Friday, April 6, 2018

Celebrate The Small Things - April 6, 2018

I updated the last posting regarding Skillshare. I would not recommend signing up. According to the reviews, they are scamming people. It's a shame. It sounds like a great program. Masterclass sounds like a much better program. I would like to take the classes by Judy Blume, James Patterson, R.L. Stine, Steve Martin, Aaron Sorkin, and the screenwriting classes. Currently, it's $180/year for unlimited access to all of the classes. They are adding a lot more classes every year. My husband and one of my best friends both texted me the intro by R.L. Stine almost at the same time the other day. Within two minutes of each other. Weird! Maybe that means I should take that class. Hahaha!

I have been listening to and watching so many tutorials and interviews by cartoonists this week. YouTube is fantastic! I heard talks by Art Spiegelman (Maus) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and interviews with a group of New Yorker cartoonists. I'm inspired! Roz Chast was in that interview so I got to see her speak. I really liked her graphic novel called Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? a memoir about her aging parents. It's funny and a bit sad at the same time. Of course, Maus and Persepolis are amazing graphic novels as well.

Although my kids are a bit too old for me to read books to them at bedtime, I started reading Ready Player One to them because I want them to read the book before we see the movie. During Spring Break last week, I made them watch an 80s movie with me, one per day, so they would get some of the references in the book. Hopefully, they will look back at that week with fond memories.

My older son usually falls asleep within ten minutes, but apparently he liked this book so much that he stayed awake for several chapters. He wants to be a videogame developer when he grows up and he's always inventing games and the worlds within them in his mind. This book has a lot of great concepts for him to think about.

The City worked on the sidewalk in front of our house and removed a big tree root that was pushing it up. This was around December of last year. They damaged our sprinklers which gushed water from empty holes in the ground. I've called them every month since then, but they never came out to fix it. I was stressing out about having a hard time selling our house in the future with the sprinklers like that. I filled out an online form of complaint this week and lo-and-behold, they came out to fix it the next day! Wow! I guess if you call to complain, there's no evidence that you made the complaint so they don't bother to help you. Get your complaints and requests in writing! I'm so happy it's fixed!

I went to a birthday party at a pizza parlor last Thursday. They got me a salad since I can't eat gluten, but there must've been gluten in the dressing because I had a stomach ache for five days. It must've been in my system on the sixth day as well, because I had "brain fog" again while I was at the gym. This comes with gluten intolerance. I had my mental faculties, but I couldn't remember the combinations to both my locks. I've been using one of the locks regularly for over eight years, so I didn't want to have it cut off. This happened to me once before so I knew that I would remember it again in a few days once this "fog" clears.

For some reason, I remembered the combination to my very first lock that I got about 30-40 years ago. I hope it's not early dementia.

Luckily, I was able to call my husband from the gym. He has my combos in his phone. Since the second lock is a replacement to a broken one, he didn't have it, but I was able to get my purse from one locker. I drove home where I found the combo then drove back to the gym to get my gym bag. Whew! Celebrating small miracles!

I was tempted to take a shower at the gym, but I was afraid I would forget the combo again, so I went home. The fog sort of feels like waking up from a deep sleep. Ugh! I hope it doesn't happen again. I have to bring my own dressing next time I'm at a party like that...or just starve.

Have a great weekend!

I am part of a blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner and Tonja Drecker. Please be so kind as to visit their blogs and participating blogs listed below.

Lexa Cain @
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog
1.Lexa Cain2.Fiction and Film
3.Writing Off the Edge4.Kidbits
5.TheCyborgMom6.Thoughts and Ideas from Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
7.Intentional Insights with S. Kelley Harrell8.Constantine
9.My Miracle Life10.Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams
11.Lara Lacombe12.TF Walsh
13.Life, Yoga and Other Adventures14.Suzanne Furness
15.Elizabeth Seckman16.Avalon
17.My Baffling Brain18.Planet Kimberly
19.Shah Wharton20.Victorian Scribbles
21.Tanya Miranda22.Ann - A Friend of Jesus 2013
23.Special Teaching At Pempi's Palace24.Square Pegs
25.Patricia's Place26.Anne Higa
27.My Antimatter Life28.Bouquet of Books
29.Lightravellerkate30.Curious As A Cathy
31.Glennie's Random Ramblings32.In My Own Words
33.Tamara Narayan, Author34.My Creatively Random Life
35.Yvonne Ventresca36.On Becoming a Writer
37.Decadent Kane38.Stacy Uncorked
39.Sharon Himsl--Shells, Tales & Sails40.Cloud Nine Girl
41.Our Simple Life42.Our Prime Years
43.Allison Bruning

1 comment:

  1. As I've learned the hard way (since I actually have dementia) it really pays to write things down, and also to have a specific place for everything. Wishing you a great weekend and no more lost things!