Boy declares Dragon’s Tooth “Best Hike Ever.” Mom agrees.

Yesterday was our eight year old son’s special day*, where he got to pick a meal and a family activity for the day. Knowing his tendency towards lounging all day in PJs, I bribed him. I told him, “If you pick an active family activity, like, I dunno, hiking Dragon’s Tooth, I’ll make cinnamon rolls … Continue reading Boy declares Dragon’s Tooth “Best Hike Ever.” Mom agrees.

Dear Diary,

We signed a lease on a townhouse yesterday.  Our house-sitting gig ends in November, so right around the time we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, and our son’s birthday, and our daughter’s birthday, and right there in the thick of the Christmas season, we will be moving!  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  But we are thrilled because we … Continue reading Dear Diary,


A customer came into Barnes & Noble today, Halloween.  She looked awkward and bookish, a 20-something woman with dyed black hair in pig tails and barrettes like a six-year old girl, white knee high tube socks with red stripes at the top, and tape on her glasses.  She came to the register and was practically … Continue reading Bookish

Gobble Cakes

We finally made it to Gobble Cakes!  That’s Blacksburg’s brand new cupcakery, and oh my god, y’all, it was all I could have hoped for.  Cupcakes piled high with piped whipped frostings, elegant personal-sized confections on silver cake plates, ten flavors to choose from, and me standing there for fifteen minutes trying to decide between … Continue reading Gobble Cakes