I cannot believe I've let three months go by. Worse, I don't have any real excuse except sheer laziness and a major case of writer's block. Mostly the former. So, here's another installment of Potpourri until something interesting happens.
James Russell Lowell once asked, "And what is so rare as a day in June?" Well, us denizens of north Texas got something even rarer: three...count 'em...THREE consecutive days in July with high temps in the upper 70's/low 80's. And on one of those days it RAINED. We dumped a good inch out of the rain gauge. What a gift that was.
A bit of advice: never EVER purchase a new computer and a new smart phone at the same time; it is more than your brain and stress-levels can stand, trying to set up and sync everything. After ten days, I think I have finally found tech nirvana. There...I probably just went and jinxed it.
My side of the family is growing again. We added another baby, a little cousin (my oldest first cousin's grandchild), born on July 15 in Washington state. We have two more hatchings due later this summer, also cousins. By the end of August, my aunt, my dad's sister, will have nine great-grandchildren on her family tree.
A good part of the reason I have been so bad about writing these little missives has to do with television. Richard and I have been boob tube fiends for the past few months, watching marathons of Mad Men, Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Halt and Catch Fire. We're now into Friday Night Lights. Our evenings go something like this:
Richard: We've got time to watch a couple of episodes before bed.
Richard (after we've watched the two episodes): Wanna watch one more?
Richard (after the third episode is over): Want some popcorn?
Richard: (after the fourth episode is finished): ONE more.
Me: Go make some more popcorn. And don't forget the butter this time.
I got so enthralled in the world of Westeros on Game of Thrones, that I fired up my Kindle and started reading the books. The first three books were pretty good, and I liked how they cleared up some of the confusing story lines in the screen version. I'm now about half way into the fifth book and I must admit I'm starting to get bored. George R. R. Martin, the author, has the worst case of keyboard diarrhea I've ever seen. He drones on and on and on. I'm convinced he has no intention of bringing the story to an end. If there is an ending, he had better hurry; his age and extreme obesity could be problematic.
Yep, I DID jinx myself. Excuse me while I try to fix things on my phone for the umpteenth time.
I'm back, but I won't say I fixed it because of the jinx thing. My kids' generation wouldn't understand it, but there was a time when people crippled along just fine without PCs and cell phones. Now, if the computer dies it's, like, half my brain just died with it. Or, if I'm out running errands and realize I've left my cell phone behind, I will stress out from worrying how I'll contact Richard if I'm in a fender-bender, or I have a flat somewhere. I've actually turned around and driven home to get it because it's not worth driving with that worry nagging at me. Progress can be a real pain in the rear sometimes.
Well, it's late and this little creative burst has pooped out. At least I got a blog, poor as it is, out of it. Hopefully the next installment won't take three months to post.
Lazy cat GIF: http://giphy.com/gifs/bxPnpFoYphgYM
George R. R. Martin: http://memebase.cheezburger.com/tag/george-rr-martin
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