Blogs You Should Know About

If, like me, you need something to read this weekend that doesn’t require a 600 page commitment since the kiddos start school in, like, thirtEEN MINUTES!!!AHHH! How did this happen?! Pencils, we need pencils!

Here are some blogs to help you out.

First up, a brand new blogger comes out swinging.  He’s a childhood friend/neighbor/witness to me falling from so many bicycles and genuinely funny guy, check out Altastic Assorted Shenanigans  https://elkchuckle.wordpress.com/

Next, daily posts from Fictionspawn.com come complete with amazing art, great stories and depth that you won’t find on my site.

I will always point readers to Sleepy Tiger Stories.  I am not good enough with the words to describe how incredible these stories always are.  The most recent tale Cracks in the Concrete, I have yet to read, but it sits there waiting to be read like an expensive bottle of wine just waits on a shelf promising splendidness.  That’s totally a word.

Finally, J.M. Williams has great shorts.  Wait. Those words are problematic. Mr. Williams is a fantastic author blog.  Short stories, three line tales and insight into the world of being a writer doing this thing for more than fun (but for fun too because you will certainly hear the joy of writing while reading this blog).

Long story short, here are better ways to spend your valuable reading time than my contribution to the internet.

 

Happy weekend everybody!

 

 

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Myth Battles 

The firstborn is really, really into Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  Thank goodness, because that is one very good series of books, and the little human’s interest in history (godly or not) is picking up.  Win win situation.

As this is the current “it” item in our home, we’re pretty inundated with Percy Jackson.  Play time is dedicated to Olympian sword fights, taking down Ares and trying to find Pan.  Drive time does not escape the story either as we’re making our way through the series in audio book form.

The audio books are amazingly well done.  The narrator keeps the pace going, gives each character (a whole pantheon it seems) their own voice and acts out scenes with incredible skill.  The firstborn loves it.  He’s completely enamored with listening to the book read by someone who isn’t me trying to stay awake and fumbling over words.

The toddler though.  Oh golly the toddler.  The youngest is not exactly a “sit and listen” type.  From time to time (read: every drive) he just yammers, shouts, and generally makes noise for the sole purpose of impeding his older brother’s story intake.  When this happens, the story is paused until the toddler calms down and we can listen again.

Sometimes it takes a whole drive for the toddler to allow the story to play out.  This is wildly upsetting to the firstborn and we parents hear, “can we play the story now?” over and over again in increasingly impatient tones.

This was a problem.  I like solving problems.  So, for those moments in the car that we can’t listen to the hijinx of one Perseus Jackson, the firstborn can now play the part.
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The Lunch Bag Note

“Ah, did you get a note from your mom?” Eriq asked.

Tyson was caught off guard.  He and Eriq had been eating lunch together for years, but this was apparently the first time the customary lunch had been noticed.

“Yeah, my mom has been leaving me notes in my lunch box since kindergarten,” Tyson explained.

“That’s actually pretty cute,” Eriq admitted.

“It used to be.  The notes were once ‘I love you! Have a great day!’ kinda stuff.” Tyson said, beginning to read over today’s note.

“What are they now?”

“Well, at some point she started posting them to Insta and her followers started sharing the…the ones that are really, really weird for the most part,” Tyson said.

“Your mom’s Insta famous?” Eriq was confounded.

“In a way.  Here’s today’s note; ‘the arachnid king of Neptune only eats the weak.’ Followed by a picture of a spider wearing a crown eating a butterfly.”

“That’s gibberish.”

“It has 6,000 likes.” Tyson said through a sigh.

Second Blog?

I’m addicted. So second blog it is!

Come on over to Lunch Hour Characters for bad art, silly captions and watch my slow decent into madness as characters come to life in the odd moments of downtime.

https://lunchhourcharacters.wordpress.com/

We’ll see how this single topic blog thing works out.  Experimentation is good.  With that mentality I think it becomes a science blog…

…no.

You could give my Facebook page a ‘like’ and technically be subscribed to both this site and Lunch Hour Characters all at once.  That’s efficiency.

Have a great weekend!

To the Fine Patrons and Owners of Lucky’s Freeway Diner

fountain-pen-1851096_640To the fine patrons and owners of Lucky’s Freeway Diner, creators of unique spins on diner classics like the “Mama’s Chicken Fried Steak” and “Stack-o-Cakes”, I am sorry.

From the moment I entered the establishment and loudly declared the smell of kitchen to be “totally fudgin’ amazeballs” I set a bad example of what a good patron sounds like.  To make matters worse, wearing my torn jeans and blood stained shirt left my visual aesthetic to be desired.

Let me tell you of the moments leading to my appearance in the entryway of the cozy little diner, as I feel some explanation will help explain my behavior.

You see, I’m not usually one for dramatic entrances.  But the hours leading up to my terrible behavior might help my pending court case. Continue reading

I Wound Up Recreating Toys of My Youth Despite Best Intentions

Mighty Max and Micro Machines were the big toys of my early years.  They were awesome.  One or two plastic figurines (aka; dolls) to bounce around a small scene and play out fun stories with was all that was needed to keep an afternoon busy or a car ride short.  My brother and I had scores of these little sets. Looking back, I do wonder if we had so many options simply to keep us quiet for a little while as dinner was prepared or the drive to some far off place was underway.  I totally understand that need as it is exactly why I made the above item. Continue reading

Fourth Quarter Earnings Report

“Team!” Shouted the silhouetted figure walking a precisely lit stage.  A staff of over 4,000 employees of The Company and Co, LLC screamed with excitement and joy in response.

The stage lights changed and the company’s CEO stood center stage wearing a well made suit and a tie featuring bananas.  He raised his arms in a V and shouted once more, “team!”

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