Snapshot 3.7.12

What I’m up to:

-Yesterday I literally punched a wasp to death in my kitchen. I’m still not really over it. I blogged about my experience with wasps invading my house two years ago over at Mommy Wants Vodka. After the wasp-punching incident yet another wasp invaded my kitchen, but this one was feistier than the last. I eventually had to grab the kid and my keys and seek refuge at a local Target.

-Last week we had our very first meeting of the book club my friend Valerie started. It turned out exactly how she envisioned it: great food, great company, and great conversation. I loved talking about books again. It’s been ages since I’ve been in a lit class and this was even better because everyone wanted to be there and no one was graded. Possibly my favorite thing that happened that night, though, was when I presented her with this thrifted monogrammed “Val” mug (with English flowers, no less!) and she was so excited she immediately dumped the contents of the mug she was holding into this new cup and carried on the conversation as if nothing had happened. Badass.

-On a whim last weekend we took Isobel to the zoo we visited last year with Kingston. She had a blast and was brave enough to feed the goats herself. This time, she noted, “the goat did not go poo poo.”

-Speaking of Doomsday Preppers, we had a few people over last week to watch it and make snarky comments.  It’s what we do. Riffing comes so naturally to my group of friends that we even find ourselves riffing real life as it unfolds around us. When my friend Justin arrived for the party, though, he came prepared with apocalypse snacks (air-popped corn with nutritional yeast), preserved supplies (a jar of homemade pickled daikon), and a gas mask.

-We’ve been spending more time outside and I’m thrilled to notice my garden has come through the winter(ish) fantastically! My parsley had a bunch of babies, the catnip is going strong, my onion sets look good, the iris is booming, and I even found a poppy plant that somehow stubbornly survived the garden apocalypse that was Anthony and his shovel. Hooray! The plans are, as always, a bigger and better garden this year.

Little Big Links:

Learn to Practice Intentional Neglect. A great article about a skill everyone needs to perfect, and parents doubly so. Via Tom Bruno

Artist transforms constipated Victorian photos into flamboyant Sci Fi heroes.  Via Anthony

Passive-Aggressive Gingerbread. My friend April made this last Christmas, but it’s been hanging around in my links file anyway because I had to share. Via You’ll Eat It And You’ll Like It

Listen to Isobel! LISTEN TO ISOBEL! I have something important to say! I want to say… Diego.” I have a twitter account where I tweet all the crazy things Isobel says. via @heyitsisobel

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Reader Question:

Do you have publishing aspirations?

Would I love to write a book someday? Yes! Do I think it’s at all likely? No! The kinds of books I’d be interested in writing involve researching ideas around a theme–basically what I’m doing here, except with a tighter focus and more in-depth research. I don’t think it’s very likely that some publisher is going to pluck me out of the blue and offer me a book deal based on my little (big?) blog, but that’s okay. I’m working with some creative friends right now to publish my own eBooks and PDFs as a way to disseminate my ideas to anyone with a PayPal account and a few bucks to spare. Coming soon to an internet near you.

Do you have a question for me? I’d love to answer it! You can leave your question in the comments, @-reply me on twitter, email it to me at or send me a messenger pigeon. Don’t do the last one, though. My cat will eat it.

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  1. says

    I hate wasps. I’m usually not freaked out by bugs, even the stingy kind…but a wasp once flew upy baggy pj pants and stungy booty repeatedly!!!! No bueno.

    I adore your ebook idea. I used to have one for organizing when I ran my business. I’m interested to see what you come up with!! I’m toying with the idea of a newsletter in the near future.

  2. says

    When we first moved into our house when I was 14, part of the exterior wall had been repaired (read: left open for many months before being fixed) and a family of wasps moved in. Well, when the wall was fixed, their only way out was up through the floorboards in my bedroom. For about 8 months, I had 5-8 wasps in my room DAILY. It became rote for me to get my stepdad, he’d fetch a jar or a box, herd them into it, and take them outside.
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    • Carrie Anne says

      Our cats are actually really good at finding them quickly and batting them about. But if I had a dog that just ate them I’d be GOLDEN.

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