Thursday Three #53

  1. One of my coworkers shared this joke with me (from Powell’s City of Books online newsletter, back in 2002): “This brief interlude is dedicated to the millions of unheralded, hardworking blank spaces who tirelessly and with pride perform the thankless task of unbeing in order that words should remain properly held apart.”
  2. This is a good article about “adulting.” One can now take “adulting” classes on basic stuff like baking a cake, changing a lightbulb, and so on. To be honest, that’s all kind of silly. We really need classes on the major things, like buying a house, handling insurance, and managing finances. The super-basic stuff should be learned by watching or doing. I’ll admit, as a Millennial, all the basic “adult” stuff was intimidating to me at first, but the only way to do it is… to do it. It also helps if you’re forced to do it and you have no other choice and no one to do it for you.
  3. According to some, it’s time for “they.” I’ve talked about the use of the singular “they” here before, and I do use it in speech, but in writing, I still default to the clunky “he or she” or the old-fashioned “he” when referring to a human being of unknown gender. It’s way too premature and presumptuous to tell others what to call others or themselves. I know I’m not “woke” and that’s OK. My opinion is that we should refer to everyone as “y’all.” Using “y’all” in the third person might be even more awkward than using singular “they.” But it’s my choice, right?

Thursday Three #52

The “life updates” edition!

  1. My son was only about 2 months old when I found out that I was about to become the aunt of identical twin girls! They were born on Tuesday, at 4 pounds 6 ounces and 4 pounds 8 ounces. So my son will have cousins close to his age. (And my brother will understand the joys of parenthood!) Life is better with siblings and cousins. 🙂
  2. Because my son is getting older, he’s going to need his own bedroom. So my husband and I are looking for a house, and hopefully we find something before the lease on the apartment runs out in November. This housing market is insane, but it seems to have gotten a tiny bit better lately (or maybe I’m getting used to the craziness). The issue is trying to find something in our price range that is also in a decent neighborhood. We don’t want to be “house poor,” but we also don’t want to be in a subdivision that will turn into a post-apocalyptic hellscape a few years from now either.
  3. In addition to THE ARCHIVES, I am working on another story, which I also plan to post online as it is revised, just not on this blog. I’ve been working on this one on and off forever (since 2004 or so), and it’s not my best work, but I still think it should have some kind of life outside my flash drive. More to come on this.

Thursday Three #51

  1. This is a pretty good blog post about graduation (and timely, because this is graduation season). This line especially stuck out to me, because it’s been true thus far: “All the best things in life come when you tie yourself down in one way or another, when you accept some limitations.”
  2. “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish is a weird little song that’s recently hit the airwaves. I saw the video, and the very first part looks like the same kind of place where Evanescence’s video for “Bring Me To Life” was shot. But how many kids these days will make that connection?? I’m old.
  3. Just when I thought I couldn’t hate Facebook more, it is supposedly going to have its own currency (called the Libra; I would have called it the Facebuck). It’s going to be like PayPal, but without all the added fees. Eh, doesn’t matter about fees. There’s always a hidden cost to these things.