Daisy Bateman

Now, What?

In case anyone is wondering/has noticed my extended absence from this space, I thought I should take a moment to drop in and explain. At the end of last month I was laid off from my job (along with about a third of the other people at our site) (some of whom were then un-fired) … Read more

And They Lived Happily Ever After

So, about a week ago, I went ahead and got married. You know, it was a Sunday, nothing else to do, and I had this dress, and we’d rented a chapel and a reception hall and ordered catering for seventy people, so we figured hey, what the heck. The flowers were nice. The Bentley was … Read more

Shoesday: Gang Aft Agley

This week, Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is coming to San Francisco for the first time in years, and I have been looking forward to it for months. I booked a room at the convention hotel, so I wouldn’t have to schlep back and forth from home, and I’ve been giving serious thought to what … Read more

The Lost Weekend

Lost to madness and debauchery? To an impromptu trip to Vegas that ended with a near-arrest at the Neon Graveyard with a half-dozen Elvis impersonators, an aging showgirl and three German tourists? To that spot behind the dresser where the cat likes to put things? No, to Salmonella poisoning*. We were going to spend this … Read more

Shoesday: The Relocation

“Huh,” you are saying to yourself right about now. “That doesn’t look like the usual high-quality Shoesday picture, complete with feet. Also, it’s Thursday. What gives?” “Cut me a break,” I snap. “I’ve only spent the last week moving into a new apartment, where we don’t have internet yet, so I can’t blog from my … Read more

The Hair Experiment: Day 1

If you read yesterday’s post, you are aware that I am not happy with my new haircut (for those with an allergy to clicking through, I will summarize: I got a new haircut, and I am not happy with it). But that was yesterday. And today, when I got up at nine-thirty and staggered past … Read more

New Year, New Hair

And, to tell the truth, I’m not very happy about it. Although, on the upside, it will probably end up saving me a lot of money. Allow me to explain. I’ve been going to the same, ruinously expensive, hairstylist for several years now. I like it because he does some sort of fancy coloring process … Read more

Holiday Weekend Stats

Wine Drunk: >Too Much Writing Done: 0 Bejeweled Blitz Facebook Game High Score: 198,650 Bejeweled Blitz Facebook Game High Score Beaten On Sunday Night By: Cousin Jake’s Wife Jen Times Blanket Covering Couch Washed, Due to Recurrent Cat Pee: 3 “Scat Mat” Brand Electric Cat-Repellent Mats Purchased: 1 Pulled-Pork Sandwiches Eaten: 1 Small But Very … Read more

Vote for Mom!

Not long ago I posted this link on my Twitter feed, along with the request that all and sundry visit it and vote “yes” in the poll they find there (lower right-hand part of the page, you may have to scroll down). I was going to post a full explanation here, but the fact of … Read more