Happy Ciemus!

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, it occurred to me that maybe I’m not ready to cross over into the New Year.

The Common Theme

It’s Christmas! You wouldn’t know it, judging by the weather.  We in the Upper Midwest are looking at a week in the 50ºF range for most of the week.  In fact, it was so warm and clear yesterday, that I avoided the nonsense that is known as “the mall,” and got my car washed (for…

Here’s a Tip

Something happened and I’m curious as to whether my take on things is the correct one. To wit:  I took the Little Woman out to eat at a sports bar/restaurant.  Nothing big or fancy; it’s actually one of our favorite places to hang out, when either of us has a few extra bucks.  The waitress…

Huzzah!

Unless you’ve been living in an alternate universe, then you know that the majority of the last week has seen much of the country dealing with horrifically high summer temperatures.  In the Upper Midwest, we went from a rather balmy 75ºF to 95ºF, and to what Accuweather described as a 105ºF “Real Feel” temperature.  The…

Back to Work

In the last month, school has started and I’ve slowly adapted to my “new normal.” Summer breaks are nice, but they’re largely “work at your own pace and on your own schedule,” so for someone like me who’s essentially a night owl (I love working at night), it’s hard to adjust back to the standard…

Midsummer Thoughts

It’s been a month since my last post, and while I hate these long breaks, I have to confess that it wasn’t entirely my fault. You see, I started new posts – 13 of them, to be exact – and each one was shelved because it was just too hot to sit down and write. …

Into the Beast

I finally made the trip to IKEA.   Yep, after years of wanting to go, I finally did it, and I’m still trying to process what I saw.  You could say that this was like Dante’s Inferno, in the sense that what should have been a simple trip turned into something more complex and life-altering. …

Spring!

Spring has arrived.  I know this because my neighbor’s daughter is back in the area, and honestly, I couldn’t be more happy.  I mean, who doesn’t enjoy waking up to the melodious sounds of a teenager who likes to scream at the top of her lungs whenever she opens her mouth?  It means that we’ll…

I Don’t Wanna Grow Up

I should be ashamed to admit it, but yes – I’m one of the millions who flocked to Toys R Us in the last 48 hours, hoping to find something – anything – on the shelves that would count as some sort of bargain basement find.  To be honest, I’ve visited three TRU stores in…

Bah Humbug

Question, people: When does the whole “goodwill towards men” part begin?  Is there a specific date? I ask because I’m about to go ballistic on a few people, and I don’t want to start handing out beat-downs during the time I’m supposed to be good.  Can’t have someone dropping a dime on me to Santa,…

It’s Tuesday, Lady

This post, as so many of mine have done at one time or another, had its genesis in my car. I was driving in to work; thinking about the various events that would shape my day, when a really interesting idea struck me.  I thought it’d make a cool blog topic, and – while fighting…

Summer Ramblings

Today’s Question: Do companies that tease you about future products ever consider the obnoxiousness of that strategy? I’ve made no bones on this blog about how I have issues with companies that can’t deliver what they promise.  Or, those companies that make a big deal out of how great their products are, but show little…