When Your Favorite BBQ Is No More

There are two types of people in the world. One type like JoAnne and I LOVE smoked meats. Oh my goodness how we both love pork barbecue. It seems fitting we are best friends since Koreans love their own style of barbecue and she loves the American version. With her, I have tasted all sortsContinue reading “When Your Favorite BBQ Is No More”

The Not So Common Cold

My youngest woke up with a sore throat. She had no fever but did have a runny nose. She felt tired and was not as bubbly as she normally is. Pre-pandemic, I would have given her an ibuprofen for her throat pain, made her some hot herbal tea and sent her off to school withContinue reading “The Not So Common Cold”

Mental Illness Sucks The Joy Out

Sucks the joy out of what? EVERYthing. Once, before my husband was medicated and in therapy, I told him that he sucked the joy out of our holidays and special days. I know it sounds awful but we were walking on eggshells and it just seemed like he was being such a jerk. Now IContinue reading “Mental Illness Sucks The Joy Out”

Sleep Study: The Final Chapter

I finally have my CPAP machine. Thanks to COVID/DELTA everything moves at a snail’s pace in the medical world. After my final study I was fitted with a surprisingly comfortable “mask” that goes on below my nose. It did not trigger my claustrophobia so that is a plus. It is uber quiet and I getContinue reading “Sleep Study: The Final Chapter”

My Junk, Your Treasure

Have you ever had a garage/yard sale? In the US there are actually groups of people that find treasure hunting at garage sales a hobby or a passion. They love digging through other people’s castaways and finding something unique. Sometimes it is so they can resale and sometimes it is because they are trying toContinue reading “My Junk, Your Treasure”

Mask Upkeep

Five years ago if you were to tell me that part of my laundry routine would be hand washing masks and drying them on the line I would have laughed in your face. But here I am in August 2021 doing exactly that. Yes, yes, I tried washing them in the washer with one ofContinue reading “Mask Upkeep”

Carpool Hell

When Californians say carpool they may think about having to ride with colleagues or friends to be kinder to the Earth and to save money . When Carolineans say carpool they are most likely referring to the hell that only parents of school aged children have to endure — that dreaded early morning, mid afternoonContinue reading “Carpool Hell”

Back To School After A Pandemic

Today is the day. My 15 year old is venturing back to high school as a Sophomore. It has been a very disturbing, surreal year and a half for all of us. The uncertainty, the fear of COVID, the racial tensions, the protests, the Asian hate, more protests. . .it has been a lot toContinue reading “Back To School After A Pandemic”

Independence Day Makes Me Anxious

July 4th is right around the corner. I have watched firework sales tents pop up here and there. I will say, this year there are not as many and I’ve heard whispers that it is hard to get fireworks this year. I, for one, am glad. I know, I know I’m no fun. I’m sorry.Continue reading “Independence Day Makes Me Anxious”

Mask On Mask Off

I never liked masks as a kid. I have non clinical claustrophobia and I don’t like high necklines, necklaces close to my throat (so no chokers DUH), Halloween masks, heavy makeup, etc. So when COVID started I thought it would be a problem. It was uncomfortable but not undoable. Now that mask mandates are liftingContinue reading “Mask On Mask Off”