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    Whisky hearts - Apr 3rd, 2012
    Normally, an empty whisky bottle means a cork without a job. But not today. No, today I decided to rescue the cork from my empty bottle of Glenmorangie and carve it up a bit with my pocket knife. (A tool that every good redneck always has on hand.) [more...]

    Spring break - Mar 30th, 2012
    Well, as of 4:00 p.m. I am officially on spring break. Only, that really just means that I’m not going to classes for a week. And, actually, since there aren’t classes on Easter Monday, and I don’t have classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I’m really out of class for nearly two weeks. Yay! [more...]

    Ode to a St Patrick’s Day Martini - Mar 15th, 2012
    What’s that? The Martinis! Facebook page is running a poetry competition? Well, how can I resist that? [more...]

    I [heart] root beer - Feb 27th, 2012
    I love root beer. I really, really do. It’s my fizzy soft drink of choice and I could drink barrels and barrels of the stuff. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Simple pleasures - Feb 26th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 3: List 31 simple pleasures; pick one and write about it. Last year I was challenged to write a list of 30 things that made me smile and I imagine that this list may include a few duplicates, but I will try to keep those to a minimum. [more...]

    A birthday in Crieff, not grief - Feb 21st, 2012
    It’s here! It’s here! The start of my 38th year of life is here! (Translation: Yay! It’s my 38th birthday!) [more...]

    A Birthday in Crieff - Feb 21st, 2012
    I took myself to Crieff, Scotland, to celebrate my 38th birthday. It was really all about the candy and food, if I’m honest! [more...]

    Cheap [or free] booze - Feb 8th, 2012
    I used to buy expensive booze. I had a collection of fine wines and expensive whiskies. I had top-shelf Cognacs and the best small batch Bourbons. And I wouldn’t have thought twice about opening a $40 bottle of wine for no reason other than I wanted a glass of wine. [more...]

    Red and rosé - Feb 1st, 2012
    It took a while to convince myself to get out of bed today. I mean, a long while—it was nearly noon by the time I decided to emerge from under my duvet. At first, I wondered if I would spend the day inside. Not necessarily sulking, but sitting around doing nothing. [more...]

    Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race - Jan 25th, 2012
    Oh, what a happy belly I have, all thanks to the lovely Burns’ Supper that Rebecca prepared. [more...]

    Lovely latkes - Jan 23rd, 2012
    I love latkes. They’re amazingly delicious and super duper easy to make; inexpensive, too. And the best thing about them (today) is that they fit the bill for my Dark Days Challenge. (I realise it’s been more than a month since I last posted a DDC meal, but it’s not because I’ve not been eating local, rather it’s because I haven’t been blogging about it.) [more...]

    Got milk? - Jan 17th, 2012
    If you’re American, you may not realise that milk is a very important part of British culture. From the 1946 School Milk Act (an addendum to the Education Act 1944) to Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher and from breast milk ice cream to the order in which one adds tea and milk to a mug, milk seems to be more than just another beverage. [more...]

    A slow start - Jan 2nd, 2012
    It’s nearly midnight on January 2nd and I’m finally getting around to writing my first post of the year. I meant to write yesterday and I’ve been meaning to write today, but life got in the way. [more...]

    Steak and potatoes - Dec 19th, 2011
    OK boys and girls, today is my first meal prepared for the Dark Days Challenge. Not that I haven’t been eating some local foods all along, but tonight’s dinner is special because it’s all about the local stuff! [more...]

    A thankful weekend - Nov 27th, 2011
    Well, my Scottish Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close. Yes, the original planning process was difficult, and I found myself having to make do with all sorts of things to pull it off, but I think I can fairly call it a success. [more...]

    Thanksgiving 2011 - Nov 27th, 2011
    Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, and the fact that I was able to share the holiday with friends, despite being 6,000 miles from home, made me extremely thankful this year. The bonus is that I think everyone enjoyed their first Thanksgiving! [more...]

    Making do - Nov 25th, 2011
    Tomorrow, I will be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time since Paul died*. It won’t be as big of a crowd as our last Thanksgiving together, but I find myself just as nervous about the preparations. [more...]

    Warming up - Nov 21st, 2011
    I’ve been upset about Thanksgiving for a while now. Like really, really upset. I know it’s silly, but that’s the way it’s been. (As I’ve said.) [more...]

    Good ol’ goulash - Nov 8th, 2011
    I love goulash. Growing up, I was always happy to see it on the dinner table. Later, as a grown-up, I loved going to my folks’ house and seeing leftover goulash in the fridge—and eating it! But I realised that I’ve never actually made it myself. [more...]

    Guy’s night - Nov 6th, 2011
    Last night was Guy’s night. Guy Fawkes’ Night, that is. (Well, it’s more often called Bonfire Night in Scotland, but that doesn’t make for as fun of a post title!) And to celebrate, Rebecca and I went to the Bridge of Allen fireworks show. [more...]

    One man’s junk - Oct 29th, 2011
    We’ve heard it a million times before: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Well, let me just say that I’ve found a treasure in amidst the junk—The Junk Rooms, that is. And now, it’s become a Cocktail Mecca for me and my friend, Rebecca, who introduced me to the place. [more...]

    Coming home - Oct 24th, 2011
    I got the keys to my new flat this morning and have spent the day traipsing up and down several flights of stairs to get my belongs moved in—and more trips up and down to get groceries and bedding and a few other bits-and-bobs in. [more...]

    Budgeting - Oct 15th, 2011
    Before I graduated from university money was tight. My adult life, until shortly before I got married, was spent not spending money. No, really. Money was so tight that a $5 banking error could have meant complete destruction. [more...]

    Olives - Sep 17th, 2011
    I love olives. They are very much a part of my life. Olives for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Olives for tacos and nachos and pizza. Olives for tuna noodle casserole and olives for eating all on their own. Oh, and olives for martinis, of course. [more...]

    An awesome Monday - Aug 1st, 2011
    I’ve had a pretty awesome Monday, if you wondered. It started when I woke up at 6 a.m. and checked my email. That’s when I learned that I’d been awarded a £2,000 Scotland Saltire Scholarship toward my tuition at the University of Stirling. [more...]

    At the beach: A holiday recap - Jul 25th, 2011
    I suppose it’s time for a holiday recap, since my Washington Coast holiday is over. So, here goes! [more...]

    Taking stock - Mar 27th, 2011
    I have an alcohol problem. A big, big alcohol problem. But it’s not because I drink too much—it’s because I drink too little! [more...]

    Why today is awesome - Mar 18th, 2011
    St. Patrick’s Day is awesome because everyone one wears my favourite colour and that makes the world really pretty. [more...]

    Friday eve - Mar 4th, 2011
    Friday eve is here and I’m celebrating with a cold bottle of Pyramid Brewery’s Haywire Hefeweizen and a bowl of pretzels. [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    Fannies and Haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    Gallery: The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” was a success! [more...]

    Fannies and haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” weekend is officially over and I think it was a great success! There were 18 of us for dinner all together and everyone seemed to enjoy the haggis! [more...]

    And I didn’t fall once… - Dec 30th, 2010
    Well, I’m back in America now. But not home. I’m still working on that. So, I’ll save the trials and tribulations of my homeward journey and instead just share yesterday’s super-happy day in Canada with you. (Yay!!) [more...]

    I miss dinner parties - Dec 20th, 2010
    Shortly after we got married Paul and I started a new tradition of monthly dinner parties. Parties to which we were the only guests. It began with Paul’s birthday when I asked where he wanted to go for dinner. And he requested a five-course meal at home. [more...]

    Pizza, pizza! - Dec 3rd, 2010
    My foster daughter had a visit with her mom tonight which meant I was on my own for dinner. So, I decided to stop into The Green Frog in Palouse on my way home to grab some grub to-go. [more...]

    Tearful but thankful - Nov 26th, 2010
    Well, it would seem that I wasn’t meant to have a proper Thanksgiving this year. I wished for one, and even invited family and friends to join me, but no one was able to come. So instead, I decided that I would make the trip to my homeland to share a traditional turkey dinner with my parents and one of my sisters and her family. [more...]

    Fire and wine - Nov 24th, 2010
    It’s been a very long week. A very, very long week. But whilst last Tuesday ended with my going to bed sobbing and crying, this Tuesday is ending with me feeling happy and having a smile on my face. [more...]

    It’s snow time! - Nov 23rd, 2010
    The National Weather Service has announced a blizzard warning for the Palouse through tomorrow. And let me just say, I believe it! That’s a lot of snow falling from the skies! [more...]

    The cure - Oct 9th, 2010
    As a kid, I remember Grandpa Eberle talking about the best way to get rid of a cold: A shot (or two?) of Brandy, a hot shower, and a warm bed. I think even then I realized that he was basically saying: “If you have a couple of drinks then take a hot shower, you’ll pass out. By the time you wake up, your body will have fought the cold." [more...]

    My favourite things - Sep 28th, 2010
    As part of my effort to take back my lunch time, I’ve spent today’s lunch break composing a little ditty on my laptop just for my awesome readers; who are also some of my favourite things. (Yay! for awesome readers! And yay! for reclaimed lunch breaks. And yay! for whatever else you want to celebrate today!) [more...]

    Closer to a better tomorrow - Sep 18th, 2010
    Today’s quote from my “Be Good to Yourself” calendar came at just the right time. For a few weeks now I’ve been telling myself to get in gear and start working toward next year when I hope plan to attend graduate school in the UK. [more...]

    Fancy hotels - Sep 17th, 2010
    Faithful readers of other rubbish I’ve written since Paul died will remember the struggle I had the first time I found myself having to travel to Seattle for work on my own. There was something very wrong about staying in a 5-Star hotel without Paul. [more...]

    Great-grandma’s pickles - Aug 22nd, 2010
    Yay! Pickle-making weekend has finally arrived. And just in time, as I was out of pickles. [more...]

    Having a Ball (and a Martini) - Aug 20th, 2010
    It’s pickle season. That means that when I come home from work tomorrow the house will be full of people and pickle making supplies. [more...]

    You just can’t beet this! - Aug 9th, 2010
    I don’t know if it’s because of my family’s peasant, Germans-from-Russia roots*, or because I’m weird (maybe both?) but I really like beets. I do. Honestly! [more...]

    And the winner is… - Aug 7th, 2010
    WooHoo! Thank you to everyone who entered* for a chance to win FREE COFFEE! For that matter, thank you to all of my readers. Your support of my ego-driven ramblings means more to me than you may know! [more...]

    A nice cuppa tea and a sit down - Aug 4th, 2010
    When I got home from work today, I realized that I’ve not enjoyed a nice cuppa tea and a sit down after work since my last work day before Paul died. And I realized that I sort of missed that little bit of down time between arriving home from the office and making dinner. [more...]

    Cold theory - Jul 28th, 2010
    So I’m sitting here drinking a proper beer with my sister and brother-not-in-law, JohnnyO. (JohnnyO is drinking Bud Light, which is almost proper beer, so that’s OK.) A question of if my beer is ‘ice cold’ turns the conversation to the ridiculous ‘cold activation’ sensor-thingy on the side of a can of Coors Light. [more...]

    Go Wine! - Jul 12th, 2010
    Uncle Mike finally found his way to the Palouse for a day of wine tasting! (Can you believe it!?) He showed up Saturday evening and on Sunday morning we went into town to taste some of the finest wines the Palouse has to offer. [more...]

    A lazy day - Jun 27th, 2010
    I started the day off thinking I’d do some weeding in the garden. Maybe work on my tan a bit. So, I broke out the gardening tools and poured a glass of cheap-and-cheerful white wine. Then Schrodie came by to visit and reminded me it was a Sunday. [more...]

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