Showing posts from November, 2013

Book Review: Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After finishing Ghost Story (review forth-coming, maybe) I was in need of a Dresden break before I jumped into Cold Days. None of the fantasy or sci-fi on my list really grabbed my attention, so back to murder mysteries I went.

I am liking the writing style(s) of Jefferson Bass much better than Kathy Reichs (but I still binge on Bones marathons). SpoilerI can't believe they killed off a main character so soon!! I had to make sure I wasn't reading A Game of Thrones.

I was happy to see that Bass and Miranda had made up and that Miranda wasn't all psycho-girlfriend about Bass' blooming love life. The twist ... I saw coming and yet I didn't. Let's just say that the circumstantial evidence was quite convincing, except that you know that he didn't do it, so as a reader you already have doubt and start looking for alternative explanations.

Like most of my favorite books of all genres, this is character dr…

Homewalk 2013: Why I Walk

Tomorrow I will be walking in my first 5K with +United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

I'm walking because being homeless sucks, whether you are living on the streets, crashing with friends, or living in your car, a motel, or hostel because you have no where else to go.

I know, you're probably thinking "No shit, Captain Obvious."Being homeless with kids is even worse. It's a reality I have lived through and a fear I constantly have with being a contractor. There is nothing scarier than living paycheck-to-paycheck and having your contract and your lease end at the same time. Or having an uncaring landlord who doesn't care that your next gig will start in three weeks and you'll be able to get caught up then when rent is due last week.

I'm walking to help end that fear and uncertainty for at least one family.

By the way, you can still donate. Just click right here.  

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Throwback Thursday: San Diego

Some of my friends may remember this night.
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Menu Plan Monday: Paleo Pasta Week

What? Paleo and pasta in the same sentence? What trickery is this??? 

It's fall and I instinctively just want to carb up. Luckily for me, PaleoOMG seems to be the same way. And Civilized Caveman (and now these two are collaborating on a cookbook!!! Sign me up, I will stand in line for this.)

OK, not really. 

Sunday: Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - very quick, easy and tasty
Monday: Grilled chicken with mixed veggies from Fresh & Easy (garlic ranch butter ... nom!)
Tuesday: Cajun Salmon with Asparagus with Citrus Dressing Recipe
Wednesday: Chicken Bacon Alfredo and broccoli
Thursday: Tilapia with Green Beans
Friday: Paleo Spaghetti but using spaghetti squash instead of zucchini
Saturday: leftovers or crock-pot beef stew if I can find the lid to my crock-pot (sloppy packing this past summer). I'm walking the United Way Homewalk 5K that morning and will want something tasty to warm me up.

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Throwback Thursday: November 2007


Coloring My Sisterlocks

Call me vain, but I hate the gray. I am by no means ready to "grow old gracefully". I'm not even middle-aged yet!

When I got my locs installed they told me I should either color right before installation or I would have to wait a year. A year! I thought I could stick it out, I didn't want any chemicals on my hair before installation (at this point henna hadn't even crossed my radar). Back in July I had colored dark brown and within a month my roots were bad.
I've been artfully doing a side-part to hide the worst of it. But at my two-month tightening my loctitian made a random comment about the colors in my hair.

Last week I contacted my loctitian and didn't exactly beg, but was possibly persuasive enough that she gave me the go-ahead to use henna a week before my re-ti (CAUTION!!!! This is not recommended!!!! My locs are only three months old and all responsibility for anything negative that happens is my own damn impatient fault).

 I ordered this kit and …

Wordless Wednesday: Dessert


Throwback Thursday: Vacation

I am so ready to relax

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Dear Readers

Thank you so much for sticking around. The last two months of real life have been somewhat of a emotional roller-coaster and I am just now getting my creative mojo back. My motivation for writing is struggling to keep up, but I figure if I keep creating drafts and taking pictures, it will all come together soon.
So guess what that means for you all? It means your RSS feeds are going to go bonkers. I have been menu-planning, taking photos, pouring out my heart and soul, and well, I'll be polishing and publishing as much as possible over the next few weeks. That is, if I don't get cold feet about baring my soul. There are so many more of you now and jot the 8-10 friends and family that I started this blog for ... wow, over a decade ago. 
And again, thank you for not abandoning me and coming back each week. I know you just come for the food, but I hope you'll stick around for the conversation. Hint: leave a comment

Photo Friday: Swift