Archive for July, 2021

Because Choosy People Choose Not To Do It

July 26, 2021

There are a lot of unsung heroes in this world, but those who clean out old peanut butter jars should at least get a limerick now and then.

Not Always An Easy Task

July 23, 2021

Friends and family, among other things, are there to love you, accept you as who you are, and to, when necessary, call you out on your B.S.

You can always tell your true friends and family because they’re the one’s trying not to enjoy that last one TOO much.

I’m Still Behind The Curve On Other Improvements, But They’re Happening Too

July 22, 2021

Well . . . it’s happening slowly, but it is happening.

I’m getting better at goofing off.

And There’s Not A Lot Of Tools In That Box To Begin With

July 21, 2021

I know I’ve mentioned this sentiment before, but seriously people, the cheap “Betcha didn’t see that comin'” (but makes no sense) “shock” twist is the crudest tool in the hack writer’s toolbox.

That’s Putting It Mildly

July 20, 2021

Although circumstances may change in the blink of an eye, people change at a slower pace. Even motivated people who welcome change often encounter stumbling blocks that make transformation more complicated than they’d originally anticipated.

– Amy Morin

And Suddenly It Sounded Like Less Of A Good Idea

July 19, 2021

Walk with me on this one.

A while back our family got gifted with a set of assorted card games with custom decks for each game. One of those games was Old maid, and yesterday my son asked me if I wanted to play it.

Before answering I explained to him that the term “Old maid” was an outdated insult, but the game itself was harmless enough (beyond arguably needing a new name), so I said yes. The custom deck had matching fruit and vegetable cards, and the “old maid” card actually looked more like a young farmer that I thought like L’s Mother in overalls. (She agreed with this, by the way.) So it seemed like a good idea at that moment in time to suggest that we rename the game in our house after L’s mother.

Until I realized that by the rules of the game, whoever ended up with her card was the loser . . .

And There Are Enough Necessary Battles To Fight As It Is

July 16, 2021

Look, world at large, you can do what you think is best (because you will anyway), but I assure you that drawing unnecessary battle lines just leads to unnecessary battles.

On The Positive Side, The Water Pouring On My Foot Woke Me Up Pretty Quick

July 15, 2021

After stumbling into the kitchen early this morning, I noticed that the water dispenser we usually keep in the refrigerator was sitting on the kitchen counter. While still bleary-eyed, I could see that it was empty, and guessed (correctly) that L’s Mother had intended to refill it, but got interrupted. While still sleepy, I figured (correctly) that I was awake enough to refill a water dispenser.

What I wasn’t awake enough for was to notice that L’s Mother had left the spigot on the dispenser open.

So, Yeah . . . That Happened

July 14, 2021

Here’s another one for the “Things Like This Really Happen To Me” file:

The other night L’s Mother had a dream that “nature spirits” wanted to get her something for her upcoming birthday. She didn’t tell me this because she didn’t take this terribly seriously because . . . dream, but yesterday evening she found herself thinking, “Well, if they are going to get me something for my birthday, they need to do it soon.”

Cue me walking in with a large blue-green bouncy ball saying, “This just floated down the waterway and stopped at our yard. Maybe it’s a birthday gift from the water spirits . . .”

Another Pratchett Quote (Because It Gave Me Some Peace)

July 13, 2021

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

Terry Pratchett