At one point on Sunday afternoon, I was gathering and stacking wood while Tara was in the kitchen baking. Then I went downstairs to watch football while she busied herself doing laundry. Rarely have our gender roles been so clearly—and, it must be said, stereotypically—defined. It's not always like that. Honestly, it's rarely like that. … Continue reading You’ll Have to Pry This Cookie Gun From My Cold, Dead, Flour-Dusted Hands
I don’t usually dread the start of a new work week, but when 5:10 rolled around this morning, I cursed. Silently, of course. I didn’t want to wake Tara! Mondays are never great, per se, but they’re a lot less great when they follow on the heels of back-to-back long weekends. Crawling out of bed … Continue reading Thank God It’s Monday
Every year, come mid-July or so, I begin yearning for the holidays something fierce. There's nothing like triple-digit heat to make one long for mistletoe and holly and egg nog and yule logs. OK, maybe not yule logs when it's 102º in the shade. But everything else! And yet, more often than not, Christmas feels … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Hermosa for the Holidays
Now that almost everybody we have sent Christmas cards to this year has received theirs, I can finally share the photo with y'all. (Karri, close your eyes. Canada takes longer and we didn't get these out quite as early as planned.) Photo Christmas cards are a tradition dating back to childhood. Like, early-early childhood. My … Continue reading Freezin’s Greetings
It’s been an interesting week at CenturyCo, capped off with a visit by the fire department this morning. This is what happens when potlucks go awry. Could've been worse, though: at least our building didn’t burn down. The close call merely resulted in a smoke-filled office, blaring fire alarms, and a forced evacuation. You know, … Continue reading When Potlucks Go Awry
Today, Tara and I stopped by CenturyCo to decorate my office. You think the rivalry with my neighbor is over the top? Well, when there's a company-wide competition with some great prizes on the line, I've gotta pull out all the stops. Right? My coworkers will be ill-prepared for the unexpected holiday spirt they're going … Continue reading Sunburn in the Third Degree
Too full to write out a coherent post. Too buzzed to care. Even the title is generic tonight. I will say the turkey turned out exceptional, as always, and the side dishes were superb. Texted with both my kids, watched Planes, Trains & Automobiles and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. In other words, I checked all … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
Our house is lit, yo. And no, your eyes do not deceive you: that is a flamingo wearing a Santa hat, front and center. We decorated the yard ourselves but hired a guy to install the lights around the eaves. It wasn't cheap, and in the end, they eschewed tall ladders and simply climbed onto … Continue reading Flamingo-ho-ho!
Our neighbor, Kelly (yes, that's her real name), called a truce today. Or, at the very least, appeased us with cupcakes. She was kind enough to bring over this six-pack from Sweet Secrets Bakery in Rapid City. As far as peace offerings go, I approve. I had the opportunity to interview the owner earlier this … Continue reading Peace Offering
Today was wire-to-wire busy at work. First time since I've started that I've been on the go nonstop at CenturyCo. I guess I've gotten spoiled, not having to sweat over tight publishing deadlines. So, I'm on the Party Planning Committee. I didn't volunteer for this, but rather, inherited the role when I accepted the job. … Continue reading The Party Planning Committee