Monthly Archives: December, 2017

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve has long been one of my least favorite days.  There are two fairly universal traditions, drinking and staying up late.  As someone who doesn’t drink at all, that holds no appeal for me.  And as someone who has struggled with insomnia most of my life, I can’t get too excited about staying […]

What’s A Unit?

Today my daughter asked me what a calorie is.  I told her it was a unit of energy.  Then she asked me what a unit is.  I told her a unit is a single thing.  And she asked, “But what IS it?”  I was stumped.  So, I did what any parent would in this day […]

Pie For Breakfast

Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mom makes an extra pumpkin pie for me to take home.  It’s one of my favorite things about the days after the holidays, just knowing that there’s a pie in the fridge.  And one of my favorite things about having that pie is I get to eat pie […]

My Most Annoying Superpower

While driving with my daughter today, she said, “They should call you ‘the red light hitter.’”  She then added, “I know why green’s your favorite color, you’re always waiting for it.”  I had no response, except to laugh.  She’s absolutely right.  I hit more red lights than anyone.  It doesn’t matter where I’m going or […]

Nothing To Talk About

At the beginning of this month, I decided to state publicly that I was going to post something every day for the month.  I created an obligation for myself.  Unfortunately, today was a complete nothing of a day.  I’ve been racking my brains all day trying to think of something to write about and I’ve […]

It’s a Bit Chilly Outside

It’s going to be cold for the next week or so here in Connecticut.  It’s all anyone can talk about.  The normal low temperature around here is about 20 degrees.  The highs are only going to be half that.  The lows are going to be below zero.  It might not be Minnesota cold, but it […]

Christmas Day

Today was the big day.  After a month of prepping, Christmas finally happened.  It went well.  Santa was overly generous to my daughter.  So were her grandparents.  She had a great day overall.  One of the strange things since my divorce (or at least one thing I didn’t expect) is that I feel a lot […]

Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m completely finished.  All the shopping is done.  All the wrapping is done.  I finished two days ago.  There’s nothing left to do but to put out the milk and cookies and wait for Santa to do his thing.  The funny thing is, I’m kind of bummed about it. Generally, I […]

Ella Gives Us a Swinging Christmas

There is a correct answer to the question, “What’s the best Christmas album.”  The answer is Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald.  It is a truly great album.  Not just a great holiday album, but a great album.  It sounds as good in July as it does in December.  It’s basically perfect. […]

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Every year, PNC calculates what they call the Christmas Price Index.  Basically it is the amount of money it would cost to buy all of the gifts in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  This year, the total is $34,558.65.  That’s a 0.6% increase over last year.  If find the number interesting in a […]