Amy Stays and the Chicken’s Embarrassed

A couple of months ago, Tara and I had a tête-à-tête (fancy phrase for "conversation") about our DVD collection. I wanted to move our DVDs from the built-in shelving unit in the basement and she wanted to ditch them entirely. Madness. I talked her out of getting rid of our DVDs. In fact, we ended … Continue reading Amy Stays and the Chicken’s Embarrassed

I See in Rhyme. Like, All the Time.

I was chatting with a friend the other day, and somehow, the topic of Dr. Seuss came up. “If there’s one thing I’m really good at, it’s rhymes and lame poetry,” I confessed. I wasn’t trying to sound conceited or anything. It’s just an odd (and useless) talent I have. “Oh, good!” she replied. “You … Continue reading I See in Rhyme. Like, All the Time.

What in Blazes is Going On?!

A few days ago, I was putting on a coat and noticed a thread caught in the zipper. I moseyed over to the kitchen, grabbed a pair of scissors, and started to cut it off. “Hang on,” Tara said, mid-snip. “Let me take care of that for you.” I thought I had the situation pretty … Continue reading What in Blazes is Going On?!

Cheers to Camels and Clocks

“Humpday” may be the universal nickname for Wednesday, but for years, I’ve called it “Winesday.”  This dates to my very-laid-back job in Camas, WA. The ultra-hip office with the kegerator and ping-pong table and anything-goes dress code. Even the owners would show up wearing shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. BTW, I think I just set a … Continue reading Cheers to Camels and Clocks

Sprout, Sprout, Let it All Out

While staring out the window yesterday, watching the snow piling up, I said to Tara, super excitedly, "Looks like it'll be enough to bust out the snow blower!" It was. And this morning, I did. But then I couldn't help thinking, what is so exciting about using a snow blower?! It's big and bulky and … Continue reading Sprout, Sprout, Let it All Out

Congratulate Me, I’m the #1 Loser

First off, the obvious: sock-sock-shoe-shoe won in a landslide. 90% of poll respondents (and 100% of Facebookers) get dressed that way. The message is clear: Tara is insane. She’s also a great sport about it and admits she’s the nutty one here. Things are a little more interesting when looking at the order. A lot … Continue reading Congratulate Me, I’m the #1 Loser


We were getting ready to go out a few days ago when I noticed that Tara had one sock and shoe on. Her other foot was bare. This blew my mind. "Have you always done that?" I asked."Done what?" she wondered. "Put on your socks and shoes like that.""Like what?""One foot at a time." "Of … Continue reading Sock-Sock-Shoe-Shoe

Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow

That’s a tomorrow problem.Swinged CatFeb. 1, 2022 The problem with tomorrow problems is, tomorrow they turn into today problems. Which is why it was especially hard to crawl out of bed on Tuesday morning after a long weekend. We traded in a cozy basement with movies, wine, and a fire in the hearth for this. … Continue reading Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow

We’ll Be Saving Our Road Trips for Months Not Ending in -uary.

Well, we made it to Buffalo and back safe and sound. But we almost didn't. And by the way, Google Maps, that's Buffalo, Wyoming. Not New York. It does not take 21 hours to travel 210 miles...though for a while there, I thought it might. Before we set out on our trip, I was worried … Continue reading We’ll Be Saving Our Road Trips for Months Not Ending in -uary.

Life Would Be Simpler if Bricks Were Like LEGOs

I was listening to the radio on the way to work and the morning show hosts were talking with a caller who happened to be a bricklayer. And I thought, what a ridiculously easy job that must be. I’ve been able to stack since I was two years old. But I realized there was probably … Continue reading Life Would Be Simpler if Bricks Were Like LEGOs