Cooking, smooking..as long as you can write, yes? Personally, I love to cook, admittedly, I suck at it...writing too. Thank gawd I'm niether a baker nor a writer; I'll leave the latter up to people like you. However, a quick bisque is not so difficult to make...
Anne, just wondering, have you ever read the book "Espedair Street," by Iain Banks?
I suppose it's a little dark, and I thought about you because it's about a guy who lives in what was once a church - his is in Glasgow, though, and he was a rock star. Some of it is also laugh out loud funny.
karyn, i'm currently looking around there, but prices are pretty high since it's a vacation spot. i'm going to check out the south shore. places are cheaper there, but that's because it's brutally cold.
I have freinds who teach at Hopkins High school and have an 18 month old daughter. Ironically, they were in San Francisco all week-the place that is supposed to fall down. I also have an uncle and aunt in Cottage Grove. They are fine, not venturing out much these days.