Pretty?

 Not too terribly long ago, I had the pleasure of seeing my family. My whole family, including my Beautiful Nieces.

It was the holidays, so a good bit of that time was spent in eating things my waistline didn’t need and playing games and even a smidge of Christmas shopping here and there.

[Pause to freak out: Christmas is almost here! Am I ready??? Auuuugh!]

OK. I’m all right now. Back to topic.

At one point my Second Beautiful Niece was entertaining herself with some sort of sign-up form she’d created, which included a “Mad Lib”-esque portion, along these lines: Read more of this post

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My bad, but I’m back

No less than three people in the last 24 hours have pointed out that I have (to all outward appearances) abandoned my blog – and by extension my few but precious readers – for weeks now. At least one mentioned it with a little bit of concern. My bad.

It’s fine here, it’s just… what to write, you know?  Blah blah work, blah blah holidays, blah blah housekeeping, blah blah more work.

Blah. No one wants to hear that, and I don’t want to write it.

Anyway, yesterday I opened one of my 52-thoughts, and it was from my First Beautiful Niece, Read more of this post

To paraphrase

This post is for my sister. Y’all are welcome to listen in, but the flotsam is pretty pointed today.
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Light thoughts

You know what I haven’t done in a while?

I haven’t shared any of the 52 thoughts in months. Which means I’m pretty far behind. Read more of this post

The open (hearted) letter

In just a little while, I go in for a little nothing of a surgery. Actually it’s a little less-than-nothing of a surgery, nothing at all to trouble yourself about, and no need to worry because Read more of this post

Convalescing is boring

English: Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Logo

Where I Was Supposed To Be Today. [English: Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)]

On the surface of it, having instructions to rest, relax and recover for 24 hours sounds great. Trust me Read more of this post

Wish you were here

English: Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan after ...

English: Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan after a performance at the State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thought from my sister for this week is actually a terribly-apropos snippet from comedian Jim Gaffigan:

Whenever I’m out of town for at least a week, Read more of this post

Braver than I am: the power of vulnerability

Every week this year, I’ve been opening notes from my sister – each one of 52 thoughts she sent me for Christmas. I open one each Sunday (provided I’m home to do it then), which is why – as most of my regular readers will have noticed – most Mondays Read more of this post

Progress

Panorama of St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Panorama of St. Louis, Missouri, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One of my destinations along my way to “NEW-where”

My grand adventure to NEW-where continues to shape up. In total, the trip as planned requires 15 days, 14 nights, 8 hotels, 3 flights, 2 car rentals, and something over 2200 miles by car. And a partridge in a pear tree. Read more of this post

The weekend in review

Apple iPod Nano, 3rd Generation, 8GB black model.

Apple iPod Nano, 3rd Generation, 8GB black model. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After I killed my first-generation Nano (and synced my music library to my until-that-moment-untouched third-generation Nano; don’t get me started again on that), the rest of the weekend was a lot less violent. Read more of this post