Some Stuff About Some Things

There’s a lot going on, and while I really want to write, it’s hard to come up with a unified concept. So here are a handful of thoughts and recent developments that are not at all unified.

  • Baguette had a low-grade fever for much of the weekend. It turns out that when she is sick, she avoids negative constructions–she would not say “I don’t want Mommy to go,” but would say “I want Mommy to stay.” (She was better yesterday afternoon and hence is at day care today.)
  • I’ve been making simple syrup regularly this summer, and life is just so much easier when it’s around. Want to make that regular tea sweet? Want to make lemonade? Simple syrup to the rescue!
  • We finally caught up on Sherlock. Why are there only three episodes per season? Why is the next season not airing until 2016? Whywhywhy?
  • I need to write more, but my job doesn’t involve writing, but my bosses do give me the flexibility and support that I really do need right now. Yet still I need to write more. It’s a conundrum.
  • We really should get new passports, what with ours having expired and all. Not that we have travel plans, just that we should have them. But why are passports so expensive? Again with the whywhywhy?
  • Time to start working out. But how to find the time?

That’s it. For now.

Bragging About Me

This week’s Monday Listicles topic is “10 Things You Are Proud Of.” So, if you will, allow me to share with you some things I have done:

1) On my first camping trip as a Girl Scout, I lit an a-frame fire with a single match.

2) Thanks to Girl Scouts, in grad school I was able to get wet wood to burn using matches and candles, in contrast to the lighter fluid the guys thought would do the trick.

3) In high school, I once created a school spirit banner so violent it grossed out the football team.

4) When Mr. Sandwich cut off the tip of his finger, I found the piece on his garage workbench . . .

5) And surprised the ER doctor with how well I packaged it for transit.

6) I can watch the needle when I get a shot or donate blood. Speaking of which . . .

7) I donate blood.

8) I have competed in–and finished–three sprint triathlons.

9) I’m a really good writer and editor.

10) I make great baked macaroni and cheese.

Bonus #11: I was a returning Jeopardy! champion.

(Side note: As I look back, there seems to be a decent amount of overlap with this list from December, but honestly I could use my own pat on the back at this point in my life.)

High-five!

Photo by Nick J Webb, via Flickr. Creative Commons.