Drinking while Reading

It’s mid September, I keep reminding myself. Mid September, but I feel like yesterday was the first day of school. The last month has flown by… one could say that this year is already kicking my ass, but I feel great! I love my classes, I don’t feel like it’s too much. I’m just busy!…

Feeling Battle-Scarred and Victorious!

The (very macho) screams you just heard came from me after half a bottle of hairspray didn’t kill this sucker that was chilling on my ceiling. (I wasn’t about to walk under it to get to my kitchen where I keep the bug spray.) I had to roll up a magazine and go Rambo on…

Drinking while Reading

Being out of tequila is a drag, but as it turns out, gin margaritas are a thing! Not bad, but not the same. I’d been a fan of Anne Perry for years before I discovered that she and her friend were the inspiration of Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” (1994). I haven’t seen the movie and…

Grilled Deliciousness!

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick. But I don’t do “normal” grilled cheese… I use whole wheat bread from Aldis. In a frying pan, I melt unsalted butter, and then I put the bread in the pan. I heated the shredded beef in a separate pan while the…

The Monsters and the Critics

There are four things you need to know about this picture. I have been looking for this book for AGES! Finally it was at Half Price Books!! My friend is absolutely wonderful for getting me this right in front of me without me noticing. If J.R.R. were alive and in front of me, I would totally…

Dark Places

This book was everything it promised and more! It read like a true crime report and – like Gone Girl – had multiple unreliable perspectives. It was fun to try to sift through everyone’s point of view and try to come up with the truth of what really happened and who was to blame. I…

I Am Bridget Jones

I am Bridget Jones (say that with an Ozzy accent.  Cool right?) Actually, I’m Bridget Jones without the Darcy-attachment. I’d rather be Geraldine Granger with the Armitage-attachment, but I’ll save that for another day. I think that every single girl has that dread, that image of choking on a fishbone while you eat alone and all your neighbors are…

Imagination

The featured image (to the left) is the original photograph, taken in Vanderwagen, NM. I manipulated the image using PicMonkey and voila!

Sarah Recommends

A friend of mine is stuck between two epically long books and wants to be able to make progress on her reading goal for the year (this really is about a friend, I’m not trying to disguise my woes!). I told her I’d make a list of books, she said to categorize them however I…

What I am reading…

I’m about half way through with Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. This amaze-balls book takes place partly in my home state (Kansas) and partly where my heart lives (Kansas City, Missouri). Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family […]. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has…

One Good Citizen to Another

I am so grateful to live in an area where its citizens are so sensitive to the well-being of others! For example, the other day, someone set off dynamite at twenty minute intervals beginning at 11:00pm. How considerate of them to wait until most children were in bed, we wouldn’t want anyone’s sleep disrupted by…

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used to be known for my chocolate chip cookies. Now I make brownies more often (more on that later, yum!). I used to make hundreds of cookies a few times a year and share them with all my students. You know, I need to start doing that again! Anyway, my friend and I went…