On Saturday, I did something I really didn’t want to do.
And wouldn’t you know it, the whole thing turned out great. My intuition never fails to be wrong.
The event was to help a group that was handing out food boxes. I don’t volunteer to help with anything nearly enough, but every time I have helped with a food drive before I have enjoyed it.
This week, though, it was very cold and I had been busy all week with work. The last thing I wanted to do on a Saturday was to go stand outside in the cold.
Continue reading “A cold morning can warm your heart”
The power went out in my town recently, and I found the whole experience to be rather interesting, enlightening and cold.
When the power first went out, I did the only sensible thing I could do, which was to stare at my computer for a few minutes while I tried to figure out what was going on. Did my computer break? Was my work saved? Is this somehow my fault?
My wife and I are both currently working from home, so we were able to determine that the power went out in the house. Then we learned it was out all across the city. It was concerning to hear the power outage was so widespread, but a relief to know that I most likely would not be blamed.
Continue reading “No electricity, no problem!”
Like many people, I enjoy washing my hands.
Although to be clear, I don’t believe that most other people like washing my hands, they generally prefer to wash their own.
And in 2020, I have been washing my hands even more than usual. All of this hand washing, though, has caused plenty of hand wringing due to the handful of important issues involving liquid hand soap in the world today.
Continue reading “Don’t believe the lyes! A few important questions about liquid hand soaps”
Some days, you just need to look ahead and look up.
I have been trying to remember that lately, as life seems pretty challenging at times.
- The whole COVID-19 situation has changed life as we know it, at least for now, and it continues to go on and on.
- The political situation in the country is insane.
- And work seems to be busier and busier all of the time, which doesn’t leave as much time for writing.
But here I am today anyway, trying to make sense out of a few things that have been on my mind:
Continue reading “When life is getting you down, look up”
Is it possible to chop down a stump?
While that sounds like a deep philosophical question, it was also a practical question I was faced with in the yard the other day.
Continue reading “Adventures in the back yard: Nick versus The Stump”
I went to the grocery store yesterday only because I discovered we had whipped cream in the house and I wanted something to eat with it.
As I was shopping for one dessert item and somehow ended up with more than $100 of other groceries (how did that happen?) I started thinking about how much I love whipped cream. I honestly don’t like pumpkin pie very much, for example, but if I can put whipped cream on it, I will have three pieces.
I was also thinking about other foods that I really only eat because they come with another food. I am going to share a few here, and we’ll see if you agree with any of these or have any others to add to my list. Continue reading “What foods do you eat just so that you can eat the foods that comes with them?”
Why can’t a clothes washer and a dryer be combined into the same device? Dishwashers clean and dry the dishes. Why can’t we do this with clothes, too?
While working from home recently, I’ve had extra time to focus on important questions and thoughts such as these, so I thought I should share a few of them here with you today. You are welcome. Continue reading “Why don’t washing machines dry clothes? How did we get so many lids? And other important thoughts”
While staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, I decided to return to my journalistic roots and do some old-fashioned interviews to get to the heart of what is happening in the world.
I got out my trusty, dusty and somewhat crusty notebook, found a few subjects to interview and then asked the tough questions.
“How does all of this make you feel?” I asked my cat Glen. She and our other cat, Bubbles, were the only subjects I could get close enough to who would agree to be interviewed. Continue reading “Interview with the cats”
With so much extra time on our hands, many people have been reflecting on their lives and making plans for things they want to accomplish now and/or when this is all over.
While that sounds great, I have been focusing more on things I never want to do again. I call it my Reverse Bucket List.
Here is my Reverse Bucket List. What’s yours? Continue reading “What’s on your Reverse Bucket List?”
The coronavirus has completely changed life as we know it.
While I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of the situation, I did want to offer a few thoughts on some of the odd changes I have noticed:
- I can’t stop singing Happy Birthday to myself every time I wash my hands. I don’t even realize I am doing it now, and when I am done I tell myself “Happy Birthday!”
- Can you imagine how weird it will be to sing Happy Birthday at birthday parties from now on? We’ll all feel like we have to wash our hands as soon as we start singing.
Continue reading “A few thoughts on the current state of life in a completely different world”