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car shopping … take two

Mike Hale Acura in Murray, Utah.  Never, ever go there and be sure to tell them I didn’t send you.  After many car dealing shenanigans, we found a car there that I fell irrationally in love with.  Last night, we sealed the deal by putting down a deposit so we could buy it today.  Only. … Continue reading

purple minions

My ten-year-old and I went to see Despicable Me 2.  You know we loved 1 right?  The bad guys, the minions, the adoption, the adoption softening the badness of the bad guys.  What’s not to love?  Plus.  Fluffy unicorns? Curse you tiny toilet?  Pure writing genius. And I liked Despicable Me 2 too.  But my … Continue reading

car shopping

I am not making this up… One time, I went to a car dealership and they said they had a car I might like but it hadn’t been detailed yet.  And then they showed it to me.  There was blood on the steering wheel.  Blood.  I couldn’t, wouldn’t make that up.  What do you take … Continue reading


Since school is about to start for some, (Not for me.  Thank goodness not for me.  Not for my son yet.  Thank goodness not for him yet.)  But for the poor saps who start mid-August or those other poor saps on year-round schedules.  I have a school-related rant. It’s about bullying.  And it’s not about … Continue reading

don’t fit

Sometimes I think we look for ways to exclude ourselves.  I think this because I do it.  I think this because my friends do it.  Do you do it? I had a really great, kind of therapeutic, complaining session with a friend the other day where we listed all of the ways we don’t fit … Continue reading

the ‘helpfulness’ of technology

My phone has memorized all of my friend’s names, phone numbers, addresses, and bank account numbers. Pinterest stores all good ideas. Google has revolutionized research. Facebook keeps me posted on all the social goings on. Goodreads reads my mind and makes book recommendations. My car tells me where to go! I officially do not need … Continue reading


I just read a book called The Sense of an Ending.  I am not recommending it.  I fiercely hated the book.  The main character was so thoroughly unlikable and  I wanted very bad things to happen to him.  But hey.  This post is not about him or the book he lives in.  It’s only about … Continue reading


I am ridiculous.  I mean it.  I like things planned, organized, predictable, controllable.  To such an extent that I don’t like surprises. Even good ones.  Even great ones. If you’re throwing me a surprise party, you’d better factor in that for the first half hour, I will be grumpy because my mind is still shifting away … Continue reading

open-booked charity

It’s not my imagination.  There are more people on more corners asking for more money than there were last year.  And I’m reading this: With Charity for All by Ken Stern. The panhandling makes me sad and ashamed.  Well, isn’t that the right word for the feeling of not being able to look someone in the … Continue reading

too easy

Know what’s easy? Criticism. It’s like the dirty joke in a comedy routine – gets the laugh – but makes you feel icky afterwards. I am so good at the criticism.  Seriously.  Put a typo in your facebook status and stand back!  Oh.  And guess what?  It totally doesn’t matter to me that my status … Continue reading