According to Trish

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Ever notice how water generally has little regard for the plans of people? The creek that carves a gash across our property clearly has no concern that it doesn’t belong in the middle of a suburban yard. The chasm it creates is deep and unruly, making any hope of achieving a regular-looking lawn impossible. But the creek just goes about its business, shooting a casual “eff you” to the deliberate landscaping of the...

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I never write product posts. This is not that sorta blog. So you’re probably expecting me to be snarky or something here.   But surprise! I just have to share this with you because the holiday season is coming up and you probably need present ideas that don’t suck. Ohmygoodgawd do I hate buying something for my kids and then tossing it out a year later after it’s been played with twice.   If you know me,...

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Every day when I make a cup of tea in the microwave I think of my Aunt Klara. While staying at her house in New Hampshire years ago, I dropped a tea bag into a cup of water and put it in the microwave. “No!” she (very nearly) shrieked. “You have to microwave the water without the tea bag!” And then she said why … and I think it was something to do with the microwave making my teabag radioactive or...

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If you loved the Serial podcast, maybe you’ve been listening to Undisclosed. Or more likely, you haven’t … because I’m the only a-hole I know in real life who’s been keeping up with this case. [Maybe you’ve listened to neither and have no idea what I’m talking about. If you’re one of those people, stop reading and go download Serial right now. If you’re not techy and the idea of...

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If I were to sit down and make a list of things that I’m good at, I’d probably include: making dinner out of whatever is around being 10 minutes late to anything that’s not a work function, wedding, or funeral, and justifying why I should have cake today (there’s always a reason if you think hard enough) What I would not include: throwing kids’ birthday parties. I’m the worst at it. [Except for...

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