I bring this up because somehow I've never had this point come up with my parents: regarding when I'd want to have kids, how many, or what I think it would be like. It occurred to me after this weekend that they'd never asked, either. That's where I think the weekend with mom really went … Continue reading #108– When & how often do parents usually start the “when are you going to have kids?” discussion?
My past few blog-less days were spent frantically cleaning my house and yard (mostly the house) as much as I could and then having my mom and stepdad over. They got to see my new place for the first time. I kept joking "commence the judgment call" all week prior to my friends, but it … Continue reading Family has come to the house, or when you realize you’re a true introvert…
Some of you, dear readers, who have read previous posts about me, my family, and what I was up to, may have guessed at a few truths I wasn't ready to reveal. However, I will also say that this true story was not the reason I suddenly changed my mind about suicide and the idea … Continue reading Why I stopped believing that suicide is always a selfish act: reflections & a true story.
(image from Now, Voyager) For once, I decided not to let YouTube reign on the TV while I cleaned and worked on jigsaw puzzles. I mean, I have tons of movies DVR'd that I haven't watched yet, and kind of went randomly between a few. Some I got 15 minutes into and decided "no thanks," … Continue reading Watched “Now, Voyager” & “Craig’s Wife” for the first time, & noticed some odd parallels for myself…
My Copy: 9780553763010 (image from bn.com) This has to be one of the most complicated cases I've read so far in the Nero Wolfe universe. There are so many characters and so many angles to the case that if you're just skimming through, you're going to miss a lot (and it's not that long a … Continue reading Where There’s A Will, by Rex Stout
My mother called me out of the blue last week. I don't think we'd spoken in over a year, but all of a sudden she was on my phone, and I suspected why now: she knew my dad was dead. I didn't tell her because I didn't know how to tell her. I can't recall … Continue reading Life’s Exquisite Weirdness Pays Me a Visit When I’m Around Coffee…
My Copy: 9780684837871 (image from goodreads.com. My copy has the old Scribner cover art I can't find for an image) I'm batting 0 for 2 so far with Ernest Hemingway. I stopped at page 134, and was so frustrated I went straight to bed afterward, determined to put it in my catch-and-release pile. Islands in … Continue reading Islands in the Stream, by Ernest Hemingway
I'm just glad I wasn't yawning so much today (dunno why I can't stop and am so tired) that I couldn't see what was going on. My retriever-mix is an opportunist of epic proportions, especially when it comes to getting outside the door and into the wider world. There's a reason I have to bathe … Continue reading Keeping a Step Ahead of an Escape-Artist Dog in the Sticks
My house still needs to be put in order and family crap is in the way. I've gone a little nuts buying fruit trees, though, so each day (if the weather's cooperated), I've managed to plant one in the past week and a half. I now have six more to go, and just have to … Continue reading The Joy of Work (-ing, on what you want to work on anyway, that is)
I've had a sporadic eye-twitch in the past week. Deadlines have loomed ever nearer and my attempts to deal with family and legalese haven't left me in a zen state of mind. My right eye really got twitching on Monday night, and when I looked it up, I noticed stress and fatigue were the two … Continue reading Driving Yourself Crazy Isn’t All That Fun