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Friday 5: Makin’ it

From Tuesday’s post: …, but it’s Franken’s passion for doing what (he believes) is right that shines the brightest. Five stars, and I hope Franken serves Minnesota and the rest of us for as long as he wants.

It’s Christmastime in the City!

I can certainly pick’em! Can we agree that it’s wrong to pretend to honk-honk a sleeping woman’s breasts? It’s not the same level as hitting on 14-year-olds, but it’s still pretty shitty for a grown-ass man to do.

On a much more positive note, I think it’s safe to announce now that we have another niece/nephew arriving on the scene in March! Well *I* know what the gender is, but ’tis not my story to tell. I’ve been calling my nephew my “favorite kid” for his entire life so I’ve painted myself into a bit of a semantic corner.

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Onto the Friday 5! This week’s theme is Makin’ it
Let’s get to it!

1. What skill seems like it would be really fun to learn?

Furniture making. I can’t saw on a straight line, but wouldn’t it be cool to just … make a chair?

2. Which of the winter Olympic sports would you love to compete in?

I think curling looks like a LOT of fun. Plus it’s indoors. I hate the cold. It’s been in the 40s for the last few days and I’ve been keening like a banshee. A month ago I was in the warm Caribbean waters. But yeah, curling.

3. What fun craft did you make when you were a kid, in school or at camp or somewhere else?

Eh…I really can’t think of any craft that was fun. We did stupid woven potholders and some plaster of paris stuff, but nothing truly fun.

4. If everyone in the world is the best in the world at some very specific thing, what are you most likely the best at?

I am an amazing sofa camper. Given nothing to do, I can take a stack of reading material, a bottle of water, and my Surface to the sofa and spend the entire day there. I don’t even need the TV on.

Murphy is learning to love snuggling.. Ollie approves from the way-back of the bed.


5. What’s something you own that was handmade by someone you know?

My mother-in-law makes amazing quilts. We have them all over the house (see above), and I’ve been snuggling under 2 of them every night on the sofa for years now. I should ask her for a special edition extra-heavy flannel quilt that can I can wrap up in while I keen and wail about the cold.

I am off from work all next week, so other than entertaining a good friend from out of town for a few days and dinner at my cousin’s on T-Day, I plan on maximizing my sofa time.

Currently, exhausted homeowner edition

Reading Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. I’m enjoying his outsider’s perspective on running for a Senate seat and his experiences working in DC. I was inspired to switch my party affiliation to the Democrats, but then Donna Brazile had to be Donna Brazile and I changed my mind. I’ll remain a member of my currently-also-batshit-crazy third party and wait until the DNC grows up a bit more.

Tuesday is election day, so get out and vote. Hate what’s going on? Hit up your local races. Loving The Donald? Go do the same. Me? Eight years ago I voted Chris Christie into office and indirectly inflicted him on the rest of you. (Eight years ago he was a completely different man.) Tuesday I’ll vote for not-Kim-Guadango and try to right the ship of state.

Her opponents for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are named Murphy and Oliver and I need one of those signs for the garage once this election’s done. GO VOTE! GO VOTE!

Beaming with pride over the little home improvment projects I’ve been working on. My crone room is really shaping up now that I’m moving things back in. The color looked a bit strong in an empty room but it’s becoming much more warmer and inviting now. I purchased curtains from Walmart – $5/panel – and my next step is to get a new craft table to replace the old Ikea one I have.

Two years ago when we moved in, the old owners left a bunch of shelving materials in the guest room closet. But no closet rod. Last week I bought a rod and this week (with an assist from WM) I took up a drill and installed it all. Not only does it look good, it’s level!

Framing photos. I have a lot of framed photos in the house. Every fall, I go through the last year’s photo backup and pick a bunch of new ones to add to the frames. I upload them to Target and grab the prints during my next trip there. It’s a lot better setup than when I used to try and print my own photos. Screw the expensive inks and photo paper.

Drinking my first Starbucks holiday drink of the year. (Salted caramel mocha.) I’m one of those people who are completely fine ignoring Thanksgiving and going to Christmas. Soon I’ll be freezing cookie dough for December!

Struggling to stay awake. The clock changes mess me up big time. It feels like it should be midnight.

Losing — yeah yeah…you know the drill.

Kimberussell.com reader questions

Sometimes your thoughtful blog comments get flagged as spam. I feel badly about that, so from time to time I take a few out and answer them personally. Here are three comments that really stood out.

The first is from “Lessydog” from somewhere in Germany. They write:

One of the 18 indicators of women empowerment, sex ratio stands out as the 1st and most significant indicator for social.

Thanks for the advice. Sex ratio? I have no idea what that is so here’s a picture of some boobs. This particular pair of boobs always gets a lot of Instagram likes, so I think I’m on track.

One droops more than the other, but they’re real and fabulous!


The next one is from “AdrianaX” all the way from Indonesia.

I see your page needs some fresh articles. Writing manually takes a lot of time, but there is tool for this boring task, search for: (redacted)

Thanks, AdrianaX, but I think 2 or 3 times a week is a good amount for me to post. Not trying to set the world on fire here. I redacted your link, because that blog hasn’t been updated since August, and it needs some fresh articles. I know writing manually takes a lot of time but …

Finally, we have “MichaelDak” from Montreal. Bonjour! I hope you don’t mind that I edited your comment, because it was weird and had to do with buying essays, which isn’t a cool thing to do. But you finished your question with…

In addition, whereas I was hunting for this short article, I discovered that most people obtain residence functions, compositions, papers and essays. I don’t understand how secure it is actually and what excellent could be obtained in the end. Who faced this difficulty, create, you create or invest in? Were you caught by a sensei for this?

I am SO flattered, but I wasn’t taught by a sensei. Just the desperation that comes from looking for material in a week that contains not much material. When in doubt, always go for cheap humor! Or your spam folder.

Happy creating!

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