I Was Godzilla

Oh friends, this has been a rough week. It started Tuesday night, when The Electrician and I were out for dinner with his mom. Early in the meal, I started having sharp pain when I tried to chew with the teeth on the bottom right side of my face. It was significantly uncomfortable, but I…

Missing Something

Every now and again, I get the greatest idea ever. When I was a kid, inspiration came from nature, food, and Raffi. Now I seem to get my ideas the way most modern folks do. Thank you, internet. I stumbled across a slideshow this afternoon on Slate magazine, which is an online publication I read…

Friday Nap

One of the best things about Fridays, besides the fact that the weekend is starting and I don’t generally do school work on Friday nights, is my ability to take a little nap after work. As much as I’d love to enjoy a snooze after work most days, a “quick” nap in my comfy bed…

The Tall Tale Reveal

According to the rules of the game, I am the winner since no one guess correctly which of my tall tales are lies. Even The Electrician missed one, and he’s seen me vomit, so don’t feel too bad about not figuring out from wherever you are in the world. I plan to write an entire…

The Big Blue Bowl of Healing (and Denial)

Last week, I wrote about my queasy venture into acupuncture for my stupid slow to heal left hand. Remember, those of you who are new to Blue Speckled Pup, I am seeing a licensed physiotherapist for treatment, not poking myself with sewing needles and barbeque forks at the kitchen table. Still, the idea of sitting…

Do Not Eat!

I bought a package of turkey jerky last week for a low fat, sugar free snack. I also really wanted to have a food in my cupboard that rhymes. These things are hard to find; after all, how many of us own a…um…beef wreath? Yeah, I realize that’s only near-rhyme. How about a puck of…

Winter, Then and Now

Do you remember the winters of your childhood? Remember being bundled up in snow pants so bulky you couldn’t bend your knees? Remember the slightly musty smell of wet mittens? Remember pulling your foot out of your boot in the coat room at school, only to have the stupid felt liner stay on your foot….

And I Was Very Brave

Well, maybe I wasn’t “very” brave, but at least I wasn’t sobbing on the operating table this time. Surgery was pretty smooth, and the doctor promised to be extra gentle. Bless him, he mixed another drug (bicarbonate of something) into the freezing to take some of the sting out of it; he also used an…

Christmas Finery

I just got off the phone with my momma, who described going to visit the kids she works with at the elementary school back home. For today’s monthly assembly, the students were all asked to dress in their Christmas finest to get in the spirit of the season. She said they looked adorable, and the…

I Think I’ll Take Up Tapdancing

I am pleased to report that my former deadbeat tenant, who I wrote about recently having to evict for failing to pay rent, has departed. She left Thursday night, which was great because the legal notice I served her specified she had to be out by noon on Friday. I’m glad I didn’t have to…

New Knee Ninjabread Men

Last Christmas, The Electrician’s folks gave me these cookie cutters. I did a happy dance when I unwrapped them, because I had my eye on them for quite some time. Can we take a moment to appreciate the “ninjabread men” pun? Freaking brilliant! Anyhoo, I haven’t been baking much lately, because my school schedule and…

Chopstick Special

I’m not sure why, but there’s something about Chinese take-out that always makes dinner a special occasion. Keep in mind, grew up in a small Alberta town with the required “Chinese” food restaurant, where the ethnic flair of the food is watered-down enough to be palatable to the white-bread folks who live there. Ours was…