Irish

Is everyone Irish? Everyone I know who has used Ancestry.com gets word back that they are partly Irish. Even when you think you know where you came from, know your family history, there’s this Irish bit in there. Nothing wrong with being Irish, of course. Maybe the Irish conquered the world and we didn’t know it.

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A Good Word

I learned a good new word the other day. Eyehump. It’s so descriptive, isn’t it? I’m dying to use it in a blog post for my entertainment blog. I wrote a post about a woman who gives men smoldering, smokey-eyed looks and wanted to use it there, but it doesn’t fit with her character. Now I’m searching for a place to put my new word. If only Lost Girl was still on the air, I could use it there!

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I Coulda Been

I coulda been one of those people whose vinyl record collection was still an everyday part of their lives. I coulda kept my turntable and my stereo components. I shoulda. Now I have an iPod that cuts off the end of songs and a batch of cassettes that need to go wherever all that old vinyl went. I can’t even insert a CD into my computer anymore to put new songs into iTunes. I woulda loved having all that old vinyl around.

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Cats

I admire cats. Their independence. Their self-sufficiency. Of course if you have one confined to your house, they want to be fed. But if they got out the door one day, dinner wouldn’t be hard to find for them. As a pet, they aren’t demanding.

I don’t want one – don’t get me a cat – but I admire them.

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Dogs

My position on dogs is not a popular one. I know they are loyal and friendly. I guess I don’t need a lot of loyal and friendly, because I find dogs pretty uninteresting. They take a lot of work – the kind of work I’d rather not give. I’m glad you love you dog like one of your children. Good for you. But I don’t want a fur child.

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Too Many

Yeah, that’s right. Fifty words might be too many. Right now we’re running the country using 140 characters or less. Fifty words is a lot. Yeah. Fifty words require complete sentences. Punctuation. It’s a burden but some of us are brave enough to bear it.

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Real Life

What is real life? The stuff you do in your house and at your job, or out looking for entertainment on the weekend? What if everything about that real life is determined by someone’s politics? And what if those politics are not something you agree with? I thought all I had to do to maintain real life in the last election was vote. Turns out that wasn’t enough.

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Insane

When someone who is insane makes the rules, it’s hard to concentrate on the simple facts of your own life. It’s hard to remember that the sun will rise, and lunch is available in the fridge, and your bed will be warm tonight. The insanity is overwhelming. Nothing makes sense. Nothing seems normal or reasonable. Enjoying a TV show, reading a good book, running the vacuum – it all feels bizarre in the face of the madness overtaking our country.

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Twenty Below

When I first moved to New Mexico many years ago, I told the gas station attendant (yeah, that long ago) to be sure the car’s antifreeze was good to 20 below. He looked at me like I was crazy, but, no, I was just from Colorado. You never hear much about antifreeze these days – have cars changed? Have radiators changed? What’s the story on antifreeze in 2017?

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New Clothes

Are you a thrift store shopper or do you want your new clothes to actually be new clothes? I do a bit of both. When you are still wearing 25 year old tee shirts, maybe finding new clothes of any kind isn’t really your main focus in life.

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