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PrepOutMon-day: Trick-Or-Treat!

Happy Halloween week! Halloween is so exciting now that I have a little one! My little strawberry is going to playdates, trick-or-treating, and sing-alongs dedicated to this not-so-spooky holiday. So much fun!

Strawberry at a Halloween jam.

Strawberry at a Halloween jam.

You know what else is exciting about Halloween week? When it ends, NaNoWriMo begins! We’ll all have sugar-highs and optimism as we dive into these projects we’ve been thinking about for so long.¬†I am ready! I’m through with the planning, wondering, and ¬†mapping! I want to write! (It just occurred to me that some of you are probably child-free and will be starting NaNo with a hangover…probably after making out with a slutty green crayon all night. That is cool too. Let me know how that goes.)

I’m taking my wobbly-walker trick-or-treating as my NaNo prep this week. Mama is going to load up on candy–the fuel of word-sprint-when-I-can writers!

Looking for a fun way to kick off NaNo? I’ll be joining @FriNightWrites #writeclub to get my first 1667 words. Hope to see you there! (I’m @penandstink)

Happy Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, and NaNoWriMo!


Wordless Wednesday: Losers

Want to teach your kids about losing? Become Steelers fans this year.

Want to teach your kids about losing? Become Steelers fans this year.

Circuit Training

My kid has a lot of toys. So. Many. Toys.

She also has the attention span of, well, a 12-month-old, so she plays with them all about 40x a day. Hopping from one area to the next. Flexing all of her play muscles.

Jay’s Circuit Training Playing:

1) Remove stackable donuts from the base and throw them around.

"I'm just getting started."

“Hmm… Where to start?”

2) Show those beads where to go on the bead maze atop the activity cube.

3) Hand mama a book to read.

4) Knock down the amazing towers and rocket-ships mama builds with my blocks.

5) Un-stack all of the stackable cups cuz it is so easy!

6) Hand mama a book to read.

7) Go on a walk-about with alligator chompy-walker.

"Check out this chomp-walk, ma!"

“Check out this chomp-walk, ma!”

8) Remove and throw animals in the safari puzzle.

7) Hand mama a book to read.

8) Snatch the book back and read it upside down while mama tidies up.

"Me just read this book, quiet like, ma"

“Me just read this book, quiet like, ma.”

9) Start all over again.


I Toured A Historic Village…

…and these are the pics I took (don’t forget to look for the photo Easter eggs!):

Taking an architecture tour!

Taking an architecture tour!

This is a building. I don’t know anything about it.

I gave her a leaf!

A recipe for dying fabrics. Yes! I will do this! (No I won’t. Ever.)

This is outside of another old home.

Captured! An old building in a historic village!

Um, this is a modern bench… But look! She is standing and grinning!

No! YOU are obsessed with YOUR baby and are incapable of functioning like a normal human person!!!


Wordless Wednesday: Casualties

“I’m walking…I’m walking…”

*Whistling casually*

“Sure is sunny out!”

Favorite Fall Things: Stew!

Today felt like fall, so I abandoned my child in the wild (turned TV on and provided her with a snack) while I prepped our first fall stew.

I got the recipe from a slow cooker cookbook I found at a half-price bookstore. And in a rare turn of events, I followed the recipe (aside from adding barley, wine, and seasoning near the end of the cook time because the stew had no flavor whatsoever).

How to make flavorless beef stew in your slow cooker:

Step One: Put child in highchair and provide him/her/it with apples and graham crackers. Doling out two ultra-treats in one snack may help you handle your guilt while simultaneously handling bloody meat chunks. Turn on TV and change channel from ESPN to child-appropriate programming.

“You go cook, ma! I’ll watch this magic screen of evil.”

Step Two: Layer bottom of slow cooker with potatoes and carrots. Gorgeous!

Hearty stew foundation

Step Three: Flour bloody stew meat (that butcher already cut and trimmed) and brown it.

Chunks of floured meat!

Step Four: Add browned meat to slow cooker. Free child from high chair after she is sufficiently snacked and TV’ed out.

This, here, is meat stew!

Step Five: Chop up onion and celery and mix up with meat, being careful not to disturb the carrots and potatoes below. “Tuck in” parsley and bay leaf…and sing them a lullaby.

Mixed and tucked!

Step Six: Pour about 2 cups of “seasoned” beef broth over the sexy meat and veggie medley. Set the slow cooker on High for 5 hours (because you decided to change the order of this week’s meal-plan at 10:00 AM this morning, leaving no time for a proper 9-hour slow-cook at the Low temp setting).

Imagine if you were high for 5 hours!

Step Seven: Leave frozen peas out to thaw and place the package of instant barley (that you accidentally bought at Trader Joe’s that one time) next to slow cooker so you remember to add them in the last 20 minutes of cooking.

Cold peas

Step Eight: Serve with with whatever you’d like… bread, rice, buttered egg noodles, and/or a bottle of red wine. Dig in!

So…I forgot to take a pic of the plated stew and it looks like vomit in tupperware.

Have you started cooking any fall treats?

Why The Face?

I’ve been cranky, rant-y, and a crumb-bum all week. Well, I’m turning my frown upside down, because you know what happens to animals who frown all the time?




What is worse than being a frown-y blobfish? Yes, that is its name. Okay, what is worse than looking like this and being called a “blobfish?” Being voted the “world’s ugliest animal” by the British Science Association. This was not a close vote either — almost 10,000 votes sealed the deal.

So smile, kay? It is Friday. And hug a blobfish if you see one today. Those sad little dupes need a hug.

This reminder to smile originated from npr’s the two-way.

P.S. I think he’s kinda cute.