Mints: You know those cream cheese mints you get at Minnesota weddings and graduation? The kind in the shape of hearts, or bells, or doves, or mortarboard caps, or whatever? I love them. They are cream cheese, powdered sugar, and a little granulated sugar, and if given the opportunity, I will eat them until the roof of my mouth is raw from the sugar. I'm not advocating this behavior, but I thought you should know. If you want to be my friend forever, bring me some cream cheese mints, and I'm yours.
Meteorology: Holy crapbarf, batman. 76 tornadoes across the Great Plains today? I know that there have been other crazy weather days, historically, but today, in the midst of this weirdly warm spring, it seems freakier still. I hope everyone will be safe tonight, and mind the sirens, and put down their cell phone cameras long enough to find safety.
Mama: I'm gonna try to not get too sappy, but once in a while, when V tells me I'm the prettiest mama in the world, I get a little overwhelmed. I think of my own mama, and how I think she, too, is the prettiest mama in the world, and how whenever I feel sick, even as a grown woman, I want my mama to take care of me, and I hope that V, too, will feel so well-cared for by me that when she's grown up, she'll still think of me as a beautiful comfort. I'm not going to say things like motherhood made me whole, because it didn't. But it certainly made me different. I like it.