Halo Top assortment of flavors. Photo by Jennifer Willis.

the ice cream report

About a month ago, I was lamenting about not being able to reliably find my favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream — Vanilla Caramel Fudge — at any of my local grocery stores. It seems like a standard flavor that should be in regular demand, but it was often absent. I don’t buy […]

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Maplewood May flowers. Photo by Jennifer Willis.

and sometimes you have a panic attack

I woke up already having a panic attack this morning. I’ve not blogged about my health in a while. I still have the daily headaches and dysautonomia, but it hasn’t been as bad lately, which has allowed me to get quite a bit more work done. I also don’t want my life (or my blog) […]

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View of the Pacific Ocean from Cannon Beach, Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Willis.

research is a beach

Sometimes you just need to do some on-site research. I’m working on world-building for a follow-on series to the Rune Witch books, to be set in a small community along the Oregon Coast. So, darn! I had to go to the coast for work. I’m such an unreasonable and demanding boss. I had a tight […]

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Neighborhood flower garden bed in SW Portland, Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Willis.

real-life travel gigs and daydreams

A few weeks ago, Jema Patterson at Half the Clothes sent out a newsletter with an intriguing bit of news: Airline Hiring Paid Travelers You and a friend have until May 14th to apply for: •  a $4,500/mo salary • furnished apartment in the capital of Iceland • ability to travel the world all summer. […]

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books read: April 2018

Since I’m trying to get better at updating my blog more regularly and make more timely posts of my monthly reading lists, here’s what I read last month. Some of this was for research, and some (most) of it was for fun. April 2018 Fool Me Once, by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco (print) Give the […]

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Instant Pot glazed carrots, made by Jen.

Jen’s Instant Pot glazed carrots

We ended up with a surplus of carrots this weekend, due to a grocery run and another delivery from Imperfect Produce. Need to cook a bunch of carrots in a hurry? Throw them in the Instant Pot. Using the ingredients we had on hand, I made a pot of delectable glazed carrots. Ingredients and instructions […]

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Spring in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Willis.

green smoothie hero

For the past few weeks, I’ve been starting most every morning with a green smoothie. This was after I’d caught the flu for a second time in as many months and was worried about not recovering in time to be able to go to Utah for the Futurescapes Writers’ Workshop. It was about that time […]

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