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.
Ah, winter. That magical time when your toes are always numb and nightfall starts at high noon. (The hot water bottle of my dreams! Image source) Take the curse off winter with some cheap, time-tested pleasures: – Write a long letter and seal it with wax – Paper dolls! Cut some out for… any loved […]
Grocery lists are important. People who don’t write grocery lists run the risk of thinking “what was that spice I needed? Was it turmeric? Yeah, that sounds right” every week. They may also wind up with eight or nine pounds of brown rice, despite not much enjoying brown rice. Know what I don’t have? Tarragon. […]
“What I don’t understand,” she said, “is those people who don’t wash produce before they eat it. What, they haven’t heard of pesticides? Waxes? Isn’t that disgusting?” “That would be me,” I said. “I almost never wash fruits and stuff. I should care, but can’t be bothered.” It’s true. I consistently wash grapes (because they’re […]
Am I more surprised that the local grocery store has a New Age section… … or that there’s nothing even faintly New Age in that whole aisle? Though honestly, what constitutes a New Age food? Albertsons, you’re such a tease.
Pouring hot water into a glass vessel. That was my first mistake— albeit a mistake this particular glass vessel has forgiven many times. A minute after pouring the water, I heard a sharp cracking sound. Sure enough, a tidy crack ran around the carafe’s base. Like any other simpleton, I picked it up. Ready, set, […]
Back on April 9, 2010, I wrote a post called “I Have Never” Two years later, I’ve STILL never done those things. Nor these: — had a yeast infection — visited Europe — driven a bus — joined the “mile high club.” In fact… despite having flown many times, I’ve never used an airplane lavatory […]
World, my mother has a blog called Shmata Boro where she occasionally shares stories from our lives. She sometimes refers to me there using the cryptic code name “Middle Child.” Before she thinks to mention it, I’d like to come out as a [notorious] former bed-wetter, nose-picker, tattle-tale, and cry-baby. It is also true that […]
As a young’un, I couldn’t tell Burt Reynolds from Tom Selleck. To me, they both fell into that broad category called “older dudes with mustaches” and were therefore interchangeable. I had the same problem with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, neither of whom I’d ever actually seen in a movie. They both had dark […]
http://jauntydame.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4331&action=edit (Quick, name that veg!) 1. Double Soy Ginger Tofu After tearing this recipe out of O Magazine and carting it around for five years, I finally gave it a whirl; delicious. Two suggestions: A) Cut the tofu into small triangles instead of slabs; triangles somehow look more appetizing than rectangles, and smaller pieces create […]