When we reached Germany in July of 2013, all of my clothes fit in two suitcases. My two winter coats, top hat, and pair of shabby old boots practically filled a suitcase by themselves, leaving little room for the rest of my only semi-functional wardrobe. Turns out that packing sentimental favorites doesn’t always add up […]
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. […]
I cheerfully leap on and off the Natural Living wagon so often, my knees may give out. Since natural/mostly natural personal care can set one back a few extra dollars, I’m going to start posting reviews of all the hippie-friendly products I try. Fair enough? Here’s what I put my mouth through in 2011-2012: […]
Long ago, whilst standing in a Borders (may it rest in peace) check-out line, I spied a display of Lego mini-figurines sold in individual pouches. “YES.” said my brain, “THAT is what you need. You need a tiny Lego person. Scratch that, you need two Lego people, because one is the loneliest number. But what […]
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.
Well doc, it all started when I spied a 1979 Fisher-Price Little People camper car for .99 at Goodwill. It was like seeing an old friend. I turned it over in my hands, spun its creaky wheels, and knew I wouldn’t be putting it back. For .99, why not buy a few Little People on […]
As an avid thrift-shopper, I have acquired many classy, current, practical things second-hand. I’ll spare you the standard “I bought these Dior gowns and Van Gogh originals with change from the couch” spiel. I’d much rather tell you how fun it is to find gaudy, dated, who-on-earth-paid-for-this-the-first-time stuff. A small sampling of fairly tacky junk: […]
When we moved from New Mexico to Pennsylvania in August of 2010, my entire wardrobe fit in one suitcase and one carry-on— this included two large hats (toppy and floppy) PLUS all my linens. Impressed? I sure was. That bite-size wardrobe expanded in the following months, mostly with what Imogen calls “it’ll do clothes” […]