Valentine’s Day Massacre

(photo source) This year, I revealed to my husband that I actually kind of like Valentine's Day.  This is despite all the times I told him that I hated it, it's lame and stupid, and a made-up, over-commercialized saccharine-fest invented by Hallmark and Big Floral.   For fourteen years, the poor man has been wondering why, every February 14, I would say I wasn't mad at him, while I was clearly mad at him. I was mad, you see, because everyone else was getting flowers and riding in … [Read more...]

Thursday Throwback: Is Nothing Profane?

This post originally ran about three years ago.  This year, our house will be launching the following into an unsuspecting world:  Harry Potter, Aphrodite, a cat, the grim reaper, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,  a Pink Mummy Ghost (this is a costume which started off weird and gets more confusing each year), Ming Ming, and a confused and angry baby. You can see by the preponderance of trademarked characters that, in the three years since I wrote this piece, my give-a-damn has … [Read more...]

A big fat lady just sat on my hat.

So, we celebrate Columbus Day here.  As I've mentioned, it's not because I think he was a perfect man (there was only one of those.  We get His day off school, too), or because I think that his achievement brought unmitigated blessings to mankind.  Still and all, I'm glad to be on this continent, I'm glad to have a three-day weekend, and I love me some eye-talian food. On the menu is bruschetta with various disgusting toppings that the kids won't eat, mwa ha ha ha ha hahh (that was the … [Read more...]