Nerd by day, blogger by night and mother of the teen 24/7. Having been whacked on the back by Fate earlier this year, I am self-employed, oddly thinking that leaving a permanent and pensionable position in the middle of a recession was an enlightened idea! Coaxing the teen to the dinner table has become a full time preoccupation. Along with the foods I use to lure her out, there are stories to be told and observations to be made about the preparation of food generally and the breaking of bread with those we care for (Teen in the Attic). And when I am not in a culinary mood, I proffer observations about stuff and nonsense (Middle Aged Teen).