1. Conversations with my father on the phone rarely necessitate my input and often go something like this (fyi, 'Willie" is an obese cat, and "Wandering Jew" is legitimately a plant name)...
Dad: What is that plant that Willie's eating? Is Wandering Jew a risk for cats? I don't know. I'm going to let him eat it.
(thinks for a second)
Where's Karen? Upstairs. I'll ask her when she comes back, and she'll probably tell me that it's poisonous... (another thoughtful pause)
Willie, stop eating that! (pause as he walks over to Willie) He's not really eating it, he's faking. That'll do, cat.
2. Some amusing gay rights/marriage equality signs.
3. I've been going through a long process of unfriending on Facebook. I reached 950 and decided there was no reason for that many people to know my business. It's been difficult, I've found myself over-thinking it a lot. My goal is 500, but right now I'm stuck at 680. My dear friend Isa has been very supportive throughout this ordeal, offering lots of advice, pep talks, and words of wisdom. One of her gems:
Me: Oh, it's ______ ______'s birthday though, I can't unfriend her on her birthday!
Isa: Actually, I find people's birthdays is a great time to unfriend. If I see that it's their birthday and I don't even care enough to tell them "happy birthday" on their wall, it probably means we don't need to be facebook friends.
This is really solid advice, and I am going to use it.
4. Last week I made this vegan coconut cake, and it was pretty good. I didn't have shredded coconut or coconut oil, so the coconut flavor was very subtle, but it was still tasty. I only had one cake pan, so I decided to put it all in one (the recipe called for two, later stacked with icing), which was a mistake. It took a long time to bake in the middle, and by the time it had the outside was a bit more baked than I'd have liked. Follow directions, readers. They're there for a reason.