I wrote a little about going back to school here. What I didn’t tell you was why it took so long to finish in the first place.
If you knew me when I was a kid, you knew I was a huge nerd. So who would have thought I wouldn’t finish my first college degree until after I had kids of my own?
“Well, he’s just being honest. If things are so great in those countries, why would anyone try to leave?”
As long as we’re valuing honesty, let’s take a look at the context.
My contractor is just prepping to install my brand new, beautiful acrylic tub. Not sure quite how it happened but he called me in asking about comet or a green scrubby sponge. “That’s not safe for Acrylic, is it?” He said, “It’s an emergency… this stuff is already drying!” Alas! Several drips of black abs glue were marring the surface of my new bathtub.
Hey single friends: ever thought about creating a second Facebook profile called “Life” so you can say you’re in a relationship with it? Every now and then I figure I’m … Continue reading Purple Daisy Spider & Relationship Resolutions
So today our contractor said he was going to start soldering some pipes and it might smell bad. I thought of my daughter soldering, and wanted to look up the … Continue reading Why blogging is better for me
I don’t know whether it’s a talent or a curse. Probably a bit of both. But my emotions — especially strong ones — tend to lag significantly behind reality.
I’m not easily shocked or disgusted. I’m often able to diffuse difficult arguments. I take a terribly long time to fall in and out of love. And today I got to enjoy some delayed social anxiety, though in this case I’ve had plenty of anxiety beforehand as well.
About a week ago I was discussing Net Neutrality on our city’s Facebook page, urging folks there to get in touch with our congressman to see if he could help any initiatives along. He reached out and asked if I’d be willing to organize a meeting to discuss the issues. That happened today. It went well enough, I think. Everyone who went with an open mind likely learned something helpful. I’m grateful John Curtis was willing to talk with us and especially that he seems quite willing to listen. We’re going to talk more.
After everyone had left, I had dinner with a few friends. And as soon as all but one had left, my face started to heat up as my brain overwhelmed me with reminders of every little thing I may have said or done that could have been seen as weird or contrary. “Things everyone else has already forgotten?” my friend asked. He has a point. And amazingly that calmed me on the spot.
For all of you Gluten-Free Dairy-Free folks out there, here’s a recipe for Pecan Pie that actually turned out really well.
I noticed my first real, deep wrinkle before I turned 30. It streaked across my forehead, a rogue disclosure of the pain I was trying so hard to hide back then. Two more wrinkles—perpendicular to the first—developed in just a few turbulent months in 2014. I don’t furrow my brow much anymore, and certainly don’t feel as sad these days, but the lines are still there in spite of every effort I’ve been told I should make to get rid of them.
I’m noticing some new lines now: laugh lines around my eyes, and some little crinkles around my mouth from too much time spent smiling to myself. You know what? I think I’ll keep these. I’ve earned them.
“How much of our youth do we squander worrying about not being young any more?”
—Ashton Applewhite, The New York Times
Or at least a legendary creature, right? These custom Magic the Gathering cards are literally the coolest speaker swag I’ve ever seen. Kudos to Chris (Jazz Sequence) for setting these … Continue reading That time I actually was a legend
Here’s to a moment my phone no longer remembers 🙂
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Hacks and observations from a new, reluctant Gluten Free / Dairy Free gal
A computer parsing voice and instruments into a single midi track. It sounds really terrible, but hang in there to see if you can hear the “vocals” — who would have thought you’d ever hear a piano “singing” Piano Man? Fascinatingly freaky.
HT to my son for finding this. Some families have different definitions of quality time. For us today, it’s flopping on the couch with our laptops & sharing what we find. ❤