39. Distressing Dip

Marathon training was ramping up and Marty made a request to start eating better. With that in mind, on our next scheduled run, I arrived at his house armed with spinach and kale dip that was inspired by something that I got from Trader Joe’s. We could eat it as a post-run snack rather than…

38. Doubtful Dash

I forgot about the marathon as soon as it was mentioned, but the seed was planted in my head and it sprouted when I heard something on the news about a computer glitch that would delay Chicago Marathon registration, irritating runners near and far. Delayed registration meant that I still had a chance at getting…

37. Hangover Breakfast, Minus the Hangover

Finding ways to be social without booze felt…. impossible. I tried meeting friends for coffee before they went out drinking, but that left me with the hours of 8 to 11pm to hang out on my couch indiscriminately watching television. It was embarrassing how caught up I was on all my TV-watching. It was sad….

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…

35. Vexing Valentine Cookies

I emerged from my pile of pillows and blankets only to find a messy apartment. I still had a handle of Jameson sitting on top of my refrigerator — three-quarters full. I’ll quit when I’m finished with that, I reasoned. But I didn’t want to have another drink. I didn’t want to have another hangover….

34. Terror Pie

I opened my email to discover joy on Monday. In it: a lively missive from Bea, my Australian wayfaring friend who made a two-year pit stop in Columbus to get her PhD. She had a special request for me. She wanted me to cater a fundraising event for her non-profit that provides therapy to children…

33. Bumbling Cheesecake

With unwarranted enthusiasm, Lena and Bryan extended an invitation to me and Marty for dinner and cards. Having a romantic interest that my friends actually liked was a bit of a struggle for me to find. Marty was definitely someone I could bring around and socialize with. If I had to look into the future,…