Bingo

I think I need a night life when the highlight of my evening is playing State of the Union Bingo. You get a card containing squares marked with things like “Debt Ceiling” and “Gun Control.” Then you listen to the speech and whenever the President says one of these things you get to mark it off. None of us got Bingo but we all had about 10-12 squares marked off with key phrases. I have to say it made listening to the State of the Union fun. Overall I thought it was a good speech, but I’ve never jumped up and down in my seat before when the President said “Background Checks,” “Path to Citizenship,” and “Climate Change” in the past. Now if only he had said “Citizens United” I would have had...

Television

What is it with TV shows? Why do they start the show a minute or so before the hour so that if you set your DVR to record it, you miss the first part? Often that first minute or so has some vital information that it would be really helpful to know as it affects the rest of the episode. It would be like opening a book and finding the first three pages missing and you’re just supposed to figure out what you missed. It leaves you scrambling to understand what’s going on. I wish shows would go back to starting on the hour. And as long as I’m wishing, please get rid of the ads running along the bottom of the show. It’s really annoying. Whoever came up with the idea that it’s okay to use the bottom third (sometimes as much as half) of the screen area while the show is running to advertise upcoming shows should be exiled to a desert island with no...

Bo-coo Toys

Bo discovered he could nose open the linen closet door where I keep his bag of toys. He has so many toys I’d be ankle deep in them if I left them all out. I rotate his toys periodically so he doesn’t get bored with them. But today he discovered his hoard and when I got out of the shower I discovered he had pulled out a bunch and was happily rolling around the floor playing. He’s always good for a laugh to start my day.              ...

Buying Time

Do you remember that commercial where people pulled up to order at the drive through, but instead of fast food they were ordering more time? I would love to buy a week today. I don’t know how to prioritize when everything is at fire level. And poor Bo keeps bringing me his squeaky toys wanting to play fetch. Well, maybe there’s time for one...

Things I’m Thankful For

With Thanksgiving just past it’s a welcome relief to think of things that I am thankful for, especially after the recent election and barrage of negative ads. I’m thankful the election is over and President Barack Obama has four more years to continue moving this country in the right direction. I’ve worked in cubicles, I’ve worked in offices, I’ve done data entry, I’ve piped frosting on Easter eggs, I’ve colored maps, and I’ve clean rooms at Knight’s Inn. I’m thankful that now I write, illustrate, and design children’s books and apps. Can I just say—I love my job. I love my job. I love my job. And, in case you weren’t sure, I love my job. I’m thankful I have Bo who makes me laugh everyday. A day without laughter is a very long day. I’m thankful for good books, good movies, and good TV that lets me escape into my imagination. I’m thankful for good friends. I’m thankful for technology that lets me do in minutes what used to take me hours. I’m thankful I’m a better editor now that I don’t have to type my manuscripts on a typewriter with carbon paper. I’m thankful for many wonderful memories of new experiences, and of times shared with family and friends. I’m thankful for things that make me think—that kick me out of my complacency and shake up my world. I’m thankful for sunsets. What are you thankful for?...

Bathroom Book

I just finished my current bathroom book Libromancer, which was fabulous. Nowadays I seem to do most of my reading that way. I picked up the next book from the library stack I usually have available. I ordered Year Zero based on a review I had read. I’m a sucker for humorous science fiction and as there isn’t much out there, I was looking forward to seeing if this lived up to the review. The first line is “Aliens suck at music.” If you can make me laugh with the first line, you’ve got me hooked. I have a feeling I’m going to be spending a fair amount of time in the bathroom. I may even have a bout of diarrhea coming...