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I tend to use favoriting (or whatever the hell Twitter calls it now) to bookmark interesting links or just to remind myself of pithy 140-character wisdom that passes through the ether. A favorited tweet is not necessarily an endorsement, but I do love the stuff shared here.
- •“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” (Timber Hawkeye)
- •“Your kids... They don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” (Jim Henson)
- •Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses. (German Proverb)
- •Fresh polyester blends.
- •Cashiers who reek of tobacco from frequent smoke breaks because few people are checking out.
Okay, most of them are almost done, and I just need two or three hours at some point this weekend to wrap them up. But I should have known better than take them on.
- •Stick hot pokers in my eyes.Okay, maybe not that.
- •Sleep-forget the most stressful week of my career.And after almost 30 years in the news industry — which I left six years ago — that's saying something.
- •Flip between two hometown baseball games on the TV. All weekend long.Say what you will about Chicago, but at least it's a great sports market.
I grounded her the other day — I can't even remember why right now, even though she's generally a good kid and that kind of thing is kinda rare at our house. But our 8-year-old decided to pack a pillowcase one afternoon and go find "nicer parents." Here's what she opted to take with her before she eventually calmed down and changed her mind.
- •Her small carry-on overnight bag of Shopkins.We've lost count of how many she has. Has to be scores — maybe 150 or something. That's a crapload of tiny little plastic anthropomorphic groceries.
- •A dozen souvenir pennies from our recent trip to California.
- •A stuffed baby cheetah.
We made our annual pilgrimage today to the Chicagoland Highland Games in Itasca, Illinois. I wish I had been able to have a nice pasty or curried fries — and I'm not adventurous enough to give haggis a go — but a Belhaven Pilsner and three Irn-Bru sodas kept me relatively full.
- •Scotland's other official drink.Remember St. Joseph's children's aspirin? This is like a fizzy, extra-sugary version of that. And yes, I had three. I don't usually drink sugared soda, but I make an exception every year for this stuff.
- •Scotch eggs!The husband sampled whisky for breakfast at the festival. I settled for these beauties.
- •What I didn't dare try.I once walked past a food booth that was making haggis. I vowed never to try it after that. Sheep's stomach filled with organ meats pretty much smells as one might expect it to smell.
I love bacon, but the obsession at my hometown county fair got a little out of hand. (But I can be slightly more forgiving of "deep-fried [fill in the blank].")
I grew up tagging along with my family to small Filipino grocery stores and giant Chinese-, Japanese-, and Vietnamese-run supermarkets. I still love popping in for visits. Sometimes, I actually but a thing or two. But mostly, I take surreptitious photos to share.
- •I really need to get Facebook off the damn phone and get back to feeding my cows on Township.
- •Do I know you?
- •You annoyed me in elementary school and called me a fat cow in fourth grade. Tell me again why I should accept your friend request.
I have always considered myself a dog person. Chihuahuas, I have long concluded, are not real dogs.
- •The seventh circle of hell is guarded by a thousand Chihuahuas.
- •How many volts does it take to quiet a Chihuahua? Not kill it, just quiet it down.
- •Chihuahua meat probably is chewy and gamely, like incredibly tiny pieces of venison jerky.
- •How far into the suburbs do hawks and falcons fly? And are they hungry?