An Ode to Our Sugar Mamas

Monday mornings feel painfully quiet. There are about thirty minutes where the house is empty except for me and the cat. I'm showered and dressed for work, sipping a cup of coffee, gearing up for the transition to work mode. The detritus of the weekend is still scattered about the house, empty boxes and cans … Continue reading An Ode to Our Sugar Mamas

Using an Umbrella, Portland Style

I've said many times that one of the rules to visiting Portland, or living in the Pacific Northwest, is that locals never use umbrellas. Apparently, I was wrong. Turns out we do use them. Just not in the conventional manner. Truth is, I wonder if this guy even knows how to work the thing. But at least … Continue reading Using an Umbrella, Portland Style

Meanwhile, We’ve Got Pittsburgh

I have a serious case of Canada Envy. It's got nothing to do with maple leaves or socialized medicine or curling. I just happen to think they come up with some pretty awesome names for places. Take Moose Jaw, for instance. A city in south-central Saskatchewan. (Hell, take Saskatchewan, for that matter. It's a lot … Continue reading Meanwhile, We’ve Got Pittsburgh

Mozzarella Sticks Make You Human

A few weeks ago, I was in the checkout line at Target and - total impulse buy here - picked up a tube of squeezable applesauce. It's called GoGo squeeZ and is similar in concept to yogurt in a tube, Go-Gurt. Which I mentioned here on the blog not long ago, listing it as a … Continue reading Mozzarella Sticks Make You Human

The Naked Truth About Capitol Hill

It's hard to concentrate on a slice of pizza when a group of 30 or so naked bike riders goes pedaling by your table. When that happens, you're faced with an awkward decision: take another bite and pretend that it's perfectly natural to see a whole bunch of people go perfectly au naturel in the … Continue reading The Naked Truth About Capitol Hill

In The Personals Column, There Was This Letter I Read

I've got Piña Coladas on the brain today. Which isn't surprising, considering July 10 is National Piña Colada Day, and as part of our yearlong food challenge we'll be imbibing in said cocktail this evening. Also not surprising is the fact that I've got Rupert Holmes' big pop hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" stuck in my head, … Continue reading In The Personals Column, There Was This Letter I Read

I Hate Long Weekends

I hate long weekends. And by I hate long weekends, I don't actually mean I hate long weekends. On the contrary, I love long weekends! It's more the coming-back-to-reality-after-a-long-weekend part about long weekends that I'm not so fond of. Adding insult to injury, when I came downstairs this morning, I stepped squarely in a little mound of … Continue reading I Hate Long Weekends

The building’s on fire! Hurry, update your FB status!

Last night was unforgettable. Tara and I were relaxing on the couch when we were interrupted by an urgent pounding on the door. I opened it to find my neighbor in a bit of a panic. "The building's on fire!" she said. Oh, shit. You always wonder how you're going to react in times of … Continue reading The building’s on fire! Hurry, update your FB status!

3 Days In The Shower

Sometimes I don't understand women. Not always, mind you. Usually only between the moment my eyes open in the morning and when they close at night. The rest of the time, my comprehension is superb. OK, I exaggerate. I actually love how well Tara and I get along. We have the same thoughts on most topics, … Continue reading 3 Days In The Shower