Sunday, April 07, 2024

While Constructing

Dr. S: Five wires?  FIVE wires?  How? WHY? One outlet,  one switch,  one fixture....

[Somewhat later]

Dr. S: What are you doing?

Me: I'm filtering paint through a stocking.  It's kind of old.

Dr. S: WHY.

Me: This is a thing people do!

Dr. S: Yes. During the Depression.

Saturday, March 30, 2024


 So my in-laws are moving here permanently in 9 days and I both advocated for this and am glad. However. 

First,  I acknowledge that I am a bossy,  take-charge kind of person.  

But second: there are many moments when I am forcibly reminded of my mother in law washing the (new, unused) disposable silverware before my BIL's wedding while the rest of us frantically set out the CHAIRS and TABLES and FOOD.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Some Books

These Deadly Prophecies: teen sorcerer has to figure out the mystery of her mentor's death.  Fun,  well written,  not scary.  Recommend. 

Vaster Wilds: book club book which manages to be both grim and wholly unrealistic,  as if the author had never set foot in a woods.  Hated every page,  0/10, definitely not for me. 

Three Kinds of Lucky: new series from Kim Harrison, great premise,  but has such bad Famous Author Syndrome that I started checking halfway through if it was going to be over soon.  Would be amazing at half the length; I abandoned ship near the dramatic ending due to not caring about any of the main characters any more.

Dreaming Spies: I read this during the early pandemic and, like,  didn't form memories due to the everything.  Good, but not as good as the first ones in the series.  I feel they get increasingly unlikely.  Emperors and Cole Porter, really? 

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands: A delightfully strange fantasy novel with wonderful characters,  second in a series. Liked it even better than the first.  

The Blighted Stars: decent story which would have been better without the mild romance shoehorned in.  Sci fi with alien fungus.  

The Unspoken Name: weird and interesting portal fantasy, with liberally borrowed elements out of many world folklore. Recommend. 

Bookshops and Bonedust: okay,  but much less charming than the first one.  Would borrow from library,  but not buy.  

Starter Villain: unserious popcorn.  I enjoyed it.  There are cats. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

One Chicken Too Many

Between keeping track of the children's activities and needs,  my in laws closing on a house here in a week, the city board I now run, work fires, plumbing repairs, and everything else.... well, it could always be worse but it's a lot.

So naturally today I suddenly came over all peculiar and had to lay down for most of the day,  because that was my body refusing to let one more barnyard animal in the house.

Thursday, March 07, 2024

Five Minute Blogging

  •  Work has a lot going on which is good (it's never dull) and bad (OMG it's never dull).
  • I got a promotion and a 10% raise this quarter. I'll take it. 
  • My in laws are closing on their house sale in 2 weeks and moving here in 5 weeks.
  • I wanted them to and have been helping but it is A Lot.
  • My kids have all developed a sportsball obsession and Oldest Kid is on the high school JV team now. I never in a million years would have predicted this outcome,  but it's really good for him. 
  • I had to start a spreadsheet to keep track of the sportsball pickups. Oy.
  • The flowers are blooming and I want more flowers. 
  • Tub faucet broke so I get to learn some new plumbing skills this weekend! 
  • Teaching Sunday School is kicking my rear and I don't quite know why. Maybe it's just the proverbial straw.

Friday, March 01, 2024

Translations From Recent Things I Have Said In Meetings

"I'm not sure all stakeholders here are fully aligned": Come get this dodo out of this meeting before I reach through Zoom and do violence. 

"There may be additional business implications": I could have told you what a bad idea this was six months ago but here we are.

"I'm concerned that if we can't identify a root cause this will continue to be an issue": Last time you didn't listen and we spent three months managing a comms fire.

"I'm concerned that this may have a serious impact on customer experience": I will be looking at job ads as soon as this call is over.

"I'm not sure this level of effort is sustainable on the contracted timelines": I am looking at job ads RIGHT NOW. 

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Adulting, Latest Round

 This month we must:

Do our taxes 

Arrange for a revised will and trust, including nominating guardians and arranging a financial trustee

Deal with an electric meter code violation (possible by cutting a hole in the porch) 

Good times!