Recent discoveries, in no particular order

Graduation is on Saturday, and so I will just be over here Cleaning All The Things and Cooking All The Things and Crying About All The Things, if you need me. However, I’ll leave you with a few items I’ve noticed of late, because I am nothing if not helpful.

1) Wishing you could lose a little weight, but feeling stupid for being shallow and wishing you could lose a little weight? Solution: Have one of those fancy keep-track-of-everyone’s-profile bathroom scales, and then one day while trying to flick some lint off the scale with your toe before weighing yourself, somehow accidentally tell it you’re profile 4 (your husband’s) instead of profile 3 (you). You will be whatever weight you are, BUT then it will cheerfully inform you you’ve lost 75 pounds since you last weighed yourself! You’re welcome.

2) Go make this as pasta salad immediately for every summer barbecue and event henceforth if you like avocados. Use a more pasta-salad-y (totally a word) pasta; I did gluten-free penne. Add grape tomatoes, too. But it’s basically avocado pesto and it tastes like summer and you can customize however you like. (Do it cold. COLD. I tasted it warm and it was weird. Do cold. And add LOTS of lemon juice so it doesn’t brown.)

3) My 18-year-old graduates in just a few days and it turns out she still doesn’t know how time works. Should I be worried? We had an argument (full disclosure: arguing is kind of what we do) because she asked to go out with a friend “this morning” because “they’ll be busy this afternoon” and I said okay and then she said she’d be home for dinner and I had to explain that she was asking to go out ALL DAY and she insisted that “this afternoon” means “dinnertime” and then my head exploded. THAT IS NOT HOW TIME WORKS. But okay.

4) You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but it turns out you can teach a young Monkey how to drive. Add it to the long list of ways in which he just keeps on being awesome.


  1. Karen R.

    The edemame pasta at Costco is awesome. Not gluten free here — I got it for the low carb and high protein content. Served with a nice oil and balsamic dressing, it makes a meal. I’m going to try the avocado dressing here as a summer salad meal — thanks!

    • Mir

      Oh! Do you like Thai food? I usually make that edamame spaghetti with a Thai sauce (tamari + garlic + peanut butter + lime + ginger) and it is one of my new favorite things. (I’m the only one in the house who likes it, though.)

  2. Mom24_4evermom

    Lots and lots of good thoughts for you.. Glad to hear about Monkey, I am positively dreading it and dragging my heels about teaching J. Of course, my ace in the hole is that I told him he could get his temps when he looked up all the information and studied for it…months ago. One of these days I’ll push.

  3. The Other Leanne

    Yes, dinnertime=afternoon. IF YOU ARE 80. But Google that question and there is no good answer. I think afternoon ends at 5pm, as in “I worked all afternoon and then went home for the evening and made dinner.”

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