Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Wow, 2013 was a rough year. My Dad passed away. We listed our house nearly six months ago and we’re still waiting to close. Our daycare center was turned upside down by outdated laws and greed.

But so, so, so many good things happened! We spent nearly two weeks in Paradise. I played hockey with a new team that became like a family. Daughter turned 4 and has become one amazing little girl. My Dad found peace after a long struggle that took both his body and his mind. We welcomed the sweetest, craziest puppy from our vacation on the islands. I completed my third triathlon in (personal) record time despite all of the above. And we spent a few days enjoying the fog of the north shore… just the two of us.

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There’s one more night to enjoy before we say Happy New Year. We’re making Shrimp Tacos and watching The Princess Bride. Whatever you decide to do, have fun, be safe. I’ll see you next year.



Happy Holidays….

Minnehaha Falls
Minnehaha Falls

We wandered over to the Minnehaha Falls yesterday. It always takes a while with daughter because there are rocks to climb and snow angels to be made. But it was well worth it to see the frozen walls of ice. The Falls are spectacular when they’re flowing, but I think they’re even more amazing in the winter.

I’m taking the next nine days off. That will bring me to the new year. Still working on those resolutions, but I’ll be back on the first to share them.

In the mean time I’ll be eating and sharing and relaxing.

Have a safe & festive holiday! See you in 2014!




It’s Thursday and my travel mug keeps leaking. It did this on Tuesday and I just dealt with it. Today I am going to throw it away.

Our office building provided us with breakfast this morning: Scones, Coffee Cakes, Egg Bakes. It’s pretty good. And honestly, was all I was thinking about the whole drive in.

Daughter has a birthday party this evening. I loaded the car with boots and snow pants and sleds. I hope it’s warm enough and there’s a hill.

I’m working one day next week and then just one day the following. It’s a pretty good gig.

I can’t decided if I should serve rice or potatoes with the Korean-Style Short Ribs I’m making for Christmas Dinner.

It’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. I didn’t make any for this year. I think I need to for next year. It’s nice to have some structure.

I got beat at Candy Land again last night. I haven’t won since I was her age. I don’t mind.

What’s new with you?


Winner! Winner!

Thank you so much for your comments and for your jokes! Each one made me laugh and brightened my week.

The two holiday wine bags go to BreannaS and Stephanie. I’ll send you each an email.



Giveaway Day!


It’s been months since I’ve sewed anything. Mostly because my sewing table and fabric are in storage. But I still have plenty of stuff I’ve sewn in the past. So when I noticed that today is yesterday was Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day I knew I’d have something. And it’s the perfect thing for the holidays! I’m giving away two Holiday Wine Bags, to two people.

The details: These wine bags are made by me (a few years ago, I admit). They’ve been stored in an waterproof bin, in a smoke free home.

To enter leave a comment. If you want to leave a funny note or joke that’s great, but won’t increase your chances of winning. It will, however make me laugh, and it’s Monday, Tuesday, so that would be cool.

Giveaway is open until December 13 at 5 p.m. PST. I will email the winners by December 15. I will ship them by December 20. I’m willing to ship international, but I can’t promise you’ll get the wine bag by the holidays. Seriously, it takes a while to cross those borders.

So best of luck and start planning who’s receiving wine!



Writing Group & Ponies


When I picked Daughter up from school yesterday she immediately asked me what we were going to do that evening. I told her we’d eat dinner and we’d play, but then I had to leave for Writing Group.

“What is Writing Group?” she asked.

Fair question, I thought. Glad I didn’t say I was going to Happy Hour.

“Well,” I told her, trying to figure out how to explain it, “Writing Group is when I get together with friends that like to write stories and we talk about them.”

“Do you write stories?”

“Yes,” I said, realizing that occasionally I do.

“Do you write stories for kids?”

“Well, not really, Kiddo. I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t.”


She’s quiet and I turn onto Minnehaha Avenue from her school’s parking lot.

“Kiddo, would you want me to write a story for kids.”


“What do you think I should write about?”

This is where I got excited. Actually, the whole conversation was exciting, but I never expected a writing prompt from my 4.5YO.

And after some hesitation, she started.

“Um, Mommy?”

“Yes, babe?”

“I think you should write a story about Ariel. The mermaid.”

I smile broadly, but keep quiet.

“And My Little Pony. Ariel and My Little Pony. Can you write a story about that?”

I quietly chuckle.

Of course. Her two favorite characters of the week. A Disney mermaid (Hey, if she had to go Disney, I’m glad she went with the one that can swim.) and a group of Ponies that I know nothing about, but I’m learning quickly.

“Yes, kiddo, I can write a story about Arial and the Ponies.”

Or at least I can write a blog post.


Hello! (Again)

from the office window

Welcome to Paper & Clouds.NET!

I’ve moved to this new space with this new look and I’m excited to get down to it. Here you’ll find all the old posts I’ve been posting for the last three years. Three years? That’s crazy.

And before that, you could find me at thewriteingredients.wordpress.com.

My hope with this new space is a new found dedication to writing. Maybe it’s a full essay, maybe it’s a short blurb, maybe just an image.

Here goes….