International Pretzel Day

Today was International Pretzel Day. I found out when I went to an event that had a reception. I had heard there would be snacks. Snacks, in my mind, refer to a variety of yummy appetizers. The snacks tonight were pretzels. They were larger than my hand, soft, with sprinkled salt. The salt looked like small pieces of hail. There were three bowls of mustard–honey mustard, yellow mustard, and spicy brown mustard. The first pretzel was warm. I love fresh baked pretzels. I put dabs of spicy brown mustard on it. The pretzels looked very pretty hanging from the pretzel rack. They looked like they were doing gymnastics. They specialized in the twist. I’m sure they would have won a gold medal or two. Speaking of two, I had a couple more. They were cool. And salty. Incidentally, my favorite kind of pretzel is the Pennsylvania Dutch Pretzel. Crunchy and delicious. Tonight I ate three soft pretzels in honor of International Pretzel Day (and also because I was hungry).

Happy International Pretzel Day!!


Flying Sole-o

Valentine’s Day was hard this year. I lost my solemate. AKA my shoe sole. It disintegrated.

Allow me to step backward in time. Many years ago, I purchased a pair of shoes from a shoe shop. I wore my moccasins on special occasions and when I couldn’t wear my sneakers. My new shoes remained new because I took such good care of them.

Right before Valentine’s Day, there was a downpour. When the sun came out, I couldn’t wear my soaking wet sneakers, so I turned to my beloved moccasins for back up.

I was horrified to see that the sole was falling apart. I showed them to the shoe shop manager. He thought the problem was I hadn’t worn the shoes enough. He said it’s better to wear the shoes all the time, otherwise the soles wear out. I had never heard of such a thing, but I guess the saying is true: time wounds all heels (and soles).

I called the company to get a second opinion. The customer service rep said the problem was not that I hadn’t worn the shoes enough, but there might be a shoe defect. He said I should return the shoe and the company would inspect and investigate.

Today I received the verdict: there was, indeed, a defect.

The company issued a $100 credit good toward a new shoe.

I’m looking forward to meeting my new solemate.


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Liebster Award Nomination!!




April started off with much excitement. I arrived home to find out that the wonderful Tori in Victoria had nominated me for the Liebster Award. A million thanks to her!

This Award carries with it more responsibility than I am used to in my life.

To accept the award nomination you must

1) thank your nominator and link back to that person

2) state 11 random facts about yourself

3) answer your nominator’s questions

4) nominate 11 nominees whose blogs are new, obscure, have under 400 followers.

5) provide 11 questions for nominees to answer.

6) Notify your nominees.

7) Show the Liebster Badge on your blog.

Random Facts About Myself

1) I once memorized a joke book.

2) I love playing Crazy Eights.

3) I taught myself to skim read when I was nine.

4) I can memorize a sequence of numbers ten or more digits long.

5) The two states I’ve lived in the longest both begin with C.

6) I had a brief stint as a stand up comic.

7) I am living happily without a TV, cell phone, iPad/tablet, iPod.

8) I have played or studied classical piano and guitar, recorder, S. Indian drums, Javanese Gamelan, steel drums, W. African drums, xylopipes, and Native American flute.

9) I strive to go to sleep before midnight, but it rarely happens.

10) I write letters with stationery, envelope, stamps, stickers, and rubber stamps.

11) I love ginger and cinnamon.

Tori’s Questions:

1. Why did you create your blog? When did you start it?

I started my blog in July ’14. I had been blogging on Red Room, but when it got gobbled up by Wattpad, I decided I needed a different blogging platform. I created it because I like to tell funny stories about the things I experience.

2. Other than reading, blogging, and watching tv, how do you fill your time?

I don’t have a TV, so rarely view it.
I enjoy gallivanting and searching for new pastries to eat.
I like playing music, photographing the world as it passes by, and drawing wildly.

3. As pleased as you are about this nomination, do you wish I hadn’t nominated you? Go ahead. Be honest. This award is a lot of work.

I’m glad you did. It’s exciting!

4. Has blogging created a community around you that you never expected? Or are you a [wo]man on an island surrounded by a sea of blog posts?

I do feel a sense of community. It’s fun to be on wordpress. I have found a lot of great blogs to read and people to connect with.

5. Can you list all 50 states alphabetically?

Sadly, no.

6. My blog is directly related to my day job—what do you do for a living? Is it reflected in your blog?


7. Quick decision: Friends or Seinfeld?

Neither. I don’t watch TV.

8. Are you a roadtripper? Do you use maps or just go where the road takes you? Where was your last adventure?

My boyfriend and I visited the sea otters in Monterey.

9. How do you spend your Sundays?

I like to bike.

10. Can you juggle?

yes. 3 balls with 2 hands or 2 balls with one.

11. What is the one saying your grandparents always said that stuck with you?

My grandmother always said, “May everything good you can imagine happen to you.”

My Questions for my nominees:

What is your favorite book quote?

Any pets or pet peeves?

What have you taught yourself to do?

What was the last item you misplaced?

Favorite dessert?

What do you do for fun?

Any cooking mishaps?

What is your favorite breakfast?

What do you look forward to doing when you wake up?

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

What is your favorite seasoning?

My nominees:













Enjoy! Congratulations, Nominees! Thanks again to Tori in Victoria!!