Monday, April 21, 2014


Belle and I spent Easter with our cousin Joyce and her family.  Belle woke me up before I'd assembled her Easter basket (chocolate bunny, lollipops, peanut butter eggs, a sparkly wand, a tiara, tooth brushes and a tutu).  We ate candy for breakfast, followed by coffee (for me!), fried eggs and quesadillas.  We made it out the door just in time and arrived early for dinner:  asparagus, broccoli and cheese sauce, macaroni and cheese, meats, potato salad and plenty of desserts!  Belle filled up on grapes and watermelon before dinner, skipped savory foods and devoured dessert.  We loved the homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream and homemade strawberry ice cream the best!

Someone had left their unwanted books outside for anyone to take.  I took:

The Art of Dramatic Writing

The First Five Pages

How To Write A Damn Good Novel

Nicole Krauss' The History of Love

Tim O' Brien's Tomcat In Love

Freeing the Heart

Shirley Nicholson's Shamanism

Amaro Bhikkhu's Small Boat, Great Mountain

Sayalay Susila's Unraveling the Mysteries of Mind & Body

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Seeing the former Dinner Guest and his friends standing outside of a restaurant near my home made me feel great about wearing lipstick and a sundress to farmers market today.  I had started not to make a farmers market trip a priority this week until Belle woke me up so early.  I adorned, moisturized, painted, polished and scented myself from head to toe and set off.  I even took the time to nourish myself with a savory breakfast sandwich and coffee on the go.  I carefully selected this week's vegetables and bought myself a bunch of lilies.  I spied Dinner Guest on the last stretch before we rounded the corner for home.  I called his name, to which he responded, "Oh, hey..." like he'd been caught.

Friday, April 18, 2014


We kept our pot of basil, oregano and thyme alive and thriving this week.  We expanded our container garden by planting celery from scraps, lucky clovers, strawberries and sunflowers.  I repotted the aloe vera in nourishing soil and added fertilizer.  I put it in the shade because it had turned red.

Coconut oil

Belle and I spent Good Friday browsing the Filipino market and the nearby Market Spot.  I opted for a sixteen ounce container of coconut oil priced at $9.99 at the Filipino store over the twenty-eight ounce container for $11.99 at the supermarket.  I'd stockpiled my kitchen with enough butter, ghee and sunflower oil to not be in immediate need of those extra ounces of coconut oil.

I noted instant coffee, loose leaf tea and powdered coconut milk of interest.  I did not make a purchase because we are not in immediate need of these items.  The kitchen is too filthy and the pantry too cluttered to accommodate anything extra.  I handed Belle an applesauce and a yogurt after we came home to keep her occupied while I got started on cleaning the kitchen.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

6 miles

Belle crashed by seven pm last night, slept twelve hours and woke me before the alarm sounded this morning.  We made our Thursday morning food run with Belle seated in her push chair for a change.  I tucked the frozen foods into an insulated bag so Belle could play in a playground on our way home.  Belle tired herself out playing and napped in the push chair.  She stayed asleep long enough for me to put our food away at home and go back out.  I pushed a sleeping Belle to the Bosnian market for a coffee and some light shopping (Mmm.  Lane biscuits.).  I had planned to take my coffee over to the new halal and shop uninterrupted until a fire truck woke Belle up.  This didn't stop me from browsing every aisle and carefully weighing every prospective purchase at the halal, where I bought ghee and kefir cheese.

We were down to one roll of toilet paper and three training pants once we settled in at home.  I plopped Belle back into her push chair and set off to Target for paper goods.  I bought myself a new sleeping bonnet and a tooth brush.  I bought the house sunflowers we'll plant.  I bought Belle a tiara to compliment the tutu and wand I bought her on Monday (only $5.00 for the whole set!!!!) and a set of four tooth brushes with Peanuts characters stamped onto them.  Belle opened her new tooth brushes as soon as we came home and promptly lost the green one.  In need of a rest after walking six miles today, I soldiered on by playing ball and blowing bubbles with Belle after our early evening meal of warm Bosnian bread and my homemade chicken soup.  We soaked the day's grime away in a warm bubble bath, after which Belle  nursed to sleep. What a day!  At least we have everything we need for the foreseeable future.  I'll figure out the rest.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Toddler day shopping/date night

The elastic in my tube top busted as I hoisted Belle into a shopping cart in the middle of Discount City.  I had already mentally committed to obtaining all of the things on a shopping list I had spent several nights writing and revising.  I tied the top of the fallen dress into a knot and draped my sweater over it.  I still had to finish my shopping and carry it home, all while wrangling a curious toddler and an old, tattered dress.  The knot actually came undone in the parking lot, exposing me to someone in a white van.  I just fixed it and kept going.  I triumphed ultimately despite the sagging dress and the child grabbing at everything on the shelves.  I had a long walk home with bags full of cooking oil, vinegar and such.  The mom I met on my walk made things interesting.

I changed out of the ruined dress at home and into a tank and skirt.  I plopped Belle into her push chair and headed straight to Walgreens.  We needed face and body cleansers and moisturizers not found at a discount store (although I did find an apricot scrub today with ingredients I agreed with).  I took advantage of all advertised specials and made very sound purchases.  While I had also intended to buy a one hundred count box of Lipton tea bags for $2.99, I opted instead for a loose leaf orange pekoe I found in the Middle Eastern foods at Discount City for a dollar more.  Coincidentally, a halal has just opened up on the main drag.  It joins many exciting cultural foods found at Discount City and those found at the Bosnian market.

Belle and I came home long enough to drop off the skin care and change pants.  We headed back out to enjoy happy hour on the sunny patio of our favorite Mexican restaurant.  We shared steak fries, which are like nachos, except with crinkle cut fries instead of chips.  Belle seemed to only eat sour cream and cheese sauce.  She refused the steak.  I had three beers.  We walked over to the Bosnian market after dinner, where we shared three lollipops while seated in their sunny window.  I bought my bag of coffee there, choosing a Bosnian brand (Or is it Croatian?) for a cultural exchange over what I had planned to buy at a supermarket. We ended our dinner date night with an ice cream cookie sandwich we split between us.  One of the shop girls took Belle's picture.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Made groceries

We ended up buying the cats two boxes of Friskies Classic Pate (forty-eight cans!!!) at Target, and earned a six ounce bag of Party Mix treats for free.  Belle got six tubes of bath tub finger paints (Buy two and get one free!) and an assortment of sidewalk chalk in bold colors.  I got a lip balm, shower gel and a bottle of wine.  The house got strawberries and lucky clovers we'll plant.  There were more mundane purchases, like hand soap and toilet bowl cleaner, but I'll spare the details.  We ultimately ran out of room in the storage basket beneath the pushchair before we finished the list.  We'll make a return trip to Target on or after Wednesday, with a stop at the discount stores and the supermarket.  Looks like I forgot to price check Belle's beloved yogurt tubes and cheese.  Ugh!