Thanks, 2010.

In the winter, I light more candles, drink more coffee, and read more lists. I love year-end lists, even that frantic feeling they impart: that I should have read more, that I should be reading right now! I’ve made a…

Wear Your Sequins to Work Day

My underline-happy-husband just left the house for the first time in a number of days that I will not disclose. He’s a graduate student, and it is finals-season. Right now he lives in a little cave of books and his…

The Walking Deadline

During a particularly grisly scene on a notably gory TV show, the leader of a ragtag handful of survivors of the zombie apocalypse pauses to recognize that the (un)dead cadaver he’s about to hack into for some guts-camouflage (seriously, this…

Homemade Mess

My favorite line from my second-favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is this: “Scoop 6 3 ?-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up;…

Sucker for Stickers

In first grade, our construction-paper caterpillars grew based on spelling test scores. Or maybe the reward was phonics-related; I don’t recall precisely why we received cookie-sized circles to add to our caterpillars’ abdomens, only that it was essential my caterpillar…

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