The Return of Spooky Sundays!


“All my friends were like, ‘it’s not a good look. Don’t do it.’ And then I was like, ‘gimme that toilet paper!’ And I was right. And I’m pretty mostly sure I was right….Guys, I don’t think I was right. How do I get out of this?”

Welcome to the second round of Spooky Sundays! For last year’s, check them out here.

Photo: Behind the scenes Frankenstein, 1931.


The Bluest Pie: Mixed Berry Fridge Pie

I’m always confused by people who don’t like pie.

It’s basically a delicious bread bowl full of delicious things. I’ve crunched the numbers, and that sounds very delicious! Sorry, people who don’t like pie, I’ve got science on my side!

It was when I moved to the Midwest I discovered, not only are there individuals who don’t like pie, but also, there are entire regions who actually feel pretty ambivalent about it.

That’s mostly ok. The Midwest has a lot of cheese.

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Weekend Plans: Labor Day Edition

When you remember you don’t have to work today, you must find your best pair of kickin’ jeans. And if you can’t find them, I’m sure Target keeps their kickin’ jeans well stocked.

Just don’t ask for kicking jeans. And don’t even think about binding your legs. Talk about embarrassing.


Championing the Ragamuffins



Photographer unknown.

I’m not built for corporate culture.

Before you all start rolling your eyes, I recognize most people don’t say, “ooh la la! management seminars!” But people do pay for management seminars. And people do buy the books about management techniques they learn at the management seminars. People do like that stuff. And some people do thrive in corporate environments.

I’m not one of those people. Number one: I don’t like break rooms. They’re where you have to figure out how to circumvent the guy standing in front of the microwave waiting for his toasted bagel so you can microwave your breakfast burrito. And let’s establish one thing: he won’t move until you ask him to. Despite standing one foot from him, breakfast burrito in hand. Despite making eye contact and smiling as if to say, “I’m going to pretend you didn’t notice me, but now you’ve noticed me, so I’ll wait here while you get out my way, for you see I have breakfast burrito in hand.” He’ll probably just think you’re flirting.

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But If You Fry Sometimes, You Get What You Need: Fried Okra

I wasn’t much of a gardener till recently, and even now, I think I’m better described as “woman making increasingly aggressive plant choices.” Or “woman with watering can, and everlasting hope for strawberries.”

But this year, has felt very much like gardening and less like being pleasantly surprised when it rains and things grow. Regardless of this improvement, for the four years I’ve had the space for a container garden, I’ve always felt like there was a distinct point in the summer where the plants revolt. The tomatoes get sick. The dahlias stop blooming. The strawberries start invading nearby pots because that’s a thing that strawberries do, evidently!

It’s like they know that all I’ve got going for me is my comfy pants collection and killer singing voice. Gardener schmardener.

Truth be told, It’s almost September. Which means it’s almost Fall. Which means it’s almost the season we don’t talk about. Which means my patio garden is probably starting to wind down.

Which means I was all the more surprised when I noticed my lone okra plant starting to do something.

Also note the invasive strawberry, which happens to be my street name.

I planted the okra months ago in a pot shared by my snap pea “crops.” And due to some faulty netting and some chipmunks who need a chipmunk tailor because they are too big for their chipmunk britches (this sentence was worth it), the pot was gutted. I thought nothing was coming back, so I let the marigolds take over.

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