Nothing’s Perfect

Recently, my family has been rewatching the TV show Northern Exposure. One of the episodes in season 4, Nothing’s Perfect particularly struck me, particularly one scene.

Ed invites Rolf, the German technician who came to install Maurice’s clock, over to watch a movie. While going through his WWII collection, Ed keeps pointing out (not to be rude, but still) all the movies with Joseph Mengele in them. My thought at that point was I will not rest until there are at least as many movies about the White Rose and other such German anti-nazi resisters as Dietrich Bonhoeffer; they should be remembered as an important part of German history


Those Who Don’t Complain

“Those who do not complain are never pitied.” – Jane Austen

Boy, ain’t that the truth. If I am honest, one of my pet peeves lately is seeing friends go through similar stuff and post about it on social media, so all their friends swoop in with their comments. But I don’t say something when I could really use some encouragement, because my mind tells me “Nobody will care. You’ll just annoy everybody more than you usually do.” So that leaves me stewing, and feeling like I just keep quiet and rely on myself. A vicious circle.

Poor, Neglected, Little Blog

I feel sorry for my blog. Really. It’s just bumbling along, much like my Twitter (I’m a Twitter lurker in case you hadn’t known.

So what’s new with life?

I started watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and liking it despite the humor going a little cruder than I usually partake in.

Rewatching the Crown with the family. (Haven’t seen the second series yet though.)

I’ve been making my way (turtle pace here) through trying to get my TEFL certification to teach English as a foreign or second language.

I came out of Nanowrimo with a fairly decent start of a story, so that’s better than it could have been

I would like this blog to be about historical research, but some of the research I’ve been doing has been stalled for a little while.


Let me tell you about one of the best things I like about our new house (We moved in 2 years ago.) It’s a dog, and his name is Buddy. I usually walk around the block at least once or twice a day, and fairly often see him roaming around the neighborhood too. When he sees me, he usually races up to say hi, and that makes my day.

A Last Hurrah- The Painted Queen

I finished The Painted Queen, Elizabeth Peter’s last Amelia Peabody mystery, completed by her good friend Joan Hess after she died in 2013. This mystery was centered around the now world-renowned bust of Nefertiti. I enjoyed it; it had all the characters and elements you would expect of an Amelia Peabody mystery. Danger, revenge, mystery, lots of disguises, and Sethos even. But something was missing.

Left Out

What do you do when you feel left out?

You know that horrible feeling when somebody from work is Facebook friends with pretty much all your other coworkers except you?  (Or you were friends with them and go online one day to find out you aren’t any more.) You try to not take it personally and make a big deal out of it, but it still hurts. It makes you think did I do something to upset them.

My Top Places to Visit in the Huntsville Area

As my Ohio travel plans feel through, but I still have some time off work, I need to figure out some of the coolest places to see in the Huntsville surroundings

!. Supper Heroes is out Meridianville way, so I have not gotten to go there yet, but want to. A super hero themed restaurant? How cool can you get?

2.  Shinsegae Oriental Restaurant: Located on Patton Road next to the Asian market, this is a family-run, cool hole-in-the wall Korean restaurant where the Rocket City Go club meets (on Saturdays I think). My top favorite is the bulgogi.

3. Sam and Greg’s Pizzaria (They make their own gelato too!!!!)

4. The Botanical Gardens. Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens are lovely and peaceful, and one of my favorite spots.

5. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center. (I may be a little biased). A Smithsonian affiliate space museum with a rocket park. (And it’s kid friendly) A must see for any space nut, and an important part of the Huntsville community

6. Ay Chihuahua is a Mexican restaurant out in Priceville  (It’s worth a visit just for the name in my opinion.) And they have horchata!

7. University Pickers. The furniture painting craze seems to be a thing down here recently. University Pickers is a unique mix  of some antiques, handmade crafts, painted furniture, and Huntsville specialty items like Piper and Leaf tea, and local artist creations (I love Melly Luna designs)

8. Monte Sano/Burritt on the Mountain. Those who love hiking and camping should definitely visit Monte Sano, our state park. (You can also go canoeing out on the Tennessee River by the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in Decatur.

9. Located in an old cotton mill, Lowe Mill is the place to go for getting the bead on Huntsville’s art scene. (It’s a bit hipstery to say the least.)

10. “Fort Book”  – the Huntsville Madison County Public Library main branch- has a little used book store that supports the library; the library hosts Rocket City Nerd Con every fall. (It’s going to be at the beginning of November this year.)

11. Ol’ Heidleburg is a charming German restaurant on University Drive; their deserts are particularly good.

12. Christine’s German Bakeshop out in Sommerville may be small, but is definitely worth visiting if you are looking for yummy baked goods and care about supporting small businesses.