Let Me Tell You a Story

Once upon a time, JustHusband and I took my family out to see Hidden Figures: my Mom, my Dad, and my Auntie. The five of us piled into my parents’ small car, because the big car wouldn’t start. Auntie, who is just over 6′ tall, sat in the front. JustHusband, who is almost as tall […]


I’ve never believed in making New Year’s resolutions, but I often find myself with vague notions of what I want to do in the coming year.  So, in the interest of getting more specific, here’s my “countdown of goals” for 2017: 10 vacation days needed for JustHusband’s birthday extravaganza. (I’m not saying which birthday it is because I […]

John Boyega Has Really Nice Skin

So I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last weekend. (I know, I know… I joked to JustHusband that we were probably the only people in the Northern Hemisphere who hadn’t seen it yet.)  Overall, I thought the movie was pretty good, though, at times, I found the writing to be a bit clunky and facile. I honestly expected […]

Anatomy of a Garden Shed

The first time I laid eyes on the shed in the backyard of our house, I knew it had to go. Nicknamed (by me) “The Garden Shed o’ Doom”, it was a hulking, rotting, stinking, insect- and raccoon-sh*t-infested monstrosity.  These pictures show what happens when your very handy brother-in-law comes over to help you and […]

How to Buy a House in Six Days (Without Even Trying)

Day 1 Go to the two open houses you’d planned to visit that day. You are continuing your mission of “just seeing what’s out there”. On your way to the second house, pass by a sign for another open house, just one street over from where you are headed. Decide with your husband that you […]

Sleepy Hollow vs. Sunnydale

In which a short, small-boned female, whose size belies her physical strength, is trying to hide from her troubled past in a small town, where unusual and creepy things tend to happen, has an encounter with a weird British guy with a dark past of his own, who is several generations older, doesn’t get any […]

Breaking up is hard to do

We need to talk. I haven’t been happy with you for a long time now, and it’s time I finally told you.  This is really hard for me to say, but I need to.  I hope you understand. I don’t want to see you again. I never thought it would come to this, but it […]

Please Allow Me to (re)Introduce Myself

Hello and welcome (back, in some cases) to my blog! This space used to be known as counterNarratives, where I wrote about whatever political issue that had me all fired up at the time. I’ve changed it because I’ve realized that I need a place where I can write about anything and everything that occupies […]