Unwelcome Home

It just hit me. My grandpa’s 90th birthday is fast approaching. My mother has been doing her motherly things and has planned a grand escape for the family. She rented a whole section of cabins on Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. It is one of my papa’s favorite places. All of the family has been invited to this big party. Both of her brothers and their spouses will be there, as will all of their children. I, the disappointment, will not. I am unwelcome.  Read More Unwelcome Home

Ask UfYH: Stop Complaining and Have Some Eggnog

Q: I’m hosting Christmas dinner for the first time ever this year. I think I’m pretty well prepared, but my mother always manages to say something nasty to me about how clean (or, according to her, how unclean) my house is, and I end up in tears every time she visits. What’s the best way to deal with this? Read More Ask UfYH: Stop Complaining and Have Some Eggnog

Book Review: The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier

I would love to have been Daphne Du Maurier. Not only does her life read like a great, enjoyable romp, we also share many of the same interests, an obsession with the past being one of them. Du Maurier made her own family’s history the subject of several books, wrote Branwell Brontë’s biography, and tackled the allure of time-travel in a convincing and poetic way in The House On The Strand. I can only marvel at her talents because I’m distinctly lacking in fictional output. Read More Book Review: The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier

White Boots and Credit Card Payments: On Embracing My Bad Decisions

When I was 5 years old, I was the only girl at my preschool that didn’t have a white pair of cowboy boots.

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Taking Pictures of Food

I’ve lived in Oregon for nearly eight years. Besides my Keens, my Decemberists shirts, and my reusable bags, the most Portland thing about me is that I take pictures of my food.

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Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 5×06, “Family”

You learn her source, and we’ll introduce her to her insect reflection. Um… that, that was funny… if you um, if you studied Taglarin mythic rights… and are a complete dork. Read More Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 5×06, “Family”

When My Grandma Called Me A Monster On Thanksgiving

I haven’t had the greatest experiences at family holiday get-togethers. I actually dread them. And not because I don’t like seeing my family but rather, I don’t like being in the same room with all of my immediate and extended family members at the same time. Read More When My Grandma Called Me A Monster On Thanksgiving