A violently shaking alarm clock that rattles the entire bed frame, is something I’d secretly hoped would be invented for teens in order to get them off to school on time. It would also make loud, howling noises that sound like a freight train coming straight for the house. However, after experiencing my first real… Continue reading Earthquake! The Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team Learns What to Do
Sounding a craft alert on the Fourth of July in my neighborhood adds very little noise or sense of “alarm,” amid the loud, violent screams of fireworks exploding in the air, starting at 4 p.m. July 3rd. However, I thought I’d try to sound the alarm anyway, because by noon, my nerves were sufficiently rattled.… Continue reading Craft Alert: “Baby, You’re a Firework” Wreath
For skort-shredding, grit-in-the-teeth, foot-blistering fun, tour Vancouver, Canada like your child is away visiting relatives and you and your spouse might not get a vacation alone again in a very long time. That’s just what Nate and I did this past weekend. We toured. We toured hard. We lit up the streets with the friction… Continue reading A Weekend Romp through Vancouver, Canada—Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Style
Restaurant dining with my son Alex is a non-stop, wallet-busting culinary tour of at least 5,000 items on a menu. It’s a lot of fun, until the bill comes to the table. Once, his Uncle Dave took him to Red Lobster, where Alex talked him into “fancy drinks” (mocktails for Alex), appetizers, crab legs, and… Continue reading Cheap Meals for Hungry Teens: Greek-Inspired Chicken and Rice Bowls
Thanks to science, that lime-mint mojito feeling doesn’t have to go away when you leave the bar. You can smear it on your mouth, wearing it as a lip balm everywhere you go, because it’s always 5 ‘o clock somewhere. I’m not sure if that’s what my son Alex was thinking when he chose the… Continue reading Mojito Flavored Lip Balm
The garage isn’t the most scenic place to complete a 5K, but that’s where my treadmill is—and where, three times a week, I am grateful to run on that treadmill and stare at the lawn chairs, which are folded on the shelf in front of me. Through the power of imagination, I unlock a world… Continue reading Virtual Race and Sunshine Blogger Award!
After sweltering in the hot sun at a swim meet for nearly two hours, I gave up and sounded the craft alert, hoping the commotion would get me escorted off the premises and into the nearest air-conditioned pub. No such luck, though. Despite the fact that more than a few markers rolled recklessly onto the… Continue reading Craft Alert: Abstract Fish Art Created at a Swim Meet