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Practical Christmas Gifts

I am surprised I haven’t written about this before, but I love practical Christmas gifts. While some might open a present of socks and groan, I’m like, “Socks? Sign me up!” Here is the funky pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation socks Eldest Son and his partner got me this year for Christmas. They picked this particular pair because they know of my penchant for circles. What makes a gift practical in my eyes is…

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Mid-Century Aluminum Christmas Tree

Hubby and I have been busy beavers today after visiting family for Thanksgiving the past two days. This morning, I finished sewing a new jumpsuit pattern. In the early afternoon, we replaced our smoke detectors, which were well over 10 years old and in need of swapping out. In late afternoon, we put up our Christmas tree. This may be one of the earliest times we’ve ever set up a tree. It’s a special tree.…

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Duran Duran’s Remake of Psycho Killer

Duran Duran’s new album “Danse Macabre” was released October 27, 2023, on lead singer Simon LeBon’s 65th birthday. Of course I had to get it. October being my birthday month, Hubby got me a gift card for South Metro Music so I could pre-order it. I picked up the CD the day it was released and quickly made a digital copy so I could have it on my phone. The album is Halloween-inspired and includes…

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The Weirdness of Autographs

A couple of Sundays ago, Hubby and I went to hear Cory Doctorow speak. Cory is a prolific writer who writes at the intersection of technology and policy, excoriating corporations that harm society and the politicians who play to corporations at the expense of the majority of us. He keeps a link blog called Pluralistic (https://pluralistic.net) and has written both fiction and nonfiction related to tech and policy. Over the course of the pandemic, he…

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A One-Pan Meal

I hate washing a ton of dishes after dinner. When my kids were little, I didn’t have a lot of time to wash dishes, even if I did enjoy it … which I don’t. So, whenever I can find meals that don’t take many pots and pans, I’m all for it. I have loads of meals I can manage to make with two pans, but very few with one. Meatloaf is one such meal, if…

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