I love being a grandparent.
I was told it would be fun and rewarding, but I had no idea how much I would love it.
Technically, I am a step-grandparent, but the grandkids have always known me to be around and I am blessed to be part of the family. These amazing and fun children always brighten my day. Here are a few recent examples:
One day recently, our five-year-old granddaughter was being dropped off to play with my wife and me for a few hours. Her mom and her aunt brought her to our house and we talked with both of them for a few minutes just to catch up. My granddaughter, though, was ready for everyone to stop talking so she could get inside and start playing. She looked up and her aunt and told her quietly, “When you leave, the fun begins.”
It may not have been the nicest way to say something like that, but it absolutely made my day and pretty much my whole month.
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Why are my clothes shrinking?
I noticed it a few months ago and the situation seems to be growing stranger nearly every day.
It seems to me that the problem with my clothes started during the pandemic. At the beginning, they all seemed to fit fine. As I worked from home and stayed home more, though, something weird definitely happened with my shirts and especially my pants.
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It’s a lot of work trying to make people not realize they are slightly inconveniencing me.
And even though they likely do not care if they are or not, I continue on making different plans in my head just so that no one will think I am going out of my way for them.
Continue reading “Do you ever pretend not to be waiting for someone while you are waiting for someone?”
I like doing laundry.
I’m not afraid to admit it.
It’s very satisfying, it can be relaxing, and recently it created a new mystery at my house. And it was a mystery that we were fortunate to solve.
I know that many people don’t like doing laundry or putting away clothes, but let me tell you about a few great things about doing laundry.
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I don’t like the self-checkout at the store.
I don’t mind the idea of it, but the ones at my stores often seem to cause me extra problems.
For example, the one at the local CVS is so loud that everyone in the store can hear the price of everything I purchase.
“HELLO VALUED CUSTOMER!” it screams at me when I put in my CVS number. (Fun fact, my CVS number thinks my name is Wick Claussen. Every time I receive an email from CVS it begins “Dear Wick” and it makes me laugh.)
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While staying at home with a kidney stone, you have plenty of time to think.
So while having a kidney stone problem recently was no fun at all, I thought it would be fun to share with you a few things that go through your mind when you have a kidney stone.
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Last weekend, I was all set to have a nice quiet few days at home.
I had dealt with a minor health problem for a few weeks and then had to work the two previous weekends. I was tired and I was ready for two slow days of working in the yard, doing some writing, watching television and relaxing.
So, of course, I drove from Ohio to New Mexico instead.
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This election has been stressful, meaningful and full-full.
I have eaten a lot!
But exactly how much weight have I gained? In order to find out, I talked to the election analysts on television who broke it all down for me. Here is what they had to say:
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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”
Innovation can be awfully expensive.
Now, I realize there are a few good things about progress, but do you ever stop and think about how much we pay for items that used to be much less expensive or didn’t even exist at all?
I was pondering progress while studying the regress in my checking account today and came up with a few items to complain about, I mean to discuss with you:
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