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The Repair Queen Posted on Dec 16, 2023, 9:12 pm
On the first day of her winter break, my wife declared loudly to the neighborhood "I am the queen of car repair!" She's not sure if the neighbors walking by heard or not, but we're hopeful that they will forever think of our house as "the home of the queen of car repair."

Done With the Sickness Posted on Dec 14, 2023, 4:12 pm
I came down with a bit of a sore throat yesterday and frankly, I'm not a fan. And yet, despite my feelings about being sick, I feel like I've spent the better part of the last few months under the weather.

Mixed day in the kitchen Posted on Dec 13, 2023, 9:12 pm
It’s not every day you get hot oil splashed on your face, but here we are.

Life-changing food Posted on Dec 12, 2023, 2:12 pm
I'm on my college class reunion committee, and the school had a virtual luncheon today for class agents. The icebreaker was your favorite food from the dining hall while you were a student. Now, I'm not sure if it's my favorite exactly, but there was dining hall food that changed my life...

Walking and Talking Posted on Dec 10, 2023, 4:12 pm
Two weeks in a row makes a tradition, right? Two Sundays now, my oldest and I have taken a morning walk to our local Starbucks

Long Goodbye Posted on Dec 9, 2023, 4:12 pm
I haven’t talked about it much here or on social media, but my mother has been suffering from dementia for at least four years now...

Goodbye my friend Posted on Dec 28, 2022, 4:12 pm
A dear friend lost his battle with cancer yesterday.

Stunned Posted on Dec 19, 2022, 9:12 pm
I’m at a loss.

Adult Gifts Posted on Dec 18, 2022, 8:12 pm
The difficulty of deciding what to even ask for.

The Waker and the Sleeper Posted on Dec 17, 2022, 8:12 am
I suspect that evolution has programmed us to seek out a mate with the opposite sleep tendencies of our own, so that one half of the partnership can wake up at the smallest twig cracking...

2022: The Year in Books part 3 (Non-Fiction) Posted on Dec 16, 2022, 7:12 pm
Another post about books I read this past year.

Daily Habits Posted on Dec 15, 2022, 9:12 pm
Some of the daily habits I have, and some that I aspire to.

2022: The Year in Books Pt 2, Fantasy and SF Posted on Dec 14, 2022, 2:12 pm
Some of the highlights of the fantasy and sci fi books I read this year.

2022: The Year in Books (Part 1) Posted on Dec 13, 2022, 6:12 pm
An overview of the general shape of my reading this year, plus a few notes about my favorite "literary" reads of this year.

Cookies and Christmas treats Posted on Dec 12, 2022, 6:12 pm
Remembering the cookies and Christmas treats of my youth, plus a recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

Sign of the Season Posted on Dec 11, 2022, 12:12 pm
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... in the sense that the lines at Target are even worse than usual.

Love and Marriage Posted on Dec 10, 2022, 6:12 pm
When people talk about marriage, there's a lot of talk about love. Maybe some "soul mates" stuff, or at least "she brings out the best in me." Someone to raise a family with, perhaps. What rarely gets discussed are things like...

Oh Christmas Tree Posted on Dec 9, 2022, 8:12 pm
It's a picture of our Christmas tree and what the family is up to on a Friday night in the weeks before Christmas.

Not a Thanksgiving I'm thankful for Posted on Dec 8, 2022, 9:12 pm
This past Thanksgiving was unique as I was missing my family, dealing with particularly bad dementia, and fairly ill to boot.

Workstation Posted on Dec 8, 2022, 9:12 am
A picture of my standing desk and some little glimpses into my life based on it.

Blogging and Commenting Posted on Dec 7, 2022, 9:12 pm
Okay, so here's how I like to approach Holidailies. Step 1: write something every day. Straightforward enough, if not necessarily easy. Step 2: post that entry on Holidailies. Step 3: go read other people's stuff on Holidailies (be the change you want to see in the world). Step 4: comment if I feel moved (and honestly, I make at least a minimal effort to be moved--see again being what you want to see). But here's the thing, step four seems like it's gotten unnecessarily hard this year...

All He Surveys Posted on Dec 7, 2022, 8:12 am
Getting back on the Holidailies train, with a cat picture and a few words.

Ancestors Posted on Dec 17, 2021, 11:12 pm
My wife and I did 23 & Me DNA tests, and I ended up connecting with a 2nd cousin, which got me talking about genealogy. Long story short, I went down a little rabbit hole and found some more ancestors.

TIL: Chinese Words Posted on Dec 16, 2021, 9:12 pm
Just some random bits I learned about the Chinese language. Some of these things might even be correct.

Intense Concert Moment Posted on Dec 13, 2021, 6:12 pm
Saturday night I went to a small, intimate concert and experienced one of the most intense moments I've seen in a live performance, as the fourth wall was most definitely broken.

Random Questions Posted on Dec 11, 2021, 3:12 pm
Didn't want to think too hard and these are kinda fun.

Music Posted on Dec 10, 2021, 3:12 pm
Found some CDs in the attic, just thinking about the ways listening to music has changed in my lifetime.

Road Rage Posted on Dec 8, 2021, 9:12 am
I remember when I liked driving, but either because I've gotten older or because I live in a metro area, those days are long gone. Easily the best part of the past ~2 years has been driving less. Every time I do go out in the car I find myself getting so frustrated and angry with people. For instance...

At the Hospital Posted on Dec 7, 2021, 10:12 am
I'm at the hospital today, and I've been there before.

Of Elves and Shelves Posted on Dec 5, 2021, 7:12 pm
Almost a decade ago, my wife unknowingly committed us to spending all of December for the next 15 years trying to remember to move our very own Shelf Elf from place to place each night. We did pretty well when it was new and fun and—crucially—when we only had one child...

I don't always go to Starbucks... Posted on Dec 4, 2021, 11:12 pm
...but when I do, I expect to be able to order from my phone and not have to wait or interact with anyone I don't want to.

Scattered Thoughts Posted on Dec 3, 2021, 3:12 pm
Walking and yoga, an aging pup, and sleep.

Deck the Halls Posted on Dec 2, 2021, 10:12 am
When I was a kid, I loved preparing for Christmas almost as much as Christmas itself. From avidly combing over the Sears and JC Penny catalogs to make sure my parents knew everything I wanted (which was just about everything) to digging out the Christmas albums we had on vinyl, I loved it all, but I especially loved decorating.

Thanksgiving Recap Posted on Dec 1, 2021, 2:12 pm
Did I intend to eat turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and every pie from pumpkin to pecan on Thanksgiving? I did. But did I eat any of those things? I did not. And that wasn't the only thing that was unintended about last Thursday. Was watching Ohio State lose to its rival up north on Saturday a painful experience for my wife and me? Yes, but not even close to the most painful thing that happened to us over the Thanksgiving break. I was relaxing when the screaming started...

Prove you're "smart" Posted on Dec 22, 2020, 7:12 am
Apparently, this is an interview question that some employers ask...

A Little College Story Posted on Dec 14, 2020, 2:12 pm
It's always fun to rehash old college stories. Some of them might even be true.

Deck the Halls Posted on Dec 13, 2020, 12:12 pm
We put up our lights on the outside of our house a few weeks ago, but I'm just now putting up the pictures.

Saturday Book Notes 12-12-20 Posted on Dec 12, 2020, 3:12 pm
Finished a few books this week.

Looking to the Future Posted on Dec 11, 2020, 11:12 am
The last nine months have been such a big disruption to our daily life, and I think we all know at this point that we may never be "back to normal" -- more likely, we'll have a new normal. What do you think it will look like?

Working From Home Posted on Dec 9, 2020, 10:12 pm
In early March, at the same time my girls' school went to remote learning, my workplace went remote. I thought it was great at the time, and for the most part my enthusiasm is undimmed 9 months later.

Sex Education Posted on Dec 8, 2020, 2:12 pm
My wife and I recently finished watching the two seasons of Sex Education on Netflix Such a good show (assuming that really frank sexual talk and sexual humor aren't a turn-off for you). Here's one of my favorite aspects of the show.

Familial Justice Posted on Dec 7, 2020, 3:12 pm
Four years old seems a little early to start organizing protests, but I guess Beans wouldn't agree with that. Among the many things she doesn't agree with around here. This weekend, she staged a sit-in...

Saturday Book Notes Posted on Dec 5, 2020, 3:12 pm
Just a few notes about some of the books I've finished recently and some of the books that I'm working on finishing (yeah, I'm rarely reading just one book).

Sometimes, You Just Know Posted on Dec 4, 2020, 2:12 pm
When someone came in, to single one of us out, I knew--I knew--it was going to be me. And it was.

The first Holidailies post of the year of our oh-my-lord 2020 Posted on Dec 4, 2020, 12:12 am
If it wasn't for the month of December, I wouldn't blog at all. But here we are again, so here we go! It's been a hell of year... hoping for some normalcy with Holidailies.

Coffee for Christmas Posted on Dec 27, 2019, 9:12 pm
One of my presents was the most amazing coffee maker. Amazingly small, but amazing nonetheless.

Merry Christmas Posted on Dec 26, 2019, 8:12 pm
A day late, but...

It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas... Posted on Dec 24, 2019, 5:12 pm
And it's about time. (Also, I already got a cool toy!)

Argreements Posted on Dec 24, 2019, 1:12 pm
Just a reminder for anyone who needs to hear it: just because people stop arguing with you doesn't mean you're right, and it doesn't mean that they don't think you're underinformed, an idiot, and/or a jackass.

Sentimental Christmas Posted on Dec 23, 2019, 7:12 pm
My idea was vetoed before it could come up for a vote.

The Year in Books: First Trimester Posted on Dec 23, 2019, 2:12 pm
I've logged a stunning--even to myself--94 books this year. Here's a summary of what I read in the first third of the year.

Heimat Posted on Dec 22, 2019, 5:12 pm
A sense of place, of family, of brotherhood, and the first song I sang to each of my newborn children.

Keep spinning those pots Posted on Dec 22, 2019, 11:12 am
Obviously, when I was thinking about how Holidailies would go, a 2-week break in the middle was not in the plan.

Concert Compliment Posted on Dec 9, 2019, 8:12 pm
Sometimes a compliment lands badly, through no fault of your own.

Concert Season Posted on Dec 8, 2019, 6:12 pm
Choir concert(s)

It's Been a Week Posted on Dec 7, 2019, 4:12 pm
Too little sleep, too much puke, and an injury in the family to top it off.

My new look? Posted on Dec 6, 2019, 10:12 pm
My daughters don't paint my nails, but...

Thought experiment: friends and spouses Posted on Dec 4, 2019, 10:12 pm
You can answer this question about your friends. But could you answer it about their spouses?

Making a list... Posted on Dec 3, 2019, 8:12 pm
When you're a kid, it's easy to ask for presents, because you basically want everything. As an adult? I'm pretty much totally at a loss.

I mean, it's good enough, right? Posted on Dec 2, 2019, 9:12 pm
In which I publicly humiliate myself by showing my ignorance, and also learn a valuable lesson through introspection. Or something.

Holidailies Intro Posted on Dec 1, 2019, 5:12 pm
I've been doing Holidailies long enough, and the community of participating bloggers seems small enough, that I almost feel like an introduction at this point is superfluous. Then again, I'm not the same person this year that I was last year. Are we ever?

By Candlelight Posted on Dec 11, 2016, 9:12 pm
I'm don't think there are many things more beautiful than sharing candlelight in a dark church and singing "Silent Night" together.

Coffee Posted on Dec 8, 2016, 9:12 pm
Although it's part of my almost-daily routine, the scent of coffee still has power, sometimes, to take me back in time. Today though, it was a word: thermos.

St. Nicholas Eve Posted on Dec 5, 2016, 7:12 pm
In college, I felt very adult just being there, especially when the Scotch was served. I hated Scotch, but I loved being served Scotch. At the same time, it was one of my last chances to be a kid.

Breakfast with Santa Posted on Dec 3, 2016, 4:12 pm
One thing you can say for paying in advance: it's motivating.

Those kids who were us Posted on Dec 2, 2016, 8:12 pm
...and my wife said "So young, so well rested. You were sick during this picture and you look less tired than our normal non-sick state now."

Holidailies 2016: Obligatory Introductory Story Posted on Dec 1, 2016, 9:12 pm
Who am I? I'm a blogger. Wait, no I'm not. I used to be a blogger. I'm a writer. Wait, am I? I don't know. I thought I was, but...




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