No RSVP Required

I received an amazing email today: “[Our holiday party] is happening this year. In accordance with Michigan state laws, we are limiting the number of guests outside of our immediate family to zero. […] You are hereby uninvited.” In other words, do not RSVP. Do not BYOB. Please find it in your heart to spread a littleContinue reading “No RSVP Required”

Friday Chai Day and Other Joy Generators

Whoever said variety is the spice of life obviously wasn’t very observant. Or maybe they were just stuck in a rut and trying to validate throwing everything into the breeze and starting over from scratch. Or trying to make a few bucks with self-help advice, hustling anyone who would listen: Hey! Hey, you! You wantContinue reading “Friday Chai Day and Other Joy Generators”

My Closed-Captioned Life (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zoom)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an ode to my (dis)ability, so I figured it was time to bring out my ole soapbox and do a bit of barbaric yawping a-top of it. The other day, my college-aged son confessed to me (in a weirdly excited way), “Mom, I think I have your thing. IContinue reading “My Closed-Captioned Life (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zoom)”

Vacation Deprivation

My brain is doing that thing again. The irritable twitching when I get an email. The momentary burst of headache when I hear a door close. The obsessive inability to look away from all the little pieces of dust on the floor, which is naturally paired with the nothing-done about such pieces. Seriously, they justContinue reading “Vacation Deprivation”

Trivial Things: Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke (or as I first knew it, Mononoke Hime) will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in Japan without English subtitles, where I could somewhat follow what was going on. It was also one of the first animation films I saw that had two centralContinue reading “Trivial Things: Hayao Miyazaki”

Tsumaranai Mono (aka Trivial Things)

You can tell a lot about a person by convincing them to let you into their home and look around for awhile. Oof, did that sound weird-creepy? That was weird-creepy. Let me start over. I’m not a particularly material girl (I don’t hold onto a lot of stuff, Marie Kondo would be very bored here)Continue reading “Tsumaranai Mono (aka Trivial Things)”

My Favorite Mask-Takes

I’ve done a couple of safe-cations in our current pandemic climate, and hope to do a few more over the next year or so (yes, I’m prepared to safe-cation for as long as it takes). So inevitably, I am going to be out there, wearing my mask and encountering other people wearing their masks. AndContinue reading “My Favorite Mask-Takes”

Have Hearing Loss, Will Travel

Deaf people can do anything hearing people can do, except hear. Dr. I. King Jordan I grew up not being bothered too much with the world around me; the more exciting stuff was going on in my head. I trusted that, if it was ever really important, my sister and parents would steer me inContinue reading “Have Hearing Loss, Will Travel”