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Frederick, MD
Mostly silly with a chance of insightful.
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from Cindy Renfrow Washburn (ND) Community Cookbook, 1976 1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. white sugar 1/3 c. peanut butter 1 egg 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 c. flour 1... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at juliloquy
I have always loved being the youngest (of 3) in my family for lots of reasons, but one hilarious aspect is the difference between my nativity set and my siblings'. They both have completely matched sets that were given to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at juliloquy
As expected, I spent two nights in the hospital. During the first 24 hours, my internal refrain was "I will never recover. I will have chronic pain for the rest of my life." But each day brought exponential healing. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at juliloquy
Quick update from the hospital: It's not cancer! Rather, it was a severe case of endometriosis. My fertility system was basically trying to turn my body into a walking uterus. All of it had to go. Now I'm recovering from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at juliloquy
The average human ovary is about the size of an almond (pictured above, top). You will probably guess what I am about to say about the potato. My doctor discovered about a week ago that a cyst on my left... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at juliloquy
I routinely receive inspiration or solutions to problems during the state between sleeping and waking. Fall 2012 was a really rough time. I won't go into detail, but one night I heard this clearly: You are whole. You are not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at juliloquy
Shmoo wanted apple crisp for breakfast. We had no apple crisp. So I came up with this recipe on the fly. Quick Single-Serving Apple Crisp 1/4 apple, finely chopped (I used Honeycrisp) 1/2 c oatmeal (uncooked) 1 Tablespoon brown sugar... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at juliloquy
A friend of mine from high school is an Army anesthesiologist. He wrote this post last week on Facebook. He either recently deployed or will be deploying soon to Afghanistan. Thought I would spread the message. Last month in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at juliloquy
This framed art is hanging in my bathroom. "I rejoice in life for its own sake." —George Bernard Shaw "(to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to leave the world... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at juliloquy
I sometimes entertain myself by imagining places I would haunt if I were a ghost. I wouldn't want to scare anyone: These would be places I would hang out if I wanted to fill myself up with the human interactions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at juliloquy
Quotes from dog-eared pages. "The question is always—what are we going to do with this obstacle? And, like all other traumas, if we can use it for learning, then we can turn pain into wisdom. But it means doing the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at juliloquy
During our bedtime snuggle last night, Roo and I discussed the book we had just finished. She commented on its happy ending. I don't know what came over me, but I blurted out: "Do you think real life has a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at juliloquy
We didn't tell the kids about the tragedy in Newtown, CT. We decided to see whether classmates would bring it up today, then ask them about it. (Background: Shmoo's class activity today involved bringing in a stuffed animal. Shmoo brought... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at juliloquy
This story keeps rattling around in my brain, and then I remembered I had a blog and could put it here. One of the places I lived in Minneapolis was a cute one-bedroom apartment on First Ave. South and 40th... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at juliloquy
A favorite summer recipe. Avocado-Papaya Gazpacho (good to double) 1 cup canned tomato juice (spicy V8 is nice) 1 cup canned unsweetened pineapple juice 1 ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and diced (about 2 cups) 1 ripe-but-firm avocado, peeled, pitted, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at juliloquy
My experimentation with bangs has endured for about two years now, and I've decided that enough is enough. The idea for how I was hoping to look was something like this: It hasn't been a complete failure. There were some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at juliloquy
Shmoo has always been a solid kiddo. When he was a toddler, I would buy clothes a size or two too large. He would grow out, then up, cyclically. When he was two, I bought him shark swim trunks. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at juliloquy
I've been on a cover song kick again lately and polled friends about their favorites. (I put some of my favorites on this playlist from Spotify.) The best cover songs give a nod to the original but take it in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at juliloquy
A multiple-choice quiz to give you a small glimpse of life with da Roo. 1. You ask her to go to her room to put on her pajamas. She returns ten minutes later wearing a. her pajamas b. nothing c.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at juliloquy
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Feb 28, 2012
Several weeks ago, Shmooie surprised me by saying "sometime I'd like to go somewhere, just you and me. Maybe to grab a bite to eat or something." (He has already mastered the art of romantic-yet-casual date-asking! Ready for college!) We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2012 at juliloquy
As you can tell, I am not doing the post-every-day-in-November thing this year. But I would like to put up a few posts this month, at least! So I will back up to the end of September to cover the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at juliloquy
Heya. School has started! Shmoo began first grade on August 29th. His best friend and one other student from last year's class are with him. I got a really cute picture of the three of them, but I don't want... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at juliloquy
Got this in a Money Mailer® yesterday. People, you have got to click to embiggen. A coupon. From a cemetery Memorial Garden. I just. So, the coupons have no expiration date! (HPR: "Even though YOU do!") I have no idea... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at juliloquy
Today, 8:45 a.m. Roo: May I please have a cupcake? Me: Not until after lunch. [pause] Roo: May I please have lunch? Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at juliloquy