Life is: Thinky

This category consists of life stories, writing, ideas I think about and want to explore.

20 Items to Just Not Mix Into the …

It’s become something of an epidemic. Recipes for playdough and slime and ideas for items to mix into that playdough or slime. Just when I think the goop craze is dying down I see another post roll on through my…

How to Slay Your Next Dental Visit

It’s everybody’s favorite time: I didn’t used to really mind going to the dentist, but now that I’m rapidly, rapidly aging, I’m growing increasingly hateful of the whole idea of anyone jamming their hands in my mouth for any reason…

So You Don’t Have to Talk …

It’s your month to have the gang over for dinner. Last time Jenny made her famous Rubbed Pork Chops with Distressed Figs and Tickled Apple Essence. Before that, Anne, who works 85 hours a week had her dinner catered by…

So Many Potatoes: The Story of my …

I suck as a homemaker, preferring to write and make art over cleaning, making meals, organizing, child-rearing, wifing, yard work, dog-owning, socializing, or anything else that resembles life as a competent family member. The one part of homemaking I enjoy…

How to Make Nature Prettier

Being a visual person and such, I like to look at pretty things. In fact, if something isn’t pretty, I simply won’t look. What is the point, I always say, as I shield my eyes from anything that might offend.…

I’m A Low-Down, Dirty, No Good …

Some things that have happened today are that I spied this spider eating a fellow insect. I actually took a video of it, fancying myself an amateur National Geographic cinematographer, but I’ll spare you the gore. I try to remove…

What Kids Really Draw

It dawns on me from time to time how hilarious it is that I am an adult thinking up ideas for kids to make art. I mean, first of all, I’m not sure what drives me to do that, but…

Hospital

It occurred to me last night how lucky I was to be in the ER waiting to see if I need to have my appendix removed. After waiting for 2 hours in the overflow area of the ER, and 4 hours in…

10 Winning Ideas For The Next NBC Chicago …

I’ve become sort of an obsessed teenager with NBC’s assemblage of shows set in Chicago. Christian and I have watched each one from the beginning, following the ins and outs of the characters, breathlessly awaiting the crossover shows that reveal how the…

A Dramatic Christmas Lights Story

On October 1st of this year, I decorated for Halloween. I hung a swath of grey tattered, gauzy fabric across the top of the front doorway. I then mounted two giant black bendy-legged spiders on either end of the fabric-…

Organization the Lifewhack Way

I suck major balls at organizing, and the irony isn’t lost on me that I own 40 white boards, 200 planners, 18,000 calendars, 20 billion bullet journal notebooks, and 500 trillion pens, post-its, stickers, and other planning accoutrements. No sir,…

10/20/16

A woman asked me to remove her from my mailing list a few weeks back, (right before I took a pause on my mailing list) She was a long-time subscriber and a name I remember emailing with or messaging with…