Archive for August, 2019

What’s the Last Great Book You Read?

What's the Last Great Book You Read?

Over the last few months I’ve been immersed in the second book in a series of books called The Green Bone Saga. I just finished it, and I wanted to share it’s sheer awesomeness with you. The Green Bone Saga is set in a world somewhat similar to ours, with one key difference: Their version […]


What Happened to Biddy?

What Happened to Biddy?

Nearly 2 weeks ago after what I thought was a “normal” throw-up, I came home to find Biddy sitting in a corner soaked in his own urine (and some blood). I dropped everything and rushed him to the veterinarian. The vet founds that Biddy’s bladder was nearly bursting. A quick ultrasound didn’t show any obvious […]


What’s the Most Considerate Wedding You’ve Attended?

What's the Most Considerate Wedding You've Attended?

My rough estimate is that I’ve attended around 20-25 weddings in my life (none of them my own). Many of them have been beautiful, memorable experiences. Some are by the book; others are carefully customized from start to finish by the couple. As a guest at these weddings, I’ve enjoyed almost all of them on […]


Do You Use Bamboo Toilet Paper?

Do You Use Bamboo Toilet Paper?

Among the information about me that you probably don’t want to know is that I go through a lot of toilet paper. Imagine a certain quantity of toilet paper. Now double it. That’s what I used this morning. So when Megan mentioned that there is now a sustainable alternative to wood-based toilet paper using bamboo […]


Would You Choose Cookie Dough Over Ice Cream?

Would You Choose Cookie Dough Over Ice Cream?

Whenever my mom made cookies when I was a kid, my favorite part was cleaning the raw dough out of the bowl with my mouth. To this day, I continue to love¬†cookie dough. In fact, back in the days when my metabolism was a beast, I would occasionally buy rolls of cookie dough without any […]


Wiping Hands on Your Jeans (Pet Please #158)

Wiping Hands on Your Jeans (Pet Please #158)

My 12-year-old cat, Biddy, has been in the pet hospital for over 3 days. Today I was allowed to visit him, which was really nice. He lay down on the tablet as I scratched his head, encouraged him to get his bladder working again, and filled him in on what he was missing. Needless to […]


What Was the Last Comedian You Saw Live?

What Was the Last Comedian You Saw Live?

On Thursday, I drove to Springfield with my girlfriend to watch Jim Gaffigan perform live at Missouri State University. I wouldn’t say this is a normal activity for me. I enjoy stand-up comedy, but it’s readily available on Netflix and Amazon Prime. But I’m really glad I went, because I had kind of forgotten how […]


Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Just over 10 years ago, during the Hollywood writer’s strike, a few talented actors used their spare time to create and release a movie called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I heard about it around that time, but me being me, I saw the words “sing-along” in the title and dismissed it–unfairly–as “not for me.” Boy […]


What Do You Look for in a House or Condo?

What Do You Look for in a House or Condo?

First, just to be clear: I’m very happy with my condo, as are my feline roommates, Biddy and Walter. But I’m probably not going to live here forever, especially since I bought the place around 15 years ago. Just for fun, I’ve been skimming through Zillow in my free time. And I’m realizing that I […]


Have You Ever Had a Plumbing Disaster?

Have You Ever Had a Plumbing Disaster?

For at least the last 5 years, probably longer, the shower in my second bathroom hasn’t worked. It’s such a small thing–the cartridge behind the handle came loose, making it impossible to make the water hot. So, technically the shower functioned, but most people don’t want to take cold showers. Why, you might ask, haven’t […]


Have You Ever Bought a Custom Suit?

Have You Ever Bought a Custom Suit?

My entire life, I’ve owned maybe 4 suits, and all of them were bought off the shelf. The size of the suit on me was the size of the off the shelf–nothing custom, no alterations. That’s been a perfectly fine way to live, especially since I rarely wear my current suit (I’ve had it for […]


Which of These Culinary Delights Do You Want the Most?

Which of These Culinary Delights Do You Want the Most?

I’ve had pretty good luck with delicious food lately, food that spans a pretty broad spectrum. For fun, today I thought I’d share some of these dishes–let me know which one you want to eat the most right now! Our journey begins with boozy slushies from Narwhal. I’ve gone the entire summer without a Slurpee […]


What’s Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Pants?

What's Your Favorite Pair of Pajama Pants?

Back in 2013, I stopped wearing pants to work. Technically, what I meant is that I started working for myself from home, so pants became an option instead of a necessity. But what I found is that I like feeling at least a little professional in my attire as I hunch over my computer all […]


Pizza by the Slice (Pet Please #157)

Pizza by the Slice (Pet Please #157)

I’ve recently discovered the sheer amount of love I have for pizza by the slice. While I’ve had a few encounters with it over the last month or so, it really hit home after I was rock climbing with Megan on Saturday. I was starting to get hungry by the end of it, and we […]


Have You Been Climbing Recently?

I think I mentioned recently that I’ve delved back into the world of indoor rock climbing after a largely failed attempt a few years ago. I have a few friends who are avid climbers, and when Megan (my now-girlfriend) entered the picture earlier this year with plenty of interest and experience in the sport, I […]


What Did You Think About Stranger Things Season 3?

What Did You Think About Stranger Things Season 3?

A few days ago If finished watching the eighth and final episode of Stranger Things season 3, and I thought I’d share my thoughts here. Some spoilers will likely follow. Overall, I thought season 3 was a return to form after some missteps in season 2. It returned to many of the familiar beats of […]