celebrating 45 years of "meh"

Murphy’s path of destruction, a photo post

Ollie spoiled us. He was a very, VERY good puppy. He was just good, with very little training necessary. He wasn’t destructive. He was a good sleeper. He was happy to just listen to us and play with his toys.

And then came Murphy.

This little numbnut, WHOM I ADORE, cannot be left alone for more than 15 minutes without finding something that we have been too lazy to put away. Behold, a photo collection of his destruction…

A Lowes Lawn & Garden clipping bag. He beat the crap out of it.

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Currently

Eating: Martha Stewart’s Snickerdoodle Crumb Bars. I had the ingredients on-hand today so I figured what the heck. They are tasty, but I had to bake them 15 minutes more than the recipe indicated for the middle to bake completely. That burned the bottom a bit, but I sliced off that part. Also, my streusel didn’t clump up like it should have. I’ll try them again for sure, but I think I’m going to bake it at 375 instead of 350 and adjust the streusel proportions so that it’s chunkier.

Watching: WWE No Mercy Pay-per-View. I pay $9.99 a month for the WWE network and get all of the monthly specials, so we turn them on. Even the lesser ones. On regulart TV this fall I’ll be watching The Good Place because I have a soft spot for the world of Mike Schur TV shows. I’m going to give the Will & Grace (slight) reboot a shot. I enjoyed it way back when until it became the Jack and Karen show. And I’ll probably start recording Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party because I am obviously still a member of the cult of Martha. Fuller House Season 3 is out, but I stopped watching Season 2 when 55 year old Aunt Becky decided she needed another baby. I didn’t even get to the NKOTB episode.

Losing: Words with Friends. STILL. Look at this shame…

I want to say I’m improving, but I’m really not. I’ll keep trying, though.

Aching because I started exercising again.

Reading: Chemistry by Weike Wang. Actually, I’ll start it tomorrow on the train. This weekend I read Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You, one of the books from my impromptu library trip Thursday night.

I can’t quit Elizabeth Gilbert. I want to, but am unable to.

Searching: For a nice photo editing app for my Surface that will let me resize photos and adjust the levels. Right now I’m resorting to Paint and Paint 3D. I know there has to be better.

Friday 5: I Don’t Get It Either

It’s the first day of Fall. Blah boo hiss weep.

My typical first day of autumn outfit.

Not a lot to say today other than I worked from home for the first time in weeks and it was delightful. I usually work from home on Mondays but I had to be in the office this Monday. I actually donned pants (OKAY LEGGINGS) so there’s a win.

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It’s time for the Friday 5 — this week’s theme is I Don’t Get It Either so let me get into my rocker with my lap quilt and let’s get to it.

1. Twitch is an enormously popular livestreaming platform mostly for watching people play video games. It has more than 1.5 million broadcasters and more than one million visitors per month, and Amazon acquired it for nearly a billion dollars in 2014. Which of your computer activities would you livestream if there were a way to make some money doing it?

My gaming anymore is far too boring to stream on twitch, although I confess to watching World of Warcraft PVP tournaments on it. My preferred gaming video channel is Up Up Down Down because it’s mostly WWE wrestlers playing games. Hey, maybe I can make money blogging? 😉

2. EDM (electronic dance music) is usually performed by DJs on stage in front of audiences, playing tracks they’ve mixed, right off their laptops. If you were a push-button DJ playing your tunes in a club, what would be your opening and closing songs, assuming everyone’s there because they’re into whatever sounds you’re into?

I’m laughing at the shade thrown at “push-button DJ!” I’m in a club so I’m not going to be playing my sweet Jack Johnson jams or Joni Mitchell or even my Pandora “Younger Guys with Guitars Who Sing About How Great I Am” station. I’m going to make these people dance. I’ll get the party started with Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” and end with House of Pain’s “Jump Around” because why not?

3. What’s a good Adele song, and why is Adele so popular?

Adele is popular because she has a different voice that doesn’t need autotune or lots of electronics to make an impact. She also has lyrics like this:

Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time
That we might be exactly like we were
Before we realized
We were sad of getting old
It made us restless

which speak to young people who are afraid of getting old, and us older people who wished we could have photographed someone one last time before everything changed. That’s from “When We Were Young” and that’s the song that can send me into fits of tears if I linger too long on it.

See also “Our Last Summer” which is of course from ABBA but I’ll give you the sweet sweet Colin Firth version) Oh the feels…

4. The Walking Dead?

I will not watch movies or TV shows that regularly feature rape, murder, torture, and/or overwhelming sadness. I don’t like programming where you basically watch people get hunted/killed every week. This means I do not watch: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Game of Thrones, Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones and even This is Us. And Game of Thrones.

5. Every generation seems to arrive at a “They don’t write ’em like that anymore” attitude. Why does it seem like most middle-aged people lose interest in new music?

I’ve thought about this a lot because I fought hard to try to stay into new music, and ultimately I failed. I think once you get removed from the language and culture of youth, you lose that hook into that music.

Twenty-One Pilots: All my friends are heathens, take it slow. Wait for them to ask you who you know. Please don’t make any sudden moves. You don’t know the half of the abuse.
Me: Yeah, it’s 9:00 so I’m going to bed. Have fun with your little heathen friends. And people have endured abuse since time immemorial. Get a job.

The most current “young” people I like are Ed Sheeran and Rachel Platten and I think they fall squarely into adult contemporary anyway.

I barely even buy music anymore, by the way. With Youtube, free Pandora, free Spotify, and my Amazon Music subscription, I can listen to almost any album I want anytime I want. I think the last album I bought was the Hamilton Cast Recording.

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No plans this weekend – hooray for solitude!

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