Archive for January, 2020

Do You Drink Oat Milk?

Do You Drink Oat Milk?

For almost my entire life, I’ve had a glass of skim milk at dinner. It was a staple in my family, and I thought that it was an integral part of a healthy daily diet. Turns out that while there are healthy nutrients in milk, there’s also a lot of sugar, and there’s the negative […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches of the Week (Adam Driver)

When Adam Driver last appeared on Saturday Night Live, he crushed it to the point that I started a new series on this blog about my favorite SNL sketches of the week. He returned this past week, and the result was no different: It was one of the best episodes of SNL I’ve seen in […]


Is This Analogy by Patrick Rothfuss Actually Sexist?

Today I was listening to the Writing Excuses podcast when something unexpected happened. One of the hosts, Mary Robinette, said that she found something author Patrick Rothfuss said to be sexist, and they proceeded to discuss it. I applaud Mary for saying something, and I also appreciate Patrick and the others for discussing it in […]


Top 14 Games I Want to Play at Geekway Mini 2020

Top 14 Games I Want to Play at Geekway Mini 2020

Later this week I’ll be attending the “mini” version of Geekway to the West here in St. Louis. For 2-3 days I’ll spend the meat of my day playing games with a variety of people, hopefully quite a few new-to-me games (both for fun and to learn from them as a designer). I’ve been compiling […]


Have You Tried a Mobile Veterinarian?

Have You Tried a Mobile Veterinarian?

I love most things about having 2 cats. Biddy and Walter have been the source of so much joy, snuggles, and memorable moments over the last 13 years. However, one of the few things about pet ownership that I’m not fond of is the dreaded visit to the veterinarian, mostly because they get incredibly anxious […]


What Is the Ideal Number of Clocks per Room?

What Is the Ideal Number of Clocks per Room?

I love clocks. Specifically, I’ve discovered that I greatly prefer having a clock in every room of my home. I accomplished this without really thinking about it at my old condo, and now at my new place it has been a point of discussion between Megan and me. From my perspective, I always want to […]


Have You Watched “Game Changers”?

Have You Watched "Game Changers"?

I watched a few movies this weekend, including The Hustle, Brittany Runs a Marathon, and The Aeronauts, but the one I’ll be thinking about–and acting on–for quite some time is a Netflix documentary called Game Changers. When a friend recommended Game Changers to me, presenting it as a film about the benefits of a plant-based […]


My Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

My Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

I’ll repeat this from last year, as it certainly held true in 2019: Please note that even though the list skews towards big, flashy action movies, I still really enjoy smaller, more intimate films. I may not get as excited about them in advance, but there’s a very good chance there are movies not on […]


Refrigerate After Opening? Really?

Refrigerate After Opening? Really?

Last week, our refrigerator broke. Just stopped working. Hopefully it’s not a total loss, but we’ll find out when the repair company assesses it this week. We lost some perishable food (a few meat products) and a few dairy products, but fortunately we learned about the issue before anything got smelly. I ran out to […]


Are You Adopted Too?

Are You Adopted Too?

39 years ago as of yesterday, I was granted the incredible gift of not just two, but four parents: Two biological parents who were no longer dating and just weren’t ready to raise a child, and two parents who chose me as their first child. I was 3 days old at the time, so I don’t remember […]


The Puzzle of the Movie “Parasite”

The Puzzle of the Movie "Parasite"

Recently, a good friend recommended that I watch the movie “Parasite.” I trust his suggestions, and it didn’t hurt that the movie has 99% positive reviewer ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s appeared on dozens of best-of-2019 lists. However, this may be the first time in a long time that I’ve been baffled by a movie […]


Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution This Year?

Did You Make a New Year's Resolution This Year?

I confess that I rarely make New Year’s Resolutions. It isn’t that I don’t want to improve. There are so many ways that I could be a better human being, for both my sake and the sake of others around me. I just don’t use January 1 as a time to do that–if there’s something […]


I Accidentally Bought a $25 Wedge of Cheese

I Accidentally Bought a $25 Wedge of Cheese

A few weeks ago, I was at the grocery store in search of cheese. As one does. I don’t know much about cheese other than my preferred style of cheddar (white and medium-sharp). So while perusing the cheese section, I asked a grocery store employee what she recommended. Without hesitation, she picked up a wedge […]


Have You Watched HBO’s “Watchmen”?

I’m in absolute awe of HBO’s recently completed Watchmen miniseries. I’ve read the original graphic novel and seen the movie, so when I heard about the series, I thought it was just going to be a longer version of them. Boy was I wrong! Basically, without spoiling anything, the series takes place in an alternate […]