New Orleans, 2016

Returned from New Orleans yesterday, and am slowly getting back into the swing of things. I don’t get jet lag, not really, though I did take today off from work. The extra day, while not necessary, gives me a chance to drift back into the non-vacation, real-world mindset. Compose myself into a reasonably functioning adult…

For Your Health

This year has gone by like a fucking blur. The contributing factors are a couple of old chestnuts, and one or two new ones. Like: an incredible amount of busyness at work and the stress of being in a new role, my possibly-ill-conceived resolution to not take any time off before spring, and winter’s best…

One-Star Reviews of the Sphinx

Over the past couple of months I’ve been reading FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS, Graham Hancock’s seminal book wherein he proposed that a technologically and culturally advanced civilization existed in our world’s very early prehistory, was wiped out near the end of the last ice age, and which inspired/influenced the earliest ancient civilizations. It’s a really…

So Qwerky

I hate the name Qwerkywriter — much the same way I will take an immediate disliking to anyone who describes his or herself as “quirky” — but an aluminum-constructed keyboard that emulates the look, feel, and touch of a classic typewriter but that can connect to a computer or tablet via Bluetooth would be pretty cool to have. On…

The Winnie the Pooh We Deserve

Today at work was a little stressful, so when I left it was with a headache. Not a migraine, where I have to pop Vicodin like mints and flee to my dark Cave of Solitude and hope I either pass out or die. But the kind where I was able to skip going to the gym, grab…

The Adventurers Club

Below is the impressive spread of food from a birthday party I attended last weekend for my friend Melanie. The evening’s theme was an Adventurers Club, which meant there was a lot of khaki. The “gold and jewels” in the glass bowl was actually dyed caramel popcorn. It was so good I nearly made myself…

JOY-less

Earlier in the week I saw JOY, and I’ve been thinking about it off-and-on since — but not in a good way. JOY is the Jennifer Lawrence-starring film about a woman who invents a new type of mop, and despite her truly awful family, manages to sell it on QVC — the setting is the…

Foreign Shores

This arrived a couple of days ago, a Christmas gift to myself. Only took two years of talking about it for me to finally get around to going to the local county office and applying. Now that I have a passport I can legally inflict myself upon foreign lands.  It’s in the Constitution, or something. Fancy…

2015 Look-back

As January marches along, and I have been back at work for two days now, it’s finally starting to feel as though 2015 is in the rearview mirror. I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, and I am not really one — at least not any more — prone to public introspection. However, I do…

Take It

Kate Beaton sums up how it is with my parents on such matters. [“My Fight to Lose” and others]