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With a canteen of NyQuil hanging around my neck

Because I’m still violently ill this is going to be a somewhat brief message to say that I am very sorry I did not update much while we were in San Diego, it’s just there were reasons, plenty of reasons, Jon got sick with a fever and chills the first night we were there, then [...]

Basting brush

A few Christmases ago I bought Jon, the chef in this relationship, several new cooking utensils to make the act of cooking a tiny bit more pleasurable. Up until that point in our marriage we were still using the pots and pans and equipment that I had collected as hand-me-downs in college, and it was [...]

Trudging slowly over wet sand

Finding it hard to be so goth when there’s all this sunshine to soak in.

Bird against sky

We visited SeaWorld on our first full day in San Diego, and the whole time we were there we were dodging swarms of aggressive seagulls who would swoop down and come within centimeters of our heads. I kept waiting to feel the inevitable SPLAT! on my shoulder or forehead, but luckily I escaped with nothing [...]

Organic lip balm

Not only is this some of the most soothing lip balm I’ve ever put on my lips (doesn’t dry them out, doesn’t make them flakey) and some of the best smelling, but it also comes in the coolest little tin. Perfect for the harsh and brutally dry Utah climate. (Can’t remember who recommended this to [...]

Dog beach

Took the dogs for a walk this morning on the beach, and it was one of the most beautiful and serene thirty minutes of my life. The weather is gorgeous, and while the dogs attacked each other and any other dog who would put up with it I just stood there and soaked in the [...]

Somewhere along the freeway near Nephi, Utah

Took this out the front window of the car right after our first stop for gas where the temperature outside was MISERABLE DEGREES FAHRENHEIT.

Conversation in the car somewhere in Nevada to pass the time

“Leta, who are all those princesses in the books I bought you Santa gave you for Christmas?” “There’s Belle, aaaaand Cinderella, aaaaand Ariel.” “Who else?” “There’s Aurora, aaaaand Snow White, aaaaand Jasmine.” “Is that all of them? “No, there’s also Mulan, aaaaand Hoca Palas.” “Hoca-what?” “Hoca Palas.” “Who’s Hoca Palas?” “She’s the pretty princess with [...]

Because I am only a little obsessed

This is one of the two hippo figurines that belong to a Noah’s Ark toy given to Leta by a neighbor. I have stolen it, and now it sits next to the keyboard on my desk. Leta hasn’t noticed, probably because this hippo isn’t wearing a crown or a ruffly dress. When I look at [...]

Ceramic rosette

I found this small, palm-sized rosette at a local antique store that I keep on top of my jewelry box next to my perfume and the earrings I take off at night. It’s only a decoration and serves no practical purpose other than to make me feel very elegant, and let’s be frank, that’s not [...]