Category Archives: Life

A negotiation with my own body

Body: I’m mad at you for not sleeping. Me: That doesn’t seem fair, since that was your fault. Body: Doesn’t matter. I’m mad, and I’m going to make your stomach hurt so badly that you feel like throwing up. Like, all day. Me: Yes, well. Body: I’m also going to make it so when you eat anything, it gets WORSE…. Read more »

Well Hello There! + A Reader Survey

I hope everyone had some good holiday time off, and safe travels if you were traveling. I had a great month planned for posting until we had to move out of our house for two weeks due to plumbing problems, and then I jacked up my back – which required a trip to Urgent Care and multiple prescriptions to get… Read more »

My 2015 Happiness Project: Month The First

(Just a heads up that my book posts use affiliate links, but check your local library too!) In 2009, Gretchen Rubin published The Happiness Project, detailing her year-long experiments in being happier. I didn’t hear of it until November 2013, when my friend Shannon wrote about it at her blog Salt Lick Lessons. And then it took me more than… Read more »

Holiday Gift Ideas for Geeks

I started to write this as a personal wishlist post… and then I realized that just about everything I want might be great for lots of other geek girls – and guys as well! So we’ll call it a gift guide, and clearly I am helping with your holiday shopping for the geeky people in your life. Even if that… Read more »

Eight Years

Until today, I would have told you that I post a wedding picture every year on our anniversary, except for the year I was not blogging, and last year when I posted a picture of the inside of our freezer instead… and backdated it. Today I discovered that I also skipped year two. While doing NaBloPoMo when I had a… Read more »

It’s like time-traveling self-sabotage, and it must end!

Dear Future Me, Okay, I get it. All those things I don’t want to do? You don’t want to do them either. So when I leave them for you because I’m supposedly too tired or don’t have time or apparently I’d rather lie in bed even though I’m awake? You get cranky. For a while I thought I was “being… Read more »

The phone call you don’t want to make

Hearing people yelling in the street near our loud neighbors’ house, I pull back the office curtain to check it out… C-Man: I think it’s basketball. Me: Football. C-Man: Good thing you checked before calling 911 on them again. Me: I would never call 911 without looking! But yeah, I think calling the cops on your neighbors for playing football… Read more »

Sometimes you just have to move on…

Dear All The Songs I Am Deleting From My Computer’s Hard Drive, It’s not you! I’m sure you’re just as thoughtful, well-crafted, and entertaining as you were when I started listening to you 25 years ago. Or 10 years. (Or, for some of you, one year.) The problem is that I’ve changed! For some of you, I’ve changed from being… Read more »

But our Dark Souls 2 time together is special!

Me: Next Friday night, I’m standing you up. A bunch of Austin blogger ladies are getting together to hang out. C-Man: Whatever. Me: I know you have a hard time entertaining yourself when I’m not around. C-Man: I guess I’ll just have to kill that giant spider without you. Me: You JERK! C-Man: Bwahahahahahaha! Me: NO, that is so wrong!… Read more »

What’s hiding in your camera? Time to let it out!

I’ve never been a big photographer. Back in 2011 I took a photography class one morning and started getting a little tiny clue about the rule of thirds, and what some of the options did on my old point and shoot. Then it broke. Since then I’ve acquired an Android phone with a pretty good camera, contemplated quite a few… Read more »