Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Mind the Gap

Between May and December of last year, The Wheel was eerily silent. I had my reasons for abandoning my post(s), though for the first time I can recall, laziness wasn't one of them.

Maybe you're curious what I was up to during my hiatus. Probably not, but I don't really care; I'm going to tell you anyway. Here's a taste of what has happened in my life the past eight months:
  • I lost 15 lbs on my new diet regimen, the Get-Stressed-and-Overwork-Yourself-Fixing-Up-the-House-to-Sell Diet Plan. (I have since gained 2/3 of it back with the classic Show-No-Willpower-During-the-Holidays Plan.)
     
  • We moved one town away, to a bigger house with a larger yard, and we still don't have room for all our belongings. (Okay, technically we do, since we haven't sold the old house yet. But that's a tale for another day.)
     
  • In the span of four days in June, I laughed at a big baby with some senior citizens, flashed a stranger on a busy street, played ping pong with a trio of Swedes, finished off a Ginger Ninja, and high-fived a guy who once wrote a novel about a sock monkey.
     
  • For Halloween, I reprised my costume from a decade years earlier and went as the superhero Captain Spatula. (My first time around, he'd been merely Spatula Man. With his promotion, he got a shinier cape and spiffier kitchen utensils.)
     
  • I won a 100-word writing contest primarily because I found a way to make the word "weekly" creepy. No, really. I'll share it with you soon.
     
  • My cat was named Mr. January in a nationally distributed calendar. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, librarians everywhere are already fawning over lil' Schrödinger. Thanks, Baker & Taylor!
     
  • My son turned four. He's damn cute.

4 comments:

  1. Your cat is now more famous than you.
    I want to hear more about the ping pong game.
    The Professor is sure growing up!

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    1. Yes, but when I put the ping pong in context, it's not nearly as exciting. I was at a conference, and between sessions we started playing. They all played as poorly as I did, and we lost track of time, ending up missing the first 15 minutes of the day's final session.

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  2. Ah, yes, the Get-Stressed-And-Overwork-Yourself-Fixing-Up-The-House-To-Sell Diet Plan. I am familiar with that, as well as the subsequent holiday weight gain. I moved 1500 miles away to a smaller house with a smaller yard. Half my stuff's still in boxes.

    Looking forward to reading the results of the 100-word contest.

    And your son really is damn cute. Also, congrats to Mr. January.

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    1. The GSOYFUHS diet may not be the healthiest method, but it is effective. In fact, in my experience, it's second only to the Insomni-Mono Diet. That one cut 15 off in 1/4 of the time.

      Our actual move was certainly easier than yours, but at least you traded up for warmer environs. We traded up for a driveway three times the length. (Fingers crossed for a mild winter.) And best of luck with all the boxes.

      Pro tip: Why keep your boxes stacked in the corner or a separate room, when you can live and write in a magnificent box fort?

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