Merry Christmas!

Our tree and some decor – notice the candles in the fireplace Good morning, friends, and happy day after Christmas! Did everyone get what they wanted from Santa? I sure did! This was a great Christmas across the board.  Family was great, food was great, gifts were so wonderful and deeply appreciated. Here are just… Read more »

Christmas (happy now?*)

My favorite Christmas things, in no particular order:1. The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole version) The opening of this song affects me like no other piece of music, ever. As soon as the first two notes sound, my breath catches in my throat. I just love it. It says “Christmas” to me in a way… Read more »

Simple and Tasty

It’s Friday and it’s payday (for me), so we’re going to dinner. Where’s dinner tonight? Here: Where I intend to eat this: And some of these: (Even though they’re in the salad picture, it bears repeating) It ain’t fancy.  But it’s tasty.  And after a tough week of battling Septa, Mama needs some simple and… Read more »

The Dough Also Rises

Sigh. I really, really want to post pictures of my vacation, including the FOOD pictures (of which there are many), but stupid Blogger is turning them all sideways.  It’s evidently a problem for a lot of people, but there’s no solution that I’ve found yet.  Sigh again. Til I figure it out, I will tell… Read more »


I’ve been putting off the act of sitting down and writing about our vacation, but I think the time has come. Plus I need to get it out before I forget about it. Let’s start with the pre-vacation antics. We spent the night before our flight at Rob’s dad’s house. It was not the most… Read more »

Cooking Project: Boeuf Bourguignon

Yesterday I decided to tackle a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time: Boeuf Bourguignon, aka Beef Burgundy. I’d read Julia Child’s recipe before and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I love me some beef stew, but this looked really delicious and I love a challenge. And it definitely… Read more »

My Dream

You know what? I’m tired of this penchant I have for denying myself everything that’s most important to me. Where did that even come from? The second something seems problematic or uncomfortable, I back off immediately and decide “it wasn’t worth it anyway”. Maybe I never learned how to focus on me, on what I… Read more »

Ode to iPhone, or, An Obsession Begins

I remember when I first got an iPod. It changed my world. Colors seemed a bit brighter, the air a bit sweeter. Well, as sweet as it can be when you live on South Street above Lorenzo’s. Which, in retrospect, was pretty sweet in its own way. Having my entire music catalogue at my fingertips… Read more »

I Talk Myself Out Of It

I have a bad habit. Okay, I have many bad habits. The one in particular weighing on my mind is my tendency to talk myself out of things. Many’s the time I’ve had a plan in mind, or a shadow of a plan, and over time have managed to convince myself that it was not… Read more »


Random things I ponder throughout my day: Why do *some* people on trains feel the need to speak with their outdoor voice while on their cell? I mean, I talk on the phone sometimes when I’m on the train, but I talk in a low voice, directly into the mouth area thingy. Why? Because no… Read more »