Monthly Archives: November 2008

Tis the season…

For brotherly love:

Jingle Bells
Andrew smells, a million miles away
Oh what fun a jingle bells
Andrew smells, all the way to Africa

As sung by Miss B.


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Not really the weather, since it’s a balmy 31 degrees according to my weather widget–and sunny. But me, and Miss B. We. Have. Colds. Or coughs. (Or cough-es, as she used to say, because that’s more than one cough.)

I’m wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt, plus I have my old school, velour-lined hoodie on the back of my writing chair–just in case.

However, the house is filled with restorative things:

  • The Republic of Tea’s Kiwi Pear Green Tea–with honey.
  • Pecan pie (recipe here–so good).
  • Pumpkin pie (you wouldn’t want to neglect a pie–it might hurt its feelings)
  • Being on page 321 of 343 of the edit for The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath
  • Having a good excuse to hibernate and finish it.


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Is your Thanksgiving bejeweled?

Ours is:


Wishing everyone a most bejeweled and bedazzled Thanksgiving.


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Not so manic Monday

So, I’m off work this week, transfixed by how quiet it is when the kids are not home. Things I’m doing:

  • I’m wondering if it’s possible to melt one’s deltoids, because I’m thinking I totally did that during this morning’s workout.
  • I’m enjoying the simple goodness of the grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.
  • I’m contemplating the possibility of the house cleaning itself if I think really hard about it.
  • I’m currently on page 125 of editing The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath.

Stay tuned for exciting page count updates. Sure to be the highlight of your Thanksgiving weekend.


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Who are those masked kids?

So today Bob outfitted the kids for their ongoing sibling battle:


The kids, ready to continue their war. Oreo, enthralled, watches in the background.

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What do you suppose he has in mind?

So after school, Andrew sometimes uses my computer. On the front page of, I found these in the recently viewed items:

  • World Industries Complete Skateboard (4 Styles) by Bravo Sports
  • Mojo Rails Complete Skate Park by Mojo Rails

I have to mention that the Mojo Rails Complete Skate Park is on sale, for ~ $4,000. A steal. Plus, it qualifies for Amazon Prime. Hey, free shipping! Seriously, they’re practically paying you to get one.

I wonder if this has something to do with the skateboard tournament he said he wanted to host a few weeks back. Being boring and practical, I mentioned things like insurance, liability, massive lawsuits, and so on. He was unmoved.

The real question is why hasn’t he approached Miss B. She would gladly construct a skate park for him out of paper.

That would work, wouldn’t it?


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What’s your (blog) type?

Yet another fascinating way to waste time since I discovered Wordle. I give you


It analyzes your blog (or really, anyone’s blog) and suggests what personality type you are, or at least what you’re writing personality type is when you blog. How’s that for specific?

Writing Wrongs happens to be The Mechanics:

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

That’s it. I’m giving up writing and racing cars for a living. Or not. Still, this might explain the whole jumping out of airplanes thing.


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