Find a cozy spot…

…and take a nap today


My new side hustle

side hustle: work that brings in cash; something other than your main job

The side hustle is a common topic of conversation at my office. Having one is a point of pride. Spin instructor, bartender, weekend retail, selling designer stuff on Ebay…anything to make some money.

I believe that everyone needs a hobby. My office believes that everyone needs a side hustle. This week I found a way to make those one and the same.

I walked past this solid oak four-drawer file cabinet on the curb. Beautiful! I already have one just like it, and Read said that our house really has enough furniture and can I please not put more in it? So I brought it home and posted on Craigslist.



It came with old file folders and everything.


And just like that, a nice woman in a minivan came by yesterday and gave us $250 for the cabinet.


The woman said she especially liked this Craigslist picture with Edith:


Cloth Design with Bleach

Nobody’s tamed the almighty power of bleach better than Rachel C. I met this woman in 2004 while we were sweating out a summer of camp counseling in southern Ohio. She had bleached these fantastical designs into her camp jeans (camp counseling is an alternate reality that requires a completely separate wardrobe from regular life), and those jeans one of the many reasons I was like, “I gotta make friends with this person!”

Check out the shirt she mailed me for my birthday.



Rachel did a full tutorial for foxflat readers in 2009, so if you’d like to try your hand at bleaching (shirts, pants, table runners) click here. Me, I’ll just keep trying to talk her into knitting-for-bleaching trades. And birthday presents!

When I was on the floor taking a picture of the shirt design I snapped one of this old pup…he’s about twelve now.


Scrolling through pictures with a friend the other day I happened upon one from Sam’s youth…camping in Kentucky with guy friends. Look how brown his face was! He looked less beagle-y without any white.

Gorge trip


Curried Chicken Rice Salad


I hate packing a lunch in the morning – it seems there’s never time for it no matter how early I get up. As my mom would say, “you get that honest.” Granted my mom was trying to get ready for work with two kids around, but after a certain age that also meant we could help. I remember many mornings with her tethered to the curling iron and shouting, “Katie can you make me a sandwich for lunch?” It was always the same: raisin bagel, ham, and farmers cheese, wrapped in a paper towel. (Mom, if you’re reading, did you like eating the same thing every day?)

Repetition…I must get that honest too. I don’t eat the same thing every day, but I do eat the same thing for a week. The lunch-making solution I’ve come to is cooking up a colossal amount of something over the weekend and separating it into meal-sized pyrex dishes. Each morning I grab a container as I run out the door.

This Curried Chicken Rice Salad is one of my favorite lunches. It has a little bit of everything…sweet, spice, cilantro, carbs, veggies, and protein. It keeps well (the flavors actually get better as they sit) and is interesting enough to eat for a week. I like it with pita bread or crackers. The recipe below makes a lot, so if you’re not going to a potluck, cooking for a crowd, or wanting to eat it for a week, cut it in half.


Curried Chicken Rice Salad – adapted from Kitchen Sense by Mitchell Davis
This is a tangy curried dish best served cold.  I use supermarket rotisserie chicken because it’s quick, affordable, and (let’s be honest) delicious, but cooked chicken breast would work just as well. Once you’ve made the recipe as is, try experimenting with other veggies and proteins. It’s a great way to clean out the fridge and/or use up leftover cooked rice.

2/3 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup golden raisins
3 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
1 cooked supermarket rotisserie chicken, with the chicken removed and cubed
3-4 cups cooked rice, cooled to room temperature
4 large carrots, grated
4 scallions, chopped
1 to 2 cups of cooked corn (frozen or fresh, not canned)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
salt and pepper

Combine vinegar and raisins in a small bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, then let sit. Mix curry powder and 3 tablespoons water to make a runny paste, set aside. In a cast-iron or frying pan, heat oil over med/high heat, add onion and chicken, and cook until the onions start to soften. Add the garlic and ginger, then cook a few minutes longer, stirring often. Stir in the curry paste and cook until the water has evaporated and you can smell the spices. Turn off the heat, then pour in the raisin/vinegar mixture and use a wooden spoon to stir it in, scraping the spices off the bottom of the pan. Let this mixture cool to room temperature.

While the chicken mixture cools, start chopping and grating! Mix the rice, carrots, scallions, corn, and cilantro in a large bowl. Once the mixture is cool, pour it into the large bowl and stir. Season with salt and pepper.



a birthday present

This week a big box came in the mail – the return address was my friend and former Oregon coworker. She likes rummage sales and thirftstores, and her own garage is full of oddities, tools, and things she can’t bear to throw away. Opening a package from her is always exciting. The box weighed hardly anything…what could it be?


Six pillows of soft carded fiber (!!!). I jumped up and down and yelled some happy expletives. The birthday card inside said, “Bid on this at an auction for you – came from “Sunshine”. Miss you much.”

I think “Sunshine” was a sheep, but I’m still learning my fiber. Maybe an alpaca.

Teddy was very intrigued. He walked over and did that knead-bread thing with his paws, all blissed out and purring.




Now I have more than a summer’s worth of spinning lined up. I’m also working on finalizing a couple of new patterns (here’s a little pattern sneak peek):