Sunday, April 26, 2015

11.26 Support - Creativity

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will  post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-sixth day of each month is "Support."
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I listen to podcast after podcast after podcast on my daily walks. And, honestly, the one that makes me laugh more than anything is The Adventure Zone. I don't know how to play D&D, but, as I've written about this podcast before, you absolutely don't have to know anything about it to enjoy this podcast. I just let my mind wander when they're rolling and discussing "leveling up." I'm sure that's enjoyable to true gamers out there, but I just love these guys cracking wise and teasing one another.  And at one point last week, I was laughing while I was walking down the street, making a complete fool of myself, and it was all due to this podcast.

So I took myself to the donation page for the Maximum Fund network and I signed up. It's my job to support creative efforts that bring me such joy.
Rusty car. Not related to the prompt at all. Just the only picture I took today.
So, if you listen/read/watch any free media, take the time to support it in some way - a review on Amazon or itunes, a Facebook post to let all your friends know how hilarious Ophira Eisenberg is, or a monetary donation  - so that we can make sure that the internet remains a place for us to get awesome entertainment.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

11.25 Courage - Neville Longbottom This

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-fifth day of each month is "Courage."
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We've been around Dr. BB's family which means that we get to spend comparing and contrasting parenting styles. Each of his siblings has a different approach, particularly to discipline, and we usually try to figure it out so that we can be consistent when we're with our nieces and nephews. 

One of my sisters-in-law, who is married to Dr. BB's brother, is quite unpopular with the other mothers in the family. Because she tells her kid no on a regular basis. 

And sometimes they say something about it to me. Look, I don't know anything about parenting and, frankly, I'm not interested. I don't criticize other people's parenting unless it directly inconveniences me (get your fucking toddler out of the middle of the dairy aisle) or harms the kid (not getting appropriate health treatments, mostly), so I stay out of it.
But I think it takes courage for my SIL to stand up to the rest of them. She gives her kid a time-out, even at grandma's house. She makes her kid stand still during church, even when his cousin who is three months older than him is making noises and jumping up and down. She insists on good behavior with no exceptions.  

And the others talk behind her back. I swear to you, if I know about it, she knows about it. And still she does it. And I respect that.
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 To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Friday, April 24, 2015

11.24 Pain - Give and Take

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-fourth day of each month is "Pain."
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I think of my husband's immediate family as large (he has four siblings, they each have spouses and children, his parents and paternal grandparents are still alive), but when you start including his extended family, his family is enormous. While I generally subscribe to "the more the merrier" philosophy of family and we get to go to more than our fair share of celebrations, it also comes with things like this past week.

The older generation, Dr. BB's grandmother, her siblings, and their spouses, range in age from late 80s to their early 90s, and things are not going well for them. His grandmother just got out of the hospital last night in time to attend her sister-in-law's funeral and her other sister-in-law fell over a parking divider and arrived at the church sporting two black eyes and three stitches.
So it's been hard for Dr. BB's family. Yes, their relatives have had long, happy lives and there is a celebratory aspect to that.  But there's pain in knowing that our nieces and nephews will never know this wonderful lady who just died, there's a certain sadness in acknowledging that every time the phone rings, we're expecting the worst, and there's a feeling that we're working on borrowed time.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

11.23 Writing - Keep Havin A Good Day!

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-third day of each month is "Writing."
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Things that made today a good day:
1) It was warmer and sunnier than forecasted.
2) I had a free coffee at the local coffee shop because of my "loyalty membership."
3) Students actually seemed interested in the class topic this morning.
4) I have gotten in my 10,000 steps already and we haven't even gone for our after-dinner walk yet.
5) The knowledge that I only have two more weeks of lectures to prepare.
There was some not-so-good stuff, too, but I'm trying desperately to not let it overwhelm me. I'm going to do my best to live by the sage advice of the Chicago graffiti artist who definitely knows how to keep a girl motivated!
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

11.22 Seven Deadly Sins - The Eighth Sin

Bestest Friend and I are embarking on a new blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-second day of each month is "Seven Deadly Sins."
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I think that the seven deadly sins should include something about correcting errors in some sort of pedantic way.  I'm actually quite guilty of this myself (I recently got into a HEATED debate on Facebook about a second grade homework assignment on the issue of geometric shapes that ended...badly for all parties, including the second grader in question), but I still think it's worth pointing out that NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR NIT PICKY DEFINITIONAL DISTINCTIONS.

Take for instance, the couple I was eavesdropping on while I walked by the lake in our neighborhood. They were contemplating destruction of the below sign because the feature is not actually a DAM (it doesn't actually obstruct water, but rather directs its flow) and I was irate by the time I was able to actually get around them. First of all, I'm not they're entirely correct (a dam obstructs water, which doesn't actually have to mean stopping it entirely, right? so this might actually be a dam?). And, even more importantly, who cares? If people stay out of the water and avoid death because even if it's not an actual dam, everyone knows what the sign is referring to so the meaning is clear, then that's good enough!
I really should stop listening to other people talk. They just make me sad.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.     

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

11.21 Laughter - Nightmare

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-first day of each month is "Laughter."
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Apparently my department chair didn't pay attention to the weather forecast and she came to school in a long-sleeve dress shirt and pants. I, in contrast, wore a coat, scarf, hat, and mittens. As we were walking to class this morning, I giggled at the picture we must have made.

I take a walk between my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and today I went down a different road than I normally do and I found the following scene.
Since it is nearly six months after Halloween and four months after Christmas, I say this house should just let keep it up.  This is a No Judgement Zone, after all. (Actually I was nearly bent over because I was laughing so hard.)
Also, Dr. BB got a new guitar and Big Z was so excited for him to open the case (she loves it when he plays) that she was LITERALLY on the edge of her seat.  (I laughed a lot about this, too.)

And then we watched an episode of Gilmore Girls and I sang the theme song to Dr. BB and he pretended to be annoyed with me and I laughed and laughed.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.   

Monday, April 20, 2015

11.20 Lessons - Choose Laughter

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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I think of myself as a bit on the dour side - the glass is half empty, the road is paved with broken bricks, and don't you dare watch the news if you want to go to bed without being riddled with guilt and anxiety.  But, for all of that, I'm quick to laugh.

There was some poor sap working outside our building all day today, leaf blowing rocks, trimming shrubs, and doing heaven knows what else in the wet and cold.  When we left for school, he was hard at work and when we came home, he was  still there.  Or at least I think he was. There was a rake, a leaf blower, and a bucket just sitting there on the grass by the garage door.

NGS: That's a sucky job.
Dr. BB: Especially with this weather.
(pause)
Dr. BB: Or maybe he has been abducted.
(cue insane laughter)
Bestest Friend sent me a card in the mail. It was one of those acrostic poems in which the first letters spell something (in this case, my name). It was pretty hilarious with "M is for moratorium" and "Q is for questionable," but by the time I read the last line "E is for Ethiopia," I could hardly contain my laughter.

Setting aside my natural predisposition towards pessimism, I like this aspect about myself. I like that laughter comes easily. I like that almost every day I laugh so hard my stomach hurts.  I like that I am surrounded by hilarious people who know just when to drop the perfect pun.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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