The Big DumpTruck

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Category: Real Life

Show Your Love

I hear you all murmuring “How can I show Jody some love?” It’s a common question. I’ll help you out. First, sure, donate money to worthy causes in my name. That seems like a good thing. But, if that’s just not enough, we found a gallery in Kennebunkport with an original painting by one of […]

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Camera [Not] Shopping

I shot with Canon cameras for years, and have owned at least four of their dSLRs until I finally sold some bodies and bought a big girl camera, the 60D. Then, through magic and wizardry that I can barely understand, I got the opportunity to own a Sony A77 mirrorless (so not really a dSLR) […]

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Breaking Down a Recipe

I was reading a humorous article about Barbie dolls (as one does) and linked to the author’s website. She provided some favorite recipes, which seems normal enough, until I started reading one. I hope she never ever writes a cook book. My favorite parts: – The small bowl of butter (I wanted to use my […]

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Sunday Plans

I think I shall go shoe shopping today. I love overwhelming futility of looking for attractive shoes in my size, and the crushing insecurity you get from clerks escorting you from the aisles of shoes intended for contortionists/teenagers. “Another one wandered off from the ‘sensible’ aisle, Tyffany.”

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The Lure of Money

We got my dog about 9 years ago. He is a wonderful dog, and the whole experience of getting him was excellent. I found a breeder of mixed breed dogs, because I have allergies and couldn’t risk getting a shelter pup of questionable lineage. Her dogs were actually cross-breeds, so both parents were purebred. I […]

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Preventable Loss

Yesterday, the world lost an amazing person. My ex-colleague, Kip Martin, died of complications from liver disease. Kip may have been the funniest person I’ve ever met. Well, funny because he had the same sense of humor as me, which is priceless in a friend. We shared a love of old tv sitcoms; his favorites […]

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My Kid Razzle Dazzles ‘Em

My son starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago over the weekend. I took video of his three big numbers. (Quality: taken with my iPhone from the back half of the theater, surprisingly not horrible, but not flawless.) We Both Reached For The Gun (live, this number brought the house down) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykkipCi-47E Razzle Dazzle (This one […]

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Existential Sweater Crisis

Yesterday the people in my work group were invited to participate in an ugly Christmas sweater contest

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Thanksgiving 2013

I have some things I’m thankful for this year. Some things I’m not, but now is not the time for that. Talk to me next week for complaints. My son, for finally learning where everything goes when he empties the dishwasher, and for being the one person who consistently makes me belly laugh. That sarcasm […]

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Best sentence of 2013

Went out to Rockport yesterday with my boyfriend to do some browsing, and to visit his brother who owns a gorgeous bed-and-breakfast out there. Little did I anticipate hearing the greatest sentence uttered in 2013 to date. He was telling us a story about working at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse, basically doing anything that […]

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