Scrambled Eggs and Danger

Stephanie rolled out of bed with a purpose, sniffing the air as she came upright. Scrambled eggs–and danger. She could hear her mother rattling pans in the kitchen downstairs, but the air currents didn’t feel quite right.

Evidently someone had left the front door unlocked. That’s practically an invite for robbers! Stephanie felt her heart skip a beat. The panic was beginning to kick in.

She ducked behind the scraggly house plant at the bottom of the stairs to peek around the corner toward the foyer. Nothing seemed out of place. She tried to shake off the eerie feeling of suspense as she straightened her spine and turned left to enter the dining room.

“Surprise!!” everyone shouted together. “Happy birthday!!”

Stephanie clutched at her chest in mock terror, then laughed as she slid into her place as the table. “Thanks, everybody,” she answered, digging into her eggs on toast.


Happy birthday to Stephanie at Adventures of a Bibliophile!


Dots and Words

  • I really really need to have more than one post on standby. Goals for when things are easier. 
  • I have all my cases for my census job. And only one with no address!
  • My mom spent $300 on plants and plant stuff today. I don’t grow things so I just don’t get it. 
  • I now have every shade of NYX Liquid Suede lipstick. 
  • My best friend brought food over today while we were gone. Ian walked her through how to break in. He fixed the door this afternoon though, so don’t bother trying. 
  • Ian just called Ellen Page the female Michael Cera. 
  • Tonight we watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Entertaining but sad. 

By the Numbers

  • I got 234 likes on an Instagram photo of lipsticks because I used Jeffree Star’s hashtag and he liked it
  • I read 206 pages in the tub this afternoon after reading that hot baths can help stent pain. It did help for a bit after I got out. 
  • I have 3 pain pills left from the 10 I was prescribed on Sunday, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask for more. 
  • I ate 3 ribs at dinner tonight. If you’re ever in Lafayette, Louisiana, pick up some of Russell’s Barbecue Sauce. 
  • We’re watching season 2 of Daredevil. 
  • I work 4 hours tomorrow night. 
  • I have 9.5 French tips in It’s Raining Men by Deborah Lippmann: I had a corner break, which sucks. But I’m just gonna wear it til it grows out. 


    Liebster Award, Take 5, I Think


    Kris at Seeking a Life Full of Laughter received a Liebster Award this week, and she nominated me as one of her recipients!

    The current rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:

    • Thank your nominator.
    • Share the award on your blog.
    • Answer 10 questions asked to you.
    • Ask 10 questions to 10 new nominees (who have less than 300 followers).
    • Notify them via social media.
    1. How did you get into blogging? I have just the post for that: A Time Warp Tuesday post about Blog Beginnings. It’s an entire post (with a link to another), so it’s not a quick, succinct little answer to the first question here, but I do recommend you go read it–It’s one of my early posts here that I still see myself in when  I read it. TLDR: people were mean so I took my words and made my own blog.
    2. What 3 words would you use to describe your personality? Oh, the dreaded “three words!” Okay. Deep breath. Here goes. Joyful. Present. Amused. I cannot think of any other point in my life when I would have chosen those three words: even, any of those three words. I’m doing well lately.
    3. What is the nicest thing that you have done for a stranger? I do nice things for people. I’m not sure what the absolute nicest would be. I’ve bought homeless people meals. That’s pretty nice. I’ve given rides; I’ve given hugs; I’ve listened. Who’s to say which is the nicest? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.
    4. What was one of the hardest lessons you had to learn so far? Life’s not fair.
    5. What is one thing you hope to achieve in 2016? Let’s publish some writing for pay!
    6. If you could have any two people (living or deceased) over for drinks, who would it be and why? That’s easy: my grandfathers. My husband never met them; my mother’s father died before I’d even met Ian, and my father’s father lived far away. They had a lot in common with each other:they were both rocket scientists (which tickles me pink), I was their first granddaughter, they were both alcoholics (hence having them over for drinks). And I miss them. I miss them a lot.
    7. What is your favorite comfort food? This is bad. I know it’s bad. Please don’t lecture me on how disgusting it is. I just can’t help myself. My favorite comfort food is Wendy’s chili.
    8. What is your motto in life? It always gets better eventually. Sometimes it will get worse first, but it will get better.
    9. Name 5 places that you want to go. Kenya, England, Singapore, Mongolia, Australia.
    10. What is the legacy you want to leave behind for others after you die? My words. I want people to read what I’ve written and be happy and nice to each other.


    You know, I briefly considered letting the award die, but then that just seemed cruel and unusual. So now I’m stuck coming up with questions.

    But I wasn’t going to nominate anyone, so I’ll just leave Kris’s questions up for any takers!

    I know, that’s cheating. #sorrynotsorry

    1. How did you get into blogging?
    2. What 3 words would you use to describe your personality?
    3. What is the nicest thing that you have done for a stranger?
    4. What was one of the hardest lessons you had to learn so far?
    5. What is one thing you hope to achieve in 2016?
    6. If you could have any two people (living or deceased) over for drinks, who would it be and why?
    7. What is your favorite comfort food?
    8. What is your motto in life?
    9. Name 5 places that you want to go.
    10. What is the legacy you want to leave behind for others after you die?

    Answer one; answer them all!
    Answer them here; answer them there!
    Answer the questions anywhere!

    Listing Things

    I’m getting ready for my trip to Atlanta. Today I made a list of things to pack and where to pack them, and I even high listed the liquids that need to go in my one quart zippy bag. 

    Flying has become such a pain in the ass. 

    The airline lost my luggage once, about 23 years ago. My clothes went to Hawaii without me. Ever since then, I try to carry on whenever possible, and since I can’t check my equipment anyway, I’m not checking anything. 

    I finished packing my purse. Now on to clothes and toiletries. 

    But at least I’ll get some writing done. 

    Top Nine Most Enjoyable Items to Engrave

      Today it just came together what to post–I was reading Stephanie’s list while engraving a wheat beer glass, and I realized that I’ve only whined about red wine glasses. I haven’t told you about all the fun things I get to engrave. It’s a challenge to prioritize them, so this list isn’t in any special order. 

    1. Tall glass vase. It’s a nice flat piece of glass, and glass just looks so pretty engraved. I like being able to fit a lot on there, with plenty of room to individualize the message. 
    2. Round keepsake box. The same premise applies, but with smaller real estate. It’s plain, with no filigree or crystals to distract from a nicely placed message. 
    3. Glass water bottle. These have a tall, narrow strip of engraving space on each side, in gaps in the silicone sleeve. I’ve only done a handful, but they look amazing. 
    4. Pocket watches. They’re fun. And require attention to detail. Stem up or stem right? Front or back? Anything on the box? 
    5. Ceramic mugs. These require color be added to the engraving, since it’s broken the integrity of the glaze. Also look super good when done right. 
    6. Where I’m not supposed to. I do understand that this makes it harder on employees who aren’t brave enough to figure out how to hold an oddly shaped item or adventurous enough to take a risk, but it’s pretty cool to make something one-of-a-kind. 
    7. Rectangular filigree keepsake box. This goes along with #6, but come on! It has four flat sides that are simply begging for engraving. Just on the top is for squares. 
    8. Wedding sets. Flutes or server sets or both, I’m tickled to engrave something a happy couple will treasure until one of them smashes it to bits in a fit of pique. 
    9. Zippos. They’re easy, they’re small, but they have so much room for personalization. I’ve never done two exactly the same. 

    This was a fun list to write! I wandered around and weighed the merits of different items to decide on my favorites. I could probably add a few more items to the list, but nine was the number Ian chose from my arbitrarily selected range of 5-12. Perhaps I’ll do another.