March 2020 I was supposed to go to Europe. You know, about a week after everything started shutting down. So, the trip was postponed until October. And then postponed again until October 2021 (fingers crossed). But that left me with two weeks of unused vacation time in 2020 that I needed to use or lose. What to do? For one week, my niece invited me to visit her and her family. For the second week, I spent the first week in December at home. A week long staycation, what could go wrong?Continue reading
About 10 or 11 years ago, I decided to go back to school. I have my Associate Degree but I always wanted to obtain a Bachelor’s. So, I decided the time was right. Just a side note, I still haven’t achieved my goal but that’s a topic for another blog post. This one is focusing on my total learning culmination in two semesters of Spanish. Here it is: buena suerte.Continue reading
As a pseudo-writer, I often ponder on the wonderful use of language to communicate. This is the year 2020 and we have come a long way to learn how to communicate more effectively. Let’s take a short look at our advancement as a species, shall we?Continue reading
A few months ago, I was driving to work and heard a song on the radio. It did not sound familiar but I listened to the lyrics.Continue reading
I always claim that Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is my favorite novel. That’s a pretty lofty claim since I read it once in my twenties. Let me paint a bigger picture for you. When I was younger, probably until I hit my forties, I’d have to describe myself as a romantic dreamer. I admit, I lived somewhere up in the clouds always waiting for my ship to come in. My prince to come. Because I was sure both would arrive. Probably together. [insert forehead hand slap here]. Let’s just say, the dreamer woke up. So, with my mature realistic (some would say cynical) view of life I was curious. Would Pride and Prejudice hold up without all that romantic idealism in the way? I decided to test it out and give it another read just to see. To be honest, I was nervous. If it failed what would take its place as my favorite? Here are a few of my thoughts on Pride and Prejudice 40’s edition.Continue reading
Journal entry: I will take those words of yours; the words you took so much time to write; the words you carefully chose for maximum effect; the words you felt best expressed your point of view; those words. Continue reading
In 2018, Steve Carell (The Office) starred in a movie called “Welcome to Marwen.” It looked quirky and I like to think that I like quirky so I thought I’d watch it. But it wasn’t a must see rather a “eh, maybe I’ll watch that sometime.” The time came when it came to me via tv and there was absolutely nothing on. It turns out, the movie is way past quirky. In fact, it waves at quirky as it heads into surreal. The thing that takes it up a notch is it is, in fact, based on a true story. A story that may make you watch the movie with squinted eyes and the question “is this for real” playing in a loop in your mind. At least, that’s how I watched it. Part of it is not real, not real at all. Part of it is a lesson on being deceived. Continue reading
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving I decided I had better get into Christmas present buying mode. Family was coming to town for the holiday and being the fiscally retentive (aka cheap) person that I am, I wanted to send them home with Christmas presents. I’d finish Christmas early and forgo having to pay postage to send gifts (it costs 55 cents just to mail a regular letter!). I successfully ordered all my presents and waited for them to come in. I even splurged a little and ordered some Christmas presents from me to me because I sure have good taste. I’d say it was just like Christmas with all the packages but it was, in fact, Christmas. Also about this time I overheard my co-workers complaining about Amazon packages they had ordered that came via China Post. Their orders were delayed because of the riots in China. I heeded my eavesdropped knowledge and tried to avoid the same pitfall. Continue reading
I like the movie Groundhog Day (1993). It wasn’t an instant like for me but it grew on me with every watch. I saw this Mental Floss article about it that showed the movie from Rita’s perspective. Oh, why do you have to do this to me? This is why I can’t like nice things. No, there is no good reason Rita should fall in love with Phil when you edit the movie like that. No good reason, but maybe I thought of a reason. Continue reading
A simple prayer tonight.
Please, don’t let me ever become someone’s muse.
I heard the now oldie on the radio, Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s. You probably remember it was nominated for a Grammy back in 2008. Yes, it’s been that long ago. It was a love song but it was a fictional love song inspired by an actual woman. Which makes it a little complicated and a tad creepy. Continue reading