Happy Carnivore

Not a description of me I would have recognized as a young twenty-something, when I was deep in my multiple years of vegetarianism. I grew up on a pretty unremarkable American diet and it felt pretty exotic when I encountered my high school friend Sarah, who was a vegetarian. My midwestern Step-mother and her recently … Continue reading Happy Carnivore

The Year That Was And Wasn’t

Caring For My Parents, Caring For MyselfWhile I’ve stayed pretty busy microblogging on my Facebook page and Instagram feed, it’s been awhile since I did a deep dive here. If not for your amusement, then at least for my own accountability, it’s time for a little reflection on the last year and a review of … Continue reading The Year That Was And Wasn’t

Whole30 Without A Kitchen

Yeah, bonkers, right? Maybe not. One needn’t disappear deep into a forest to learn to meditate. In fact, it’s in the throes of hectic and modern life in urban areas that demand that skill the most, and so why not flex my Whole30 muscles under difficult circumstances? So when a friend shouted out on social … Continue reading Whole30 Without A Kitchen

Life Is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First

10 years ago today, the unimaginable happened. I knew it was coming, I was just in denial that it ever really would. 10 years ago today, I lost my daddy. Watching someone you love and adore slowly disappear into the clutches of Parkinson’s over a period of many years is a truly cruel human experience. … Continue reading Life Is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First

This Is Not A Recipe Blog

Why should I blog in precise detail about how I frugal my food, make homemade house cleaners and personal products, or my recipe for whatever? There’s millions of people on the internet already doing that. That’s what Google is for, that’s how I find all my information. InstantPot Chicken Pizza? Nope, that’s not my original … Continue reading This Is Not A Recipe Blog

525,600 Lemons

How do you measure, measure all the things you can do with lemons? Thanks to Bay Area Blind Mom, I’m figuring that out. Inspired by my last post musing on the miracle of citrus and all my associated memories, including her Meyer lemon tree, she went the extra mile to harvest the ample winter crop … Continue reading 525,600 Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

Harvest Every Single Bit of Them I used to say, “make margaritas,” because I thought it was funny, though honestly, tequila is just not my drink of choice, and I don’t really think of margaritas when I think lemons. Wouldn’t that be limes, anyway? Come to think of it, my favorite follow up to “I … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lemons

21 for 2021: Let’s Get This Party Started

Theme for 2021: Librate The Things I CarryWhile I am in the habit of writing down all the things I want to leave in the previous year and ritualistically burning them in effigy on New Year’s Eve, I would be wise to also acknowledge what I am bringing with me from the previous year as … Continue reading 21 for 2021: Let’s Get This Party Started

20 for 2020: Creative Expression

2020 was a year of struggle to reclaim my mojo. In the face of all the overwhelm of an upside down work life, the ripple effects of social injustice reverberating loud and clear through 400 years of oppression, political dumpster fires burning in every headline and social media post, and a public health crisis of … Continue reading 20 for 2020: Creative Expression

20 for 2020: Get Your House In Order

A twenty-something me, left, pausing for a photo op with my mom at a family Christmas party. 2020 Bonus: Also Get Your Mom’s House in Order To say I grew up in houses that were cluttered is an understatement. My mom was a hoarder. I never gave much more than superficial thought to the degree … Continue reading 20 for 2020: Get Your House In Order