Cooking skillz

For two people who don’t watch television, Sam and I have been watching an awful lot of television. With the exception of football (not the American kind) and tennis and the soon-to-be Tour de France, most of what we watch could be considered shite. But one show we stumbled upon and that has completely enthralled us, is “Master Chef,” a cooking contest between everyday people, hosted by an etched and fidgety little dude named Gordon Ramsay. Apparently he’s big in the cooking world. Or, at least, he’s a behemoth in the television cooking world, because every other show seems …

VIVE LA FRANCE!

Meet our exchange student, Lucile. Isn’t she adorable? She arrived last night, swirly-eyed and seemingly in shock after a very long day of travel that included and excruciatingly long lay over in Houston, of all God-awful places. Of course, if you have to go to Houston, the airport is probably your safest bet. We took Lucile for a quick dinner, brought her home, let her shower and sent her to bed. Today, I initiated her with a quick zip through the hallowed halls of Target because I absolutely had to go there. And I will say, she looked completely …

TOP NINE LESSONS I LEARNED AT BLOGHER

If you’re surrounded by 3000 smart opinionated women, and in this case women who write, you’re bound to learn all sorts of things. The BlogHer conference was no exception. Here are the top ten lessons I learned at BlogHer. You’re not alone. Women use blogs to escape.  In these tough economic times, people are looking to forget about the mortgage and the bills.  Maybe we just want to stop worrying for a minute about our kids staying out too late or being bullied in school.  If you’re reading this at 4am, welcome you’re not alone, my friend. Women rule.  I didn’t need a …

OH! THE PLACES I’VE BEEN!

Yesterday I picked raspberries and popped them in my mouth, the sweet exploding on my tongue.   Bellevue was so green it hurt my eyes and filled my heart.  I was a kid from the arid desert of Southern California where the only green is the watered lawns and palm trees.  I rode a horse and got lost in the green of the forest while the sun played hide and seek. I’ve milked a goat and jumped from a twenty foot rock into a pool of water so cold it shocked me alive. My family and I went to a …