Daybook 04mar24

Back home. We traveled all day yesterday, getting in late last night. It was a smooth drive: no calamities or misfortunes otherwise befell us. I took today off work to catch up on things and generally try to get my life in order, which includes humbly paying for the sins of last week. So: visiting…

Daybook 02mar24

A terrorist network of black cats must have crossed my path on the drive up to Minneapolis, or perhaps I unwittingly drove under a bunch of ladders. I must have done something because since arriving here my luck has been less than stellar. Mouthguard, glasses, and a bracelet — all broken. Then, in the hotel…

Daybook 27feb24

One of Jess’s closest friends passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, so we are in Minnesota for the week. Jess flew up Sunday morning while Kirby and I drove up, as Kirby would probably explode or something if he went on a plane. Kirby as a copilot is lacking: he slept most of the trip, has…

Food Formulae: Beef and Plantain Bowls with Green Salsa

We made beef and plantain bowls with green salsa last week using a recipe from the fitness coaching app I use, and they were really tasty — but, as far as I can tell, there’s no way to export the recipe or bookmark it to Chrome or anything. So rather than sorting through the ~87,000…

My Favorite Books of 2023

The sun has just about set on 2023, which means it’s time to look back at the books I’ve read this past year. We’re about to look at some analytics first, so if you don’t give a shit about that and only want to see what my favorite books were, you can skip over this…

Becoming an Arsonist

The other day, I posted this photo of Satipo from a LEGO Raiders of the Lost Ark set in the group chat, along with a comment: A decent sliding-into-X-like style joke, no? In response, my friend wrote: That’s me coming out of 2023 but I refuse to enter 2024 like that. I’ll still have the…

Watching The Planets

We broke our unplanned summer hermithood not just once, but twice this week. On Thursday night we took part in what was billed as the World’s Largest Sound Bath and City-Wide Meditation — an hour of lying on yoga mats and blankets in the grass at Columbus Commons with a thousand other people, as we…

My Friend, Stephen

In 2018, back in the Before Time, when dinosaurs, not COVID, ruled the earth, and I still worked in an office full-time, I was introduced to this peculiar, older white gentleman. He had a strong Bahstahn accent and bore an uncanny resemblance — in appearance, attitude, and temperament — to BREAKING BAD’s Mike Ehrmantraut. His…

Paint the Town Pink

Few things bring me greater joy in this life than a reason to dress up in a thematically appropriate outfit. Give me a themed event, the more offbeat or outré, the better, and I will hurl myself at it with reckless sartorial abandon. Doesn’t matter what the theme is, really: post-apocalypse, Jersey Shore, film noir,…

Jenny Lewis in the Land of Cleve

We spent a few days up in Cleveland this week to catch the Jenny Lewis show at the House of Blues and see friends. Got a posh Airbnb from which we could work during the day on Thursday and Friday, then went to see Jenny Lewis on Thursday night followed by a cookout on Friday…