Thursday, December 31, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, New Year's Eve Edition

1. champagne
2. the vague possibility of being able to stay awake until midnight
3. sleeping in tomorrow
4. Dick Clark*
5. not doing the crowded thing

*RIP

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sleepy Dogs Edition

1. furry bellies
2. those little yip noises they make when they're dreaming really hard
3. when Gracie thwaps her tail because she's sleep-wagging it
4. big doggie sighs
5. comfy beds

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Let it Snow (??) Edition

1. how very little snow there is
2. how quickly it should melt
3. shoveling out the neighbors anyway so they don't slip
4. that second cup of coffee
5. not having to go anywhere today

Monday, December 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Slow Cup of Coffee Edition

1. biscotti
2. contemplatively dipping
3. maybe a sip
4. wondering (briefly) if I should do anything productive
5. a second biscotti

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Sunday Edition

1. not having the Sunday blues
2. not going to campus tomorrow
3. being a full-time poet
4. with a clean house
5. and a whole bunch of new books

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Aftermath Edition

1. dogs who let me sleep until 9 on occasion
2. PJs for as much of the day as I can manage
3. putting away some of the Christmas detritus
4. reusable bags
5. a really big recycling bin

Friday, December 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Christmas Day Edition

1. having a little quiet time to myself in the morning
2. feeling blessed in this life
3. leftover biscotti
4. a cup of coffee
5. Jed agreeing to get up at 9, the lazy slug

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Christmas Eve Edition

1. not having a mouse who could be stirring (as far as I know)
2. Christmas lights
3. hanging out with people you love (and people you like!)
4. giving some good presents
5. making the dark a little brighter*

*possibly with cookies

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cookie Boxes Edition Part 2

1. molasses spice cookies
2. chocolate chip cookies*
3. salted caramel cashew shortbread bars**
4. chocolate crinkle cookies
5. puffy lemon cookies***

*they're a classic for a reason, people
**damn straight
***there's probably a better name for them but I don't know what it is

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cookie Boxes Edition (Part 1)

1. cinnamon spiced mixed nuts
2. candied orange peel*
3. chocolate and vanilla biscotti
4. orange cinnamon biscotti
5. caramel chocolate thumbprints

*very big with the grandmother crowd. Who knew?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Monday Monday Edition

1. not being able to trust that day
2. how every other day of the week is fine*
3. guaranteeing that Monday evening you would still be here with me
4. ear worms with good harmonies
5. being grateful for the occasional break from Christmas songs

*fiiiine! Yeah! 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Relaxed Sunday Edition

1. not feeling terribly pressured to do anything
2. date night
3. football games
4. a fire in the fireplace
5. breaking into the Christmas snacks

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Getting Ready to Make Cookies Edition

1. figuring out what cookies to make
2. putting together some dough
3. freezing what dough I can for later
4. having a zillion cookie sheets
5. those little racks that hold 3 cookie sheets vertically so you can spare some counter space

Friday, December 18, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Not-So Random Friday Edition

1. when your husband texts you to find out how many of the last-minute giving tree gifts you can afford to buy
2. buying a bunch of them
3. sending him off to work with them
4. wrapping presents
5. holiday spirit and all that jazz

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Five Things That Don't Suck, OMG Is It Really the 17th Edition

1. getting gifts packed up
2. maybe making it to the post office
3. putting together stocking stuffers
4. possibly having a tree with more than one ornament on it*
5. lunch with a friend, which allows me to forget about all of the above for a little while

*theoretical

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Winter Break Edition

1. Christmas shopping with the Binks
2. lunch with the self-same Binks
3. the possibility of more Binks-based Christmas shopping after lunch
4. getting mentally prepared for putting together cookie boxes
5. sending out the first batch of cards

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Professor Day Before Break Edition

1. breakfast with writers
2. talking about poets
3. having most of my grading done
4. deliberately refusing to feel like I'm behind on all the Christmas stuff
5. all the Christmas stuff

Monday, December 14, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Monday Edition

1. a quiet-ish day on campus
2. getting lights on the tree*
3. and maybe ornaments*
4. feeling sort of like Christmas
5. feeling a lot like winter break

*theoretical

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Powerful Immune System Edition

1. knocking out a cold before it really has a chance to set in
2. zinc
3. Airborne*
4. lots and lots of sleep
5. waking up the next day feeling invincible

*it's gross, and probably gets all its power from the placebo effect, but I swear by it

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Definitely Not Getting Sick Edition

1. knowing that being sleepy all the time is just fun
2. not having a sore throat, absolutely not
3. Sudafed
4. feeling 100% like myself at all times
5. not having an impending feeling of doom

Friday, December 11, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Friday of the Semester Edition

1. being very, very, very close to break*
2. having a good start on my grading
3. beginning to think about getting ready for Christmas
4. short days on campus
5. how ridiculously warm it still is

*Tuesday afternoon, people. Tuesday afternoon.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of Classes Edition

1. the opportunity to see what my students can really do
2. looking forward to reading their final papers*
3. being so very, very close to winter break I can almost taste it
4. being in complete denial about how much work those final papers will be
5. this whole professor gig

*really!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Christmas Spirit Edition

1. people who want to be nice to other people
2. how much fun it can be to buy a gift for someone
3. wanting to feel this way all the time
4. secrets
5. chocolate

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Tuesday of Classes Edition

1. the annual peer tutor party
2. probably not having to make dinner
3. sending some of my international students off into winter break
4. getting ready to wrap up my other class in a couple of days
5. caffeine

Monday, December 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Week of Classes Edition

1. knowing there is grading coming, but not caring
2. students who are panicked when they come to see me, but feel better when they leave
3. a respite from meetings...soon...
4. how good these final papers are going to be
5. being able to count on one hand the number of times my alarm is going to go off between now and winter break*

*five, ironically enough

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Brunch Edition

1. when someone else makes the coffee
2. and serves it to you in a china cup
3. a lovely fruit cup
4. maybe a waffle
5. a jazz trio playing in a distant room

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Chore Day Edition

1. clean gutters*
2. an organized-ish shed*
3. clean laundry*
4. the stubborn leaves--you know, the ones that refuse to fall until you think you're done for the year--raked up*
5. not doing a damn thing tomorrow**

*theoretical
**probably not the least bit theoretical

Friday, December 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Just a Regular Friday Edition

1. the Indian food that will be at today's monthly department meeting
2. the last dept. meeting of the year
3. not having a dept. meeting on the last day of classes
4. maybe seeing some people for FND tonight
5. the approach of winter break

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Just Another Thursday Edition

1. being all caught up after yesterday
2. homemade applesauce*
3. having a little time this morning to get my act together on campus
4. having the house to myself tonight
5. maybe writing a poem or something

*because yum

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Wednesday Edition

1. rain instead of snow
2. plants getting a nice long drink without snow being involved
3. the fact that it is still warm enough for rain
4. sleepy bees
5. soup

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Tuesday Edition

1. having tomorrow off-campus
2. using that day to get totally caught up for the semester-end blitz
3. or caught up on napping
4. or going to the thrift store, maybe
5. stuffing

Monday, November 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Back to Campus Edition

1. two cancellations back-to-back this morning*
2. student conferences
3. the last 2 weeks of classes for the semester
4. jasmine tea
5. the prospect of having time to read

*almost definitely not going to nap in my office

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of Thanksgiving Break Edition

1. staying in PJs as long as possible
2. a turkey sandwich before things get packed up for the freezer
3. the last of the pie
4. how warm it's been
5. getting ready to wind down another semester

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Saturday that Feels Like it Should Be Monday Edition

1. the fact that it's definitely not Monday
2. the fact that it won't be Monday tomorrow, either
3. one last morning to hang out with my family
4. maybe watching a movie tonight
5. falling asleep on the couch

Friday, November 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Pie for Breakfast Day Edition

1. pie. For breakfast.
2. sitting on the couch watching football with a nephew I haven't seen in way too long
3. all of the family and friends who filled my house with laughter yesterday
4. getting a little sleep last night*
5. messages from distant friends

*not enough, but more than I've been getting lately

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Favorite Day of the Year Edition

1. having a giant table surrounded by family and friends
2. hugs
3. laughter
4. maybe a little wine
5. pie

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Thanksgiving Prep Edition

1. making pies
2. spatchcocking the first turkey
3. a clean house
4. leftover Chinese food
5. eating the leftover Chinese food early enough in the day that it makes room for the aforementioned turkey plus the 2nd turkey, as yet uncooked

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Five Things That Don't Suck, Last Day Before Thanksgiving Break Edition

1. how it's...you know...the last day before Thanksgiving Break
2. how quiet campus is going to be today*
3. being all caught up on work stuff so I can go straight into cooking and cleaning mode today
4. hiring someone to come in and do the cleaning**
5. sleeping in a little tomorrow**

*it's quiet...too quiet
**theoretical, sadly

Monday, November 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Short Week/Long Lunch Edition

1. working one-on-one with students today
2. lunch with Nan*
3. listening to good music on the drive down to Westerly
4. and back
5. 1 1/2-day weeks

*Hi, Nan!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lazy-ish Sunday Edition

1. any time anyone scores against the Jets*
2. good friends who are willing to lend out tables for Thanksgiving
3. panini
4. dogs who steal each other's beds
5. me and my mom, narrating the football games

*Go Texans??

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Betty Campbell Edition

1. how much she loved her children
2. and her grandchildren
3. and her great grandchildren
4. and the people who married them
5. 99 love-filled years

Friday, November 20, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Friday Edition

1. the knowledge that, although it may be raining, it is nonetheless Friday
2. how warm it is out
3. the cookies I made for the peer writing tutors meeting
4. the peer writing tutors
5. the last meeting of the semester

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Not Enough Sleep Edition

1. coffee
2. the possibility of a nap later
3. maybe a little more coffee
4. tea
5. loving my job so much that I know it will wake me up

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off-Campus Wednesday Edition

1. haircuts
2. errands
3. getting errands finished so I no longer need to run errands
4. not having to get out of bed before it's light outside
5. slow mornings

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Back to Reality Edition

1. the week before Thanksgiving break
2. the two weeks after Thanksgiving break
3. um...Thanksgiving break?
4. working with engaged, interested, interesting students
5. knowing I can get a nap this afternoon

Monday, November 16, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Much-Belated Monday Edition

1. long drives without traffic
2. or construction
3. good memories of excellent times with friends who love you
4. peanut M&Ms
5. stick shifts

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hanging with Poets Edition

1. hanging out with poets
2. maybe occasionally forgetting to post a FTTDS list because you're having too much time
3. the poets with whom you get to hang out
4. long conversations
5. wine

Friday, November 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hotel Edition

1. a long bath
2. takeout
3. whatever ridiculous thing is on cable TV
4. sleeping in a little*
5. getting to see good friends

*theoretical. Also, for "sleeping in" on a road trip, please read "sleeping past 6."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poetry Road Trip Edition

Friends, I'm going to be traveling for a few days, so posts may be delayed or nonexistent. I'm sure you can handle the disappointment. 

1. Pittsburgh
2. going to see poets
3. talking to poets
4. wine with poets*
5. road trips

*it's the best kind of wine

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Veterans Day Edition

1. veterans
2. being able to be grateful for what they've done whether or not you approve of the situations in which they were asked to do it
3. coming home
4. being come home to
5. knowing there's no apostrophe in "veterans"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, What Day Is It Again? Edition

1. uninterrupted sleep*
2. being okay with not being able to think of anything after #1 because #1 sounds so damn good
3. knowing that the students will get me awake and engaged
4. the possibility of an afternoon nap, shimmering like an oasis in the distance
5. camels

*I remember something like that happening once, in the Before Time. In the Long Long Ago.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Back At It Edition

1. students who gives some notice when canceling appointments
2. caffeine
3. something approaching a normal schedule, maybe
4. getting my proverbial act together
5. hope

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Thoughtful Friends Edition

1. pictures of red maples putting on their full November show
2. notes
3. cards
4. how funny people can be
5. love and love and love

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Warm November Edition

1. not wanting to jinx anything about this winter by talking about how warm it is now
2. how warm it is now, though. Seriously.
3. bees flying around, all happy and stuff
4. iced coffee
5. a little moisture in the air

Friday, November 6, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Just for Clancy Edition*

1. Clancy
2. Zazz
3. The Farm
4. Betty's Kitchen
5. the PPP

*sorry, everyone who isn't Clancy, but she needs it

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Purely Theoretical Edition

1. getting ahead of the class-prep game
2. getting the house clean
3. getting my workout in
4. having a quiet, relaxed evening
5. sleeping really well tonight and waking rested tomorrow

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Wednesday Edition

1. hanging out with family, no matter the reason
2. coffee
3. my adorable Bride of Frankenstein coffee cup*
4. getting in a quick run if I can
5. (because there might be) Munchkins (in the house right now)

*

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Balmy Tuesday Edition

1. putting off winter a little longer
2. enjoying both of my Tuesday classes
3. weekly phone calls with the folks
4. being in the middle of a really good book
5. cleaning the house this afternoon*

*???

Monday, November 2, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Monday Edition

1. the pearl earrings Turquoise left me
2. maps
3. sticky notes
4. a really good cup of coffee
5. Milky Way bars

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Trying to Make the Most of Falling Back Edition

1. Jed getting to sleep in (from his point of view) while still waking up at a reasonable hour (from mine)
2. not waking up in the dark tomorrow
3. the fact that March isn't THAT far away, I guess
4. me being able to sleep a little better than I used to, so at least I wasn't up at 5 this morning
5. um...that March thing again? No? Um...leaves? Something?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Halloween Edition

1. Vincent Price's voice
2. not having to hear The Monster Mash again until next October
3. little kids in adorable costumes
4. the sound autumn leaves make when you walk through them
5. tiny candy bars

Friday, October 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Late-October Friday Edition

1. spending a brief amount of time in quiet reflection on the question of where the hell August went, much less September and October
2. eating tiny candy bars*
3. short days on campus
4. the prospect of reading a good book for pleasure this weekend for the first time this semester
5. autumn leaves

*in moderation, people

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy, Rainy, Rainy Thursday Edition

1. rain in a time of drought
2. how warm it is out there
3. how good my hair looks when it's humid*
4. that little bit of ache in my legs that tells me I ran yesterday
5. having all of my grading and prep done before the weekend**

*no lie
**theoretical

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off-Campus Wednesday Edition

1. the ridiculous stickers I bought to put on my students' papers, because what college sophomores and juniors don't want a sticker that says "GOOD JOB!" or one with an apple balanced on top of a stack of books?*
2. getting a run in before going out to dinner with Jed
3. going out to dinner with Jed
4. making some cards because I'm not writing right now
5. sleeping well past 6:30**

*or BOTH?
**the very best part of off-campus days if you ask me

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Printmaking Tuesday Edition

1. making prints instead of, say, reading papers
2. okay, fine, reading papers, too*
3. thinking about Christmas card designs
4. magically knowing how to hand-letter**
5. being creative even when I'm not writing

*especially from this class, which is a really good one
**theoretical

Monday, October 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Wow--6:30 Sure Does Come Early on Mondays Doesn't It Edition

1. the relative quiet of the early morning walk with the dogs
2. having as much as possible set up the night before so I don't have to think too much
3. dishwashers
4. knowing I'll get to see great students today
5. naps

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Tucking in the Bees for the Season Edition

1. making sure everyone is okay
2. maybe giving them some food
3. the very slight possibility of getting a little honey this year*
4. trying not to worry about them all winter
5. that feeling during a January thaw when they all come out and stretch their wings for a little bit

*very slight, sadly

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Saturday Edition

1. big sweatshirts
2. warm socks
3. good books
4. coffee
5. how this list isn't so much a "random Saturday" list as a "pretty much every Saturday in the cold months" list

Friday, October 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Truly Random Friday Edition

1. snail mail
2. eyeliner
3. garlic
4. having an esophagus
5. the way "esophagus" always makes me think of "Snuffleupagus"

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, 21st Anniversary Edition

1. see yesterday's post, only applied to marriage instead of dating
2. music
3. quiet dinners at home
4. a well-built life
5. gratitude

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, 300th Monthaversary Edition

1. being together for 25 years
2. keeping our own time
3. marking our own milestones
4. getting married the day after our 48th monthaversary
5. neologisms

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Tuesday Edition

1. cinnamon
2. how unkillable mint is
3. the bracelet I'm wearing today
4. signing a book contract*
5. Sudafed

*which I totally did yesterday and which deserves its own post but whatever

Monday, October 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Brrrrrrr Edition

1. when Jed leaves his cozy warm fleece jacket readily available for me to use on the early-morning dog walk
2. wait a second was that frost???  crisp fall air
3. having wood pellets delivered tomorrow
4. the myriad ways in which that is not a moment too soon
5. not quite needing to put on socks yet*

*or at least the denial regarding said need

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, I Keep Forgetting to Post So Take What You Can Get Edition

1. um...remembering to post?
2. being pretty damn content
3. occasional bouts of laziness
4. especially if said bouts come with cups of coffee and maybe a cookie
5. bigfoot

Friday, October 16, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Short-Week Friday Edition

1. going to bed without an alarm set tonight
2. how all my lists lately only really seem to need one item
3. a relatively easy day today
4. maybe doing some writing again sometime soon
5. warm, fuzzy (volunteer) footrest dogs

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Belated Thursday Edition

1. realizing at any point in the day that I forgot to make a FTTDS list this morning
2. being in a place where I don't really find the daily lists necessary
3. writing them anyway
4. how really, really pretty the leaves are this time of year
5. the way the light slants and warms in the afternoon

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, NH Reading Edition

1. me, reading with Sara Biggs Chaney at the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH tonight*
2. getting to actually meet the Notorious SBC in person even though it feels like I already have
3. the magical ways in which I'm going to accomplish everything I need to get done between now and when I leave for NH this afternoon
4. dinner with Clancy and Mark afterwards**
5. hugs. Because oh yes, there will be hugging

*details HERE
*hi again, Clancy!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Actually Home Edition

1. sleeping late
2. not having to be back on campus until Thursday
3. not really needing 3 more things that don't suck
4. getting to see Clancy tomorrow*
5. coffee. Lots and lots of coffee

*Hi, Clancy!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Homecoming Edition

1. my own bed
2. sleeping in it
3. still being on October break
4. getting caught up
5. sleepy, sleepy dogs

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck On the Road Edition

Friends, I'll be traveling for a few days. I've lined up a post or two, but there might be a couple of days where things that don't suck go without being listed. It will all be okay. Things still won't suck. I promise.

1. EZ Pass
2. ginger ale
3. getting on the road before anyone else is up
4. when the dogs don't know about the luggage*
5. road tunes

*sadly, this is theoretical for this trip

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Tuesday Is My Friday Edition

1. road trips
2. POET road trips
3. to see people who have been so supportive of Dead Man's Float and all my other work that I can't wait to thank them
4. AND to see family I love
5. the four-dog circus that will ensue

Monday, October 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Book Book BOOK BOOK BOOK Edition

1. having the book I wrote for Turquoise picked up by a publisher
2. on Turqi's birthday
3. withdrawing the ms. from other publishers
4. how happy I am that it's found this particular home
5. losing sleep for all the best reasons

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck Here Comes the Sun Edition

1. how happy the birds sound
2. the charity road racers who get to run in today's weather instead of yesterday's
3. checking on the bees
4. getting what may be the last few days of warm weather before I start talking full-time about how things like socks and sweaters don't suck
5. getting a bit of rain before autumn really sets in

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cool Weekend Edition

1. snuggling
2. sweaters
3. cocoa
4. catching up on writing reviews*
5. movie night at home with the dogs**


*theoretical
**and popcorn***
***and, you know. Jed.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Stormy Friday Morning Edition

1. the occasional appointment cancellation
2. time for a little coffee*
3. and to finish the last of my grading before the weekend
4. funny emails from relatives
5. maybe not drowning in a downpour today

*in my office

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Countdown Edition

1. being less than a week away from seeing a bunch of my favorite people
2. doing some poetry stuff
3. having surprises
4. slumber parties
5. a large number of large, sweet dogs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, New Appliances Edition

1. a new stove
2. a new dishwasher
3. really nice delivery guys
4. being done with the busiest part of my day at 9:30
5. shiny things

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sleepy Tuesday Edition

1. sleeping
2. my bed
3. blankets
4. a nice, comfy pillow or two
5. not snoring because I am a lady

Monday, September 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Disappearing Moon Edition

1. how small we are
2. how fast we're moving
3. how slow it can seem
4. people stopping to have a conversation about the moon like it's 1756 or something
5. strange beauty

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Good Poetry News Edition

1. the fact that I can't just say "Good News Edition" on a Sunday, because of the Good News Bible
2. having dancing girl press pick up my third chapbook*
3. finding out what other fine poets are going to have work at dgp in the coming year
4. working with Kristy Bowen again
5. writing new poems

*you can get my first chapbook, Dear Turquoise, here; and my second chapbook, Creature Feature, here

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hanging Out With Poets Edition

1. talking about poetry
2. foul, foul language
3. foul language about poetry
4. stories about other poets, some of which involve foul language
5. waking up the next day and starting a poem*

*foul language optional

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friday Morning Edition

1. Clancy's coming--again!*
2. having a little time before my first student arrives
3. the easy availability of coffee on campus
4. coffee in general
5. short work days right before the weekend

*Hi, Clancy!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lazy Thursday Edition

1. getting a little extra time to hang out this morning before I have to go to campus
2. the fact that this extra time comes on a day when I have to stay a couple of hours later than usual
3. long talks with good friends
4. clean sheets
5. cup holders

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Belated Wednesday Edition

1. remembering, eventually, to post a FTTDS list
2. having a good enough day that it's okay that it's late because why not?
3. being late*
4. bunnies
5. soup

*okay, that generally sucks, but whatever. NOT THIS TIME.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Tuesday Edition

1. talking to my folks, who are bound to say something funny
2. being caught up, grading-wise*
3. warm days and cool nights
4. quilts
5. not being ready to start listing things like quilts and socks but being okay with doing it anyway

*until tomorrow afternoon, anyway

Monday, September 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Chilly Morning Edition

1. sticking firm in my decision to stay with iced coffee until I need to turn the heat on
2. the occasional over-shirt
3. wearing flats instead of sandals, maybe?
4. blueberry bread left over from yesterday
5. maybe getting a review drafted

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Printmaking Edition

1. ink
2. paper
3. not really knowing how something is going to look until it happens
4. how every print is a little different
5. using different parts of your brain

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Quiet Weekend Edition

1. clean house
2. nowhere to be
3. lots to read
4. a couple of sleepy dogs
5. a sleepy Jed

Friday, September 18, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Friday Edition

1. morning dew
2. fairy lights
3. the fact that tonight is the best going-to-sleep night of my whole week*
4. the last, melancholy days of iced coffee weather**
5. thistle

*because I have two days ahead of me where I don't have to wake up to an alarm

**I know, I know. There are people out there who are going to say, "But you can have iced coffee any time! You put ice in other drinks when it's cold out, don't you?" No. No, I do not. You have your pumpkin spice whatever; I have my changeover to hot coffee. Mark the season however you'd like.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Dogs with Issues Edition

1. Butler having a dad who will sit on the floor and pet him when they're both having a tough day
2. Gracie having a mom who will take her out twice in a row because it's hard for a lady to get down to business when a big black greyhound is tugging at her and getting in her way and such
3. singing to Butler to help him settle
4. the fact that my singing to Butler helps him settle
5. belly rubs

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off-Campus Wednesday Edition

1. thinking about road trips, whether or not there are any on the schedule
2. getting lost on Google maps for a while, looking at road trips through, say, Italy
3. Italy
4. remembering that I froze some leftover waffles a few weeks ago and they are available for breakfast today*
5. being a poet for as much of the day as I want to

*well, they WERE, anyway

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Tuesday Edition

1. being able to type
2. the letter "f"
3. all the other letters, really
4. that time I threw a cloth napkin and knocked a fly out of the air and then did the exact same thing 10 minutes later with a dishcloth and a different fly*
5. a solid night of sleep

*try that with a paper napkin or a sponge. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, No-Class On-Campus Day Edition

1. meeting with students
2. getting caught up with prep and paper work
3. maybe having time to work on a blurb or two that I owe people
4. and that Massachusetts Cultural Council application that's due in a couple of weeks
5. being done by 1 and ready to full-time poet again

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Sunday Edition

1. a clean house
2. leftover cake in the kitchen
3. no real plans
4. a couple of sleeping dogs
5. the opportunity for a nap later

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poet Visit Edition

1. poets
2. when they visit
3. how smart they are
4. and how good to talk with
5. cake

Friday, September 11, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, How to Make it Better Edition

1. create meaningful cross-cultural dialog
2. understand that your experience is not THE universal experience
3. show respect for differences
4. remove the word "tolerance" from your vocabulary and replace it with "acceptance"
5  more hugs*

*I mean it. One extra hug a day. Do it.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poet-Professor Edition

1. balance
2. the way that balance is a thing that exists
3. totally knowing how to find that balance
4. and how to hold that balance
5. and the occasional round of fooling oneself

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, National Suicide Prevention Week Edition

1. you
2. how essential you are in the world
3. how truly loved you are
4. the people who have saved me
5. this life

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Professor and Poet Edition

1. maybe being able to balance this whole poet/professor thing this semester
2. writing some poems over the weekend
3. being ready for class today
4. office hours
5. a gradual ramp-up for the semester

Monday, September 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Long Weekend Edition

1. having time to hang out with Jed
2. and make some art
3. and draft a poem
4. and get working on some blurbs I owe to friends for their new books (!!)
5. and sit with the bees

Sunday, September 6, 2015

A Poem that Doesn't Suck

I have a poem up at Clementine Poetry Journal. It's so fresh it still has that new poem smell, but it won't lose half its value the second you drive it off the lot. Check it out if you'd like.

Five Things that Don't Suck, Except for the Poor Spiders Edition

1. running a vacuum in all the corners
2. sucking up the chihuahuas of dog hair that have been tumbleweeding their way through the house
3. hunting down that web on the stairs
4. not seeing some kind of thin, shining thread in a new place every time the light changes
5. giving some of the flies and moths a fighting chance

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Biting Off More than I Can Chew Edition

1. friends who think I can find humor in anything
2. the pressure to be creative
3. deciding external pressure is a stupid reason for doing anything
4. not having to be at the kind of meeting where I have to vote on whether we're going to take a vote or not*
5. the unanimous** vote to not think about meetings at all for the next three days, minimum

*I wish the knowledge of how much not being at one of those meetings doesn't suck were theoretical, but, alas, 'tis not.

**One of one in favor

Friday, September 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Knowing Your Audience Edition

1. knowing your audience
2. valuing those readers
3. respecting them as readers
4. allowing their value of your work to have meaning
5. putting the work first

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Theoretical Travel Plans Edition

1. road trips
2. emailing a friend to say, "If this happens, can I crash with you?"
3. the enthusiasm of the yes
4. and the speed
5. planning a route I don't even know if I need

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bonus: An Interview and a Poem, Neither of Which Suck

Hi all,

First off, the lovely Nicole Rollender posted this interview with me at her blog Carpe Noctem. Show her a little love, why don't you? It's the first chapbook interview she's posted, and I'm happy to be a part of it.

Second, Lumen has posted my poem "Judas" in their most recent issue. Take a look if you're so inclined.

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off-Campus Wednesday Edition

1. throwing my regular campus schedule for a loop once in a while*
2. not having any grading to do yet
3. thinking about making some art
4. or working on some poems
5. or taking a long walk

*perhaps inconvenient, but it keeps me on my toes

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Back on Campus Edition

1. how pretty Peacock Pond is
2. seeing students again
3. how much hugging will be going on*
4. being reasonably sure I haven't forgotten anything major
5. new students

*not just with me--Wheaton is a huggy campus. There will be a LOT of hugging

Monday, August 31, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of Summer Break Edition

1. no alarm in the morning
2. a slow, relaxed breakfast
3. that second glass of iced coffee
4. working on my own projects, on my own time
5. knowing how much I love my job, because I do

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Jed's Birthday Edition

1. the planet, what with Jed having been on it for 50 years and all
2. beards
3. bees
4. gentle souls and big hearts
5. Jed

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Celebration Edition

1. helicopter rides
2. hanging out with family*
3. movies
4. root beer floats
5. dogs

*not hanging out of the helicopter. Just regulation-type hanging out

Friday, August 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Superhero Edition

1. choosing whether or not to wear a cape
2. having a secret identity
3. or not
4. secret hideouts*
5. maybe going with the cape for cooler weather but a cleaner, more pared-down look for summer

*not to be confused with lairs, which is what the villains have and they are BAD

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hear Me Roar (Theoretically) Edition

1. going to bed with the realization that if I was a force to be reckoned with when I was broken, I am unstoppable now
2. not actually making a RAAAAAR sound, because it was late, but thinking about it. Oh yes. Thinking about it.
3. finally understanding how this works
4. the physicality of that understanding
5. advocacy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Pedicure Day Edition

1. hanging out with one of my four favorite sisters-in-law
2. choosing purple
3. choosing pink
4. or maybe something in a red
5. and how only #1 is really important

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Office Supplies Edition

1. binder clips
2. paper clips
3. a new pack of pens*
4. sticky notes
5. a good bag to hold them all

*Uni-ball Vision Elite in bold, but you do you

Monday, August 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lunch with Nan Edition

1. the possibility of calamari
2. a really long talk in a sun room*
3. the fact that everyone who knows us knows we're getting dessert
4. the fact that many of the people who know us will be envious
5. how they are welcome to join us any time

*even if it is raining, which it is

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Slow Sunday Edition

1. the promise of a little rain
2. reading
3. a clean house*
4. the realization that I don't have to grade papers for 101 this coming semester
5. being almost ready for campus. Almost.

*so totally theoretical it's borderline hilarious

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Big Week Ahead Edition

1. pedicures with one of my 3 favorite sisters-in-law (hi, Mooge!)
2. lunch with Nan (hi, Nan!)
3. lunch with Julie (hi, Julie!)
4. ignoring the impending syllabus work
5. denial

Friday, August 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Friday Edition

1. finally getting some much-needed rain
2. the hopes that it will knock down the ragweed a bit
3. maybe not having it actually rain all damn weekend, though
4. wondering if it's a good day for people who like to go fishing
5. not actually caring about going fishing

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two (Very Different) Interviews that Don't Suck

Hi all!

I've had two different--very different--interviews go up over the past few days, and thought I'd let you know. The first is at Donna Vorreyer's blog Put Words Together. Make Meaning. There, I fill in the blanks for some ridiculous questions. You may never look at waffle fries or Katy Perry the same way again.

And if you're into poetry, process, or monster movies, you might want to take a look at my interview at Nancy Chen Long. She asked really thoughtful, insightful questions about my chapbook Creature Feature, and I did my best to not sound like a douche while answering them. She also includes a zillion links--you could get lost in monster movie back story, if that's your thing. And why wouldn't it be?

Thanks to both Donna and Nancy for taking the time to talk to me!

Five Things that Don't Suck, Manuscript Assembly Edition

1. putting together a new manuscript
2. finding an order that might work
3. getting a draft you really like and then
4. waking up the next morning to find that your opening poem has been picked up
5. knowing how to make a table of contents in Word

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Wednesday Edition

1. thinking this morning that in 2 weeks I'll be back on campus and then realizing that I'm off campus on Wednesdays this semester
2. showers
3. keeping a schedule for getting caught up
4. having all the laundry clean*
5. that relaxed second glass of iced coffee

*and put away, people

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Anti-Procrastination Edition

1. just getting the errands DONE already
2. seriously. It's just the grocery store. Go.
3. having food options in the house
4. not having to go again for another week or so
5. spending the rest of the day doing whatever you want, I promise

Monday, August 17, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poetry Fame Edition

1. This ridiculous interview at Donna Vorreyer's blog Put Words Together, Make Meaning
2. rallying the troops
3. settling in for a luxurious morning of reading manuscripts for Cider Press Review
4. poetry and poets and righteous indignation
5. having two more weeks of (almost) full-time poeting before I have to go back to campus*

*which I will also love, for the record

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck,

1. blueberry bread
2. especially when it's still warm
3. or reheated. That's good, too
4. making enough for 3 mornings
5. eating it for 3 mornings

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Another Bee Edition

1. how early the hives get busy at this time of year
2. how late the work continues
3. refilling the bird bath from my water bottle and watching the bees lift then settle back in
4. how they slow me down
5. the separate synapses of a much larger creature

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Meeting New Friends Edition

1. having coffee with one of my favorite people I've never met
2. not being able to call her that anymore half an hour from now
3. latte
4. what seems to be a really gorgeous August day brewing out there
5. hugs

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Thursday Edition

1. the number of people who tell me to go visit the bees when I need some grounding
2. visiting the bees when I need grounding
3. visiting the bees when I don't need grounding
4. the way a really good song will get into your head and shut down your brain for anything else
5. harmony

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, After the Rains Edition

1. the clearest of blue skies
2. having a project on hand
3. iced coffee
4. only self-imposed deadlines
5. date night

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Other People's Kids Edition

1. trading terrible jokes via text
2. the begrudging admission that one of them is "pretty funny"*
3. the little bong bong noise my phone makes when a text comes in
4. laughing like an idiot
5. quiet later, and poetry

*highest praise ever

Monday, August 10, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Weird Long Weekend Edition

1. breakfast with Jed
2. Mondays that feel like Sundays
3. eventually having coffee*
4. getting a review written**
5. naps

*!!!
**theoretical

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lazy Sunday Edition

1. hanging out with Jed
2. hanging out with the bees
3. maybe making pizza for dinner
4. movie night
5. reading. Lots and lots of reading.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Gotta Have Friends Edition

1. friends who are occasionally willing to tell you what you want to hear as long as they make it clear they are lying to you
2. friends who shoot straight
3. and have your back
4. and hold you well
5. and love you

Friday, August 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Comedy Friday Edition

1. nieces and nephews who text hilarious things to me
2. how proud I am of them*
3. running gags
4. when someone tells a joke and you know it's going to be a running gag
5. coping mechanisms

*for their capacity for humor, but also as human beings

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Summer Thursday Edition

1. iced coffee
2. Gracie sleeping with just her face in a sunny spot
3. bees
4. tomatoes
5. cucumbers

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Midweek Break Edition

1. dinner and a movie with your love
2. Swedish fish
3. waking up in the morning to find the humidity broke overnight
4. maybe finally making yourself go grocery shopping
5. skirt weather*

*it's always skirt weather

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poeting Edition

1. writing poems*
2. serial revising
3. reading things out loud
4. writing interviews with fun questions
5. writing interviews with really well thought-out questions

*So. Many. Poems

Monday, August 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Avoiding Errands Edition

1. finally waking up feeling like yourself
2. having poet friends you love so much that coming back into the real world feels like scuba diving, even though you love your real world, too
3. grapes*
4. not going to the grocery store
5. having the option of not going to the grocery store

*theoretical, as they would require a trip to the grocery store

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sunday Morning Edition

1. getting the political into my poems in a way that feels satisfying to me
2. the balance of subtlety and heat
3. putting shame on the shoulders where it belongs
4. letting it sit there even if/when it's uncomfortable
5. my own damn voice

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Right Here When I Need Them Edition

1. kittens
2. ice water*
3. bandages
4. unwinding
5. not having to make any decisions right now

*lemon optional, but preferred

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Full Day Edition

1. not talking about how it's the last full day
2. thinking, maybe a little, about my own bed
3. these people
4. those people
5. long walks in the woods

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Movie Night Edition

1. monsters
2. staying up waaaaay later than the college-age kids staying here with us
3. salty crunchy snacks
4. a little wine
5. a little more wine

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Here Comes that Rainy Day Feeling Again Edition

1. feeling pretty good despite the lack of a lake visit
2. sleeping like a normal person
3. movie night
4. writing some poems*
5. breakfast**

*like, lots of poems
**now, please

Monday, July 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Up Too Late Edition

1. popcorn
2. wine
3. really good conversation
4. chatting with the night staff
5. lots and lots of water

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poet Reunion Edition

1. dinner with poets
2. ice cream with poets
3. a drink with a different, but still beloved poet
4. breakfast with poets
5. poets

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Duo Road Trip Edition

1. heading to CT to see some of my favorite poets
2. having a copilot
3. sharing road snacks*
4. laughing all the way across Pennsylvania and into Jersey, New York, and Connecticut
5. poets

*unless he doesn't like Swedish fish, in which case those suckers are mine! All mine!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Thanking Heaven for Small Favors Edition

1. when the drunk kid hits the car parked behind yours, but not yours
2. not having your axle snap off
3. that the kid was only able to drive about half a block on 3 wheels before he stopped
4. only having your car bumped a tiny bit
5. friends who hang around outside at 1:30 in the morning with you while you talk to police officers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Good Morning, Pittsburgh Edition

1. seeing good friends
2. so much laughing
3. maybe getting a little bit of sleep*
4. getting a tour of the zoo from an expert
5. terrible jokes

*key words: "maybe" and "a little"

Five Things that Don't Suck, Solo Road Trip Edition

Folks, I'm going to be on the road for a while, and I never trust my internet access when I'm away. I'm setting up FTTDS lists ahead of time for my traveling days, but I make no guarantees that they'll post. And setting up 10 days' worth of lists in advance kind of defeats the purpose.

So bear with me. You might not notice a difference, or you might, but regular-ish service will resume August 1. And if you know Jed, get in touch with him this week, would you? Poor guy's gonna be lonely at home by himself.

1. EZ Pass*
2. Swedish fish**
3. listening to whatever music I want to listen to
4. or not listening to anything
5. getting to a new town and seeing new and old friends

*seriously. 
**or whatever road trip snack you want. It's YOUR road trip. You don't have to share.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, My Mom's Birthday Edition

1. my mom
2. the fact that she was born
3. how her baby pictures look so much like her that she always lost the "guess which baby this is" contests at work
4. the fact that the only time I was ever airborne in a car, Dukes-of-Hazzard-style, she was the one who was driving
5. the way in which she quietly instigates comedy and then lets my dad take the credit and/or blame*

*she is WAY funnier than he is. She is.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Heat Wave Edition

1. basking
2. swimming pools
3. how I always want to follow "swimming pools" with "movie stars"
4. bees, cooling themselves on the front of the hives
5. air conditioning*

*but just a little, guys. Everything doesn't have to be 65 degrees.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Road Trip Prep Edition

1. laundry*
2. making lists
3. exchanging excited emails/texts/calls
4. luggage
5. having a clean house

*if being done in order to prepare for a road trip

Friday, July 17, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Fake Book Titles* Edition

1. Uncooperative Bangs
2. Grade-A Plonk
3. Jellybean Ball Pit
4. Guest Star in the Dreams of Strangers
5. Whatever Crimes I May Have Committed, I Certainly Didn't Forget To Post This List This Morning Before I Left The House

*don't go stealing these, though, because I have dibs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bonus: Three Poets Who Don't Suck, Pittsburgh Edition

Friends, one week from tonight, I'll be reading at Classic Lines in Pittsburgh. I'll be there with Krista Cox and Jen Stein Hauptmann (sometimes a.k.a. Jen Stein) at 7 p.m. You come, too. It's free! It's fun! It's me and some other cool poets you can hug in person!*

Classic Lines
5825 Forbes Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA

*Please do not hug the poets without permission.

Five Things that Don't Suck, Vagaries of Joy Edition

1. being able to do some good in the world
2. people who allow you to do it
3. those rare times when you can make someone happy by your mere presence
4. full hearts
5. smiling for no apparent reason

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hot and Muggy Edition

1. the many, many ways in which it is not February
2. waking up to a house where everything feels vaguely damp from humidity and thinking, "I am so glad it's not still February"*
3. the ten-day forecast, which might as well just say, "NOT FEBRUARY"
4. the complete lack of snow on the ground here
5. not needing a sweater

*true story

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Clancy and Julie Edition

1. Clancy
2. Julie
3. seeing Clancy and Julie
4. car rides with Julie to see Clancy
5. french fries*

*theoretical. But I bet there will be french fries.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poet Problems Edition

1. waking up with a poem in your head
2. hanging onto it while you pee and get dressed
3. hanging onto it while you walk the dogs
4. when someone doesn't drive by you with "Blurred Lines" blasting out their open windows*
5. holding onto that poem all the way through your morning routine and writing it down before it gets away, thus giving the world just a little more beauty**

*theoretical. Very, very theoretical.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Secret-Keeping Edition

1. being able to keep secrets*
2. being excited about the aforementioned secrets
3. the word "aforementioned"
4. assuming the secrets involve gifts of some sort, pulling out those gifts on a regular basis and chortling gleefully over them
5. also perhaps doing a small amount of self-satisfied clapping

*theoretical

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Full-Time Poet Edition

1. talking poetry with poets
2. or any kind of writing with any kind of writer, actually
3. having some poems arrive again
4. that feeling when my mind is constantly somewhere else*
5. line breaks

*that's poems, my friends. They just take over. It's great while it lasts

Friday, July 10, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cool July Mornings Edition

1. waking up just a little chilly
2. having a solid night's sleep
3. dew
4. those couple of hours before everything starts boiling again
5. when "chilly" means "around 70" and not "around 30"

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Late to the Movies Edition

1. finally getting to see Mad Max: Fury Road*
2. the existence of an action film which does not include a single helpless female character**
3. flaming guitars
4. those boingy stick things with dudes riding them
5. curly fries

*sometimes we wait for something to come to the cinema pub. Sometimes we regret that we waited.
**unless you count the unwashed masses, but those aren't "characters" so much as "extras" in this sense

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, SAY IT! Edition

1. dim mornings
2. crossing things off the to-do list
3. after a healthy, relaxed breakfast
4. anticipation
5. how I really wanted to write that like this:

4. antici...
5. pation

but didn't know what percentage of my 3 readers would get the joke*

*or would think I stole it. Which I did. But referentially, not in a plagiaristic sort of way

Monday, July 6, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Monday Edition

1. having groceries in the house
2. going for a quick run
3. or a slow one
4. finding honeybees when I'm out for a walk
5. reading

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Still the Weekend Edition

1. going for a long swim
2. reading some poems
3. writing a poem, maybe?
4. getting laundry done*
5. being ready for the world cup final tonight

*doing laundry might seem like it sucks, but getting arrested for going grocery shopping naked because you have run out of clothes sucks even more**
**theoretically

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Independence Day Edition

1. that "Fireworks" song from Schoolhouse Rock
2. fireworks*
3. hanging out with friends we don't get to see enough
4. hanging out with friends we get to see on a pretty regular basis
5. whatever will scrub that "Fireworks" song from Schoolhouse Rock out of my head by tomorrow

*where safe and legal

Friday, July 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Long Weekend Edition

1. getting some stuff done
2. still having time to relax and hang out
3. seeing good friends
4. how beautifully the weather has cleared
5. dogs who aren't afraid of fireworks

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Planning for CT Edition

1. getting the email with all the logistical stuff in it
2. reading the poems again
3. knowing that in just over 3 weeks there will be a LOT of hugging*
4. getting presentations ready
5. that vague sense of excitement**

*A LOT.
**that might be panic about everything I have to do. But I'm an optimist.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Thundering Wednesday Edition

1. not really knowing what day it is until someone tells you
2. thunderstorms
3. dogs that don't particularly feel like wandering all over town in the pouring rain
4. a really good haircut
5. the delayed gratification of the 2nd glass of iced coffee


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, When the Sun Comes Out Edition

1. being able to see the bees' flight path from my living room
2. the hope that maybe the lawn will dry enough for mowing
3. blue skies, smiling at me
4. long walks with the dogs
5. stocking up on that vitamin D

Monday, June 29, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Stuck on Band Aids Edition

1. not being able to reliably hit the "g" key*
2. being a grownup and thus in charge of the money and thus able to buy Hello Kitty Band Aids if that's what you want to do**
3. also being able to choose from Toy Story or Phineas and Ferb Band Aids***
4. how much more fun hangnails can be
5. wondering if I am the only person to ever put the words "fun" and "hangnails" together like that****

*this was almost a five thins that don't suck list
**TL;DR: reversing your deprived childhood
***Jed is not a big fan of the Hello Kitty ones. Who knew.
****don't Google that. Let a girl have her dreams

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Almost Forgot Edition

1. the way your mind starts slipping as you get older*
2. memorizing poems for July**
3. the way that practice may or may not make perfect
4. declamation
5. iambic pentameter***

*fun! Challenging! Or something
**just 'cause you can
***the joys of which cannot be fully appreciated until it comes time to memorize a poem that isn't metered

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, I Must Go Down to the Sea Again Edition

1. the constant arguments at the beach house over whether "go" was originally included in that line or not
2. cribbage
3. blatant cheating at cribbage
4. long walks on the beach at night
5. coming home soaked

Friday, June 26, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Slightly Damp Friday Edition

1. not being that guy who's attempting to use a weed whacker in the rain*
2. understanding my limits
3. thinking about gifts and how to make them
4. how far a little rain goes in perking up the flowers
5. getting the pollen rinsed from my car

*give it up, that guy. It's not gonna happen today.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Ladies Who Lunch Edition

1. seeing my friend Nan for lunch
2. being down by the water
3. long talks
4. hanging out with poets
5. the best dessert for miles around*

*not a euphemism. The Shelter Harbor Inn makes the best damn desserts

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Calm After the Storm Edition

1. not blowing away in a tornado or something last night
2. the bees remaining happy
3. and their hives remaining intact
4. sunshine and clear skies
5. ice water with a sprig of mint

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Tuesday Edition

1. writing some reviews
2. reading some poems
3. smooching dogs on the head when they least expect it*
4. watching the bees take off from and land at the hive
5. saddlebags of pollen**

*know your dog well before attempting such a move (mine like it; your mileage may vary and don't come crying to me if a dog bites your nose off)

**they're actually called "pollen baskets," but they make the bees look like they're wearing saddlebags

Monday, June 22, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Time Travel Edition

1. buying Microsoft reeaaaallly early
2. egg creams
3. not being tethered to anything electronic
4. radio shows
5. maybe buying Apple, too, because you realize the importance of a balanced portfolio

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Father's Day Edition

1. the way I will use trickery to make you forget I didn't post a FTTDS list yesterday because Dads! Yay, dads!
2. not feeling the need to golf
3. English Leather
4. all the dads who do what they're supposed to do
5. all my surrogate dads

Friday, June 19, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Not Running Late Edition

1. not violating the speed limit in any way
2. feeling relaxed and calm as I make my way to campus
3. not sweating from running across campus
4. having a soothing start to the day
5. bahahahahahahaha

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Punctuation Edition

1. semicolons*
2. asterisks***
3. the Oxford comma
4. commas that don't have schmancy British degrees
5. inverted exclamation points

*No. they don't. No, they don't. Just because you never learned to use them properly** doesn't mean they suck
**Unless you DID learn to use them properly, in which case yay, you! But they still don't suck
***clearly. Although they might not technically be punctuation. I'll have to look that up

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Wednesday Edition

1. cinnamon
2. sunny spots on the floor
3. dogs in the aforementioned sunny spots
4. the word "aforementioned"
5. jasmine

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Second Rainy Day in a Row Edition

1. the grass getting a nice long drink
2. being unable to mow the lawn
3. refilling the water supply a little bit
4. long skirts
5. not having to shave

Monday, June 15, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Days and Mondays Edition

1. being able to use that edition title on any rainy Monday I want because it's my blog and you are not the boss of me
2. you not being the boss of me
3. my actual boss
4. the fact that nobody seems to "Boss!" as an interjection or as a synonym for "cool" anymore*
5. how this list does not actually have very much to do with rainy days or Mondays at all**

*i.e. "That is a boss BMX bike!"
**see above in re: it being my blog and you not being the boss of me

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Creature Feature Edition

1. the day the box of chapbooks arrives
2. signing them
3. putting them in envelopes
4. sending them out into the world
5. that cover, man

Friday, June 12, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friday Edition

1. long talks with good friends
2. planning road trips
3. causing trouble
4. working on projects I love
5. GPS

Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Chapbook: Creature Feature

Oh, loyal half-dozen readers, I keep forgetting to tell you that my newest chapbook is out. It's the first in a new series of chaps from the good people at ELJ publications. You can get it straight from me (signed) for the same price/shipping that they're offering. Or you can buy it directly from them. Here's a link to the "about" page, where you can read a little bit about it.

It's all about those early black and white monster movies, but there's nothing scary about it. And isn't the cover fabulous?




I think it is. But then, I woke up with hair pretty similar to that this morning, so maybe I'm biased.

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poet Edition

1. when the dining room table is covered with poems
2. ordering a manuscript
3. revisions
4. making hundreds of little choices
5. possibly doing it all again later

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Summer Day on Campus Edition

1. how quiet campus is after the students go home
2. hanging out in my office
3. kicking ass
4. taking names
5. not going back until Sunday

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Slow Sunday Morning Edition

1. friends who move Friday Night Dinner to Saturday night so we can see them
2. coming home to rhododendrons in full bloom
3. mornings cool enough that Gracie wants to lie in the sunny spot for a while
4. thinking about poetry again
5. some time to read

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Five Things That Don't Suck, Home Sweet Home Edition

1. when the dogs are just as tired as you are, so everybody sleeps and sleeps and sleeps
2. wondering about the correct spelling of "jiggity jig"
3. only having "settling in" stuff on the agenda for the next couple of days
4. settling in
5. iced coffee

Friday, June 5, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Almost Home Edition

1. New England
2. the Northeast in general
3. sleeping in your own bed
4. with your own pillows
5. for a very long time, if possible

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Back on the Road Edition

Note: We're on our way back to MA for the next couple of days (thanks, housesitters!), so I'm setting this up to post on a schedule. If something goes wrong, I'm not doing anything about it. Yay vacation! I don't care!

1. road music
2. coffee
3. the delicate balance between keeping hydrated and needing to stop for a pee
4. cell phones
5. speculating about buying airstream trailers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day in Florida Edition

1. afternoon thunderstorms
2. how well the dogs all get along
3. a quiet dinner with my folks
4. having this whole road trip thing down
5. e-books