When the going gets tough, the tough curl up with a good book.
A clever, calculating suitor once introduced me to a stranger with the words “Rebekah is the closest thing to living beauty that I have ever met.”
In lieu of a heart-wrenching personal essay, I bring you Snippets: Scenes from a Life. In other words, random photos from the past eight months or so.
Photo appears courtesy o’ Mr. Jaunty Sometime between 1990 and 1992, I was assigned to deliver a little speech to the other children in at church (called a “talk” in the LDS church). Since I was between 5 and 7, my Dad wrote it for me. In honor of Father’s Day, I’m sharing that talk […]
As I was recently telling Annie, every few years I try to make tinted lip balm by melting together my old rejected lipsticks. The whole mess is always a dismal failure. Where do I go wrong? By trying to combine shades that are too dissimilar, too unrelated? By using something like Vaseline instead of a […]
BOOKS. I HAZ THEM. Welcome to a wildly belated report of this quarter’s book-inhalation. JANUARY- —The Complete Peanuts, 1950-1952 – Charles M. Schulz. Imagine Charlie Brown sassing Lucy, then running for his life, grinning. THAT’S how different early Peanuts characters were. —The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo. All of your belongings have […]
There are only two Aardvark Day traditions: taking a picture, and feeling grossly inconvenienced. This year, I puttered around the house in sloppy pajamas half the day, eventually putting on this jersey robe (last seen Aardvark Day 2013) for glamour’s sake. My extremely minimal makeup, however, is not a mark of sloth but a deliberate […]
After 2014, I shared a list of everything I’d read that year. That felt dull and left little room for commentary, so I’m experimenting with quarterly summaries instead. Like so: OCTOBER— The Second Mrs. Giaconda – E. L. Konigsburg. Not my favorite Konigsburg, as I never learned to like the protagonist, but she’s still great. […]
Last year, I recorded all my wardrobe purchases here. I’m using the same format this year, and took a similar photo for comparison’s sake: Unlike last year, I am now a regular at two local thrift shops, both of which are within easy walking distance of my job. As mentioned last year, most thrift stores […]
On a whim, I ordered Laura Lee’s “Broke is Beautiful.” Good call. The book covered a surprising range of related topics, was full of interesting anecdotes/trivia, and will definitely stand up to repeated reading. Here are a few of my favorite snippets: “It helps if you can look on your poverty as a way to […]