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I read about Nina Keneally’s services on a few sites, and I didn’t know how I felt about it.  She rents herself out as a mum.  You need a good hug?  You need help figuring out what to wear?  You need relationship advice?  You can rent Keneally and have her serve as your temporary mother. […]

The Welcome Table: An Annual Online Thanksgiving Meal

[Melissa stands up, taps her fork against her glass, and clears her throat. The conversation around the table dies down, and she suddenly knows how Dumbledore feels as he delivers his Welcome-Back-to-Hogwarts speech. She considers, as always, growing a long white beard before next year’s meal.  Though we all know that she’ll never manage it.] […]

#MicroblogMondays 65: Modes of Transportation

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States.  Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year over here, though people will be traveling in huge numbers all week. It is hard to know […]

Island Farewell

I knew before I clicked over which island in the Chesapeake Mental Floss was referring to, though I sort of hoped that the magazine was mistakenly writing about Holland Island, which sank into the bay years ago, the final house collapsing recently into the water. But no, they were writing about how climate change is […]

571st Friday Blog Roundup

This has been a hard week to stomach social media and politics and opinions of the general public. It’s not that I haven’t observed disturbing statements on Facebook prior to this point, but I’ve been more disillusioned with politicians and citizens in general when it comes to discussion concerning the Syrian refugees. These are people […]

How to Get From Thanksgiving to New Years When You’re Not in the Mood

I’ve written a post like this every year, bringing together all the advice from the years before (my own and what appeared in the comment section) and then opening it up to additional ideas (which will be brought next year into the new post as well). Because this time of year can be both impossibly […]

The Empty Beach

Josh and I went to the beach for our anniversary.  It was cold, certainly too cold to sit on the sand, but we parked the car in the semi-empty beach lot facing the ocean.  The sun coming in through the windshield kept the car warm enough to eat a picnic lunch and read books and […]

#MicroblogMondays 64: Best Invention Ever

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. This hoodie is a portable back massager.  Granted, I have no clue what it looks like operating on your body.  Perhaps you perpetually look like you are doing a sitting up version of the worm, […]

Hagrid and Magic

So the twins and I read Harry Potter together on a continual loop.  (What?  It makes us happy.)  And this is the question I had this week. When Ron’s wand snaps in half in Book Two because he crashes into a tree, it ceases to work properly and can’t be repaired. When Harry’s wand snaps […]

570th Friday Blog Roundup

Enough time has passed that the vast majority of people who watch Doctor Who have gotten to the last two episodes of Doctor Who — “The Zygon Inversion.”  But if you haven’t, skip this section.  You know, spoilers! On the bulletin board in the office of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the same image appeared […]

Circle Game

We went to our friends’ child’s Bar Mitzvah this weekend, which was a hugely wonderful affair.  It was exactly like them: warm, fun, laid back, caring. A few days before the Bar Mitzvah, I started getting very weepy and chalked it up to hormones.  But I think it was more than that. I remember when […]

Our Collective Lack of Empathy

Lifehacker had an article a few weeks ago that I finally got around to reading this week.  It’s about how “walking in another person’s shoes” actually makes us less empathetic.  That those in the community, going through the experience themselves, have less empathy than those outside the situation. Um… The article quotes the study from […]

#MicroblogMondays 63: Coupon Used

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I had a gift certificate for $10 for a store I frequent that was due to expire.  I don’t buy myself a lot of things — usually only books or games — but I decided […]

The Outer Layers of Me

The first MicroblogMonday entry two Mondays ago was about whether people really change.  My first, knee-jerk response was yes.  I am not the person I was years ago.  Things that used to phase me now don’t bother me at all, and things that I used to love now are anathema.  Like camping.  Ugh. But the […]

569th Friday Blog Roundup

So I went to the dentist this week, and they offered me an itemized list of services to submit to insurance, even though our insurance will not cover services at this dentist. It’s a good thing I accept the paper.  When I got home, I was looking at the itemized list, I realized they were […]

All I Want to Do Is Play My Intellivision Flashback

Screenshot of Crown of Kings (a.k.a. Advanced Dungeons and Dragons) This is a cautionary tale about an online review that led me astray. Back in September, my cousin and I were talking about old video games, so on and so on, and I ended up buying all of the games on the Activision and Atari […]

Returning to Location Casualties

A.M.S. (who no longer blogs… sniff) and I share a love of tiny houses, yurts, and homes that look like this.  I’ve been trying to convince Josh that we need a tiny house at the beach.  He is equally enamoured with tiny houses, less so ones placed on land that may be underwater in a […]

#MicroblogMondays 62: Comfortable or Cool?

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. So here was the Breakfast Club Halloween costume.  Which is pretty much just what I wore during college, except now it’s a costume instead of being everyday clothes.  I tried to keep a straight, disinterested, […]

Giving Permission to the Can’t

When two people send you the same post within minutes of each other, you read it.  And think.  Thank you, Karen and Life After Divorce… Happy Chaos.  Then Lori added it to this week’s second-helpings in the Roundup.  I’ll read it, I’ll read it! The post was Tim Lawrence’s, “Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason.”  […]

568th Friday Blog Roundup

I decided to go with the slacker costume for Halloween because I can layer it with long underwear and a t-shirt and flannel a la Bender in Breakfast Club.  I’m always cold, and I didn’t want to be cold walking around.  Plus, I dress up in my Ravenclaw robes on a normal day.  Like… for […]

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