I love reading The Onion, The A.V. Club, and McSweeney's. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all three, but I do my very best. Yesterday was my "Catch Up on McSweeney's Articles Day" and I stumbled upon these two treasures:
"The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do." by Colin Nissan is an article that all my fellow writers will surely appreciate: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-ultimate-guide-to-writing-better-than-you-normally-do
"A Memo to the New Employee About Parking." by Seth Reiss is absolutely hilarious: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/a-memo-to-the-new-employee-about-parking
These articles won't take you long to read. But even if they did, it'd still be worth it.
Count it. There's $100 there. That was $100 that I could have used to make a car, student loan, cell phone bill, or insurance payment. Instead, it went to the Humane Society of Somerset County. And I'm proud of that.
Today marks nine months since I lost my best friend. Lollipop was my pride and joy; that adorable little dachshund was more like my child than my dog. She changed my life for the better. I loved her then and I love her now; death certainly has not seperated us.
These past nine months haven't been easy. I dream about her often and sometimes still cry on my way home from work, thinking about how much I miss her and the beautiful bond we shared. Alas, I continue to take one day at a time--it's much easier that way.
After Lolli passed away in June, I began to put what money I could aside from each of my paychecks. This evening, I finally had the opportunity to present this money to Sally Urban, president of the Somerset County Humane Society. It was an honor. I hope that Sally and her staff stretch every dollar and buy whatever the Humane Society needs during these cold winter months.
I'm not yet ready to get another dog, so I think this was the next best way to help animals in need. And I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to donate this money in Lolli's memory. I truly wouldn't have had it any other way.
Those of you who are following my bubble-blowing project on Facebook should be delighted to know that I ended my first bubbly month with a spectacularly bubbly purchase.
I didn’t go to the grocery store yesterday with the intention of walking out with 24 packs of gum. I really didn't. Please believe me.
This is what happened. I was walking out of the store very innocently when I came across a shopping cart full of gum priced at a reasonable 25 cents per pack. I couldn’t resist.
I dived into the shopping cart and grabbed as many packs as I could. My arms were overflowing. My mouth was salivating. I sprinted to the register and poured all the gum onto the belt.
"Gum overload," I told the cashier.
"That's okay," she replied.
Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Fifteen more times.
I'm both proud and pleased. Let month #2 of this bubble-blowing project commence!
P.S. If you have no idea what said project entails, please feel free to click on the following link for an explanation: http://www.dailyamerican.com/opinion/editorials/da-ot-daily-bubble-gum-fun-20130116,0,7412452.column
Fiction, poetry, and all that good stuff . . .