Author Bingo!

I would rank tonight 2nd or 3rd in “All-Time Worst Bedtime Experience with Kids” so tonight’s post will be short as my wine IV is waiting so I can numb my feelings of despair and failure.

One of the speakers at the Writers Digest Conference shared this Author Bingo card with us.  It’s perfect!  She told us when we get five in a row, to go out and splurge.


My favorite is “Social Sitch: ‘I Have a Great Idea for a Book'”.  Probably because that was so me, like 4 years ago.

I feel like I would have won Parent Bingo tonight if the squares included, “End the night with everyone crying”, “3-year-old throws self on floor multiple times”, “Discover maintenance broke your bath tub at 7 PM”, “Feel like the tantrum is your fault because you went to work this morning”, and “Rip a Duplo out of a small child’s hand”.  Definitely not any of our finest moments.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

In Defense of Chemicals

Look at all the chemicals in this . . . lemon?

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Poster by James Kennedy

Sometimes chemicals get a bad rap.  But they’re in everything.   There’s no escape.  I love this poster on the all-natural lemon by James Kennedy, one of many he has made highlighting the long, chemical-laden list of ingredients in fruits.

He has a recent post I’m highlighting here, about Ava Winery and its synthetic wine.  The scientist vintners at Ava are attempting to re-create some of the world’s most celebrating wines not with grapes and fermentation tanks, but with an ingredient list, chemicals, and a bunch of lab equipment.

James writes:

The wines your great-grandchildren might one day drink on Mars will soon be coming to a bottle near you. Ava Winery is a San Francisco-based startup creating wines molecule by molecule, without the need for grapes or fermentation. With complete control over the chemical profile of the product, Ava’s wines can be created safely, sustainably, and affordably, joining the food technology revolution in creating the foods of the future.

The future is here, and I can’t wait to order a bottle of synthetic wine!