Monthly Archives: October 2006

Halloween ramblings. 15

For an optimal grocery shopping experience, go on Halloween night. I went to Wal-Mart, and there were about four people there. No crowded aisles, no waiting in line. Mike stayed home and passed out candy. Genius, I say. (I drove by a lot of trick-or-treaters to and from Wal-Mart. My informal research seemed to show […]

Eating my way through the weekend. 9

I’d like to apologize to the world for how crabby I was last week. I don’t know why, exactly, but I was not my usual sunny self. (Hey! Stop snorting!) Anyway, for the weekend, I went with some women from church to Smith Mountain Lake, where we ate delicious food and drank wine and watched […]

This is a geeky entry. Sorry about that. 3

I’m currently reading Ken Jennings’ book (don’t look at me like that. How can I resist a book with blurbs from both Will Shortz AND A.J. Jacobs?!) and I’m enjoying it. It’s about his time on Jeopardy and also about the history of trivia, specifically trivia competitions. The two topics merge together well – people […]

I’m pretty sure the title said it all. 11

Spoilers for the Gilmore Girls episode “The Great Stink.” Last night’s episode was called “The Great Stink.” And stink it did. Even I, the eternal optimist, am not sure I can find something to be cheerful about. That was rough. But Theresa left me a sad comment begging me to help her feel better, and […]

Of sports, sleep, snacking, and shaking. 8

Dear Frank Deford, I miss you. When I started my new job back in June, I had to get used to a different schedule, going in at 8:00 instead of 9:00. I always looked forward to your sports commentary on Wednesday mornings just before 9:00. Now I don’t get to hear it, and it makes […]

Kari the roach warrior. 9

KARI: Did I tell you about the giant roach? MIKE: A giant roach that’s here right now? KARI: No. I was at my friend’s house and I went to the bathroom and closed the door. And then, as I was sitting on the toilet, I saw that ON THE WALL BEHIND THE DOOR THERE WAS […]

I’m not feeling creative enough to come up with a clever title. 6

Good. Lately I’ve been drinking more decaf tea in the evenings. After many years of rejecting fruit tea, I have decided I like it after all. I especially like Black Cherry Berry Herb Tea by Celestial Seasonings. I don’t even normally like cherries. Sadly, I realized last night that one of the reasons I might […]

For the LOVE! 4

Spoilers for Gilmore Girls episode “S’Wonderful, S’Marvelous.” This recap is entitled “For the LOVE!” because that’s what I said a lot during the first scene. hehe. At first glance, this wasn’t a good episode for people who like Luke and Lorelai. But, after thinking about it, it’s not like it was a good episode for […]

The Thirteenth Tale 3

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is, in the end, a ghost story, but not the kind I expected. Vida Winter, “the world’s most famous living author,” is ill. Though she’s always resisted biographers in the past, she has summoned the daughter of a bookseller, Margaret Lea, to write her story. As Margaret listens, the […]

On Agate Hill 2

I read Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith when I was in high school, still too young for it. I remember feeling like it was, perhaps, going over my head. I knew there was something a little bit wrong with the black-and-white way I was approaching this book that never intended to be a […]

“Lorelai, there’s nothing funny about being a lesbian.” 7

Spoilers for “Lorelai’s First Cotillion.” All right, so, I admit that this week was not as good as last week. And I don’t mean that on just a Luke/Lorelai level, though we can talk about that in a minute. Rory and Lane weren’t as cute as last week (especially the creepy sext messaging), the Zach […]

Here’s what’s cooking. 9

Today I was flipping through The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2007 and came across a recipe for cream of broccoli soup. Knowing that Alisa left some broccoli at our house, I decided to make it. And it was delicious. I had too much broccoli (I bought some, not all of it was Alisa’s), so […]

I wish you’d take a walk in my shoes for a start. 4

I watched the girl look at herself in the mirror, and she turned to me and said, “Miss, what do you think? I need a dress for my school formal. Do you think this one looks okay?” It most decidedly did not look okay. But as I tried to put words together that would kindly […]

Now that’s more like it. 8

Spoilers for Gilmore Girls episode “That’s What You Get Folks, for Makin’ Whoopee.” First of all: Did you watch Veronica Mars? Why not? It’s a great show, I’m thrilled that it’s on after Gilmore Girls, and all of you should be watching it, too. Okay, now, on to our actual topic. I heard a lot […]

The eyes have it. 1

While I don’t miss wearing glasses or contacts, I realized over the weekend that I miss the ritual of coming home after a long day, taking out my contacts, putting on my glasses and pajamas. I miss that step of relaxing. It’s not that I can’t relax without it, it’s just that it was part […]