It’s a Temporary Lull

Dear Darling Ones, For the first time since sometime in 2021, I have a momentary lull in work. And boy, howdy, do I fucking need it. If you recall 2022 kicked off with me getting The COVID, then BFK’s restaurant burned down, and it ended with everyone dying (Jodi Hanson’s mom, my dad, Uncle Danny, and Betty). Through it all, I worked my ass off. I worked because it was…

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Maybe the Focaccia is a Symbol

Hi Darling Ones, The other day I made my favorite soup, pasta e fagioli, and focaccia for dinner. This was the first time I ever made focaccia. While I love all kinds of foods made using yeast, making those kinds of foods is not my favorite. Yeast requires faith and trust, and I hate those things. Yeast turns me into someone who prays to a higher power, another thing I…

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Why I Tell My Toothpaste to Fuck Off Every Night

Dear Darling Ones, I’ve worked in marketing for the better part of twenty years. One of the side-effects is being inordinately invested in redesigns and rebranding. Also, being a sucker for good packaging. This is kind of annoying because I long to be an anti-capitalist renegade, and not an “oh! that’s pretty I must have it” tool. Holding two diametrically-opposed opinions at the same time is one of my superpowers….

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A Cool (Not) Dry Place

Hi Darling Ones, I don’t know if this social media phenomenon happens everywhere, or if it’s unique to the Twin Cities area. Or maybe it’s a particular trait found in the people I follow on social media. Anyway, my very favorite thing on social media is when we have some sort of striking weather event and you find everyone sharing pictures of it on Instagram or Twitter. I love this…

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The Best Music I Listened to in 2022

Hey Darling Ones, Without much preamble, here are some of my favorite songs of 2022. Blush by Dessa This song, at least to me, is about the conflict of being in a situationship with someone you really want to be in a relationship with. As someone who has been in numerous situationships I wanted to be relationships, each line of this tightly constructed gem kinda punches me right in the…

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The Best Books I Read in 2022

Hi Darling Ones, I’ve read 170ish books so far this year. I will definitely read more before the year is over. However, I plan for all of those books to be cupcake-like mysteries that I will probably dislike a great deal. I read a lot of mysteries I dislike a great deal because I love to read mysteries and then judge them harshly. For example, I read a mystery this…

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This is What Was Bugging Me, Apparently

Hi Darling Ones, I have been out of sorts lately in ways unrelated from all death and accompanying grief. There’s just been this low-level air of dissatisfaction and crankiness lurking about the place. My fart noises at positive affirmations on Insta were extra farty. My sisters asked me an innocent question about Christmas plans and I burst into tears while texting them. There were probably other things that I can’t…

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