About

I drew this on the chalkboard my dad made that sits in our dining room to illustrate how I felt about a Big Life Change I was contemplating.  I knew I stood at the edge of a cliff and needed to have faith, I wanted to see a bridge with handrails and a safety net before I took my leap.  Lucky me, loving support from husband, family, friends, and colleagues provided a sturdy bridge.  I think I might still be crossing, but the bridge remains sturdy even if the horizon is clouded.

I drew this on a chalkboard my dad made from an old yardstick. It depicts how I felt about some big life changes. I knew I stood at the edge of a cliff and needed to have faith, but I wanted to see a bridge with handrails and a safety net before I took my leap. Loving support from my husband, family, friends, and colleagues has kept me aloft. I think I might still be crossing, but the bridge remains sturdy even if the horizon is clouded.

This blog started out as a ‘zine in 1999 called Reflections, a photocopied, illustrated, paper booklet I sent to about 30 subscribers (anyone willing to donate a postage stamp or give me their mailing address).

This morphed into the first All But The Kitchen Sink blog at blogger in March 2009, which I moved here in 2014.

Past posts told stories about food, but also about teaching and yoga, insights during a walk to the library, books and movies.  In fact, I named it All But The Kitchen Sink for a reason:

You know when someone packs way too many things for a weekend getaway, and you might say:  “Geez, you packed everything but the kitchen sink”?

Well, that’s what this blog is about, a little bit of everything: reflections and observations from my quirky and quiet life, and stories about my recent efforts to follow a creative path.

As always, I am ever grateful for your presence.  Thank you for reading!

 

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9 Responses to About

  1. Chelsea says:

    Hi Trista,
    I was recently introduced to your blog (if you are the right you) through one of your co-workers, Taylor, a former grad student colleague of mine from UO. I’ve just spent the better part of the hour I’ve been up reading your food stories, and finding myself in so many of them! Glad to have found you and your stories. I’ll most certainly be back!

    • tristac says:

      Hi Chelsea, you’ve got the right me! : ) I love that you say you find yourself in some of my stories. It’s so lovely to know I’m not the only one out there having these experiences or thoughts. Clearly, I’m in good company. Thanks for reading! I just checked out your blog and will be sure to visit regularly. (Thanks to Taylor, too, for guiding you here!)

  2. Rose L. says:

    I have found your new blog. You probably missed a lot of photos on mine! We will miss you at CCC but you have many adventures ahead of you.

  3. Thanks for the like on my blog! Funny, but your recent A-Z blog about practicing your craft got me writing again after the winter doldrums took over! Thanks!

  4. lovetotrav says:

    I love the pic on the blackboard and being a teacher, I adore the blackboard as well ( as long as I don’t have to use it) I don’t know how I found you as I went from one blog I follow to others she follows and through the maze, here I am. I was bogged (or is it blogged) down by the A to Z and look forward to seeing what you created through out. Have a great day. Cheryl

    • TRISTA says:

      Thanks, Cheryl. You’re a prolific blogger! I love the images on your blog, and I plan to follow the “good mom” series. So glad we found each other out here!

      • lovetotrav says:

        Thanks so much. I love the title of your blog and it caught my eye. I tend to pack that way at times and with experience, I really shouldn’t. It does get heavy when you are carrying it on your back!!

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