Archive for February, 2009

potty training by the clock

February 25th, 2009

Sylvie, my nanny, and I are all ill, today. So, home alone with Sylvie, I decided we might attempt potty training. She’s been using the potty since ~15 months because she hates to be dirty, but since I’m not a fan of accidents, we’ve avoided encouraging anything more than Sylvie directed potty experiments. Figured we […]

depression cooking with Clara

February 24th, 2009

A few weeks ago I stumbled across mention of Clara, the 93 year old, who has her own youtube depression cooking series. At the time, I didn’t click, but flagged it for later review. I stumbled across it again, today, with time to watch and ended up spending an hour making my way through her […]

eats this week

February 22nd, 2009

I’ve got a friend who likes a menu, so I am sharing with anyone who cares. Monday – Salmon Cakes and steamed broccoli – 1lb salmon per person, cooked – ~1/4 c breadcrumbs per lb salmon – 1 minced garlic clove – 4 sweet peppers (I use little bell peppers, any will do), to taste […]

an interesting thing about moms

February 21st, 2009

I work for a mom community website where moms come to ask each other for advice from other moms. We’re recently working on a project that has me spending lots of time reading, classifying and sorting these questions and answers. It is fascinating. Our community skews ultra right wing Christian, and so it is not […]

how to: darn that darn sofa

February 16th, 2009

Years ago the piping on one of my sofa cushions blew out. I’d long ago forgotten until the kid’s spilled something on that cushion at a time when I couldn’t just toss it into the wash, and so I turned it over, rediscovering the blow out. This is a sofa I’ve had since college, so […]

our love has changed

February 16th, 2009

It is amusing to me how children change your life. Before we had kids, a romantic weekend involved a few long runs, home cooked meals or fancy restaurants, and a day walking on the beach or hiking in the woods. Our kids have been at the grandparents’ since yesterday afternoon and our romantic weekend has […]

making amends: awesome vegan caesar

February 16th, 2009

Sorry if the last post made you lose your appetite. To make amends, I’m sharing my “I can’t believe it is fake” Caesar Salad Dressing that we attempted last night. I normally make the real stuff – egg yolk and anchovies, et al – but didn’t have anchovies on hand, so I faked it with […]

our food is full of yuck

February 14th, 2009

Now that you’ve enjoyed your Valentines dinner, I’ll share why I’ll be wasting away – our food is full of yuck. The New York Times included an article last week entitled The Maggots in Your Mushrooms about what our Food and Drug inspectors are looking for when they check out our food, and the guidelines […]


February 14th, 2009

When your husband makes this for dinner: You can’t just show up with frozen pound cake. So I attempted parisian macaroons using Martha Stewart’s recipe (and incidentally, not the one I posted previously). Oh brother, those French are neurotic in a way that I can appreciate. What follows is what I learned, not necessarily what […]

number theory

February 14th, 2009

Will: Mom, what is the largest number? Mom: infinity Will: Nope. There is no largest number. Mom: You are correct. Will: What is the largest number? Mom: There is none. Will: Why?

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