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. …

Yet Another ‘New’ Normal

Alas, the greasy burger did not happen.  While I am saddened by this sudden development, I’m certain that my frail arteries are celebrating.  Life can be so unfair. I’ve been having sensitivity issues in the area of my mouth.  At first, I thought it could be tied to the various headaches that I’d been having…

Working at Work

Have you ever worked with someone who was so frustrating that it actually caused you to question whether or not it was worth keeping your job? I have. Twice, in fact. It’s not a good feeling; rather, it’s downright destructive. The first time it happened, I nearly had a heart attack. Imagine being 25 years…

A Better Person

My soul aches. I know that’s melodramatic, but honestly, I can’t think of any other way to describe it.  My soul aches because I’m tired.  I used to listen to older people say that when I was a child.  They’d have this look of desperation or resignation on their faces, and they’d declare their pain. …

The Story Thus Far

Due to the abundance of available holiday chocolate, I am experiencing yet another one of my “Oh, Please Kill Me and End This” headaches.  I didn’t realize how much sugar I’d been downing until the other day, when I happened to take a peek at my garbage bin.  It’s a dry bin, meaning that it’s…

Don’t Talk About Yourself Like That!

I’ve mentioned previously that I had to alter the way I approach my online life because of an incident that happened earlier this year.  I won’t link to it – I really didn’t say much about it at the time – but I received a really nasty note from a colleague because of something I’d…

A Longer Walk

Remember my tale from two weeks ago about my adventures in repaying an overpayment? Well, I never thought it possible, but here’s the sequel: As you may recall, I walked a significant distance – I’ve since learned that it was just shy of a half mile – to drop off a check for $87, the…

Where Even Weirder Things Are

Okay, it’s time to finish this story. Maybe I should treat this like a television show, with an announcement of “Previously on Dr. Furious . . .” Just imagine me saying that in a rich baritone, and we’re set. So I’m off to the second bookstore.  What I didn’t include in the previous post was the…

Getting Ready

Ever just wish that you could disconnect your arms from your body before bed?  You know, just unplug them from your torso, place them on the bedroom dresser, and have a good night’s rest? No? Then clearly you don’t know the wonderment one experiences when you’ve awakened and learned that you’ve spent the entire night…

Taken

Recently, I had some things stolen, and while everything has been (reasonably) resolved, I’m still left with this awkward  feeling in my gut. I may an oddity of sorts, but I do not understand the compulsion that some people have to take things from others.  It’s not that I have an “It’s mine – get…

Just Wonderin’

This just occurred to me: Am I the only person who goes on Amazon and writes snarky responses to bad customer reviews? Am I the only person who looks at a “customer review” for impartial information on a product, only to be frustrated because “Mary Jane from Sioux Falls” left a one-star review and gibberish…

Utter Amazement

Why do I bother ordering things that require shipping services?  I’m never satisfied with them and half the time, I could drive to the point of origin and just pick up the merchandise faster than letting UPS, FedEx, or the USPS do the job for me. I’ve complained about shipping fiascos here in the past,…