Monthly Archives: May 2012

Disappearing Babies and the Teen-Friendly Summer Bucket List

My babies are disappearing. The once tinkling explosions of giggles at extracting a nervous cricket from a stone wall now mutter with the groggy, deepened voices of men when I call into their darkened bedrooms to wake them before school. … Continue reading

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Beer Brewing

Does goofing off and drinking beer while someone else does all the work count as checking another item off my 101 list? I’ve been assured that this photo makes it legitimate. #54: Brew my own beer. 101 things in 1001 … Continue reading

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Salad in a Jar

For Meatless Monday, a new twist on a salad: Salad in a Jar I have been seeing salads in jars all over Pinterest and finally gave it a try. Source: Food Fitness Frolicking It worked out as a great way … Continue reading

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My favorite posts

My favorite fruit is grapes. Because with grapes, you always get another chance. ‘Cause, you know, if you have a crappy apple or a peach, you’re stuck with that crappy piece of fruit. But if you have a crappy grape, … Continue reading

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Bringing my dad to the hospital

Bringing my dad to the hospital Regret is not quite the right word for how I feel about bringing my father to the hospital to die, but it comes pretty close. My father was a burly, no-nonsense man who wasn’t … Continue reading

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Of Julia Child, Dan Aykroyd, and Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon, a Daring Cooks challenge First of all, I couldn’t believe the serendipity of the red wine I picked up for making this classic French stew. I’m a bit too young to have watched Julia Child‘s cooking show when … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Wine and Hike

I had a perfect Mother’s Day: Gorgeous weather, a wine tasting and picnic at a local vineyard, and a nice hike with my family. I also cooked a special dinner of beef bourguinon. And to top it all off, the … Continue reading

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The Off the Beaten Path (and Couch) Playlist

Quick: What’s the first thing you should do to start training for the Rugged Maniac? A) Get a new pair of running shoes. B) Stretch. C) Hit the pavement. D) Make a new playlist. Once the correct answer, D, was … Continue reading

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I am not rugged…

… nor am I a maniac. But I better become one soon! Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race I needed a new challenge, so when this opportunity came along, I signed up. I have a lot of time to prepare, but … Continue reading

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Just Do It Backwards

Just Do It Backwards 2012… “Game.” I bend my knees, arch my back, twist, a slingshot pulled back; for one frozen moment, I’m still as the tennis ball rises in the air. The spring uncoils: reaching high, I connect with … Continue reading

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