36. New Beginning Brioche

Still aglow from my Valentine’s Day, I jetted off that weekend to visit my cousin and her new baby in San Francisco. Though we’re all rooted on the East Coast, three of my closest cousins somehow landed in California. It seemed I was the only one in the midwest.. How they all got there was…

31. Remedial Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

This was the week we decided to get input from the kids about what they want to eat. It was criticism I asked for, but it was still nerve racking to send out a survey. We had to bribe them with cookies to get them fill it out. On Friday, they all came back. I…

30. Sensitive Cinnamon Rolls

“Hello, beautiful woman,” he welcomed me. “You look so tired,” I said. “Yeah. I’ve been napping, working and napping.” I took the booze and cigarettes and set them down on the counter in the kitchen. Burton followed me into the kitchen and poured us two whiskeys. He swaddled me with his limbs as we collapsed…

19. Precarious Pizza

The work week began again and, with the second job and spending boozy late nights with Burton, I was not well-rested. But I couldn’t resist the invitations to go out with him — even on school nights. I finished work in the early afternoon. By the time Burton was done with work, I was already…

18. Uncertain Soda Bread

I arrived at work at six o’clock, per usual. After a night spent at Burton’s, I had not yet had my coffee; I was predictably tired. Lasagna was on the menu which made for a stressful hour and a half — my boss never kept in mind delivery schedules when dictating a menu and my lasagna…