Archive - September 2015

Currently: Crossword puzzling

I loooooove crossword puzzles.

I gave up on this one.

I gave up on this one.

I suuuuuuuck at crossword puzzles.

A few months ago, I plunked down $40 ($40!) for the New York Times crossword app for my phone. It’s a lot of dough, but that $40 ($40?!) gives me the NYT puzzle every day for a year, plus a bunch of puzzle packs and the ability to do past puzzles.

If you’re not familiar with the NYT puzzles, here is how they work:

  • Monday: VERY easy.
  • Tuesday: Easy.
  • Wednesday: Medium difficulty.
  • Thursday: Medium-hard difficulty.
  • Friday: Hard.
  • Saturday: Stupidly hard.
  • Sunday: Back down to hard, but larger and usually with a quirky hell-beast gimmick.

I don’t know a lot about movies (I hate movies), the Bible (Catholic) and sports (doughy nerd) and my lack of expertise in those subjects really cripples me. But each day I persevere. So far my longest streak has been Monday-Thursday. My goal is to complete seven days in a row.

Hopefully it’ll be before next year’s $40 ($40?!?) is due.




Last night, Ollie got out of the yard through a gap in the back fence and for 30 minutes I was a hysterical mess. While I walked the streets wailing like a banshee, WM found him by thinking like him – he followed bunnies. Where there were bunnies, there was Ollie. A block away, grinning and panting like an idiot.

Time to get that gap filled in AND an updated dog tag with our new address.

In the Unlikely Event book review

In the Unlikely EventIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Forgive me, Judy, for I have sinned. I ended up skimming the second half of this book, and reading the last 3 chapters. I so looked forward to this book. Therefore, I was bitterly disappointed when I subconsciously started rooting for the third airplane crash to take out the entire Osner family.

I didn’t like the large number of characters. Judy Blume (#1 favorite author of my girlhood) lived in Elizabeth, NJ during the tine of the real-life airline crashes there so perhaps she wanted to pay tribute to many of her real-life acquaintances. But I think the story would have been much tighter with only 4 or 5 characters and points of view. Even going strictly with 33-year-old Rusty’s point of view would have made for a much more interesting book.

Actually, I’d have rather gone with Rusty’s point of view. I feel like the smallish 35-years-later parts were added just so Blume could call it a book written for Adults since an Adult starts and ends the book. When I was 15, I was interested in a 15 year old’s point of view. Now that I’m an adult, I would have found the adult points of view much more interesting.

This book is a love letter to Elizabeth, to the 1950s, and oddly enough, to dentistry.

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Zumba class, week 1

I signed up for a Zumba class through my township’s recreation program. I went to one class almost exactly five years ago (Something about September that makes me do silly things to stave off mortality, I guess) and PREDICTABLY* never went back.

This time I paid for eight weeks upfront, so I’m pitting my increasing laziness against my increasing cheapness to see what will win out. I think I did okay, but I have to realize that me THINKING I can do any type of aerobic dance is the same as Joey Tribbiani THINKING that he can speak French.

I sweat my ass off and felt as if I fused permanently with my workout clothes. Tomorrow I will likely feel like crap but today I feel okay!

*Other predictable things about me:

  • All of my diets fail
  • And if they don’t, I gain the weight back
  • I will always disappear from this blog and come back like nothing happened
  • I quit hard things
  • I have a Disney trip planned

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