Business As Usual Minus the Kissing

We continue to plug along here in Casa Corona. Tara is feeling much better and her symptoms are mostly gone, though she did end up (mostly) losing her sense of taste and smell. She feels that might be due more to the congestion than anything else. It's a less common symptom with Omicron but not … Continue reading Business As Usual Minus the Kissing

Those Old Knives Just Weren’t Cutting It

Nothing says you're a grownup more than shelling out $250 for a set of really good kitchen knives. Either a grownup or a serial killer, I suppose. Recent Dexter: New Blood binge aside, we bought the knives last weekend for slicing, dicing, and chopping up vegetables–not body parts (though honestly, these bad boys are so … Continue reading Those Old Knives Just Weren’t Cutting It

I Can Do Funny

You ever have one of those days when you’re so engrossed in what you’re doing at work, you glance at the clock—are surprised to see it’s only a few minutes before quittin’ time—and grumble a little bit, because by god, you’re on a roll and having so much fun you don’t want to go home just yet? … Continue reading I Can Do Funny

Dandelions: 1, Mark: 0

Bye-Bye, Arrows I went grocery shopping yesterday without a mask for the first time in over a year. It was both liberating and weird. Funny how something so unnatural becomes the new norm. About half the shoppers were still masked up. I trust the CDC and have been following their guidelines all along, so I … Continue reading Dandelions: 1, Mark: 0

Spray It, Don’t Say It

A few months ago, Tara was scrolling through Instagram and happened upon a post by one of her cousins. She had painted poppies on her fence, giving her backyard a splash of color. Inspired, my wife said, "We should paint a mural on the retaining wall out front!" She didn't know whether I'd be in … Continue reading Spray It, Don’t Say It

Don’t Have a Cow, Man!

A Real Shot in the Arm Tara texted me yesterday, letting me know that Walgreen’s was scheduling COVID vaccinations for our eligibility groups. I still hadn’t heard anything from the local health system regarding an appointment, so I jumped online to check it out. Sure enough, there were 17 slots available for today. Within five … Continue reading Don’t Have a Cow, Man!

Perspective on the Half Shell

Ten years ago today, my life was in shambles. I was jobless, my on-again/off-again relationship was off again, and I was hopelessly upside down in my mortgage. I was reminded of this thanks to a Facebook memory that popped up from March 2, 2011. It read: Well, crap. My Groupon dream just went up in … Continue reading Perspective on the Half Shell

Burn, Beetle, Burn…Again!

When last we I spoke, I mentioned a wind storm that was bearing down on us. Turned out to be every bit as wild as predicted. The winds arrived Wednesday evening and blew nonstop for almost 48 hours. Sustained winds between 50-60 mph with gusts to 81 mph in Rapid City. That's equivalent to a … Continue reading Burn, Beetle, Burn…Again!

Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close-Up

Thanks to COVID, virtual team meetings are a regular part of my workday routine. During a typical week, I have 8-10 Microsoft Teams calls. I don't mind them, because my office is pretty cozy. It's got all the creature comforts one might hope for: lava lamp, electric foot massager, mini fridge, drawer full of snacks. … Continue reading Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Close-Up

When Potlucks Go Awry

It’s been an interesting week at CenturyCo, capped off with a visit by the fire department this morning. This is what happens when potlucks go awry. Could've been worse, though: at least our building didn’t burn down. The close call merely resulted in a smoke-filled office, blaring fire alarms, and a forced evacuation. You know, … Continue reading When Potlucks Go Awry