Playing Hooky: How and Why to Fake Sick Sometimes

I sent a text this morning saying I'm not feeling well. My stomach is a bit off today, but I've recently worked through the flu and the lingering respiratory crud that followed so it's not like I couldn't tough it out. I'm choosing not to. I know, it's positively un-American, this day to myself, but … Continue reading Playing Hooky: How and Why to Fake Sick Sometimes

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On Spontaneity: A Guide to Blowing Things Up without Risking the ATF Knocking Down your Door

I occasionally get the urge to blow things up. But I've never been arrested, and fiery destruction of things, while appealing, is problematic when it comes maintaining that streak. If we examine the underlying appeal of explosions, instant gratification, destruction, drama, a super duper snap story, we can probably find slightly more constructive way to … Continue reading On Spontaneity: A Guide to Blowing Things Up without Risking the ATF Knocking Down your Door

Tissues Up Your Sleeve and other Grown-up Things That Prevent Illness

It's flu season, in case you had your head in the sand, and Australia's early flu season predicted that the US was going to take a sucker punch. Then the weather got a bit excitable, waffling between -7 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit. This one-two punch has old people trapped in their homes, too scared to … Continue reading Tissues Up Your Sleeve and other Grown-up Things That Prevent Illness

Deafening Silence: a Translation

I've been known to abort a pregnant pauses. I've skipped doses while administering the silent treatment. No lie, I've been chattering refuge for a priest on silent retreat. My incessant noise exists to prevent introspection (though I'm sure some coworkers think I blather on to motivate them to be busy enough to ignore me). And … Continue reading Deafening Silence: a Translation

Christmas Shopping on the Tightest of Budgets

I got my haircut today, which means my budget is shot for the month. I'll maintain my lifestyle of coffee made by over educated Etsy vendors with the plethora of rewards cards I've accumulated. If it wasn't weeks before Christmas surviving on a $14 a day budget for a month would be a challenge but … Continue reading Christmas Shopping on the Tightest of Budgets