Archive for February, 2017

Twins Day 2017

Twins Day 2017

On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. My coworkers and I were enjoying lunch together in the meeting room of my first “real” job. Halfway through my sandwich, I looked over at my coworker, Tracy, and realized that she and I were wearing similar outfits. “Hey, we match,” I told her. Another coworker piped up. […]


How Would You Respond to the Oscar Mishap?

How Would You Respond to the Oscar Mishap?

I wasn’t watching the Academy Awards last night when it happened, but it was all over social media so quickly that it felt live. You probably know the story by now: Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope, and Faye Dunaway correctly read the movie on the card in that envelope: La La Land wins […]


Animals Posing for Album Covers

Animals Posing for Album Covers

You may have noticed that I like to post something light (and hopefully funny) on Sunday evenings (to be read by most on Monday morning) because…well, Mondays. Today’s post is no different. There’s not a lot of substance here, but hopefully it’ll make you smile. Someone shared this post on Facebook a few days ago, […]


What’s the Age of Your Oldest Pet?

What's the Age of Your Oldest Pet?

My wonderful cat, Biddy, turned 10 today. 10 years old! I’m so proud of him. I adopted Biddy from a rescue shelter when he was just a few weeks old, and it’s been amazing to watch him grow up. He’s had a rough couple of years due to his diabetes, but he’s endured, and just […]


Did You Watch NASA’s Announcement Today?

Did You Watch NASA's Announcement Today?

When NASA announced they would be holding a press conference today at noon regarding a key discovery outside of our solar system, I was excited. Like, excited enough to mark my calendar to watch the announcement like. I wanted to be there when astronomers announced that evidence of extraterrestrial life had been found. The news […]


Pet Please #143: Spring Cleaning

Pet Please #143: Spring Cleaning

It’s been 3 years since I really reorganized my home-office. Just over 3 years ago, I started running Stonemaier Games full time. At that point, the biggest room in my condo was my bedroom and my office. My second bedroom was largely unused. So a former coworker helped me reorganize, shifting my bedroom to the […]


What’s Your Favorite Thing to Find Inside of a Chocolate?

What's Your Favorite Thing to Find Inside of a Chocolate?

I’m not really into receiving gifts, but I’m always happy to acquire fancy chocolate. Recently a business partner sent me a beautiful box of specialty chocolates, and I’ve been savoring them at a pace of 2-3 a day ever since. There were at least 20 different types of chocolates in the box, and none are […]


Do You Know Rufio?

Do You Know Rufio?

It’s no secret that I love the movie Hook. At least, young Jamey loved hook. Old Jamey hasn’t watched Hook in years because he doesn’t want to ruin it. My favorite character in Hook (by far) is Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan’s absence. Rufio is brash and fearless, and he […]


I Slept Under a Poop

I Slept Under a Poop

In case you can’t tell from the subject line, this one’s going to be a bit gross. If you follow this blog, you know that I have two cats, Walter and Biddy. Here they are (Walter’s on the left and Biddy’s on the right). They’re mostly good boys. But sometimes–maybe once a day–Walter will “play” […]


The Homecoming Surprise

The Homecoming Surprise

A number of years ago, my siblings and I coordinated a trip home to Virginia to surprise our mom for Mother’s Day. Even though there are those of us in the family who rarely enjoy surprises (me being one of them), we were sure it would be a big hit with our mom. She’s always asking us […]


How Much Did the Tooth Fairy Pay You for Your Teeth?

How Much Did the Tooth Fairy Pay You for Your Teeth?

Based on prorated data from this 2015 survey of parents, most tooth fairies in 2017 pay about $5 per tooth. Kids have 20 baby teeth, so over the span of a few years, they’re netting about $100. Back in the late ’80s, I was getting $1 per tooth at best. So my net revenue was […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of February 2017)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of February 2017)

Every 6 months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. I really enjoy making this list, as I continue to love games of all shapes and sizes with a fiery passion. So it makes sense to share this love on Valentine’s Day this year. There are many, many games that won’t make this […]


This Spring, Find Your Totino

I have a confession: I genuinely enjoy Totinos party pizzas. Specifically, the basic cheese version. My food-brain understands what good pizza tastes like, and I know it is not a Totinos party pizza. Yet, I really, really like it anyway. For many years I ate about 1 party pizza per month. But in my old age […]


Put a Waffle on It

Put a Waffle on It

I’ve theorized on this blog that The Rock makes every movie better. I’m starting to think that waffles have the same impact on food. I grew up in the south (Virginia), but for some reason I wasn’t exposed to chicken and waffles until a few years ago. I’ve been hooked every since. It may sound […]


The Tip Dilemma

The Tip Dilemma

I recently had a Seinfeld-style tip dilemma. I’ll describe the situation and what I did, and you can tell me what I should have done. My cable box was acting up, so I called Charter and they sent over someone to fix it. Julius arrived right at the beginning of the 2-hour range of time–a […]


Pet Please #142: Consistent TV Show Callbacks

Pet Please #142: Consistent TV Show Callbacks

My filler show right now is Parks & Rec. I watched Parks & Rec when it was new, but it’s been long enough that it’s mostly fresh to me now. It’s a great show for when I want to smile while cooking dinner or eating lunch if I don’t have anything else to watch. Since […]


These Are the Funniest Life Hacks

These Are the Funniest Life Hacks

A few days ago, someone on Facebook posted a link to a series of nonsensical “life hacks.” Many of them really made me laugh. If you’re in need of a good chuckle–whether your team just lost the Super Bowl, you’ve got a case of the Mondays, or any other reason–here are my favorites. Remember these […]


The Doctor Spa

The Doctor Spa

Today I paid $75 to wait 1 hour to see a doctor for 2 minutes. There must be a better way (at least, for some things), and I have an idea of what it could be. For the last few days, I’ve had an echo in my head due to a piece of earwax that […]


Pet Please #141: The Microwave Cover

Pet Please #141: The Microwave Cover

When I was home for the holidays this year, I discovered an interesting contraption in my parents’ kitchen. Now, before I reveal the contraption (spoiler: it’s in the title of this blog post), I have to note that my parents are the kinds of people who have a device for everything. They have a special […]