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Front Paw/Back Paw: a Game For Flexible Cats

I want to play a game with you. It’s called Front Paw/ Back Paw. The rules are simple: you try to figure out which paw is which in a picture of a cat that is jumbled up, as cats do. My little one Legend is very good at this game. So here we go withContinue reading “Front Paw/Back Paw: a Game For Flexible Cats”

Marble Gel Nail Art Tutorial

One of the first things people notice about me these days is that my nails are always done, and often change. That’s because I do them myself, and I often pick at then, and if they aren’t basically perfect, I chew on my own fingers. It’s better this way. So, today, I offer a nailContinue reading “Marble Gel Nail Art Tutorial”

Nostalgia and Christianity

Although certainly many people who call themselves Christian today cling to the idea that the past was better than the present, I suggest that nostalgia is incompatible with Christian theology. Nostalgia requires a belief that things were better in the past than they are now or will be in the future, mistrusts youth and newness,Continue reading “Nostalgia and Christianity”

Yes, I Took My Groom Dress Shopping

Here’s the scene: I walk into a bridal boutique that deals in new, used, and vintage gowns. It is beautifully crowded with lovely things. I’m greeted by two friendly ladies, and I explain that I’m looking for a wedding dress. Behind me, my fiance. This wasn’t the first time I’d taken him dress shopping. “AndContinue reading “Yes, I Took My Groom Dress Shopping”

Easy Meringue Cookie Recipe

I’m a little inundated with work this week, but I did get in a little baking over the weekend (for a charity bake sale fundraiser, or I probably wouldn’t have gotten around to it). So I thought I’d share the recipe for my all-time favorite cookies! This recipe takes a little practice to get justContinue reading “Easy Meringue Cookie Recipe”

My Cat’s Too Smart

Let me tell you a story about my cat Legend. She caught a mouse. No idea where the mouse came from, but my house isn’t exactly airtight, and we’ve had mouse problems around the house before. I have two cats, though, so it shouldn’t be a problem, right? One of them is a former feralContinue reading “My Cat’s Too Smart”

One Big Reason Why Wedding Planning Sucks

I’m in the process of planning my wedding. There are some fun moments, but honestly? It kind of sucks. There’s a lot of sucky parts of wedding planning. There’s a whole tangle of toxic sexist assumptions to work with, there’s the ridiculous marketing, and a whole bunch of other problems. And I might talk aboutContinue reading “One Big Reason Why Wedding Planning Sucks”

Meat As Lessons In Mortality

Over the weekend, I was preparing chicken for cooking. I had bought a whole bird, because I thought I wanted to roast it whole (and it was cheap that way!), but when I decided to cook it, I realized I wanted it cut into pieces. So I started cutting it up, something I don’t thinkContinue reading “Meat As Lessons In Mortality”

Does Art Persuade?

I spent a lot of summer depressed. This is pretty normal for me. But I want to talk about a particular set of triggers that had me in a really serious existential crisis. I’ve been playing Persona 5, and I’ve been enjoying the fantasy of it quite a lot. The various representations of how victimsContinue reading “Does Art Persuade?”

Dear Conservatives: You Will Lose Your Guns, And It Will Be Your Fault

I didn’t want to write about mass shootings for my first blog post. I didn’t. I had planned something cheery like a joke about “Hello world!” I really had. But this America and this is 2019, and I must speak out, so here we are. I was raised around guns, trained to shoot first onContinue reading “Dear Conservatives: You Will Lose Your Guns, And It Will Be Your Fault”