November Second

My stretch of rotten November luck continued into the second day of the month. It’s hot like the dickens, and I’m lying here, stewing in my juices, and trying to avoid turning on the AC.

To distract myself, I’m musing on unrelated things, such as these:

1. I discovered today that some people have the social media notifications always on and email notifications off. I’m the opposite. My work email is always on and I love it. But I’d perceive the social media notifications as intrusive, so I have them off. I don’t let any notifications onto the locked screen at all because I need the space to display my calendar. If one invention of this century changed my life, it’s the Android calendar. I love that bastard.

2. Keto foods have experienced a quantum leap in quality within the past couple of years. They used to taste like sawdust but now I prefer keto bread to regular bread not for any dietary reasons but because it tastes better. Keto chips are actually fine, and I say it as a person who detests the very idea of chips. Keto tortillas and wraps are to regular tortillas and wraps what a Maserati is to a Lada Kalina.

3. I love men’s shampoos and shower gels. My favorite body wash is Every Man Jack. I’m so happy I managed to squeeze in between the generations of women who believe that these preferences make one a defective woman. But I’m sad that people are so into ridiculous gender stereotypes that they attach meaning to these kinds of things.

4. Klara was reading a book about a little boy who always knew what his mom looked like when she was angry. “I don’t know what my mommy looks like when she’s angry,” she mused quietly. “My mommy is always happy.” Today she lost a cardigan I bought last week and a new water bottle (see what I mean about my rotten luck?) and then walked from the car into Applebee’s barefoot because she didn’t feel like wearing shoes. Everybody stared but I was blissfully calm. Being older is great for equanimity because you simply don’t have the energy to be bothered.

5. My sister’s little boy was so impacted by Klara’s school which he briefly attended in the summer that he now started praying and showing such interest in religion that the parents are thinking of transferring him to a Christian school. Klara now started to make us pray before meals (which I didn’t even know was a thing).

13 thoughts on “November Second

  1. “Keto foods have experienced a quantum leap in quality within the past couple of years.”

    Keto ice cream is still vile.

    I tried one of the better kinds and if there’s a word to describe the mouth feel of it, that word would be “goopy”.

    “If one invention of this century changed my life, it’s the Android calendar. I love that bastard.”

    Wait until you discover Calendar Widget and Transparent Calendar Widget.

    You stick those on a page with your most frequently used apps and clock widgets so you can check all of that stuff in one place.

    Simple World Clock Widget takes care of the problem of needing to display clocks for multiple time zones, and so I have a stack of clocks for various locations underneath local time.

    It even tells you the day and month in abbreviated form (if you want that) so you don’t have to think about International Date Line conversions.

    Use it with a custom launcher like Nova Launcher and you can stack the clocks together closer so there’s room for a big local clock and the calendar widget.

    “Keto tortillas and wraps are to regular tortillas and wraps what a Maserati is to a Lada Kalina.”

    Wraps are for masochists who haven’t embraced the positivity of naan for everything.

    Why make a burrito when you can make a burrito naanwich?

    And you must experience the joy of Turkish gozleme stuffed like a burrito.

    It’s like a stuffed burrito naanwich.

    Maybe in the next place we’ll have a tandoor. 🙂

    “I love men’s shampoos and shower gels.”

    Dettol bar soap for everything … except shaving.

    Because you have to have burned out all of the nerve endings in your face to be able to shave with Dettol bar soap. 🙂

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  2. “My stretch of rotten November luck continued into the second day of the month.”

    If you don’t like today, just think about six days from now when you’re going to have to go to the polls on November 8, and vote for one of the clowns on your Illinois ballot.

    And if you think you’ve got it bad, take a look at the Republican choices out here in Arizona!

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    1. So expensive! Although, in all honesty, the price of meat has also gone into the stratosphere. I routinely find myself staring at the price of chicken at the store, trying to figure out if it’s the price or the phone number.

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      1. Yeah, inflation has not been kind. I’ve been trying to skew toward cheaper meats, but also eating less of them and making up some of the calorie count with coconut oil. Not sure how sustainable that’ll be, long-term. Had to give up cream in my coffee, because that’s too expensive 😦

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      2. …but now that we’ve reached the 98-cents-a-pount turkey season, I have booted up the chest freezer and now I have four turkeys on standby. Thinking about getting two more– I think they’ll fit.

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  3. On 4) this is definitely a thing I need to work on. A lot. Failure at it is the #1 offense I take to confession with me, every dang time 😦 and I have overheard my kids confiding to their friends: “No, we can’t do that– Mama will yell at us.” Sigh.

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  4. #5 Reminded me of this:
    https://www.chesterton.org/quotations/essential-chesterton/
    “You say grace before meals.
    All right.
    But I say grace before the play and the opera,
    And grace before the concert and the pantomime,
    And grace before I open a book,
    And grace before sketching, painting,
    Swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing;
    And grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”
    G.K. Chesterton, From an unpublished poem called “A Grace” in his notebook

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