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Friday 5: How About a Knuckle Sandwich?
Friday 5: Who Put the Pomp in the Pomp Bah Pomp Bah Pomp?
Friday 5: Know when to fold ’em

Friday 5: How About a Knuckle Sandwich?

Happy Friday! It was a busy week, and blogging got away from me.

Sunday was Mother’s Day and I took Mom to the Phillies game. After an hour rain delay, the game started and was a lot of fun. And the Phillies won! They’re only a half-game out of first in the division.

Monday I had an eye appointment. I got new glasses. They’re purple. I’m on the fence. I was going for quirky and creative but I’m afraid I landed on old and eccentric.

This week: Mother’s Day Phillies game, Ollie walking, WM’s birthday, my new glasses.

Tuesday was WM’s birthday! We had pizza and cake at Mom’s, and I squeezed in some time with Nephew A and Nephew B.

Wednesday and Thursday I decompressed from being out the prior 3 nights. Which brings me to today. And tomorrow, which is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day and I am completely in for it. I’m setting my alarm for 5:45 to be on the sofa by 6. For Will and Kate’s wedding, I made a fascinator to wear to our Royal Wedding pot luck at work.

Max watched William and Kate’s wedding with me.

I still miss that dog.


It’s time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is How About a Knuckle Sandwich? Let’s get to it!

1. When did you last punch someone? Alternate question: When did someone last punch you?

I have never seriously punched someone with the intention of injuring them. But I’m still only half-way through life and this country is full of literal idiots so you never know!

2. How many of those frequent (whatever) stampcards/punchcards do you have, and which are you most likely to fill and redeem?

We only carry one physical punch card which is for the local frozen yogurt place. I wonder if they’ve moved to an app yet. We used to have one for watch batteries because WM was once really into watches, but since he bought an Apple Watch, no more battery changes.

Digitally, I get rewards on my Starbucks app and my Dunkin’ Donuts app.

3. When have you had a really good fruit punch?

I’m not sure the difference between fruit punch and fruit juice, but at ‘Ohana restaurant in Disney’s Polynesian Resort they have an AMAZING juice with their breakfast that is passionfruit, orange, and guava juices mixed together. It is heavenly.

4. What are your thoughts on boxing?

I think it’s barbaric and like horse racing, I’m shocked we haven’t evolved past it yet. And I watch pro wrestling, but to me that’s different because you’re just trying to pin someone for a 3-count, not beat them bloody and/or unconscious.

5. When do you usually punch in and punch out?
We don’t have a time clock. We are on the honor system which is a refreshingly adult way to handle things. If I come in 10 minutes late, I stay 10 minutes late. It’s nice.

I start at 8:30 and I prefer to walk into the office no later than 8:15. This gives me time to chat, get my computer booted up, and get some coffee before I dive in. My day ends at 4:30, but I usually don’t start logging out until 4:30 and that means I leave at 4:35.

Soon it’ll be summer Friday time again, and my days will start at 8 so I can bank time for every other Friday off. I can’t wait to hit the beach this summer.

If it ever stops raining.

Friday 5: Who Put the Pomp in the Pomp Bah Pomp Bah Pomp?

Who put the ram in the rama lama ding dong?

This week’s mood. I appreciate that St. Patrick was over my shoulder while I ate.

That’s going to be in my head all night…

Happy Friday! I worked from home today which means that this afternoon I worked from the patio chair in the back yard. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

Both dogs had vet appointments. Murphy received FIVE shots on Monday to start his journey as an adult dog. Ollie went back last night to get his ears looked at again. For those who care about dog ear infections, the yeast count is way down but one ear is STILL inflamed, so we’re switching him to a steroid ear drop for a month. Then he’ll go back to the vet. If the inflammation remains, he’ll stay on the steroid drops once or twice a week forever. His sore neck doesn’t seem as sore, so he’s coming off of the pain meds. If he’s tender in the neck again, he’ll go back on, and pain management might be his new reality. His followup is in a month. The goal here is to get his ears clear so he can get his teeth cleaned/extracted because they are causing pain as well. Once all that is finished, he’ll be quite the refurbished pooch.

And we’ll probably have to sell the backyard to carnies in order to make the mortgage. Good thing we don’t have a HOA.

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Friday 5: Know when to fold ’em

Hello neglected blog! It’s been a little busy around here, plus at nights I’ve had a sick Ollie snuggling on my lap leaving me no room for my Surface. I used to feel guilty but hey…my blog, my rules!

Ollie has been struggling with more ear infections, topped with a sore neck, which is likely from shaking his head so much. We went back to the vet last night. He’s on a second round of ear drops, anti-inflammatories, and a round of pain meds. We’re trying to get him ready for more tooth cleaning/extractions in May. My poor baguette. They get old so fast.

Random Rittenhouse Square photo from last weekend.

We had one of our Seattle friends in town for a night last week too — did some local touristing. We went to the Mütter Museum. Lots of body parts in jars.

And I continued to rip dandelions out of the lawn. I could probably open a food pantry for the ladies who love dandelion salad. Every weekend I’m going to remove dandelions. I won’t win the battle this year but NEXT year we’ll be in better shape.

Let’s hit up the Friday 5 before Ollie comes back up here for more evening snugs. This week’s theme is “Know when to fold ’em“. Let’s get to it!


WM, unhelpfully: “I wasn’t alive in 1978!”

1. What did you last place into a file folder?
Dog vaccination records. I’m exciting, I know.
WM, drolly: I don’t think anything you place into a file folder is exciting.

2. What do you know how to fold a piece of paper into?
A paper airplane, a grade-school fortune teller, a hat.
WM, sarcastically: A file folder?

3. What’s your laundry-folding procedure like?
I take the clothes out of the dryer and let them sit in the basket for a least a day. Then I fold them and put them back in the basket. The basket goes to my bedroom and I use it as an extra drawer for a few days. I’ll also throw dirty clothes on top, thinking that it’s a dirty basket. Finally, I put the clothes away with much self-loathing, because it’s time to do laundry again.
WM, quizzically: Fold?

4. When do you next expect to invite someone into your fold?

We had someone stay with us last week – not sure when we’ll have someone come through again.
WM, confusedly: Wait, I can invite someone to fold?

5. When have you slept on a foldaway bed?
We sleep on a futon when we visit Seattle, so last July.
WM, snarkily: Where there’s a fold, there’s a way!

And now because I am older now than Kenny Rogers was in The Gambler, I think I’m going to bed. Also because I know when to walk away and know when to run…

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