Friday 5 ON FRIDAY: In the Middle

Happy Friday!

Tomorrow is my amazing nephew’s birthday. He’ll be 2 and I can’t believe how quickly those 2 years have flown.


My welcome home.

He is a giggly, happy little dude and I’m happy to know him.

Today is tax day and let’s not talk about that. Enjoy your refunds.

This week’s Friday 5 subject is In the Middle and it’s already 9:41PM so let’s get moving before I pass out and miss my deadline!

1. What’s something you’re in the middle of?

I have three biggie data projects going on at work right now that I’m in the middle of. One of them includes lots of data entry, and the other two are big Excel spreadsheets of doom.

2. What’s in the middle of you?

The letter “o” of course.

3. What is your residence in the middle of?

Two houses with very well-manicured front lawns. Our lawn, on the other hand, is in bloom. When we went to see this house last year, the lawn was freshly mowed and concealed the dozens of dandelions and wild violets that dot our lawn. It’s pretty.

4. What’s a great food that features something in its middle?

Have you ever had a panzarotti? It’s deep-fried dough with pizza sauce and cheese (and other toppings if you want) in the middle. When it’s fried, it puffs up. And when you sink your teeth into this amazing amazing crunchy dough the pizza goo drips out. Have mercy.

Google tells me there are 786 calories in a panzarotti. Have mercy.

5. What’s the nearest you’ve been to the middle of nowhere?

Years ago when we were in California we drove from San Francisco to Anaheim and there were some pretty deserted areas on the way.

Relatedly, this poppy song got me through some sad times years ago. Video probably not safe for work due to lots of bras and panties.

Have a lovely weekend!

Throwback Thursday: Late-90s bridesmaid

Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is 1997.

Red velvet dress and a Kelly Taylor-inspired updo.

Ah, youth.

I was a bridesmaid in a Valentine’s-weekend wedding. I had a red velvet dress and a Kelly Taylor inspired updo. I was about 6 weeks away from my own (first) wedding, so suffice it to say I was starving.

Maybe I *should* go back to blonde…

Evolution of feeding dogs.

2006: Yeah, I just dump out a bunch of cat food in this dish, and Max eats alongside them. It works out well for everyone.



(time passes, acquires a puppy)

You dogs will eat the dry food we buy you. That is the rule. No-drama mealtime.

(time passes)

Okay, let’s try this dry food. It’s supposed to be grain-free and that’s better for you.

(time passes)

A little bit of green beans to supplement the food is good for weight loss.

(time passes)


Okay, let’s put a little dollop of wet food in with the dry food. But just until you feel better.

(time passes)

*wet food becomes a recurring order on*

(time passes)

2016: They each get a certain amount of dry food, plus a spoonful of the wet food stirred around in the dry food. Make sure you sing “who’s hungries?” while you stir. Don’t forget to say “BONE Appetit!” as you put the food bowls down in front of them – it’s a cute pun and they like it. And give Max’s bowl a little shake as you put it down so he can find it.

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman book review

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a WomanCatherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I knew about Catherine going into this book: She was a man-hungry woman who died while having sex with a horse.

This book was 100% effective in disproving all of my Catherine knowledge. She was a wise, witty, and educated leader who used every awful experience delivered by her AWFUL childhood/teen-hood/20s-hood to get what she wanted. She loved philosophy and the arts. She was just as progressively minded — if not more so — than her peers at the time. And her lovers gained attention not because of existence or number, but because they were younger.

Massie’s extensive research is evident. You read about how things officially happened, and then he uses letters and accounts from Catherine and others to learn about how things probably happened.

The war history passages were hard for me to get through, because that isn’t my thing. And it’s not really necessary to understand all of it in depth in order to see what the victory/defeat delivered. So don’t feel bad about not committing it all to memory. The number of other characters is overwhelming, but you eventually remember the major players.

Massie ends his acknowledgements in this touching fashion: “Finally, I must acknowledge the extraordinary pleasure I have had in the company of the remarkable woman who has been my subject. After eight years of having her a constant presence in my life, I shall miss her.”

This was an “I *should* read this” book rather than an “I *want* to read this” book. I’m very glad I read it anyway, because even at over 500 pages, it was a treat.

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