Quite a Week

Well, it's been quite a week. Here are ten things about it. My great good friend Judy arrived on Sunday. She was delivering the keynote address and conducting a workshop in nearby Conshohocken, so she came in a couple days early for a visit. Judy treated us to a live taping of the Lovett or Leave It podcast at the Merriam Theater in Center City - it was fabulous! Before the show, though, we had... Read more →


Clothes Culling

Today I decided to switch out the winter clothes for the summer clothes. Out came the sweaters and long-sleeved tops; in went the tee shirts and short-sleeved tops. Then I decided to go through my clothes and get rid of stuff that I hadn't worn, had worn out, or no longer wanted. I'm not a slash-and-burn clothes culler - someone who can go through drawers and closets with the "If I haven't worn it in... Read more →


Maple Goodness

Remember I wrote about our trip to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival and our purchase of the fabulous maple syrup from Berkshire Sweet Gold? Well, we've been using the syrup quite regularly, mostly on pancakes and waffles. But I've been casually looking around for other ways to use it, and boy oh boy, I found a real winner today. It's the recipe for Maple Pudding Cake from Smitten Kitchen. It looked really easy and delicious, so... Read more →


Sunday Stealing: Sleepy Rambles Survey

How about some Sunday Stealing? Why yes, let's! 1. Would you ever try Fear Factor for one million dollars? Why or why not? Nope. Even though I'm sure that the TV crew would not let any harm come to me, I still wouldn't want to put myself through those sorts of things. 2. If you use hair spray, what brand do you use the most? I haven't used hair spray in about a zillion years.... Read more →


Beautiful Day for a Walk

It's quite a lovely day today, still a little chilly, but perfect for a nice long walk. We drove over to Pawling Farm (where we saw the Witness Tree), part of Valley Forge National Park, so that Joe could show me a really cool trail that he's hiked before. I figured we'd be walking the River Trail by the Schuylkill, but we veered off the main trail onto a wee trail that ran along the... Read more →


The Joys of Blood Work

So, I have to get blood work done before each of my chemotherapy sessions. Normally I make an appointment at the lab up the street from me. I try to get in pretty early because I don't particularly enjoy fasting and abstaining on the day appointed. Well, I waited a little too long this time and the earliest time I could get was 10:00 Thursday. Oh well. Then I realized that I work obligations on... Read more →


Postcards from Camp

It's April, the weather is crazy (80 degrees today! 40 degrees tomorrow! Thunderstorms on Monday!), and so of course I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp is nice because you can set your own goal: words, hours, minutes, pages... whatever works for you. I chose 30 hours as my goal, but I'm not writing for all of that time. A lot of what I'm doing is figuring out the sequel to the sequel. I know... Read more →


Saturday 9: Nights On Broadway

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) It's estimated that there are more than 200 separate streets called "Broadway" in the United States. Does your town have a Broadway? Not that I know of, but Philadelphia does have a Broad Street, which is a main thoroughfare through Center City. Locally, I don't think Norristown (or Audubon, or Eagleville) has a Broadway. 2) Think of the last time you celebrated well into the night.... Read more →


Albums I Have Known and Loved

My pal LA did this meme - it originated with her friend Dawn - and she challenged all and sundry to hop on the bandwagon. So here you go! Waiting for Columbus (Expanded Edition) - Little Feat If I were stranded on a desert island, this is the album I'd want to have with me. I was at one of the concerts where Little Feat recorded this live album; it was the. best. rock. concert.... Read more →


Our Chicago Problem

Well, it wasn't exactly our Chicago problem, as in Joe and Mary's Chicago Problem. No, it was really American Airlines' Chicago Problem, and they solved it quite nicely. We were on our way home from Weetacon (more on that lovely weekend later) and connecting to our flight to Philly. We had a rather tight connection at O'Scare O'Hare and had to make the trek from Concourse L to Concourse H quickly - not quite a... Read more →