I know coffee makes me happy, but buying a ton of mugs was probably not the best thing for a depressive episode…

Yeah, the wallet-emptying monster has returned in force, and it's focused on my kitchen. In my defense, I was doing a deep clean and decided to move things around, and that's the necessary evil that started it all. I have plenty of cabinets in my kitchen, but they're generally skinny and deep. It makes it … Continue reading I know coffee makes me happy, but buying a ton of mugs was probably not the best thing for a depressive episode…

A fascinating clue about why my attempts to create good habits to workout & eat better have failed for years…

Lately I've been catching videos in my YouTube feed from Obese to Beast (which I think is rather interesting and I like his measured approach to analyzing things and answering questions). He made a reaction video to a TED Talk about women's inability to lose weight. I listened to a couple of minutes of it, … Continue reading A fascinating clue about why my attempts to create good habits to workout & eat better have failed for years…

Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

My Copy: 9780811862806 (image from amazon.com) I'd set this in my to-read stack quite a while ago, and it was a tough book to find the first time I went looking for it (I'd grabbed pretty much anything written by or about Alice Waters that week). But this is a pretty good book for pre-teens … Continue reading Edible Schoolyard: A universal idea, by Alice Waters

Election Day Stress Relief; or, breathing & laughter are medicine (AND exercise if you do it right)

I started thinking about some great ways for stress relief when I stumbled on a video from another blogger (thank you Ms. Diane) that was in her post. And it got me thinking: things to laugh at and things to just get lost in are great stress relief. I chose a few vids that spread … Continue reading Election Day Stress Relief; or, breathing & laughter are medicine (AND exercise if you do it right)

I’m starting an indoor herb garden (well, mostly herbs)…

I'd love to know why all my best possible ideas seem to come at me around 2 a.m. I was lamenting the heat the past few weeks (easily over 100 degrees F out there when you factor in the heat index right now) and how so many of my herbs that had shown promise at … Continue reading I’m starting an indoor herb garden (well, mostly herbs)…

I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Several years ago--one of my first blog posts, actually--I wrote "Why I am a Free-Hugger". Some people were a bit mystified as to what it was about or what I was doing, even as an introvert. It was a way to give people a chance to chat or have a good moment in a busy … Continue reading I used to be a free-hugger, now I’m not so sure I can go back to it…

Passing up what could be a good opportunity, only to hope for a better one…

I'm relieved my bestie didn't freak on me and go "what the crap is wrong with you?" when I decided that me and this opportunity are gonna have to go our separate ways. Because of privacy, I'm not divulging much about my work or the company. The big thing is I was in the running … Continue reading Passing up what could be a good opportunity, only to hope for a better one…

Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa

My Copy: 9780867196016 (image from bn.com) This one's a bit tricky to describe, as it's the last of the series. It's satisfying in one way and has so much in it that it probably could've made enough material for two more books. It's not some super-thick volume, it's just a lot that's tackled in these … Continue reading Barefoot Gen, vol 10: Never Give Up, by Keiji Nakazawa