The Day After

I hate the day after. The day after my girlfriend leaves. It means another wonderful visit has come and gone, and spells a return to a normal routine that no longer feels "normal" or "routine." The realization that she was here less than twenty-four hours ago is hard to bear; it's all still fresh, and … Continue reading The Day After

The Great Grilled Cheese Experiment of 2012

A few weeks ago, I wrote about grilled cheese sandwiches. The feedback was impressive; I received more comments on that post than any other. Go figure! And I have to say, you guys inspired me. There were so many creative suggestions for different types of grilled cheese I decided I'd have to give some of … Continue reading The Great Grilled Cheese Experiment of 2012

A Man’s Guide to Surviving the Bra Department

36 hours into Tara's visit, and we're having a wonderful time! We went out for doughnuts yesterday with the kids (but no, it wasn't Voodoo - we'll save the maple bacon bar goodness for another time), drove to Woodland to visit the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, had lunch, ran some errands, and enjoyed a home … Continue reading A Man’s Guide to Surviving the Bra Department

Love Is In The Air. And Chowder, too.

A few days ago I got a hankering for a really good cup of clam chowder, so I did what anybody would do to satisfy that craving: made a 240-mile round trip to go get me some. What? You wouldn't?! One of the things that attracted me to Tara was the fact that she once … Continue reading Love Is In The Air. And Chowder, too.

Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Closeup

My life has been unusually balanced lately. In the past, it has seemed like there were hardly enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished - even being out of work. I'd felt like I was too busy online to watch any TV, too busy watching TV to read a book, too busy reading … Continue reading Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Closeup

Hasta La Vista, January

I think I hit upon the perfect money-saving scheme, without even intentionally trying. During the final waning days of December, I was in Nevada, so I didn't have time to look for a 2012 calendar as I ordinarily would have. By the time I'd returned home and gotten around to the chore, the shelves were … Continue reading Hasta La Vista, January

Tragedy on Wheat

Last night, I was making one of those simple yet satisfying dinners the kids and I enjoy so much: grilled cheese sandwiches. With tomato soup, of course. Because you can't have grilled cheese without tomato soup. I think our forefathers wrote that clause into the Constitution somewhere. You also can't have grilled cheese on anything … Continue reading Tragedy on Wheat