It is funny how things change over time.  Behavior that is normal in one decade may be deemed abnormal the next.  My grandparent’s generation had very definite roles for men and women.  Women were the caregivers and men were bringing home the bacon. My parents generation started to change the roles with women fighting for equal rights as men in the work place and men learning that it was not unmanly to help out around the home and with the kids.  (Or was it my parents generation where the men learned they can go play golf after work because they knew that their spouse wouldRead More →

I’ve got writer’s block.  I keep sitting at my computer and I type a few paragraphs, reread it and then delete.  It seems relevant as I type but then I hear a little singsong voice in my head going “booooring.”  (I really hate that voice.)  I think the reason I’m mentally obstructed is that I am really distracted with other events going on right now.  Could this be spring fever?  Could I be twitterpating?  Nope, it is much bigger than that.  I made it to the finals in the 2014 Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats Baconfest Chicago Amateur Cook-Off!!!!!  (Woot.  Woot.) This was my third yearRead More →

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Did you get your fill of corned beef and cabbage?  It seems like this year St. Patrick’s “Day” went on for weeks.  People seemed to have started the o’chatter very early.  (See how I added the o’ to make it more Irish?) I actually find the holiday really amusing because most folks don’t really know the o’meaning.  (Neither do I but I write a blog so I must be an O’thority on everything.) Simply stated it started as a religious day to feast and honor the patron saint of Ireland who died on March 17.  He was technically an evangelist withoutRead More →

Is it irrational for me to celebrate Pi Day this year?  Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14).   Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.  (Do you remember this from school?) The approximation to 3 digits is 3.14 hence the reason Pi Day is celebrated on 3-14.  (Now real geeks are wondering why I didn’t wait until next year…3/14/15 at 9:26:53.589…to write a post on Pi.) The cool thing about Pi is that it has been calculated to over ONE TRILLION digits beyond its decimal pointRead More →

Change.  People really have a hard time accepting change.  Adjusting to something out of the ordinary seems to throw most people off balance.  (I say off balance because it is nicer than calling people crazy.) The time change this weekend is a big one for a lot of people.  There are certain people in my life that I do not talk to for days after the time change.  It isn’t that I don’t love them but they start to pull me into their head scratching, time warp metamorphosis. A typical conversation goes like this: Me:  How are you? Friend:  I hate time changes. Me:  ItRead More →

Do you every get that feeling that you are getting too big for your britches?  (Do you ever really use the word britches in a sentence?)  This winter has made me feel that way literally and figuratively. Literally…I am TOO big for my britches and can honestly say my pants are too tight.  Apparently the cure for cabin fever in this house is any kind of food.  And like antibiotics, I’ve developed a resistance and I need more food to make myself feel better.  (I started to type something about my muffin top but that just made me want to go make muffins!) Figuratively, IRead More →