Archive for February, 2016

Twins Day 2016

Twins Day 2016

As is tradition on this blog, every year on this day I celebrate a special miracle. Since this is the 10th anniversary of this occasion, I will be celebrating by attempting to wear what I think my co-founder will be wearing for our weekly meeting this evening. On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. My […]


Is It Wrong to Only Buy Holiday Chocolates at 50% Off?

Is It Wrong to Only Buy Holiday Chocolates at 50% Off?

I have a guilty pleasure: Half-priced chocolate. For pretty much all of my adult life, I’ve delighted in going to the grocery store a day or two after a holiday like Halloween, Valentine’s Day, or Easter and buying a few bags of chocolate at 50% off. Any other time of the year, I’ll just buy […]


A Spicy Perspective

A Spicy Perspective

Have you ever cooked something that ended up looking comically different than the recipe? This happened to me recently. Four times. It all started with homemade pretzel mix. I didn’t even know you could make pretzels at home–I thought they required thousands of dollars of equipment and at least two Oompa Loompas. But apparently you […]


Do You Like Facebook’s New Reactions?

Do You Like Facebook's New Reactions?

Today Facebook unveiled a new way to “like” anything and everything with their new Reactions buttons. When your mouse hovers over the like button, 6 different options appear. You can press “like” as normal, or you can select one of the other reactions as well: love, haha, yay, wow, sad, and angry. So far I’ve […]


Hero of the Day: Milana Vayntrub

Hero of the Day: Milana Vayntrub

I’ve had this article sitting in my “list o’ blog entries” for a while, simply because I haven’t known how to add anything more interesting than the original article. But it’s sat there too long, and I figure I’ll just go ahead and mention it to you, just because it deserves mentioning. Milana Vayntrub, whom […]


Biddy Is 9 Years Old

Biddy Is 9 Years Old

My boy, Biddy, is 9 years old today. If you read this blog, you know how much I adore Biddy. He’s my first real pet, and I lucked out: He’s full of personality, he’s exceptionally clever, and he’s so curious about everything, even in his old age. Here’s Biddy as a kitten: He was tiny! […]


What Happens When You Realize Your Favorite Movie Is No Longer Your Favorite Movie?

What Happens When You Realize Your Favorite Movie Is No Longer Your Favorite Movie?

My world came crashing down tonight at 6:53 pm. I was cooking dinner, and I decided to check my TiVo to see what I would watch while I ate. However, to my horror I discovered that I had nothing new to watch. I was all caught up. So I turned to my slim DVD collection, […]


Have You Ever Been Unexpectedly Propositioned?

Have You Ever Been Unexpectedly Propositioned?

I had something happen to me this evening that I absolutely must share. This week a podcaster named Chris reached out to me (board game publisher Jamey, not personal blog writer Jamey) to interview me for his podcast. I happily agreed, and we set the time for 8:00 tonight. Around 6:3o, before eating dinner, I […]


Has a Dream Ever Alerted You to a Real-Life Issue?

Has a Dream Ever Alerted You to a Real-Life Issue?

I don’t usually tell dream stories, because they’re not real and no one cares, but I’m very curious if anyone has experienced something similar to what I’m sharing today. I had a dream last night about going to a musical. I’m not a fan of musicals, but in the dream an old lady really wanted […]


Don’t Tell Me the Odds

Don't Tell Me the Odds

There’s been a pretty incredible story happening in the English Premier League (soccer) this season. For context, I should note that in the EPL, there’s no tournament at the end of the season–whichever team is at the top of the standings when the season ends will win the league. Leicester City was one of the […]


Pet Please #125: People Who Introduce Themselves

Pet Please #125: People Who Introduce Themselves

As someone who has some level of social anxiety when it comes to happy hours and public speaking, the last two days have been a test for me. Yesterday I spent my Valentine’s Day evening as the featured guest at a Viticulture-themed game night at a local game store. It started with a happy hour and […]


The Most Audacious Penalty Kick Ever?

If you watch soccer, you’re familiar with the penalty kick: You put the ball down about 15 yards from the goal with only the goalie in your way. It’s as close to a sure thing as you get in soccer. I’ve seen hundreds–nay, thousands–of penalty kicks in my life. But I’ve never seen anyone take […]


Have You Been to a Cat Cafe?

Have You Been to a Cat Cafe?

I recently learned that St. Louis is getting its very first cat cafe, the astutely named Mauhaus. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a cat cafe is a cafe that serves drinks and sometimes food…and there are cats everywhere. The cafe provides the cats. I’m very curious about Mauhaus, and I’ll definitely check it out. […]


Would You Show Up to Game Night–or the Senate–in a Snowstorm?

Would You Show Up to Game Night--or the Senate--in a Snowstorm?

I host game night every Wednesday. This is easy for me to do because I don’t have to leave my condo. I simply spend 2 minutes vacuuming during the day, and sometimes I make dessert. No problem. However, for everyone else, it requires driving to my neighborhood. This isn’t difficult, except on days like today […]


More of What I Say in My Sleep

More of What I Say in My Sleep

A few months ago, thanks to an amazing app called SleepTalk, I shared some short clips of odd things I say in my sleep. The last few months have been colder than the time of those previous recordings, which has added up to less talking and more snoring, but I finally accumulated 5 solid clips to […]


Sorting Hat, Part 2

Today I’m going to talk about the last 4 Harry Potter sorting hat quiz questions that really made me stop and think, especially after it was revealed that I’m a Hufflepuff. Here’s part 1. I have a thing about fungus and mold, so there’s no way I’m getting anywhere near the toadstools. The bubbling pool […]


The Best Concerts Aren’t Rehearsed

While watching the Super Bowl halftime show today, I appreciated the sheer spectacle of it. A lot of work went into the show, with thousands of people involved. I respect what they did. But I think there’s something about a highly polished, choreographed show that takes away the magic of a powerful musical performance. It’s like […]


Sorting Hat, Part 1

Sorting Hat, Part 1

Look, I hardly ever take “which are you?” quizzes when they pop up in my Facebook feed. I don’t want to know which Spice Girl I would be or which Frozen character I would be. Too much time for an answer that doesn’t matter to me. In fact, at first I passed up the Harry Potter […]


Do You Emoji?

Do You Emoji?

Over the last month, I’ve watched at least half a dozen late-night interviews or Daily Show/Nightly Show segments where the subject of emojis comes up. Some of them were related to the Oxford Dictionary selecting the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji as their word of the year. Here’s the thing: I use exactly two […]


Why My Cats Knock Things Off Tables

Why My Cats Knock Things Off Tables

Today, Biddy found a leaf. To me, it was an ordinary leaf, fluttering in the breeze as it was pinned to my balcony. To Biddy, however, it was the greatest thing ever invented. So I let Biddy outside to capture the leaf, which he did with aplomb. He trotted back inside, clutching the leaf in his […]


The Magic of Live-Tweeting

The Magic of Live-Tweeting

For the first time in years, I was glad to be watching live TV tonight. I was finishing up my dinner when TiVo started recording the newest episode of The Magicians. Which, by the way, is fantastic. I’ve written about the book trilogy before, and the show is just as good, if not better. About […]