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I'm wrapping gifts.I made an ass out of myself last night, which only Danny witnessed. I find it both hilarious yet embarrassing, so if you ask politely I will share the story. I made my first official sale!I got a $20 tip which I used to buy Danny and myself dinner @ Denny's. I think I'm pretty much done all my Christmas shopping. I got another beading order. ...more

The dangerous overuse of antibiotics and creation of superbugs

For nearly the past month, my family and I have been battling a doozy of an upper respiratory infection, also known as a cold or the flu. It started with my daughter and quickly spread to my son and husband and finally to me all within about a week's time. The coughing, the phlegm, the runny nose, the aches, the fever, the gastrointestinal issues - we shared it all. Isn't family great?! ...more

A Spring Day in Central Park

On occassion I write without objective; just observations that spill out and occupy themselves in my mind's scrapbook. Sometimes I stumble across these words and they are like a warm sweater on a cold day. ...more

Seriously unsexy: how to disguise a red and flaky nose

Alright, here's the thing: I was going to write about something fun and smoochy and totally appropriate for the impending lovefest that is Valentine's Day, you know, like the glossiest pink lip glosses ever invented or five ways to feel less stupid in edible underwear. And then something happened: I got a cold. And then while I had this cold, I spent five days in a freezing climate, much of it at the top of a mountain, blowing my poor congested nose raw. ...more

This may sound strange, but try using Chap Stick to moisturize & heal.  I've used it on ...more

Becoming Minnesotan

Where I come from, the temperature dips below zero two, maybe three times a year. It happens in the wee hours of the morning, and when it does, it dominates the local media. The NBC news affiliate will run stories about where the homeless will sleep while their CBS counterpart will air an exposé about the deadly threat that the arctic air presents. ...more

Resistance is futile dont-chya-knooow!

I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved ...more

I like big booties and I cannot lie

A couple of years ago, there was a small movement to sever the legs of those who wore their pants tucked into their boots. Not literally, but even Facebook groups were created in revolt. ...more

A Cold Winter's Night

Most people, when despondent, call a friend or eat a tub of cake frosting. I wait till its dark and look up. It’s because of some dumb kid movie. Kind of. “An American Tail” is an animated film about Fievel, a mouse that gets separated from his family while emigrating from Russia to the U.S. I saw the movie when it first hit theaters in 1987, and the theme song, “Somewhere Out There,” still sends me into a trippy stupor, even more than 20 years later. ...more

Flu Report 2008

Sunday, January 13, 2008 The flu shot received last October provided hope that the infamous cold and flu season would not land anywhere close to where I was standing. That hope has now vanished, replaced with chills, a heavy chest, bouts of coughing, a fleeting earache, and of course the runny nose and headache associated with the culprit. ...more