1. I now have children who are responsible enough to make and keep dental appointments all on their own and as a parent I would like to think that this has something to do with how we raised them but I know it’s just that they’re good people.
2. The world is on fire so you might as well eat all the potato chips and be done with it.
3. We now have a new dishwasher, because why not – all of the appliances in the house seem to be succumbing to the general tenor of 2020 and I understand this, truly I do. The microwave has a new door handle, the fridge has a new water line, and we’re on our third tea kettle since quarantine back in March and I feel this general need to break down and be replaced in my bones, really I do. Maybe the appliances are simply being worn out because we’re home more and using them more. And maybe in this case it’s just because the dishwasher was 20 years old almost to the day and didn’t owe us a dime. It actually still worked pretty well, once you got it to work, but the electronic control panel finally died and they stopped making replacement parts back when we had an actual president instead of the criminal conspiracy that occupies the Oval Office these days. So we did some research and picked a model, and then called our usual appliance guy about installing it and were told that he refuses to work on that brand and we should either get a different appliance guy or get a different brand, so we researched that and decided that the brand he recommended was okay and got one. It works fine and is a whole lot quieter, though it has piercing bright lights that make the kitchen look like an airport.
4. When they took the old one out we found this underneath:
It’s a reminder that we got the dishwasher in the first place because we discovered that there is a world of difference between how many dishes a couple creates and how many dishes new parents create. Memories.
5. I’m now on my second book of crossword puzzles since the plague hit. This is a hobby that runs on both sides of my family and got passed down to me. I had a pile of puzzle-a-day calendars that basically got me through graduate school, for example, but for a long time now I have had to put them aside for lack of time. And then I was quarantined and picked up the book of “Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me!” crosswords that Kim had gotten for me as a gift a while ago. They weren’t hard to figure out even if you did have to work around the show-specific clues (who remembers individual episodes of an NPR quiz show? Probably not even the guests). Occasionally Oliver or Lauren would solve one as well, which was nice in a passing down the hobby sort of way. I bought a new book of puzzles when I finished – just difficult enough to be interesting but not so difficult that I couldn’t finish one in the time it took me to eat lunch, so no Sunday NYT puzzles this time – and I’m slowly working my way through it.
6. It amazes me how many crossword puzzles assume a working knowledge of 1970s American pop culture, though. Seriously. The world has moved on.
7. We painted the front of the garage this week. Like any household project in which I play a part, it’s more or less correct if you don’t look too closely at it. The wood is protected again, and the joy of white paint is that you don’t notice all the things that would give a professional a heart attack unless you get right up on it.
8. At what point does it become legal to feed the neighborhood barking dogs to the nearest large predator? Asking for a friend.
9. I keep thinking that I should have more time, now that the Atomic Bomb class is over, but this does not seem to be the case.
10. If I have learned anything during this plague- and Fascism-filled year it is that I will never be an alcoholic, which is a good thing to know even if there are times where simply being alive and aware of current events is enough to make a body wish they were more generally intoxicated than they were.