The Importance of Wow

Puff pastry is a miracle food.

I’ve fantasized for years about making an entire meal, from appetizers to dessert, using puff pastry as the essential ingredient in every course.

Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts Beef Wellington Arugula & Candied Pecan Salad with Parmesan Cheese Pastry Twists Puff Pastry Napoleons layered with jam and cream

Mmmm.  Puff pastry.  It goes well with everything.

Well, WOW is the puff pastry of words.  And what I love about it is this… it can be Good Wow or it can be Bad Wow, and only the Speaker of the Wow knows which. ...  read more

The Baby Fell Out!

The baby fell out!

Into the waiting arms of a doctor.  Just as planned.  But still.  It felt very dramatic.

Look what Jeff and Kim made.


They done good.

So good.

This very proud auntie is happy to introduce you to my newest nephew.

Congratulations to Jeff, Kim and the baby’s big sister and big brother!

AND ALSO TO ME!  The new auntie. ...  read more

To The Toilet Bowl

A title like “To The Toilet Bowl” makes it sound like this is going to be a letter to my toilet bowl.

If that’s what you were expecting, I offer my sincere apology.

Unfortunately, I’m simply not prepared at this time to confront my toilets’ accusations of abuse, their photographic “evidence” of such (I swear they stained themselves), or their class-action lawsuit against my family.  So I have no comment at this time.  If you need further information, please see my lawyer. ...  read more


I grew up without a sister.

My sister-in-law, Kim, finds that tragic.

But I’ve never missed having one.

Never ever.

Except the time when I was 3, and my parents brought home a baby brother.  Which was the exact opposite of the gender I requested.  Because, apparently, my parents can’t follow basic instructions.

So, when I was 3, I missed having a sister. ...  read more


You know that Sesame Street song, One of These Things Is Not Like The Others?

I like that song.

On a completely unrelated note, after I posted this photo last week of my sister-in-law, Kim…

my brother (who’s coincidentally Kim’s husband), sent me this message:


Could you please replace the image of Kim on the recent post with this EXACT, UNALTERED copy?  No reason.  Thanks! ...  read more

How to Name a Baby Mulligan

There’s a part of me that fears that no one will come to my parties ever again.

Then there’s the part of me that keeps making up new baby shower games.

The second part says to the first part, “Screw you, sucka!  I don’t care if you make new friends.  I just wanna laugh at others’ pain.”

I usually listen to the second part because she’s more fun.  She also gets me in trouble a lot.  To which I say, “Eh.” ...  read more

Little Bother

Once a little brother, always a little bother.

Oops!  That was a typo.

Or a Freudian slip.

You decide.

But it made me giggle, so it made the cut, and I’m leaving it in.  In fact, I do believe I have a title for this post.

Oh, little bother Jeffrey.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

Yesterday, I posted about my hair.

A shallow choice.

I drafted, edited and picked photos for more than a week.  So it was even more shallow than you originally suspected. ...  read more