Got a Reply

I got a reply to the letter I wrote to my supervisor’s boss. Good things about the reply: 1. It did not make me regret writing my letter. 2 ....more

Sent the Letter

I dreamed last night that I was in a building that was on fire but I kept not leaving. I kept thinking, “I need to get out RIGHT NOW,” and then I’d get distracted by trying to find the cat, or trying to figure out if I should bring anything with me, or trying to put on pants. It went from “I know the house is on fire but I see no evidence of it yet” to “I feel the heat and hear the crackling and smell the smoke and the floor is feeling as if maybe half of it has been eaten away by flames,” and STILL I didn’t leave ....more

Book: Mr. Splitfoot

I finished the somewhat-disturbing-somewhat-upsetting-but-pulls-me-back-to-it book I mentioned in this post, and I am ready to recommend it, right before I start reading it again right from the beginning: (image from Mr. Splitfoot, by Samantha Hunt. When I got to the last part I had to go into my room and shut the door, partly because I could not STAND to be interrupted even ONE MORE TIME by the family I was beginning to regret having, and partly because I wanted to be able to cry without being teased ....more

Wedding Registry; How to Leave a Company Without Yet Leaving

I was looking for a wedding registry, and an old one came up for a different person with the same name. On it were his-and-her bicycles, a video game system, a $500 DVD player, video games and DVDs, exercise equipment, and a $2,000 gift card. Literally, they specified that the gift card should be for $2,000 ....more

Extra Shifts; Books; Cat Update; Chocolate Update

I accidentally signed up for five extra shifts this week. I mean, I signed up for each one on purpose, but in each case I short-sightedly peered at the day itself on the calendar and thought, “Yes, I could do that.” Five times. And I am not even pretending that I am as work-busy as people who work this many hours (or TWICE this many hours) EVERY week, but it is a startling change to my routine and the days are just flying by and I am not getting much else done and I am feeling fretful and frazzled ....more

Problem: New Cat is Chasing the Other Cats

We have a new cat, a 3-year-old female. We’ve had her for just over three weeks. She is simultaneously the worst cat ever and the best cat ever ....more

Cuddle; Book: How to Weep in Public

I dreamed last night that my Twitter options only gave me one possible response to other Twitter users, and it was “cuddle.” I recommend this book: (image from How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows, by Jacqueline Novak. I have been having trouble lately with sad/despairing moods, and this book made me laugh ....more

Survivor Voting

After Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, I started seeing a ton more of “If it’s Trump vs. Clinton, I’m not voting.” I can see where that point of view comes from: if you’re offered two options, and you don’t want either one, declining seems like a good idea. It’s like if you’re going to a wedding, and the reception menu choices are shellfish, when you’re seriously allergic to shellfish, or steak tartare, when you avoid beef for health and ethical reasons, and RAW beef freaks you out even more ....more

Update on Reader Question: Gift Ideas for a Student with Cancer

There is an update on the post Reader Question: Gift Ideas for a Student with Cancer: Hello I wrote to you a few months ago about a student in my third grade class who was out getting treatment for cancer. I really appreciated all of the suggestions, and thought it was time for an update. The good news is that H is now considered cancer free and has returned to school! ...more

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup, Similar to Panera’s Recipe

There is something so beautiful about waking up knowing there are Good Leftovers in the fridge. Today I have leftover Broccoli Cheddar Soup to look forward to, from this Taste of Home recipe: ******** Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl Recipe Ingredients 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 8 ounces) 1 large carrot, finely chopped 3 cups chicken stock 2 cups half-and-half cream 2 bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup cold water or additional chicken stock 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 6 bread bowls Directions 1. In a 6-qt ....more