What Happened?

I haven’t been writing much as of late.  The odd observation or the pithy comment, but nothing of any weight or value. A few weeks ago, I received a rather hostile note about something I’d posted.  The letter writer had a few choice words for me, and accused me of being mean-spirited and spiteful.  Stunned…

The Early Bird

Today started off like most of my work days: I awoke long before the alarm sounded, I got myself cleaned, shaved, and dressed, and I made it out of the door before 7 am.  There’s no need for me to leave that early; I’ve been doing it for years to make such departures a regular part…

Cheeseburger Soup

With all of the activity surrounding Baby Sis, I neglected to mention that I finally made that Cheeseburger Soup I’d been craving. You’d think that with a new kitchen, I’d be just a blur in there, whipping up a host of new dishes and desserts.  Well, no.  It’s been three weeks now and we still…

Victory is Mine

I awoke this morning at 9 am, but didn’t bother to exit the bed until 9:24 am. I know this, because I checked. I was – am – tired, both physically and mentally, but I was also tired of being in bed, something I never would have believed I’d say, not in a million years.  After…

Taco Flavored

Breakfast today consisted of a bag of Doritos because . . . I don’t have a sink or stove.  I don’t know if I’ve said that enough on these pages.  There’s a part of me that says I’ll laugh at all of this one day; that in a few weeks, this will serve as the basis of a…

Morning Ramblings

I’ve been up since before 5 am.  I’m anxious, but I don’t know why. My immediate thought is that it’s due to my prep work, which has been moving rather smoothly.  I’ve mentioned before that I like to update my lecture materials, and given that I’m teaching a couple of courses that I’ve not taught…

Getting Ready

It is, when considering the wind chill, nearly 0ºF outside.  It feels like it’s only three degrees higher inside. I’m in preparation for the return to work.  I’ve already prepared class syllabi wherein I spell out my expectations, the university’s expectations, and the repercussions involved for failing us both.  Funny thing about my syllabi: When I…

Bookstore Blues

Went out today with the Little Woman to take care of a couple of errands.  She was particularly excited because she wanted to have lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, and since that was going to be her treat, I readily accepted.  Honestly, I don’t like to eat out much because there’s a part of me…

It Came!

Yep, this is the final entry in my Black Friday Blues epic. The box – The Package That Will Never Arrive – finally did.  The order was intact, and it was waiting for me when I arrived home.  Everything was fine.  I’m still pinching myself.  My great nightmare is finally over. I feel like Ahab…

The Day After

Does anyone remember Twilight 2000? Twilight 2000 was an apocalyptic roleplaying game published in 1984 (with subsequent editions) by the now-defunct Game Designers Workshop.  The gist of the game was, given the time period, pretty realistic:  A limited nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union has devastated much of the world.  The players (in…

Giving Thanks

There have been a couple of blogs that I followed that no longer exist.  I don’t know what happened to them.  I know – at least my head tells me – that I shouldn’t be perturbed by such a development, but inside I feel as though I’ve lost a couple of good friends. It’s weird,…

Operation New Books

Well, Operation: Finish the Book did not end as I’d hoped. I’d noted that I was reading Selwyn Raab’s Five Families, a book that I’d been plowing through for nearly a year.  I managed to work my way through another one hundred or so pages, but it was soon apparent that I’d lost my enthusiasm…