There are two big-ticket home repairs that I know I will need to face someday, but for now, I dread them. One is replacing the roof, and the other is buying and installing a new furnace. While there isn’t a lot that you can do to prevent needing a new roof one day, there are several things that you can do to ensure your furnace stays healthy and has a long life. (more…)
So I may be cheating a bit in that this post isn’t about my kid. But you guys, I really need to vent. Story’s dog – term used loosely – is going to give me an aneurysm. The Little Shit, as she is not at all affectionately called when Story is gone, or Kahlea, as she is called when Story is home, is so vexing her cuteness cannot make up for it. Let me give you a few examples.
Parents, children, and lies are an age-old threesome. Parents might find untruthful ways to sneak candy or tell convenient white lies to get a moment of silence. Children, on the other hand, push the boundaries of lying, learning the lines between truths and lies and what it really means to lie to someone. (more…)
I love paella. I’ve had several different versions, and each was as tasty as the last. However, I’ve always been too intimidated to try making it. It’s a controversial dish, for sure, with everyone seeming to have his or her own “authentic” recipe. But more than that, I’m not the greatest cook, and there is a lot that goes into any paella recipe. For me, that reads as “there are a lot of opportunities to screw up.” I don’t know if I suddenly had a burst of self-confidence or just too much coffee, but I decided to make paella for our NHN family dinner this month. I’m happy — nay, ecstatic — to say that it was not only edible but pretty darn good. We had rice pudding for dessert — yum. And a dance party topped off the fabulous evening.