What to get for the person who has everything.....for real.....

I have a few people in my life that are impossible to shop for, which always makes the holidays a bit of a challenge. They know who they are.You know, the people who just buy themselves whatever they ever want or need. The people who have hobbies, but already have whatever they need to engage in those hobbies ....more

All I want for Christmas, 2016

This is my eighth annual Christmas list. Which is crazy.There's simply no way I have been doing this for that long.If you're so inclined, you can read my previous lists here.2015201420132012201120102009Yes, I really am an enormous child who writes Christmas lists. Every year around this time I think that I won't do it, and then I remember that it's basically the only tradition I've kept for this many years, soooo...If this is your first perusal of my wishes, I should warn you that some of the things I want are silly ....more

This isn't just politics. This was never just politics.

It's Tuesday, and I should be writing the Things That Piss Me Off post for this week and last, but the truth is that I'm weary. I just don't have it in me at the moment to rage at the level that would be required to produce a post like that one.Maybe tomorrow.I know why I'm quiet.It's Thanksgiving week.It always has this effect on me, and I've reached a point in my life where I have just accepted that part of my reality. Thanksgiving is hard for a lot of people ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the election distraction edition

I promised myself last week that I would write something this week and that I would try my best to not make it election heavy, so we'll see how that works out.Fortunately, I ran across a bumper sticker in the parking lot this weekend that gave me all kinds of material.*sarcasm* The Bumper StickerThe bumper sticker, slapped on the back of a totally ordinary late model Toyota sedan, said this:"Guns don't kill people. Dads with pretty daughter do."As we walked towards the car and to the place we were headed, my teenage son and I both audibly sighed at the same time, which tells me that I'm doing something right.Layer. So many layers to discuss here.It's amazing how something containing so few words can communicate so much, isn't it?I mean, first you have the whole "guns don't kill people" argument, one that tends to be a perennial favorite of the pro-gun folks ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the gratitude edition

Howdy, Hive!How's everyone doing today? Still cramming candy in your mouth as fast as humanly possible? That's what I thought.Anyhow, I'm trying to actually do the #NANOWRIMO challenge this year, which I'm virtually certain I will fail at, but hey....if starting things I won't finish isn't basically my mantra in life, I don't know what is.That's self deprecating humor for anyone new here ....more

It's not a birthday. You are just leveling up.

Brace yourselves, readers. I'm about to write something that will probably be mushy and sweet. It won't last long ....more

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the OMG spoilers edition

I can't even believe how long it has been since I wrote one of these posts. It's been a fairly epic week as far as assholery goes, so buckle up.Let's hope nothing else happens in the time it takes me to write this out.For the love. Enlistment Bonuses - just kidding, give it back If you haven't heard about this one, it's pretty ridiculous ....more

My brain is mush and flying is magic

I haven't written anything in so long that I was starting to wonder if my fingers would remember how to actually type on a keyboard.I kid.Sort of.I've really been slacking at this whole writing thing lately. It's not for lack of desire, truly. It's mostly a complete lack of time, combined with the fact that once I become stationary at night, there's not a whole lot that is going to change that.I've had my hands fuller than normal these past few months with my homeschooler ....more

Do The Right Thing

There have been several examples this week, both in my personal life and from stories I have seen in the news and online, examples of situations where people had the opportunity to do the right thing.Some of them chose to do the right thing.Others chose poorly.If you really think about it though, in life we're almost constantly presented with opportunities to make ethical choices. Some of them are small and insignificant in the overall scheme of things. Some of them are persistent choices we're faced with and maybe we are comfortable fudging them because we've just always done it that way ....more

Dear Voters: This Is Not A Drinking Game

The first Presidential debate of 2016 is tonight.I'm not entirely sure that the word debate is really going to adequately describe what is about to happen, though.Mostly, there will be a lot of rambling and interrupting and promises to "Make America Great Again" from one side. The other will, I hope, be the voice of reason that dares not to slip up even one time because we all know damned well that if she does, she'll be eaten alive by the internet and the media, after being ripped to shreds for what she's wearing, her tone and how tired she looks, of course.One candidate can literally say nothing truthful and his followers shout louder. They don't care about facts or lies, they just like what he says.The other displays even the tiniest bit of inconsistency and she's condemned for being a liar.(Among other things...)I saw my first TRUMP THAT BITCH bumper sticker this past weekend.I've seen them online, wanting to believe that they weren't real stickers, that they were just memes created by bored trolls online with nothing better to do than start fights with strangers.Nope.It's totally a real thing.The fact that it was slapped onto the back of a brand new Porsche??? ...more