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KISS: Keep it simple, stupid (even if you’re a rocket scientist)

At breakfast today my boyfriend said, “Did I ever tell you about the special pen NASA developed so that astronauts could write in space?” I told him I already knew about the Space Pen, ‘cuz I’d seen it advertised in the back of my dad’s Popular Mechanics magazines as a kid. (I also wanted a spy camera, and one of those hovercraft kits they advertised. I could easily imagine flying over the wheat fields behind our house in a hovercraft – so cool!) “The Russians faced the same problem with their space program,” my boyfriend continued, unwittingly interrupting my wheat…

Gotta love Facebook

I’m not much of a beer drinker, but this ad made me laugh. They had another one a couple months ago which read, Beer: Because it’s election season again. Hard to argue with that, no matter what your politics are! In my opinion, Belgians make the best beer in the world, specifically Belgian monks. I’m not a big Stella Artois or Hoegaarden fan, but when it comes to Belgian trappist ales, I must say – yum. To my palate, that’s what beer is all about! But enough about beer, what do I really want to talk about? I am not…

British English vs American English and an Uber Cool Blog About Words

I really need to go blog-hopping and see what my tens of readers have been up to lately. It’s been a very offline week for me, though. So if you are wondering why I haven’t checked out your blog lately, that’s why. I’ll be back! I wrote an article about a restaurant today and came up with a line that amused me. Wanna hear it? OK. Here ya go: “What the decor lacks in taste, the cuisine makes up for in flavour.” Yeah, I wrote “flavour” ‘cuz it’s for a British-based company. When writing for British publications, I try to…

Viral vs Meme

Driving home tonight, I heard an interview on NPR with a “meme researcher.” I wonder how a person gets that title. I also wonder what the difference is between a meme and something that has gone viral. The dude being interviewed tried to explain, but it only made things murkier for me. Any understanding I had of the difference between the two completely disappeared, mainly because he used a viral video as his example of a meme. Are the two terms really so different? A few minutes ago, as we were eating dinner, my fiance remarked that, “From what I…

Not on my grocery list

Company’s on the way, so I am tossing up a quickie post just to stay in the NaBloPoMo game, y’all! Today’s photo is something that caught my eye in the store and made me think, “Now that is something I definitely do not want to get this holiday season.” I’ll try to do some blog-hopping later on and see what other folks are up to, and answer comments, but right now, a belated Thanksgiving feast is waiting to be prepared… Tweet This Post

Confessions of a Recovering Barista

I often describe myself as a ‘recovering barista,’ because when you have brewed as many shots of espresso and steamed as many pitchers of milk as I have over the years, it alters you. Y’know how you can spot a former ballerina by her splayed feet? It’s kinda like that, except that the Zen-like discipline of making wonderful espresso leaves mental marks rather than anything physical. As a result, when I enter a coffeehouse, I can’t help but eavesdrop on the baristas. By ‘eavesdrop’ I mean listening to what they do, not what they say. I can tell by sound…

This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful for Sarcastic Friends

Got this Thanksgiving text message today from my pal, Woofmutt: I’m thankful for text messaging which takes minimal effort yet lets me feel like I’m interacting with people in a meaningful way. I’ve known him since we were kids and he always been witty and observant. Before deleting his text messages, I generally jot them into my digital journal. Here are a few more that I kept, for instance: Things Learned From Movies & TV: If you know there’s someone who might want to kill you, never take a bath with a TV or radio nearby. Watching “Where the Wild…

Whatever floats your boat

I adore the bird paddle boats at Fair Park in Dallas. They have both swans and mallards, but the swans are best – a delightful blend of elegance and playfulness. My boyfriend runs a boat shop, and once built a beautiful mahogany boat. If I built a boat, I’d create the ultimate swan paddle boat. Mine would have fold-out wings to shade you from the relentless Texan sun. If it came down to it, my boyfriend would be happy to help me with such a silly project. He once said, “We don’t have to do anything normal if we don’t want…

Free-writing: Julia Cameron vs Natalie Goldberg – Where’s my mountain, baby?

Last night as I drifted to sleep, I began thinking of free-writing, and how Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg both promote freewriting to anyone who wants to write well. Author of the best-selling Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron is known for what she calls,”morning pages.” This is Cameron’s prescription for becoming a better writer, and all that’s required is writing 3 pages in longhand first thing upon waking. Another notable writing teacher, Natalie Goldberg, author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones and many other wonderful books on the craft of writing, also promotes free-writing each and every day, and while…

Does the type of pet you own predict your income?

According to a survey of more than 2300 pet owners, the kind of animal you own says a lot about you. Snake owners, for instance, are the most likely to earn 6 figure incomes, while bird owners claim the most job satisfaction. Check out the article in its entirety over at The Daily Brainstorm. I once rented a house from a guy who was one of the founders of Century 21 real estate. I assumed from his background that he would be a stickler for paperwork. Instead, he said that in all his years as a landlord, he did better…

Everett Bogue vs Hugh Hefner: Ditch it All or Keep Scrapbooks?

I recently read a thought-provoking post called How to Destroy Your Past Lives (Starting Over) over at Everett Bogue’s blog, Far Beyond the Stars. In it, he states: You have a choice, you can either let the pain and joys of the past build up until they’re too heavy a burden. Or, you can let everything go. Burn your notebooks, let the friends go, leave the souvenirs at the shop. All that really matters is having a connection with the here and now. This breath, this movement, this heart beat. What can you do to bring yourself here right now?…

Alix’s Story: Chronic Pain and the Power of Stubbornness

I’m letting my bangs grow out, not because I think it will look good, but because I made a promise. Let me explain why this promise is such a big deal to me. It’s a long story, so I’ll try sum it up without too much rambling. A little over 10 years ago, my dear friend, Alix, was in a terrible car accident. This was no mere fender-bender. Alix’s vehicle was struck head-on by a woman who fell asleep at the wheel. The slumbering driver got a broken wrist out of the incident, but Alix nearly died. While waiting for…

Google induced Hypochondria and the Nature of Time

I can Google physical symptoms without getting all hypochondriacal, but when I read about mental illness, I end up wondering if I know anyone sane – including me. For instance, a tendency towards jokiness and the telling of puns runs in my family. Perhaps we have all got a touch of Witzelsucht, a brain disorder that, in one case at least, transformed a lifelong wallflower into the “life of the party.” I had no idea that being happy for no good reason could be pathological, although I’ve often been told to, “wipe that silly grin off your face.” Then there’s…

NaNo, NaBlo, Nicholas Sparks and Rubbed Butt

I keep talking about National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), but haven’t mentioned that November is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.) I enjoy NaNoWriMo, and have even made the 50,000 word mark a couple of times, but have yet to go back and make anything marketable out of that pile of words. Even so,I am at it again. To me, it’s fun exercise. Y’know, runners like to run, so they have marathons. Writers like to write, so they do NaBlo/NaNo stuff. Are any of you doing both NaBlo and NaNo this year? I found a humorous article describing how to…

Buying Drugs in Mexico

The other day, my fiance asked how my parents were doing and I replied, “They’re heading across the border to buy drugs.” No sooner did I say that than we both cracked up. What I said is true, but it paints the wrong picture. It’s not like my folks were off to mix and mingle with Mexican drug lords. They, like many other law-abiding US citizens, visit the border town of Algodones, Mexico to purchase prescription drugs at reasonable prices. From what I’ve read, Algodones is to medical needs what Las Vegas is to gamblers. The place is chock full…

Homie Alone – Up in Yo’ Grill

Is it just me, or does the little guy on this gumball machine look like Macaulay Culkin? It’s like a movie poster for,”Homie Alone – Up In Yo’ Grill,” or something. Although now, our little boy has grown up. He’s an agoraphobic white boy who never leaves the house and lives out rapper fantasies in his parents’ basement. I never actually saw any of the Home Alone flicks, although I once landed in O’Hare while they were filming a sequel. I remember seeing a bunch of extras at the airport dressed as travelers, all of whom looked way too perky…

Ancient Egypt and Florence Nightingale

Ancient Egyptians believed that you can take it with you, or at least you can have servants bring items to your tomb for you to enjoy in the afterlife. A playful hands-on activity at the Lost Egypt exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History lets you create your own version of this. As you can see in the photo above, I’ve set it up so The Bangles will bring me a kitty, some espresso, and a music player when I croak. We’re gonna have to tighten up that coffee order, though; I never drink grandes. Now, if…

3 signs of Autumn in North Texas

Contest at She Who Blogs Today, while visiting Michelle’s blog, Bleeding Espresso, I found out about the She Who Blogs: Three Signs of Fall Contest. Here’s the deal: Post a photo that says ‘fall’ to you, then blog about the 3 signs of autumn in your part of the world. The deadline is today, alas, so I am barely squeaking by. Better late than never, eh? 3 signs of Autumn in North Texas Autumn equinox came and went in north Texas, but it still felt like summer despite what the calendar said. Fall didn’t arrive until Texas was good and…

Easy in Texas: Frying an Egg on the Sidewalk

OK, so it would not be easy to fry an egg on the sidewalk today, but it sure was easy during the summer here in Texas. And no, we didn’t fry the eggs directly on the pavement – we wanted to eat them, after all! Did you know that a pan only has to be 150 degrees Fahrenheit to cook an egg? When it is 100+ degrees outside, you don’t have to try very hard to get that egg sizzling. We actually fried eggs in two different ways, as you can see from the photos. My fiance cooked his egg…

Moon Flame

I didn’t have a camera that could do the moon justice, but did that stop me from trying? No way! I sometimes like taking blurry photos through rainy car windows and such (like this one), knowing that I won’t capture things accurately, but they still might be fun to look at later. I don’t usually show these photos to other people, because they don’t get it. They say things like, “That one didn’t come out,” but they’re missing the point. I wasn’t seeking photographic reality, but a feeling, an emotion in the lighting, or simply playing with color. An ex-boyfriend…