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Happy 17th Blogiversary to me! I know no one blogs anymore, but I'll keep showing up here once in a while as long as you'll have me. It's so funny to look back at the early years of this blog,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at verbatim
It's weird to realize that I'm coming up on the one-year anniversary of the last time I set foot in a supermarket. We've been getting by quite well with the delivery options we have (although I do not use Instacart,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at verbatim
Hey, I promised you some recipes, didn't I? Well, I suddenly got bombarded with work deadlines and kind of forgot. We did make it up to Maine for the long weekend, which was lovely. I had to bring some work,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at verbatim
Greetings! I have a backlog of posts to write because I kept waiting until the world didn't seem likely to end. I'm still not sure we're in the clear, but I'm going to take advantage of this lull. (And, again,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at verbatim
Last year on December 30, I said to you all, "I will be very glad to put this year behind us!" Little did I know. At that time, what felt like the last straw in a bad year of medical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at verbatim
I continue to find lots of great recipes over at Budget Bytes and urge you to poke around there—I haven't had a miss yet! Here are two recipes that have been in frequent rotation around here. The first I did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at verbatim
A three-part blog post in which I pretend that the world isn’t going to hell in a handbasket and that my anxiety over the upcoming election isn’t getting the best of me… Part I: Music In 1982 Elvis Costello released... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at verbatim
Hope everyone out there is doing OK. We are all still healthy (aside from heightened stress about the election and other related nightmares, which I do not want to discuss here, thank you very much!). Some of you might remember... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at verbatim
You better be sitting down for this, because Andy and I actually took a vacation! This is a big deal not only because of covid, but also because this was our first week away since before Steph was born (1996)!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at verbatim
In which I pretend that there's nothing bad going on in the world at all, and instead give thumbs-up to a book, a movie, and a recipe. Remember how much I loooooved Circe by Madeline Miller? I immediately bought her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at verbatim
*Hopefully for the next 3 months, anyhow! What a spring and summer it was, with the house full of kids with pretty much nothing to do at all. Our electricity and water bills, our grocery bills, everything went up. But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at verbatim
Gee, hard to tell how happy you were that they visited! ;) Sounds like a lovely visit. I really liked Sea Wife--I thought the writing was fantastic, and both characters felt very real to me.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2020 on Love at Kingfisher Cove
Hello, heat wave! I was thinking of things I'm saving money on during this pandemic, like restaurants and gas for the car, but another thing is sunblock. The only time I go outside is to take a walk, which is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at verbatim
Oh, thank goodness she came back! My heart was sinking into my stomach as I read. And thank goodness John happened to spot her!
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2020 on No Good Very Bad Day at Kingfisher Cove
Some of my friends are reading more than ever since the pandemic started, but I'm finding that I have much less interest in reading these days. I'm not sure why, but I assume it has to do with the overall... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at verbatim
I no longer have any words to describe what’s going on in this country: People are dying every day because of that monster in the White House. And yes, I am referring to both the pandemic and the racial atrocities.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at verbatim
Here's a humor piece I wrote a few weeks ago; it is meant to be a parody of the kind of over-the-top food/travel writing I read (and sometimes have to edit). I had hoped McSweeney's might want it, but they... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at verbatim
If you've noticed that I'm blogging much more than usual these days, you're right. Although I am still working full-time—apparently the cookbook industry is not affected by the current economic nightmare!—I am not doing a whole lot else. The classes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at verbatim
I keep trying to write a proper farewell post about John Prine, but I just can't do it. A friend mentioned that the news of his death from covid-19 left her "gutted," and that's just how I feel. He was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at verbatim
How's everyone doing? Status quo here, by which I mean we are still staying home and no one has gotten sick. Hope that's true for all of you, too! I am maybe the last person who doesn't personally know someone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at verbatim
I hope you are all well and finding ways to survive—physically, professionally, emotionally—during this pandemic. When I think of all the things I'm worried about, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to be able to afford to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at verbatim
Well, this isn't going to be the promised post with fun recipes and interesting book reviews, but rather a check-in to let you know how we're doing and to find out how you're all doing during this unprecedented time. First... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at verbatim
Sorry to hear it, Kristi, but it makes perfect sense. It remains to be seen if it will even be held....
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2020 on 16 Candles at verbatim
You guys, I don't have time for a Real Post, but I just want to pop in to say THANK YOU to anyone who ever takes a minute to read this blog, especially these days when I hardly ever post.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at verbatim
I will be very glad to put this year behind us—besides the country and world going to hell in a hand-basket, it has been a tough year Chez Verbatim. The latest "excitement" is that Andy woke up on Christmas Eve... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at verbatim