I thought about this this morning when I just couldn't sleep anymore and had to wait for the local store to open so I could get some more coffee (and frozen chopped spinach--can't believe the mega grocery store near work didn't have any last night). I call myself a liar because at least a week … Continue reading The closer it gets to Christmas, the more a liar I become…
Aside from the turkey, the potatoes, and the cranberry sauce (can shaped or chunky, fielder's choice), a green and brown lumpy mass is usually part of the holiday meal picture. Some concoction called green bean casserole. I've rarely enjoyed a green bean casserole that felt like a true casserole. Oftentimes it looks like green beans … Continue reading #083 Blitz Q: Does anybody make green bean casserole when it’s NOT Thanksgiving or Christmas?
Holidays and I have had a problematic relationship, in the sense that once I got past 12 years old, nobody seemed to give a damn anymore, anyway. And it was just easier to go along with it. I didn't feel like I was missing much, and I've only prepared Thanksgiving dinner once by myself. I … Continue reading Thanksgiving, chock full of (a distinct lack of) plans this year…
Okay, yesterday was my heavy Mother's Day question. Today's my lighter one, but one that's bugged me a while. I first really noticed it last year, when I was out getting things and some salespeople just up and said "Happy Mother's Day" as I was finishing my purchases and leaving. Something about that struck me. … Continue reading #068–Blitz Q: Why do people tell EVERY woman “Happy Mother’s Day” even if they may not have kids?
Let's call this Part 2 of my question #062 post: How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say? Anyway... I actually remembered Mother's Day was around the corner for once, and I'm sure this has fueled my anxiety and my totally distracted choices the past few weeks. I … Continue reading #067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?
I almost made this all about Halloween, but I'd already tackled why Halloween was so great before. I figured I'd better put Thanksgiving with it, which gave me more ammo to work with. So, onward from least to best (my version): 10. The color schemes are more earthy, nice, and don't blind you unnecessarily. Halloween's … Continue reading Ten reasons why Halloween and Thanksgiving are better than Christmas
Recommend: from Dandelion Salad: Tis the Season To Wage Boycotts! I can't help it--I get suckered into good deals and the belief that I won't get stuck in debt every year. I'm sure I'm still paying for Christmas gifts from 10 years ago because I've never crawled from the hole I dug. I'm working my way … Continue reading Against Excess this Holiday Season…I will do my damnedest.
Okay the image was actually from Return to Oz, but I like the look of Jack Pumpkinhead too much not to use it. There's something about the holidays that I just hate, and they come and go with the seasons. I'm annoyed by most holidays and wish we didn't make such a big deal about … Continue reading 5 (okay, 6) Reasons why Halloween is my favorite commercialized holiday
My Copy: 9780142401095 I admit, I might not have been in the right place when I first read this book, which colored my initial review of it. But the second time around, it got to me a little more than I expected, and I could enjoy it. The Devil's Arithmetic has an interesting presentation and … Continue reading The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen
I'm almost through my 33rd Valentine's Day, (though for the first 2 or 3 I wasn't aware of much more than how nice my toes tasted and how much I hated pacifiers, let alone a diapered arrow-slinger, so maybe they don't count).