Date Archives October 2015

Building Rituals: The Dilbert Guide to Managing Life

Every day when I make a cup of tea in the microwave I think of my Aunt Klara. While staying at her house in New Hampshire years ago, I dropped a tea bag into a cup of water and put it in the microwave. “No!” she (very nearly) shrieked. “You have to microwave the water without the tea bag!” And then she said why … and I think it was something to do with the microwave making my teabag radioactive or something like that. I can’t quite remember. I keep almost looking this… Read More

Life imitating art

He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish. Steve Holt! No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. Marry me. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. I’m a monster. Army had half a day. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. I’m afraid I just blue myself. First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Really? Did nothing… Read More

Shopping Fest

He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish. Steve Holt! No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. Marry me. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. I’m a monster. Army had half a day. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. I’m afraid I just blue myself. First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Really? Did nothing… Read More

Did You Love Serial? Have You Heard the Latest? GAHHHHHHH!

If you loved the Serial podcast, maybe you’ve been listening to Undisclosed. Or more likely, you haven’t … because I’m the only a-hole I know in real life who’s been keeping up with this case. [Maybe you’ve listened to neither and have no idea what I’m talking about. If you’re one of those people, stop reading and go download Serial right now. If you’re not techy and the idea of podcasts scare you, Serial has warm and fuzzy instructions for what you need to do to listen on your phone or… Read More

Do You Stink at Throwing Parties? Here’s Help from Elton John’s Party Planner (For Real)

If I were to sit down and make a list of things that I’m good at, I’d probably include: making dinner out of whatever is around being 10 minutes late to anything that’s not a work function, wedding, or funeral, and justifying why I should have cake today (there’s always a reason if you think hard enough) What I would not include: throwing kids’ birthday parties. I’m the worst at it. [Except for Megan’s 5th birthday party, in which I turned our house into a movie theater. The kids got play… Read More

Things That Annoyed Me Today

Overall I had a good day. Right up until I had to wipe a few items off my to-do list. Now I’m feeling grrrrr…. Things that got on my nerves today: Having to get on the phone with both my health insurer and the health insurance exchange in my THIRD attempt to get my address updated. Total time spent on this endeavor in the last 90 days: Close to two hours. Having to show up in person to quit the YMCA. I LOVE the YMCA as an organization. But the… Read More