Valentine’s-Day Weekend Dinner and a Movie: Basil and Cherry Tomato “Parasites”

Though no actual parasites were harmed or even used in the making of this blog post—or in the movie Parasite—I did manage to turn dinner into an extraordinarily creepy experience that will result in astronomically high therapy bills for everyone in my household, including the cat.  But that’s just how I do “Valentine’s Day” in… Continue reading Valentine’s-Day Weekend Dinner and a Movie: Basil and Cherry Tomato “Parasites”

Citrus and Veggie Chicken Bowl of Healthy Loveliness (CVCBHL)

The clouds above the Greater Seattle area—in an evil attempt to create a “gag gift—” shaped themselves into one gigantic dark bladder that has burst forth all over the place for days on end.  The meteorologists have called this event an “atmospheric river,” which sounds nice, but even the salmon are waterlogged.  This atmospheric river… Continue reading Citrus and Veggie Chicken Bowl of Healthy Loveliness (CVCBHL)

My Orca

By the time a Pacific Northwest wind and rainstorm tossed a child’s painting onto my doorstep, the resulting portrait of “My Dad” looked like an abstract carnival hit warp speed and collided with a tornado.  Yes, one could interpret many messages about “My Dad,” such as the following:  Dad is a busy circus performer with… Continue reading My Orca

Birthday Strategy for Years To Come: Comedy Improv

Bowling, my birthday activity last year, was a thrilling, rockin’, star-of-the-show experience that I wasn’t sure I could effectively re-create this year, so I didn’t even try.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love throwing down five-pounders and watching those gutters scream in terror because of the sheer force with which my aim veers off course,… Continue reading Birthday Strategy for Years To Come: Comedy Improv

The Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team Visits Victoria

Magical gingerbread beings, with access to twinkling lights and horse-drawn carriages, must have built Victoria, Canada—and I couldn’t have been happier to just come running at its harbor, armed with expandable waist pants, a jug of eggnog, and an unrelenting hunger for super cute stuff.  That’s just how delicious this place looks and is. You’ll… Continue reading The Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks Team Visits Victoria

Holiday Mash-Up: Garbage Disposal Installation and the Snowflake Lane Parade

The best, most wonderful torque-filled, grinding piece of magic arrived in the mail the other day, and I couldn’t wait to attach it to my kitchen sink. “The garbage disposal is here!” I texted Nate, when it arrived. In fact, it was here on the same weekend that we were planning to kick up our… Continue reading Holiday Mash-Up: Garbage Disposal Installation and the Snowflake Lane Parade