Some days I put effort into my work appearance. Some days I wake up confused after having slept 12 hours, unbaked pâte brisée for that pie I was going to make still sitting on the counter, wondering where it all went wrong. On those days, it’s enough to just put nice[ish] workout clothes on my person and call it good.
Happy shortmom's birthday, nerds.

Some days I put effort into my work appearance. Some days I wake up confused after having slept 12 hours, unbaked pâte brisée for that pie I was going to make still sitting on the counter, wondering where it all went wrong. On those days, it’s enough to just put nice[ish] workout clothes on my person and call it good.

Happy shortmom's birthday, nerds.

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
Looking at a map on a conference call...
Person #1:Cyan?
Person #2, 3, 4:Yeah, the one parallel to the blah, blah, blah [talking over each other].
Person #5:Oh. I thought 'cyan' meant 'pink'.
Person #6:Can't we just use ROYGBIV?
Person #1:So, then this line is orange?
Person #2, 3, 4:No, that's RED [talking over each other].
Person #5:Is THIS the orange? No. This? What's the purple?
Me:The purple is blue. The pink is purple.
Person #5:I thought the cyan was blue.
Me:The cyan is LIGHT blue. The purple is dark blue.
Person #7:Can't we just use, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue?
Person #6:That's what I said. ROYGBIV.
Everyone:Huh?
Person #6:Person #7 and I are from neighboring towns in upstate New York. We don't use 'cyan'.
Everyone:Huh?
[spend another 30 minutes discussing colored lines on a CAD-generated map in which everyone sees something different]

Budapest, George Ezra

Current summer favorite.

Compound built for Warren Jeffs becomes bed and breakfast

thegorydetails:

Hey, runningwithguts , round up yer wives, and let the staycation begin!

Oh my gosh.

We can stay there when girl gang does an Escalante adventure!

Anonymous said: Why did Satan create the beet?

Go away, Jason! No one invited you.

forgettheumbrella said: Name 5 books that you think everyone should read.

Best for last, Darce!

  1. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card — A science fiction novel, but it’s much more about humanity and tolerance than anything else. Also happens to be my favorite book ever.
  2. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson — Hilarious memoir about reacquainting himself with America after living the expat life for some 20 years.
  3. Night, Elie Wiesel — In just over 100 pages, Wiesel manages to convey more about life than I have ever been able to find elsewhere. Beautiful narrative.
  4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen — Austen has some strange reputation for being fluffy reading and “overly girly” (whatever that means), but if you think this, you either haven’t read her or you just have trouble thinking properly. So full of wit, satire, and intelligence. This is the type of novel that I have read so many times that I just pick it up and start reading from any page.
  5. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss — Current favorite novel. The best I have read in at least seven years. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is nothing like that, but I still highly suggest you read it. Although, to give you fair warning, this is the first in a trilogy, and the third has yet to be written. Book 2.5, a novella about a peripheral character, comes out this autumn. So. At least there’s that.

There is nothing special about my list, but these are the books that have been valuable to me. Of course, I don’t consider Harry Potter a book, but rather a sacred text. Semantics, but… whatever. If you haven’t read those, I’m still not sure why we’re friends (assuming we even are friends).

notjuststrongforagirl said: Any plans to come to Australia?

Alas, my budget and my limited vacation time are generally reserved for in-state adventuring and trips home to see my family. As it is, things like the government shutdown happen, which left me stuck with no vacation time and stranded without my family at Christmas. The uncertainty of life as a contractor makes me a little nervy when planning big trips.

But if you want to fund my trip, I’d be all about that!

To be honest, my passport also expired five years ago, and I never renewed it.

Anonymous said: Where does one go to get that delightful breakfast skillet you just posted?

I still have asks! What. On. Earth. Do you people sleep?

The skillet is from Pig and a Jelly Jar in Liberty Park.

It’s the Mexican scramble — tomato, onion, cilantro, cheddar, breakfast sausage* (homemade!), and a jalepeño cream.

I also suggest that you get toast to share so that you can sample their homemade jams. Right now they have strawberry coconut and blueberry lavender.

They also make fancy PBR cocktails, on the off-chance that you’re hipster scum.

A+. Do recommend. 

(If you mean the literal skillet, it was a contemporary piece rather than vintage hammered cast iron. You can find it anywhere that sells cast iron cookware.)

forgettheumbrella said: Name three places you would like to travel to right now.

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In no particular order:

  1. Tilbury, ON
  2. Worcester, MA
  3. Northport, NY

Generally, if I travel, it is not to see places, but rather to see people. I’m a total homebody at my core. I just want to be with my people, always. I don’t care where we are or what we’re doing.