Kitchen Disasters: The Worst Thing I Ever Made

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Kitchen failures are common.  Cookies spread out and run together into one giant flat cookie pancake.  The bread doesn’t rise.  You overestimate your spice tolerance and make a stir fry so spicy that just breathing near the pan makes your eyes water.  All of these things have happened to me.  Kitchen disasters are so much simpler than life disasters, though.  A flat cookie pancake might not look pretty enough to take into work, but it still tastes pretty delicious.  Even if you’ve concocted something truly inedible, the worst kitchen disaster can almost always be solved by ordering pizza. At this … Continue reading

Reflection: Surviving the Swim

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I’ve wanted to complete a triathlon for a long time now.  I was actually training for one back when I lived in Boston, but we moved out to Berkeley about a month before the race date.  Training fell by the wayside with adjustments to a new job, apartment, and city.  Running is just easier than biking or swimming from a logistics perspective.  Put on your shoes, and run out your front door without any real worries about routes or flat tires or finding a pool or what time lap swim happens to be. Completing a triathlon has been a goal … Continue reading

Oatmeal Memories

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“We need something no one will ever guess.  Something like… oatmeal!” I still remember being impressed with Anne’s choice of password for our carefully constructed blanket and pillow fort.  What a perfectly normal and bland sort of word.  It was downright unguessable and totally lacking in magic.  It was perfect. I can’t remember whether we were trying to keep older or younger siblings from crashing our fort that day, but twenty years later, and in a much more password driven society, I still think of her pronouncing oatmeal, and how we both knew instantly it was perfect.  I had previously … Continue reading