totally outrageously priced but I have a few...