Friday, April 28, 2017

Links!


One week until the end of the semester. Well, two if we count finals. Two and a half if we count finals and graduation. But then I will have, for the first time in forever, a moderately long break, since I'm not teaching until Summer II.

I'ma spend the entire seven weeks writing and sleeping. Sleeping so hard.

Meanwhile, I've been working hard with my grammar class on Reed-Kellogg diagramming. If you never learned RKD, you might not enjoy this post as much as I did: Antoine Dodson Saves My Class.


Here, Libby Anne talks about how committing to parenting without punishment creates better families. The comment section is especially good here.


Over on Alas, a Blog, a Discussion Page about trans issues, called The Mint Garden. One thing I've noticed in several places around the blogosphere is people spewing forth their opinions about trans people when they know almost nothing about trans issues. Learn before you speak. Dunning-Kruger ain't a handgun, people.


This, published in the NYTimes, is a piece on how writing workshops privilege the experience of the middle-class white American male.

See also this, linked over at Historiann: What "Snowflakes' Get Right About Free Speech'  -- I've seen far too many bloggers, especially leftist bloggers who ought to know better, dismissing the protesters in simplistic terms. This is an interesting and difficult question. We should treat it that way.


Here's a tweet from the day New Orleans was taking down its Confederate monuments. Frequently when I'm teaching Douglass' Narrative of the Life, or anything else about the American South, here in the Fort I have students who have been taught revisionist bullshit about how the Civil War was not fought about slavery, but about "States Rights," or over tariffs, or something other self-serving propaganda. And when I give them the truth, they're wide-eyed with rage. "But my high school history teacher said..."




I point them to the original documents, the secession documents. Go look at what those said, I tell them. What they say is what this monument says -- we're doing this because we want to keep slaves, we're doing this because we believe in white supremacy, we're doing this because we'll tear this country apart and commit treason before we give up those things.

Finally!

Watch this video. Eight minutes long, but well worth it. You know we leftists love to slag on capitalism, but here's a capitalist doing good with his wealth:











Thursday, April 27, 2017

Soda Bread


Here's what you can do when you get enough sleep:




It's delicious!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SLEEP


OMFG, I slept twelve hours last night.

Apparently what I need is a solid thunderstorm followed by driving rain. Then I will sleep so hard.

The cats did not appreciate this sleep fest. Jasper especially kept smacking me in the ear. "Hey. Hey! Why you still asleep? Are you dead there? Hey!"


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Links for You


I slept again -- six hours! -- but I'm still worn out. Soon the semester will be done, and I'll be able to sleep late if I want to (and if I can).

Meanwhile, have some links!


This one, the Language of Doggos, hits both my language innovation buttons and my doggo buttons. Non-stop squee!

More on language innovation -- the Language Log posts on Singular They

Monday, April 24, 2017

What I'm Reading


I slept last night, which was pleasant. Not eight entire hours, mind you -- but six and a half. Better than the past five nights! Tonight I'm going for seven.

Meanwhile, what with averaging three and four hours a night (going to bed at five or six in the morning and waking up at ten or so) I've been doing a ton of reading.

Reading all night is a pleasure I had forgotten. It's different from the usual reading I do, which is a couple hours here or there, between prepping for class, or while I'm waiting to pick the kid up from school, or while I'm eating. Reading all night is seven or eight hours of sustained non-stop reading, broken only by forays into the kitchen for more tea or another sliced-up apple, Then it's back to my big comfy chair under the lamp by the open window, where Jasper cat is waiting grumpily to climb back into my lap. (She does not approve of these interruptions to her sleep.) The Fort, at least my part of it, is very quiet at night, not even any noise from the interstate; and the nights have been cool. These long hours of reading have been blissful -- almost worth the exhaustion the next day.

What I've been reading:


Hope Jahren, Lab Girl

This is an amazing book. I hardly know how to describe it. The plot is simple -- a young scientist comes of age and builds her career. (The book is based directly on Jahren's own life, to the extent that it's almost more memoir than novel.) The power of the novel lies in the writing and in Jahren's insights about not just trees and plants, but about the humans in her life.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Insomnia


I'm having one of my periodic bouts of insomnia.

Ever since I can remember, and I'm talking since I was tiny, I've had what I have since learned is called delayed sleep phase disorder -- my body has a dysregulation of its biological clock, basically, such that I'm out of phase with the circadian rhythm of the planet. I need a thirty hour day, and here I am on this 24 hour planet.

I can remember being three years old, back when we were still living in the trailer, wandering around in the deep of night while everyone slept around me. I was too little to read then, and I mostly just climbed on the furniture and looked through the windows, out at the other trailers, ghosty in the moonlight.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Links for Your Thursday


I finished a draft of my novel, and have been filled with torpor ever since -- I slept until almost noon yesterday, and then also went to bed early. In between I did almost nothing but read, though I did mow the lawn in the evening. That's twice so far this summer. Usually we are in mid-July before I have managed to get around to mowing the lawn twice, so go me!

Links!


A lovely alternative parenting history

An utter pile of Right-Wing Bullshit. I hate this nostalgic everything was better in the old days crap anyway, but Sweet Jesus, this one is talking about 1954. Up your game, losers. That's within living memory of some of the people still around.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Can This Be Spring?


Usually in Arkansas, we go straight from winter to summer.

I hates me some summer, especially an Arkansas summer, which is blistering hot and thick with humidity, not to mention the bugs, OMF the bugs.

But this year we appear to be having a spring. Cool nights, days that often reach no more that the mid-70s, and even rain.

I'm trying not to get my hopes up -- could this mean a mild summer? Is that possible, in this era of global warming?

We can still hope.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Night Linkage!


What a week.

In my personal life, it's all been lovely. A nice week at home, with the kid receiving her award money and getting ever closer to being done with high school; and a good week at the university. Friday we had the Undergraduate Research Day, always a good time, since we cancel classes and spend a day listening to student presentations of what they've been doing. This year was especially good. The kids are all right, y'all.

Sadly, the adults are not. But the less said about Trump the better. Have some links instead:


Math problems for English Majors: This starts with the riddle we all know, but keep reading!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Destroying Your Credibility


Some time ago, when I was a young pup of a blogger, I read a post by another blogger, AWB, about how important it was to protect your brand. (I might not have the phrasing exactly right here; I can't find that post now. Lost in the mists of the blogosphere.)

The basic thesis: mind what you say, the arguments you make, what you publish, the words you put out in public. These will become your brand. They will become what you are known by. It will be hard to escape that brand.

This was one of those watershed moments for me (thanks, AWB!). Maybe it's hard to believe, but that was something I'd never thought of before. I'd been functioning, up to that moment, as though my life were something like a white board*. I could say things one day, and then erase them, and write something new the next. Who would remember? Certainly not me!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Why, What's This?


Yesterday, my copies of the May/June 2017 F&SF arrived in the mail. Gotta tell you, it was sweet!




All y'all can pick up your copies starting May 1st. Check your local bookstore!  Also, I'll post a link, never fear!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Links for You


Sunday Link Post!

My Name is Cow.

Why Trump's supporters don't mind his lies: Blue Lies.

Gender bias riddles

On the topic of stuff you can do very little about, debt is bad for your health.

A first person account of surviving a sarin gas attack.

Flying squirrels and how they fly (very cool)

How to be a writer (for all my writers)

Superbabies don't cry (long read, but excellent)

What Bathroom Bills Do (the comment section on this one is worth reading, especially the comments by Grace)


Friday, April 07, 2017

My Kid's Art


It's true that Trump is wagging the dog, and America is falling for it like the boot-lickers they are.

But! Look what my kid made for me in her craft class:





Is she not the best kid ever?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

What I'm Reading


As always, since the election of the Great Circus Peanut, I am reading enormously, even obsessively. Literature is the opiate of me.

What am I reading? A lot of science fiction, and a dash of older literature, plus a few other works.


Robin Shortt, Wellside

This one won't be released until June -- I read an advanced copy -- but it's leading the list here because it's one of the best SF/F novels I've read in some time. Do you know that feeling you get, five or six or ten pages into a novel, bone-deep, chilling, and wonderful, when you realize that once again, lucky you, you have a truly wonderful book? It's only happened to me twenty or thirty times in my life, but it's a great feeling when it happens. It happened with this book.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Kid Wins an Art Contest


Or, you know, another art contest.




This one earned her money, too. My talented child.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Your Questions about Trans People Answered


I've seen a number of people ask what may or be good faith questions about trans people, or make claims that they may actually believe about trans people (claims I know to be untrue). Sometimes I have attempted to educate these people; often I have walked away, knowing the attempt to be useless.

Anyway!

Here's an excellent resource, to anyone who is interested in learning.

Seven Troubling Questions About Transgender Theories, Answered


Friday, March 24, 2017

TrumpCare: Burn, Baby


TrumpCare fails at the legislative level.





Trump is reaching out to Democrats now. That's... droll.




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Update


So the site where I had the encounter with the Right-Wing Troll held a brief forum with those who commented there, saying that they had received complaints about the troll, and that they were inclined to begin deleting such abusive emails in the future. They asked for thoughts on this policy.

Comments came out strongly in favor of not just deleting abusive comments, but of banning those who showed a pattern of making such comments. (I was one of those who argued for this policy, using basically the argument I made here.)

The site owner then banned Dick Johnson from the site.

As some of you may have noticed, Dick almost at once began posting abusive and stalker-type comments here. He'll be banned and deleted here as well, no fear, and for the same reasons he's banned and deleted there.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Here's a Must-Watch


If you watch nothing else this week, watch this:




A little over eight minutes, but vital to our country.

Lays out the evidence that Trump and his regime are treasonous.

The NYTimes article on this.



Monday, March 20, 2017

The Kid's Comic


Your reminder that you should be reading it:



Find more here: Fragile at Taptastic.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Further Thoughts on Trump Supporters and the Limits of Free Speech


Nicole and Maggie point out in the comments to my last post that appeasement isn't a tactic, historically, that has much of a success rate.

This is true.

I think one mistake I made in the beginning with Dick Johnson is one we often make when dealing with bullies. Slightly amused at his mistake (ha ha, he thinks I'm a guy, isn't that fun), I ignored the stupid insults he threw my way.

This was when he thought I was just a guy, not a gay guy.

A Curious Encounter


So from time to time -- as many of you do -- I comment elsewhere in the blogosphere.

When I do so, I comment under my blogosphere name: as delagar, in other words. This is a name with no apparent gender. Often enough, out in the 'sphere, people assume I am male. (Go figure!)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Very Late Valentine


...which I'm stealing from the kid's Tumblr, because I love it so much:




Apparently this blog is become all pics, all the time.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Special Edition: Cat Picture


Here, to cheer us up while Trump destroys our country, a cat picture




My Junti cat, being a sexy cat. She'll be here all week, y'all!

Spring Break: Here at Last


Everyone else in the country has already had their Spring Breaks, I believe. But ours is next week -- well, really it starts tomorrow for the kid, since the public schools get Friday off for a teacher training thing.

As the kid is in her last six weeks of high school and literally counting the minutes until she never has to go back to high school again, this extra Friday is all that stood between her and doom.

Only messing a little here. It's never been so hard to get this child off to school as it has been this past month. "Here's an idea," she tells me, frequently. "What if I drop out of school, right now?"

"That sounds like a fine idea," I say. "Then you can get a job at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is always hiring."

"But you are missing the point. Then I would never have to go back to high school, ever again."

Our plans for Spring Break: sleep a lot. Write a lot. (Do a lot of art, on the kid's part.) Go hiking at Devil's Den. Go up to Crystal Bridges at least once, to see the new exhibit, even if it is Roy Lichtenstein, who is the kid's mortal enemy. Take the dog to the dog park. Sleep some more.

The weather has been cold as balls here, but next week looks lovely.

Trump, meanwhile... sweet Jesus.





Saturday, March 04, 2017


A perfect illustration of the American South. This was posted on my FB feed. A local store has this display up for the Easter Season, and many, many people were thanking Jesus for the store and its "bravery" in witnessing for Christ.


The fact that this is a marketing plot -- and a fairly heretical one -- has not entered their minds. This is because no one in the South, and very few people in America, are willing to admit that the real religion of America is not Christianity, but Capitalism.

Once you realize that, of course, this display makes perfect sense.

Buy more soda, affirm your witness to the one true God.


Friday, March 03, 2017

This is the Future Liberals Want


My cat climbs into my lap and butts her head against my shoulder (her signal that I should carry her to her food dish and give her food).

I ignore her, since I'm in the middle of working.

She butts a little harder, and then claws me gently on the ear.

Me: Hey! Not acceptable!

Cat: (Claws a little harder.)

Me: (Capturing cat and looking at her eye to eye): That is not appropriate behavior. Do I claw you when I want something?

Cat: (Sullenly) Mwar.

Me: No, I don't. So you don't claw me.

Apparently I am trying to teach a cat ethics.   #LiberalBehaviorGoesTooFar



(The meme referenced in the title, in case you have been on Mars and missed it: This is the Future Liberals Want.)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

What I've Been Reading (and Seeing) Lately


I'm still reading so much. It's better for me than Xanax and Vicodin, which if either of those were available, believe me, I'd be gulping them down in pints. Probably both at once.

The kid and I also went to see Lysistrata at the university theater last night. It was a production in modern dress, which made me a little uneasy at first, but turned out to work really well. All student actors, and almost all of them wonderful. Great comic timing, good actors, and did an excellent job bringing the hilarity of the play across the centuries. Walking back to my car, the kid said to me, "Why are the Greeks so modern? That was great!"

(She also loves Euripides, who she's only read.)

What I'm reading:


Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye

I'm extremely fond of Jane Eyre now, though I hated it as a child and an adolescent (I was forced to read it in the 10th grade, just as my child was forced to read it last month, in AP English). And I love books that are written in response or as fan fiction, more or less, about books I love, as long-time readers of this blog might have noticed. So no surprise I gave a small squee of glee when I saw a review for this book on NPR.

Also! My library had a copy. Oh boy! I didn't even have to buy it. I put in a request and had it the next day. Then I stayed up all night reading it. (Luckily it was a Friday night.) It's great. I love it at least as much as Jane Eyre, though Jane Steele is not much like Jane Eyre.

The two Janes do live at about the same time, and the rough outlines of their lives -- their general plot, as it were -- are the same. They both have mean-spirited aunts, they both go off to boarding school at nine, that boarding school is run by a vicious headmaster. They both end up as tutors to a small foreign girl, and they both end up in love with her guardian -- Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre's case, Mr. Thornfield, in Jane Steele's case.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Because I Know You Need to Waste Time


...just as much as I do, here's a lovely way to waste time.


The Edges2cats is especially fun.

My cats:



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Important Post


Nicole and Maggie are doing stellar work with the resistance.

Read their post today -- go here.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nice Comment


Over at Tor.com, I read a comment by a fella named Dylan Tullos, who I don't know at all -- and clicking on his profile gives me no more information than his name -- which I like a great deal, and which I think deserves to be read further:

Allowing the government to create hoops that citizens have to jump through in order to vote strikes me as an impressively bad idea.  Instead of having citizens who choose their government, the system allows the government to choose its citizens.  The government gets to decide what tasks make people “worthy” of citizenship, but the first duty of every good citizen is to not let the state tell you what good citizenship is.


It's part of a larger comment, which you may find here.

(If anyone knows anything more about Dylan Tullos, I'd be glad to learn more!)

Exciting News on Valentine's Day


Or, well, exciting for me.

Y'all remember that in August 2016 I sold a story to F&SF -- well, today I got the proofs for that story, and C.C. Finley tells me it should appear in the May/June 2017 issue.

The story, The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs, is one of my favorites; and of course I've been trying to sell a story to F&SF for, oh, I don't know, 30 years now? So yeah, I'm pleased.

Look for it at your local bookstore and news stand; or you can order it online. I'll post links!





Monday, February 13, 2017

What I'm Reading Now

Even though we're in the thick of the semester now, bearing down on midterm, I am still swallowing books whole. I think this is my way of dealing with the horrors of the Trump regime. Literary Xanax.

Anyway! Here's some of what I've gobbled over the past month:


Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is

I forget how I found this book -- maybe the NYTimes recommended list? However I found it, the rec was right. This one's excellent. Told from the point of view of the mother of five children who is also a doctor of emergency medicine when we first meet her, the writing here is great, and the characters, including of all five children, AND their friends, so well developed they all become real to us. Wonderful use of setting, also -- we move from Wisconsin to San Francisco to Thailand in the course of the novel, and Frankel gives us each place perfectly.

What's it about? Yeah, that's another reason to love it. Rosie and Penn have five sons -- except their youngest son, Claude, begins telling them when he's three that he's a girl. (Penn is a stay-at-home dad and a writer, by the way, though he's not the one writing this book.) The novel deals with their struggle to understand what to do -- and not like that, they always try to do the right thing -- and to deal with the fallout of their decisions. This is a great book, and not just about having a trans kid. It's a great book about being human.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Words That Will Make Me Stop Taking You And Your Argument Seriously


This is a fact. When I hear these words* come from your mouth, or when I see them in your paper, or in your comment, or in your post, I immediately know you are arguing in bad faith, or you are incapable of honest and careful thought.

I stop taking you seriously at that point -- well, in fact, I stop listening to you at all in that point. Life is too short to listen to liars and fools**.

Here's the list!

  • SJW
  • feminazi
  • politically correct/PC
  • virtue signalling

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Update on My Belly


So y'all remember that they cut on me awhile back.

I'm pleased to relate that I had my follow up with my surgeon (this was almost a month ago) and he "released" me, meaning unless something changes, I am cured.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

An Important Message for These Dark Times


Also a link.

The message first:



As usual, Hank is well worth the 3 and a half minutes it takes to watch this. About halfway through, he'll tell you about some posters you can buy -- proceeds to go to various immigrant groups. Here's a link to the site: DFTBA Buy posters here

Also, this, which I saw at Nicole & Maggie's site.


Don't despair, y'all. Take action. When we fight, we win.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

A Fun Survey for These Dark Times!


Why not take a break from political negativity and learn about each other? 😊

1. Who are you named after? There is literally a fascist administration in office in the United States.

2. Last time you cried?
Resist it, unerringly, with all your strength.

3. Soda or water?
One woman, refused entry at the airport, seeking needed medical treatment in the US has died. Another woman, scheduled to be deported, reportedly attempted suicide in the airport. The youngest child detain by our government was eleven months old. Sean Spicer, Trump’s Director of Communications, defended the detention and arrest of tiny children by claiming even five-year-olds could be dangerous.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Other Things You Can Do to Resist


Nicole and Maggie have a list

See also here

ETA: See N&M's update in comments!

Well, That Was a Week


I knew the Trump Regime would be awful, but who could have guessed it would be this astoundingly awful? Not even me, and I had fascist dystopia for 300, Alex.

Just a reminder: donate to the ACLU. Donate to CAIR. Donate to the local food banks. Write and phone your reps. Volunteer when and where you can.

Resist. Tear this vile fascist down.

And don't be afraid to take a break. It's all right to take care of yourself, to breathe, to exercise, to make your art. This will be a long fight. Be kind to yourself as well as others.

And now a word from the Doctor:






Friday, January 27, 2017

How Can I Still Be Sick?


I think the stress of living in Trump's America is wrecking my immune system.

I've been sick with what Web MD insists is nothing but a cold since just after Christmas. That's over a month now. I'm sleeping ten and fourteen hours a day, broken, unrestful sleep, since I spend a lot of it coughing violently. I coughed so splendidly and thoroughly at work the other day that a colleague came down the hall to offer me emergency cough drops.

I suppose I should consult my doctor. I hate doctors.

Meanwhile, teaching is going excellently. I'm teaching that Popular Literature class on Zombies, Vampires, and the Apocalypse. (The perfect time in America to be teaching such a class, as we drive off the cliff into the apocalypse.) We started with Train to Busan, a Korean movie. If you haven't seen this one, and you don't mind terrifying zombie movies, it's very much worth watching. You can rent it on Amazon streaming video.




Now we're reading World War Z, a different sort of Zombie tale. On to Naomi Kritzer's "Zombies in Winter" after that. The class itself is lively and engaged. It's just delightful to have students who not only have read the work, but have avidly read the work and can't wait to talk about it.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Even Better Than the Last


I might get tired of Watch the Nazi Get Punch Memes one day






But that day has not yet come.





Saturday, January 21, 2017

On the OTHER hand...


...as someone said on Twitter, the fact that this was the first big meme of 2017 gives me a lot of hope!





Maybe you're one of the people who deplores violence, and thinks it is terrible to punch anyone, even a Nazi. I can certainly understand your position.

My position is we should not only punch Nazis, we should punch them two or three times, and then kick them when they're down.


Bad News, Y'all


This morning I woke up in a country where Donald Trump was president.

Now it begins.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Breaking News: Rod Dreher More Batsh*t Crazy Than Ever


Even his own Commentariat turn on him with this one.

"Obama Springs Transgender Traitor," he shrieks, and spends most of the post in an uncontrollable tantrum over the fact that Chelsea Manning is transgender.
This penis-having traitor suffers because people might not think she is a “real woman”. Think about that. Manning suffers serious psychological problems, and has tried to commit suicide. He should receive medical treatment — but not boobs grown at taxpayer expense on his traitorous breast, and not liberty for breaking his oath under arms.

Monday, January 16, 2017

But It's NATURAL LAW!


At least that's what the commentariat at Rod Dreher's place (and elsewhere) keep shrieking at us.




By "Natural law," of course, what they mean is "How I believe the world ought to be."

I used to sort of enjoy reading Rod Dreher's blog, and other Conservative and Moderate blogs, because they gave me a look at what people not like me thought, and what they believed. Since Trump's election, though, wow. It's just a gibbering hate-fest over there.

Anyone not precisely like them -- which is to say heterosexual, Conservative, their very own brand of Christian, cisgendered, educated to their precise level of education, and (very often) from their own region of the country has become not just the enemy, but not even human.

Two-minute hate? I wish. Non-stop hate.

ETA: See also this, over at alicublog.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

LOL


One of the fans of my kid's comic made this shitpost for it





It's perfect, and hilarious.

(It's only funny if you've been reading the comic -- sorry!)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Score


I only score 15 on this -- or sixteen, depending on how whether we count "immodest and rebellious women" as one point or two.


Gotta up my game.

(Stolen from Alas a Blog.)


Friday, January 13, 2017

Things I Like About My New Office


...v. Things I don't

It's my first real day in my new office, and the first day of the semester, sort of. (We don't start teaching until Tuesday, January 17, but today we have meetings all day. How I love meetings.)

Anyway, I arrived today at 7.30 a.m. to find that the key to my office door didn't work. That's one thing I don't like.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Whining



  • I have to go back to work on Friday -- sort of. It's the pre-school conference day. I don't actually start teaching until Tuesday. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Real Bubble...


...is the bubble of militant ignorance.

I've lived in Red States very nearly all my life. I was born just outside Seattle, in a trailer park, but we left there when I was three to move to New Orleans, to another trailer park.

Graduate school in Arkansas. First job in Idaho. Second job in North Carolina. Third job -- this job -- back in Arkansas.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

What I'm Reading (and watching) Now


I'm still tragically, dramatically sick, which means I can't do much besides lie on the sofa and whimper. Also blow my nose, emit hacking coughs, and read novels.

(I lie. I'm also writing. Each day I trawl up sufficient energy to write for at least two hours. Then I collapse.)

Anyway, I'm reading a lot. Also binge-watching a lot of Netflix.

Here's what I've been watching:

Friday, January 06, 2017

Snow!


We got about an inch and a half of snow here last night, which means that the entire NW Arkansas region has shut down entirely. Central Arkansas is getting more snow as we speak.

Snow day for my kid. I woke her at dawn with the news. There was much rejoicing.






Indeed, she promptly returned to bed, and is celebrating by sleeping until noon.

I'm drinking coffee and writing and watching my snowy yard be snowy.

I love snow days.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My New Year So Far


I'm starting of 2017 sick as a dog. Somewhere at the end of 2016, I picked up a vicious cold -- probably in that horrible Motel 6 in Jackson, MS. Apparently it plans to never let me go.

I'm drinking plenty of tea and honey, and huddling under blankets. I may switch to tea and brandy here in a bit.

This does not bode well for the new year.

Grumble.

(See also this: Why 2017 will be a bad year)