April 2021 extras

May 3, 2021

Here are some photos and thoughts from April that were a little thin for their own posts.

Nephew A turned 7 and is predictably into Minecraft. Look at this creation! It even lights up and the pick is removable.

a Minecraft-themed balloon sculpture in the shape of the number 7
Behold the Bounce House of doom outside.

I ended up buying him a slime kit which he seemed to like, and two graphic novels, which weren’t received as well but a kid’s gotta read, like it or not. And then I mangled myself in the bounce house.

My cousin‘s body was brought home from the Marshall Islands, and his hometown held a hero’s homecoming for him. We lined up on either side of the White Horse Pike with flags as the hearse and its police and motorcycle escort took him to the funeral home.

The VFW lined up along the White Horse Pike
There were about 200 people there.

I still am untangling my own feelings about how all of this went down and if you’re thinking you know what happened there you’re probably correct. If you care one ounce about supporting our troops, you’d do your best to make sure that they never have to experience the hell that is war.

Our porch chipmunk, Dale, returned. The post I linked there is all early-pandemic despair. I want to go back in time and hug me.

grainy photo of a fat chipmunk on my porch
Like every other furry mammal here, he’s overweight too.

WM and I went to the library’s book sale and I purchased a heap of nonfiction. I’m excited about the grilling book, because I have this (self-imposed) idea that only men grill. I have literally no idea. People say, “just put meat on the grill and cook until it’s done” but it’s a completely new cooking medium to me. And to be honest, I’m not very adept with the traditional cooking mediums.

Five books from the library's books sale.
Food, folks, and funds.

My favorite memes of the month:

meme: How I feel when I have to scroll down to the year I was born, with picture of a woman straining to spin the Price is Right big wheel
If this is yours, let me know.
meme: Behold, Corgerus, the guardians of the gates to heck, with a photo of a cute Corgi wearing two extra Corgi heads
Again, if this is yours, let me know.

We still do not have a third dog, btw.

The NYT Crossword puzzle streak, as of the end of April, is 131. I took a weeklong break from Duolingo because I was starting to dread it.

Today is the first day of TNP’s Big Annual Conference. It’s all virtual this year (naturally) and this is all new to us so please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we try to be chat moderators and zoom facilitators for an audience of thousands. It is so much easier to do this all in person.

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  • Joanne May 3, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    That balloon sculpture is amazing! I actually taught my husband to grill and now he thinks he is the master and is the only one that can cook on the grill. LOL. I don’t mind at all though as I feel like I do plenty of other cooking. I always found the key to grilling was to keep the heat low(ish) around 350 and just cook everything low and slow.

    • Kimberly May 5, 2021 at 5:23 am

      That’s a good tip. Cooking is very much not my strong point but I’m learning through error and trial that fast and hot is usually very bad.

  • COD May 3, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Sorry to hear about your cousin. Was it Kwajalein Island? I graduated from Kwajalein High School.

    • Kimberly May 5, 2021 at 5:22 am

      Yes! Over the years I was tired of explaining where Kwaj was so I just started saying The Marshall Islands and then it mostly became “an island west of Hawaii but not Guam.”