With the dawning of the new year, and remembering how svelte and energized I felt with my first no-soda experiment, I decided to give it another whirl. And, I did fairly well (in the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that there was one tragic day of reprehensible backslide, wherein not just this but all my resolutions fell into a shameful tailspin of debauchery, gluttony, and (eventually) remorse. But other than that…). Continue reading →
“Do you own a pair of steel-toed boots?” my co-worker asked me. And I had to answer “no.” And I must confess, I felt more than a little bit unmanly doing so. Given where I work, it’s kind of a funny question. But I needed some apparently, so went to Wal-Mart to pick up a pair.
I haven’t used them yet, and doubt I will use them more than once or twice a year. If that. But just owning them, I feel better. Because it occurs to me that this is one of those things that it is just manly to own.
As of this Saturday, I had gone one whole month without soda or carbonation of any kind. Now, to many in our readership, this may seem like no big deal. Many may do this on a regular basis without even knowing or thinking about it. But I have a problem. No, I am not going to admit that “I am Dunce Two, and I am a caffeine addict.” But I am employed, and my place of employment has free soda, all you can drink, within about 10 feet of my desk. And who can resist that? Continue reading →
Many of the questions I get at the library start like this: “Okay, I’ve got a really weird question…” or “You’ve probably never heard this before.” More often than not, it is a question that many, many people have asked at the very same desk. Of me.
Part of our incomprehensible strategic plan at work is making every single person feel special. If I told every single person “You are special,” I think I’d probably get a raise, rather than rolling eyes. Continue reading →
Recently, I had the opportunity to live on my own for 6 weeks. I was changing jobs and changing cities, and left my family behind to sell the house and tie up loose ends while I got started here. While of course I knew I would miss my family, I have to confess that, like young Mr. Culkin, I was kind of looking forward to having the place all to myself. Continue reading →