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Cutie Cute Cute Cute, and Also? Cute.

My nephew and his lovely wife are expecting a bundle of joy in April. He's going to the first baby in several years so we are all excited and looking forward to his arrival. Today was the baby shower celebration. I had forgotten how damn cute baby things are, so I was unprepared for the onslaught of cuteness I encountered at the local emporium of all things baby. I admit it: I squealed a little... Read more →

A Cure for Cranky

Yeah, so today was a cranky-ass day and I responded rather poorly, if I'm honest. The whys and wherefores are irrelevant; the key here is to figure out how to lift myself out of the slough of despond and get back to my regular, annoyingly optimistic and sunny disposition, So, what's on TV? Whacked Out Sports? Nah. Bloopers might be okay another day, but today I have no patience for idiots competing to decide who's... Read more →

A Magical Little Film

Yesterday I took myself to see the new animated film, The Illusionist, by Sylvain Chomet. I had seen a preview of the film and knew I'd have to see it. It's based on a screenplay by the great French mime and clown, Jacques Tati. If you have not seen any of Tati's Monsieur Hulot films, do so as soon as you can. The film is gorgeous, simply gorgeous! It's full of lush color and painterly... Read more →

A Hockey Date

Joe had to work last Sunday, so I went to the hockey game with another handsome guy, my 12-year old grandnephew Carter. It was Carter's first hockey game, so I spent some time telling him about the game and filling him in on the rituals, like how to taunt the other team's goalie after we score (All your fault!) and how to cheer along with Horn Guy and Goat and how to holler C-A-P-S CAPS!... Read more →


I need a jump start to back into swing of things here in the blogosphere. Luckily, the lovely and talented Bev provided it with this meme! First Job: Circus clown. (I'm defining "first job" as full-time with a paycheck.) First Favorite Politician: George McGovern -- the first presidential candidate that I voted for back in 1972. First Car: 1970 bright green Chevy Nova. My folks bought it for me so that I could commute to... Read more →

Super Sunday

The weather is teasing me again. It's supposed to be close to 50 degrees outside today and the sun is shining, shining with all its might, doing its best to keep the billows smooth and bright... oops, sorry; somehow the Walrus and the Carpenter broke through there for an instant. Later this week it is supposed to turn ass-cold again, so I will enjoy this weather while I can. So it's Super Bowl Sunday. I... Read more →

Ten Good Things

I've been feeling a little down in the dumps over the work situation, partly because I'm no longer a manager in the New World of Work. It's not really a demotion because there's no loss of grade or pay, but it feels a little demotion-ish. So I thought I better think of some good things. Here are ten. 1. My final performance review with my boss was very good. In the New World of Work,... Read more →