We’re home from our travels and back to the real world where dirty laundry, naughty children, and fickle appliances run our lives. Gone are meetings at Harlequin and appointments with editors and agents. Gone are moments of fan girl glee and hiding in a hotel room wanting to read. Now we’re back to work for a task master. The good news is that now we’re back with our kitties and our families. We may tease about them, but they’re ours and we miss them when we’re gone. Also, we’re really glad to be back out west where they know how to make a damn cup of coffee. We wouldn’t have thought so, but there’s a lot to be said for cowboy coffee. Back in the land of the properly caffeinated, we found much to be amused by. We’ll share; here you go.
1. Our very own beds. The Sisters enjoy traveling, but we also really, really enjoy coming home to our very own beds. Amylynn just doesn’t know how to get a good night’s sleep without at least two dogs, two cats, a chainsaw-snoring husband, and various children who may wander in from time to time. Ava has a particular fondness for her very own sheets and a well built pillow wall. Ah, home sweet home. You may be the butt of many jokes on this blog, but how do we love thee?
2. Kids going back to school. Amylynn mentioned this topic on Wednesday, but the fact remains the same. We love sending kids to school. We love when they’re not wearing the same pajamas for six days in a row, and letting their hair get dirty almost to the point of dreadlocks. We enjoy a
Erin Allard is giving one person with a fabulous dessert recipe a newly restored 1906 Craftsman home in Jackson. (Rockford Investments)
nice bit of homework and another saga about how their teacher doesn’t like them. Nothing makes us happier than knowing they’re not playing video games twelve hours a day and sleeping the other twelve. Yay, school!
3. We’d do a lot for a piece of cake… But this woman is going overboard. A lady in Antioch, CA is giving away her $390,000, 1906 Craftsman home as a prize for the best desert. She’s hosting the contest because it takes so long to sell a home. There is a $100 entry fee, so she’s clearly hoping that at least 3,900 people think they can bake well enough to win a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. There’s a panel of “experts” judging the contest and of course we’re interested in apply for that position. Dear Dessert Lady, we present this blog as our resume. References available upon request.
4. Something is rotten in Beijing. A chief-librarian at a Chinese university was charged with fraud. While he was in charge of the gallery in the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts library he stole 140 paintings and replaced them with fakes he painted himself. Over the course of his crime, he sold 125 of them for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.5 million dollars. Here’s where the most amazing part of this story comes into play. It seems that art forgery is a VAST problem in China and our art thief actually saw some of HIS forgeries placed with worse forgeries. How crappy would it be to think you stole some gazillion dollar piece of art when all you stole was a forgery? Our thief said some of it was truly terrible attempts at art. Get out your Crayolas and lets see what we can come up with, eh?
5. Luden’s Cough Drops. Do you remember these? Amylynn has gotten a cold that seems to have settled itself contentedly in her chest giving her a hearty cough. Does she take Halls or Ricola or even the dreaded Sucrets? God, no. You have to be really, really sick to suck on that crap. Those are mean cough drops. No, she’s eating Luden’s Cough Drops – cherry flavor because it’s the only REAL flavor – like they are candy. Essentially, they are. Yummy candy. There’s probably zero medicinal value, but they make you feel better mentally. Don’t believe us? Good. More Luden’s for us. If only they came in the cool old tin like those nasty Sucrets did back in the day.