From the monthly archives:

November 2013


by Marinka on November 26, 2013

If you have internet access and eyes, you’ve probably seen the amazing #TheoandBeau photographs.  What you may not know is that they were taken by my friend Jessica Shyba– under my guidance and supervision.  And exaggeration. I really encourage you to click over to look at the beautiful pictures of Jessica’s son, Beau, napping with their puppy, Theo. It will make you want to get a baby and a puppy. Or at least a camera.

Sadly, I have none of those things.

But I do have a cat, some CSA-vegetables and an iPhone 4S camera, so I’m doing the best I can, people.


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Seasonal!  And I wouldn’t be surprised if Theo and Beau suddenly start napping with squash.


With the holiday season around the corner, have you gotten all your loved ones a copy of Wanted Cat? It’s a heartwarming book about one family’s search for the perfect cat. I wrote it, Peajaye illustrated it and my daughter took the photographs. What’s not to like? Make sure to get a copy for all your disliked ones too, but give it to them ironically.

Click here to order!


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You Will Like This

by Marinka on November 22, 2013

The other day Papa sent me an email with the subject heading “You will like this!”

I immediately became very excited because I really like liking things so I assumed it was something like a revelation that I was one of the Romanoffs and should expect to be on the receiving end of  an immediate shipment of Faberge eggs.  On the one hand, I’d be shocked and upset that Mama and Papa had been lying to me and were not in fact my biological parents, but on the other, the Faberge eggs are really pretty.




Although I sort of wonder if it comes in other colors.

So I started to prepare for this New Normal of becoming Suddenly Royal, and then I opened Papa’s email. And saw that it was a link to a website.

A website of shirts with embroidered pocket cats.

cat shirt

And so I spent the next couple of days looking at the shirts and wondering if other animals were an option. Like maybe a money embroidery on the back? A serpent embroidery around the neck? And then I followed the linking to a site that had this embroidery:



And ever since I have been wondering. Why is a collie standing next to a plant? And who is saying “Did you stand here yesterday?” Is it the plant? Is the plant urine-soaked? Is the dog wondering if  you, the owner of this piece stood besides the plant yesterday?

I can’t get a satisfactory answer. Perhaps if people who embroidered things considered the problems they were creating, they would focus instead on making Faberge eggs.



November 12, 2013

I did something very unlike me at the end of the last school year. I signed up for CSA at my son’s school. In my defense, I thought CSA stood for Cick Some Ass, but apparently it’s Communist Supported Agriculture, which is the prelude to the Agricultural Revolution and getting Obamacare. (Disclaimer: I’m not a […]

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In Training

November 8, 2013

On Sunday morning I woke up and realized that I had completely forgotten to run the NYC Marathon. This is like the 46th year in a row, a real streak. “How much does the winner get?” my son asked and I made up some number, and now he’s training for the one in six years, […]

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Bucket List

November 4, 2013

I know that there are some people who have bucket lists- inspiring things they want to do and accomplish, adventures they want to try, preferably before death. I’m not one of those people. Not only do I not have a bucket list, other people’s lists fills me with vertigo and anxiety. “Travel to every continent!” […]

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