Kamp K

Two of my three nieces are coming to visit this summer as they are finally old enough to stay the week on their own. So I sent them the following email. Brother Sparkles is now wondering if there is more room at Kamp K for him.

Do you have suggestions of what I can do with an 8 and 10 year old for a week?


We are looking forward to your stay with us at Kamp K 2015. In order to better serve you, please let the concierge know what activities you are interested in. We have listed a number of possible activities and would appreciate it if you would RSVP and group these activities into the following categories.
YES! Let’s do it! 
Maybe, I’m not sure.
No, thanks. Not my thing.
We are looking forward to your stay!
~ Concierge K
Jelly Belly Factory Tour
Walking with Perl at Fort Funston (a hundred dogs running around on the ocean beach)
Biking around Monterey
Monterrey Bay Aquarium
Biking around Angel Island
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Boat ride and tour of Alcatraz
Walk over the Golden Gate Bridge
Horseback riding
Hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains to see a view of Silicon Valley
Hiking in Yosemite
San Francisco Zoo

Note to self: start dinner earlier

Tonight’s culinary adventure was Butternut Squash And Sage Lasagna. It has absolutely no healthy qualities to it, but it sounds like it is going to be amazing. I started way too late, so I’m not eating until almost 10 pm. I’ve had to get by on carrot sticks with hummus and some wine. I know, horrible, right?

Here is the finished product.


Plenty (More)

For Thanksgiving, I made the Broccoli and Gorgonzola Pie with a puff pastry crust. I don’t have a tart pan, so it was a little different than the picture in the book. I also made the Very Full Tart, full of roasted veggies and cheese in a pie crust. The Crusted Pumpkin Wedges With Sour Cream (not shown) were not as good as I had hoped. It is possible their flavor was over powered by everything else.


This morning, I made the Leek Fritters with a parsley-cilantro-yogurt-sour cream sauce. It definitely tamed the cumin, coriander, and tumeric in the fritters. They were pretty awesome.



This afternoon, not in the book, I made a pumpkin pie. From a can. With a frozen pie crust. Yup. I did. And it will probably be amazing in two hours.



A while ago, I picked up a copy of Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. I can’t tell you how amazing these recipes are. But I can show you!

I made two recipes tonight: Seasonal Tempura and Black Pepper Tofu.

First the tempura


Then the black pepper tofu


When done was absolutely amazing! The tempura recipe came with a recipe for a lime-cilantro sauce that was incredible! I ate way too much!!


Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Want (My Own) Kids

I recently read this post about 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Want Kids. It was interesting, but not completely true for me. So here is my list to explain why I don’t want kids of my own.

1. I’m not good with babies

I can deal with babies, but it is really difficult for me. I don’t think they are cute. I try to pretend, but I’m really grossed out by them. I’d like to think that if I had one of my own that my instincts would kick in, but I can’t guarantee that. They poo, they pee, they snot everywhere. I just can’t deal with all of the bodily fluids, and the food burped up everywhere.

2. I hate primary colors

I’m a neat freak, I’ll admit it. Primary colors were cool in the 90’s, but I’ve outgrown them. I love my time tutoring 5th grade, but I can’t handle the chaos for more than an hour or two. If I had a kid, it would collect everything. It would make a mess. I couldn’t handle that.

3. I’m selfish

I like doing what I want when I want. I like traveling as I feel like it. It is hard enough having pets. I can’t imagine how hard it would be if I had children.

4.  I’m an introvert

When I get home from work, I often just hide on my couch watching tv because all the socialization of the day is exhausting. I do a good job of faking it as an extrovert, but I’m not naturally one. I have a lot of respect for people who work all day and then go home and have to continue having conversation.

5. I’m petrified of pregnancy

I have a feeling that I would wake up screaming, clawing at my belly, yelling to get the alien out. I hear that the hormones take care of this issue, but maybe I’ve seen one too many movies and have too much of a wild imagination.

6. I’m saving the environment

Every person born into existence is using precious resources. I’m doing my part to conserve carbon emissions.

7. The world is a terrible place

Have you watched network news lately, or listened to the Republican Party? How could anyone bring a child into that horrible world that they paint? I know it isn’t quite that bad, but I still can’t do that against my conscious.

8. I need my sleep

I’ve talked to friends with babies. They get no sleep. They are woken in the middle of the night. They walk like zombies among us. I crave my 7-8 hours, regardless of how dream riddled they are. My nieces came to visit and I fell asleep before them.

9. No one wants my genes

I came out of the womb with buck teeth and cross-eyed. Four years of braces and two eye surgeries later, I almost look presentable, but I don’t know what of that I will pass down. Also, I have otosclerosis and had an ovary removed because of a 4-inch ovarian cyst. Why would I impose all of that on anyone else?

10. I already have a lot of children

I taught high school for a number of years. Boarding school. In loco parentis, et al. I love my kids. I adore them. I’m so proud of them. I am grateful that I can be part of their lives. But I’m glad I didn’t give birth to them. I’m missing those genes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m awesome with kids. And I’d be great with someone else’s. I even think that if I had my own  by accident that I would figure it all out like everyone else. But I wouldn’t do it on purpose.

Hair Porn

The results of the colortastrophy poll are in. Red still won, but natural is getting closer.

The before picture. Yes, I purposely did not brush my hair once it dried naturally. It makes for a better before photo.

The after photo. I needed a little change, so Wilson added some highlights.


Poll—Colortastrophy: where to go from here?