Monday, December 26, 2016

Taking a Break

Hi, all.

I'm hitting the road again for a week, and have been considering hanging up the FTTDS lists for a while now. I'll let you know for sure in the new year, but it's been 4 1/2 years of almost-daily lists. I might be done.

For now, Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Happiest of holidays. And here's to a new year better than we expect.

xo
Ruth

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Christmas Eve Edition

1. Hanukkah*
2. biscotti with breakfast**
3. baking bread
4. the good people at the NFL who scheduled the Pats/Jets game so as not to interfere with celebratory things
5. spending Christmas Eve with the Foleys for the first year in ages

*thematic for this year, but timing will vary. Still doesn't suck, though
**not that I'm doing that. Those are for the cookie boxes! So no. Definitely not eating them. No crumbs here. Nope. Nope.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Out for Breakfast Edition

1. Mary-Elizabeth
2. coffee someone else (who knows what they're doing) made
3. crisp bacon
4. french toast with caramelized apples
5. juice

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Up and At 'Em Edition

1. a toasty warm house
2. Jed, who heats the disk we bought for Rudy a million years ago as a bed warmer, and tucks it in next to me, where it stays warm all night
3. a toasty warm bed
4. flannel sheets
5. five more minutes

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Getting There Edition

1. mailing Christmas cards
2. starting on the cookies*
3. seeing if I can find some new-to-me jeans
4. wrapping Jed's presents
5. holiday spirit**

*which, um, perhaps I should have started on yesterday
**today's holiday spirit: rum

Monday, December 19, 2016

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

1. Mondays that aren't the first day of a work week
2. the fact that Jed's next two Mondays will also be days off
3. long holiday weekends
4. the slowest day for grocery shopping
5. getting started on those cookie boxes

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Sunday Edition

1. football
2. not having to play football in the rain
3. all of yesterday's snow and ice melting
4. maybe some popcorn
5. making some long-simmering Indian food for dinner

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Let It Snow Edition

1. running out for essentials* with Clancy
2. being done with the shop for a couple of weeks
3. turning in final grades**
4. Favorite Neighbor Dennis and his snow plow capabilities
5. four warm throws for two people

*booze
**TODAY

Friday, December 16, 2016

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

1. Julie
2. Clancy
3. Clancy and Julie together in the same place
4. that togetherness happening today
5. how happy the dogs are gonna be

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Wrapping Up for Christmas Edition

1. getting last-minute (well, last-minute for an online shop anyway) items out to happy people
2. making happy people even happier
3. the woman who wrote to let me know the tiny "Not Today, Patriarchy" tees I sent her were gifts for the flower girls at her wedding to her partner and they were both excited to see I was donating a portion of profits to Planned Parenthood*
4. pre-paid postage**
5. getting mail

*that note was a liberal artist's trifecta right there: marriage equality, indoctrinating young kids to believe in equality, and support for women's health
**it's like a dream, really, to just walk into the PO, go past the line, drop off packages, and say, "Thanks!" as you're walking back out again (Sorry, people in line)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Winter Break Edition

1. cocoa
2. naps
3. hanging out with the dogs*
4. seeing friends again
5. recharging

*who are also, generally speaking, napping

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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

1. finishing up
2. getting most of my grading done*
3. clearing the decks
4. reading for fun
5. not setting an alarm for tomorrow

*still waiting on one paper until Thursday

Monday, December 12, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Finals Week Edition

1. not giving finals
2. not taking finals
3. meeting with students to help them finish off their semester
4. being so close to winter break I can see it from my house (kind of like Alaska and Russia)
5. not being able to see either Alaska or Russia from my house (brrrrr)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Five Things that Don't Count Entire Weekend at once Edition

1. an Elf/It's a Wonderful Life double feature
2. cocoa with Kahlua
3. and a snickerdoodle
4. cozy blankets
5. sleeping in

Friday, December 9, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Octopus Edition

1. octopodes
2. how nobody believes me when I say "octopodes" is a word
3. the fact that it really, really is
4. suckers
5. intelligence

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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

1. snickerdoodles
2. or any cookies, really, but snickerdoodles are a perennial favorite
3. perennials
4. being so close to winter break I can almost taste it
5. getting my grading done early

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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

1. my dad
2. his birthday
3. remembering to call him*
4. having already given him his gift
5. the love of reading

*theoretical but probable

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of (This) Class Edition

1. engaged students
2. even when they're tired
3. taking time to get to know them as people
4. even when I'm tired
5. how close they are to being able to go home

Monday, December 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Let's Do This Edition

1. the last week of classes
2. not actually having classes today*
3. students
4. the whole "buckling down" thing
5. counting the number of times the alarm will go off before the end of the semester**

*helllooooo, tutorials!
**3

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Chilly Sunday Edition

1. oatmeal*
2. coffee
3. cocoa
4. perhaps a mid-afternoon cappuccino
5. chicken pot pie

*Sorry, Julie

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Early December Edition

1. getting your shopping done early
2. finding the perfect gift
3. prepaying postage so you can just drop stuff off (or have it picked up) without waiting in line
4. pretty much everyone at both of my regular POs
5. how excited one of my regular post office workers got yesterday when I asked for Wonder Woman stamps

Friday, December 2, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Title IX Edition

1. figuring out how to make the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct board fit into my schedule
2. doing important work when I can
3. having a life that aligns as often as possible with my ethics
4. being a part of an imperfect campus which also happens to be the perfect campus for me
5. surprising people

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, You Know Who You Are Edition

1. generosity
2. weeping
3. gratitude
4. more weeping
5. inspiring others to gratitude*

*you're the inspiration, by the way. Not me.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Getting Ready Early Edition

1. Christmas shopping
2. getting ahead of it BEFORE the end of the semester
3. mailing things NOT at the last minute*
4. being less than 2 weeks away from the end of the semester
5. nog

*it helps that I'm at the post office approximately every day now

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Giving Tuesday Edition

1. having the means to make donations to organizations who can do good in the world
2. making them
3. spending a little time with someone who needs it
4. getting outside my own head
5. cheerfully participating in Giving Tuesday, but not confining myself to one day

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

1. the last 2 weeks of classes
2. students
3. relaxed meetings
4. relaxed (eventually) colleagues
5. the light at the end of this particular tunnel

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Ready for Some Football Edition

1. football
2. being ready for it
3. answering what is probably a rhetorical question
4. how much I still love my Tiny Little Man
5. a fire in the fireplace

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

1. still having basically an entire regular weekend ahead of me
2. with a clean house
3. and happy dogs
4. and happy people
5. and time to nap after breakfast with my mom's family

Friday, November 25, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, The Day After Edition

1. cotton
2. clothing made from cotton
3. only wearing that kind of clothing all day
4. Jed, walking the dogs
5. leftover pie

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck (Buying the) Turkey Day Edition

1. Rainbow Turkey Farm in Rehoboth
2. turkey coloring pages
3. making stock and gravy
4. making pies
5. not caring if I'm really not ready

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Very Short Week Edition

1. when Tuesday is pretty much Friday
2. and I only have to be on campus for 2 hours
3. and then it's basically Thanksgiving
4. Thanksgiving being the best holiday
5. pie

Monday, November 21, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Holiday Week Edition

1. having my folks here
2. getting to hang out with them a bit
3. 2-day workweeks
4. the pre-Thanksgiving work that doesn't count as the workweek
5. the luxury of choosing jobs I love

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Important Stuff to Do, People Edition

1. hanging out with my folks
2. napping
3. chatting
4. ignoring the chaos around us
5. laughing

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Parental Arrival Edition

1. my mom
2. my dad
3. the combination of the two of them
4. how relaxed I am despite the fact that the house looks like a cyclone blew through it. Or a dust devil. Or a cyclone followed by a dust devil
5. the first true sign of Thanksgiving

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friday Fun Day Edition

1. how close my parents are to MA
2. how funny they are
3. dragging the house out of chaos before they get here*
4. how happy the dogs are going to be
5. how happy we're going to be

*um...not terribly likely

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Never Finished This Post Edition

1. the word "whoops"
2. getting enough sleep maybe once in a while*
3. only having about 3 readers to disappoint
4. realizing this stuff before tomorrow
5. fresh starts

*or so I hear

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Catching Up Edition

1. calling my folks*
2. shipping out 12 boxes of happiness
3. printing even more tees
4. running a damn vacuum for a change
5. date night with Jed**

*who are starting their drive to New England TOMORROW
**the last one for a couple of weeks, but it's okay

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lonnnnnng Day Edition

1. coffee
2. some kind of campus-purchased lunch
3. Tylenol
4. being caught up with grading before my off-campus day tomorrow
5. how cool my students are

Monday, November 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Equality Edition

1. surrounding yourself with people from as many different backgrounds as possible
2. listening to their stories
3. listening to their opinions
4. valuing those stories and opinions
5. growth

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, I Don't Even Know What Edition Edition

1. the freedom of assembly
2. working toward peace
3. working toward justice
4. understanding the whole "liberty and justice for all" part of the Pledge of Allegiance
5. how anger can stoke productivity

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Early Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call Edition

1. Butler. Even at 6:45 on a Saturday morning, dammit
2. Gracie, who doesn't wake me up early but cheerfully comes outside with us anyway*
3. being up early enough to get a head start on all the stuff I need to do today
4. coffee
5. more coffee

*it's possible she's my favorite dog this morning

Friday, November 11, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Veterans Day Edition

1. my dad
2. my brother
3. my father-in-law
4. 2 of my 3 brothers-in-law*
5. all who serve

*the 3rd one certainly doesn't suck, either--he just hasn't served. He's still awesome

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Post-Election Edition

Here are some charitable organizations that are going to need your support under the next administration. They do not suck:

1. RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization
2. the ACLU, who will continue to help to protect the rights of the voiceless
3. Lambda Legal, protecting the LGBTQ community
4. Planned Parenthood, which provides basic healthcare to people of all genders, usually in very under-served communities
5. your local food bank, because increased costs in other areas lead to food instability

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Election Day Edition

1. not getting political on the FTTDS lists
2. but also maybe not voting for the racist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic, misogynist xenophobe
3. getting a say
4. having that say
5. those little "I voted" stickers

Monday, November 7, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck Whoops I Did It Again Edition

1. being too busy (in a good way) to worry about making a FTTDS list
2. the way Google Chrome insists that FTTDS is a spelling error when you and I both know it's not
3. getting some down time
4. but not too much
5. fuzzy slippers

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of Daylight Saving Time Edition

1. Daylight Saving Time
2. trying to be happy for all those people who claim they can get an extra hour of sleep tomorrow
3. having an extra hour to get stuff done, I guess
4. that Standard Time is now a couple of weeks shorter than it used to be
5. someday, eventually, seeing the sun after 5 p.m. again*

*ever hopeful!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Student Cancellation Edition

1. having a couple of hours freed up
2. getting grading finished before the weekend
3. being a morning person anyway
4. coffee
5. running errands before work instead of after

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lovely Wednesday Edition

1. warm(ish) weather
2. sunshine
3. not having too many responsibilities today
4. slow starts
5. slow finishes

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Who Authorized November????? Edition

1. autumn leaves
2. my friend who likes to call stuff "autumnal"
3. snuggling up
4. building a fire for the football game*
5. stew

*unless it's a bye week but whatever. Rest up, boys!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Sunday Edition

1. Wispride
2. the merengue
3. backbends
4. photosynthesis
5. those Viking helmets with the horns on them

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Napping Edition

1. closing my eyes
2. comfy blankets
3. soft music
4. pillows
5. maybe not waking up until Monday?

Friday, October 28, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Short Friday Edition

1. getting stuff out into the mail before the weekend
2. seeing some of my favorite students
3. being home for lunch
4. being home
5. functional alarm clocks

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sneakers Edition

1. arch support*
2. maybe still being able to walk by the end of the day
3. and not needing an ice pack
4. and letting my [expletive deleted] foot heal from whatever the [expletive deleted] I did to it
5. taking them off

*Fine. Fine. Whatever.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off Campus Edition

1. not having to go to campus to pick up those papers I totally forgot to bring home with me*
2. sunshine
3. a warm sweater
4. giving the dogs a little cheese
5. magic markers


*theoretical, dammit

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Chilly Weather* Edition

1. cashmere socks**
2. hot coffee
3. a nice, comfy throw
4. heated seats
5. pockets

*Look. I'm not a fan. But you gotta do what you gotta do when it comes to the FTTDS lists
**I'm serious. Try them.***
***unless you have a wool allergy. Then maybe not so much with the trying them.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, A Little Writing Time Edition

1. time to work on a Very Secret Project
2. well, an hour. But that counts, right? Let's try this again:

1. time to work on a Very Secret Project
2. counting even an hour of work on the VSP as a thing that doesn't suck
3. having a job that rewards and encourages my creative life
4. maybe cleaning my laptop screen before I take it out in public*
5. dogs

*because dogs and noses and licking and stuff. Yes, it's gross. Dogs are gross. Too bad. They don't suck.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Vaguely Achy Sunday Edition

1. ice packs
2. having Jed around to walk the dogs
3. supportive (if ugly) shoes
4. magically fast healing powers
5. two strong feet

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Anniversary Edition

1. celebrating 22 years on the 22nd*
2. having breakfast with Nan long before Jed's even out of bed
3. coming home for a nap
4. lazy, rainy days
5. Jed

*known in the Foley family as the "round" anniversary--it works for birthdays, too

Friday, October 21, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Short But Long Friday Edition

1. a 3-hour campus day
2. getting caught up with everything else*
3. connecting with people
4. not always having to actually meet those people**
5. seeing Nan tomorrow

*SO theoretical
**an online shop is a great way for an introvert who otherwise really enjoys customer service to do retail

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Busy Thursday Edition

1. how funny my friends are
2. how cool they are
3. how I can say, "I really don't have time to chat" and they get excited for me
4. BIG poetry news (sshhhh. Soon)
5. a flexible campus schedule

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

1. being able to just drop things at the post office
2. groceries
3. printing more shirts
4. being a walking Etsy commercial
5. naps*

*pleasepleasepleaseplease

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Long Tuesday Edition

1. being busy
2. especially when you're busy with good things
3. a really solid night's sleep after a long day
4. a helpful spouse
5. the thought that next week will be easier

Monday, October 17, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Warm October Monday Edition

1. not yet having to scrape the windshield
2. bees up and about before 8 a.m. because it's warm enough already
3. going back to my natural, sock-less, existence
4. not yet being ready to make chili
5. chili

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sunday Brunch Edition

1. eggs benedict
2. crispy potatoes
3. coffee*
4. maybe one of those scone-like cranberry nut rolls they've got
5. jazz trios

*eventually

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Weekend Edition

1. scallion pancakes
2. not having botulism
3. sunflowers
4. how funny people are
5. bear cubs rolling up into a little ball when they fall over

Friday, October 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Headache Edition

1. Fridays
2. nap opportunities*
3. Tylenol
4. caffeine
5. relatively short days on campus

*though not for a while

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hurricane-Free Edition

1. NOT actually flying into a hurricane because your flight gets canceled*
2. having the time off anyway
3. spending the week with other members of the family I love
4. my FL family staying safe
5. bonus dogs

*to be fair, I had only planned to fly NEAR a hurricane zone and it was before the hurricane was supposed to arrive. I'm not an idiot. Mostly.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hitting the Road Edition

Note: I'm heading out for a week or so--flying into a hurricane because I'm an idiot--and I don't know what kind of internet access I'll have or even if I'll think to post. Hang out for a week or so. Make your own list (it's only 35 things over 7 days and the bar is low). Take a nap. I'll post if I think about it and have access. And I'll be back.

1. road trips
2. greyhounds in the car
3. Jed making a great effort to actually get out of bed
4. spending a few days with my parents*
5. house sitters

*assuming Hurricane Matthew cooperates with my travel plans

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Turquoise Birthday Edition

1. turning 50*
2. laughing until you think you'll pee your pants
3. not actually peeing your pants**
4. how much light she poured into 45 years
5. love

*theoretical
**much

Monday, October 3, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Short Week Edition

1. when Monday is basically your Thursday
2. and next Thursday is pretty much your Monday
3. seeing Mooge and Beej and the kids (most of them) Wednesday
4. seeing my folks Thursday
5. road trips

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Brrr Edition

1. jeans
2. socks
3. perhaps a lovely jacket
4. building a fire for the football game
5. maybe a comfy throw*

*chenille is good. Or fleece. Or down. Or it being July again.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poets Edition

1. when the poets come to visit
2. talking about poetry
3. and about other poets*
4. hugs
5. laughter

*only the good stuff, I promise

Friday, September 30, 2016

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

1. being up early
2. good parking spots on campus
3. caffeine
4. getting the house cleaned up for poets
5. poets

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Student Retention Meeting Edition

1. bagels
2. fruit
3. some of my favorite faculty/administrators
4. getting things done*
5. learning tons of stuff

*at a meeting! Who knew?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Five Things that Don't Count, Random Edition

1. pillows
2. tea
4. not being tied down by arbitrary numbering systems
3. gentle rebellion*
5. the letter m

*I'm all for rebellion in general, but not at all for people getting hurt

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

1. sending a friend a video of myself playing bad ukulele
2. well, actually, the ukulele is fine. It's my playing that is bad
3. but adorable
4. and fun
5. and in tune

Monday, September 26, 2016

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

1. being totally prepared for Monday*
2. probably having time to prep for Tuesday before I leave campus today
3. giving workshops in other professors' classrooms
4. student writers
5. all the other writers

*not even theoretically--actually totally prepared

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Toasty Warm Edition

1. cool nights that are still warm enough to be remedied by a blanket
2. blankets
3. snuggling up
4. being married to a portable furnace
5. June*

*is it June yet?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lazy Saturday Edition

1. making some art
2. playing some ukulele
3. dinner with friends
4. okay, fine, so some grading but not a lot, and it's response papers which are fun*
5. long showers

*no, really, they are

Friday, September 23, 2016

Five Things That Don't Suck, Sleepy Friends Edition

1. having breakfast with the dear friends who stayed here last night
2. having lunch with a totally different dear friend because I am so lucky
3. said slumber party friends who will, I assume, eventually wake up
4. being happy-tired
5. eggs

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Early Meeting Edition

1. the people at that meeting
2. how much we actually get accomplished
3. bagels
4. like, really good bagels from a bakery that knows what it's doing
5. making a very quick FTTDS list so I can get there on time

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off Campus Edition

1. pedicures
2. printmaking
3. ukulele playing
4. getting caught up on grading
5. a clean house*

*theoretical

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Multigrain Cheerios Edition

1. round food
2. especially round food with holes in the middle
3. like jalapeƱo peppers
4. or bagels
5. or donuts

Monday, September 19, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Monday Edition

1. wondering if maybe it should be "Monday Random Edition"
2. the glorious mane I woke up with this morning*
3. the students I get to see today**
4. the imminent arrival of Jed's ukulele***
5. snail mail

*humidity is really good for my hair. Sorry.
**they're all my favorite, even the ones I'm not seeing today
***yes, Julie, he bought one, too

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, New Washing Machine Edition

1. not having to do laundry in the sink this week
2. or go to the laundromat*
3. being able to wear whateeeeever Iiiii want to campus tomorrow**
4. Jed getting up to meet the delivery people with me
5. a washing machine that lasts longer than 7 years***

*I'd rather do laundry in the sink, thanks
**<sweeps arm magestically to indicate all 10 of her outfits>
***HIGHLY theoretical, apparently

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Early Friday Edition

1. when a student cancels so I can actually go to part of the Friday morning write-in in the library
2. working on my own stuff (perhaps)
3. being strong enough to carry the comical amount of stuff I need to carry to campus today
4. having a weekend clear for creativity
5. actually engaging in the aforementioned creativity

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Belated Thursday Edition

1. being so busy laughing with house guests that you don't post a FTTDS list
2. the house guests
3. making cookies for tomorrow
4. eating some of those cookies tonight
5. cookies

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friendly Visitors Edition

1. having friends come to visit
2. a whole second family
3. beer*
4. how happy the dogs are going to be
5. how happy I'm going to be


*theoretical but probable

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Just Another Manic Tuesday Edition

1. having a clean house*
2. being totally prepared for the Southard-Wrays to arrive again tomorrow*
3. TOMORROW!
4. the "Good Morning Acapella" ring tone**
5. ice cream

*theoretical
**google it. I'll ask forgiveness or gratitude later.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cool Dry Monday Edition

1. warm days and cool nights
2. blue blue blue skies
3. really funny friends
4. a little writing time
5. bees, coming in heavy laden

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Fifteen Years Later Edition

1. immigrants
2. their love for this country
3. their love (some of them) for me
4. the multiple, countless ways in which they have enriched my life
5. allowing tragedies to open your heart instead of closing it

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Semi-Random Saturday Edition

1. when Clancy sends an email the entire contents of which read: "Bongos."
2. knowing that bongos do not, in fact, suck
3. blueberry bread in the oven
4. blueberry bread out of the oven
5. blueberry bread in my belly

Friday, September 9, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Up and At 'Em Friday Edition

1. getting done with campus early
2. because there are no Friday afternoon meetings
3. getting on the road before the school buses
4. hearing Jed snore and knowing he's not waking me up, at least
5. bongos

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Canceled Meeting Edition

1. when my first meeting of the day gets canceled
2. being able to sleep in a little
3. and have a second iced coffee
4. and play the ukulele
5. getting some calluses so I can play for more than 5 minutes at a time*

*theoretical, but getting there

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lazy Morning Edition

1. it's still warm enough for iced coffee*
2. dark, quiet rooms
3. getting a relaxed start to the day
4. teaching myself to cook something new
5. or ordering pizza**

*I know, I know. There are tons of New Englanders who drink iced coffee all year. I am most certainly not one of them

**Seriously, if you're trying to cook something way out of your regular range, just know that you can always order pizza. And pizza is delicious, so it's win-win. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Finally (Maybe) Some Rain Edition

1. wet grass
2. puddles
3. clouds
4. knocking some of the ragweed out of the air, at least temporarily
5. splashing sounds

Monday, September 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Labor Day Edition

1. laborers
2. unions
3. three-day weekends
4. the general concept of "the weekend"
5. reasonable working hours

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Sunday Edition

1. clean laundry
2. lazy dogs
3. trying out the basic vanilla bean ice cream recipe
4. getting some cleaning up done
5. not having to go to campus tomorrow

Saturday, September 3, 2016

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

1. relaxed breakfast
2. hanging out with Jed
3. ukulele practice
4. Amanda Palmer's "Ukulele Anthem"*
5. making some ice cream*

*theoretically, but probably


Friday, September 2, 2016

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

1. the fact that it's Friday
2. long weekends
3. loving my job, in that it would be okay if it were actually Thursday
4. the fact that it's not, however, actually Thursday
5. waking up without an alarm

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Ukulele Edition

1. the word "ukulele"
2. being able to play Radiohead's "Creep."
3. or, say, anything by the White Stripes*
4. or "Tonight You Belong to Me"
5. Amazon Prime

*I'm thinking "Fell in Love with a Girl," but "Seven Nation Army" (or anything else, really) would also be pretty cool

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

1. being able to ease into the semester, kind of
2. getting up fairly early today*
3. slamming through my to-do list
4. getting to ease the dogs into the new schedule, too
5. the new water bottle my friends bought me**

*theoretically to make getting up at 6:30 easier tomorrow than it was yesterday, because...ouch.
** ice lasting from 7 in the morning until well into the evening? Yes, please.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rescheduled Lunch with Julie Edition

1. Julie!
2. how happy the dogs are to see her*
3. seriously, like, all the wagging
4. fries
5. catching up

*next time, Julie!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Sunday of My Summer Edition

1. still having Monday off
2. a slow* start to the semester
3. seeing people I really like
4. the epic nap I'm going to have on Tuesday afternoon**
5. learning stuff

*hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Gasssssp! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
**it's a thing

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Ice Cream Saturday Edition

1. buying Jed a schmancy ice cream maker for his birthday
2. making ice cream "his thing"*
3. pretending it was all the dogs' idea
4. teaching Jed how to make ice cream
5. ice cream

*theoretically

Friday, August 26, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Forgetful in my Old Age Edition

1. getting enough sleep*
2. Bugs Bunny
3. taking a left turn at Albuquerque
4. knowing how to spell Albuquerque
5. when titles and lists don't match

*theoretical

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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

1. students
2. especially students who come back to campus and immediately ask me if I want to meet for lunch
3. and then ask to bring a friend
4. feeling effective
5. being appreciated

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Housefly and Panic Edition

1. not having a fly in the house ever ever
2. the dog who isn't terrified of houseflies
3. the dog who is, even though he's making me crazy
4. the knowledge that someone, somewhere, must still sell flypaper
5. naps

Monday, August 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Monday Edition

1. lunch with Julie*
2. calculators and calculator apps
3. the way Gracie takes the best dog bed in the house
4. even though the beds are identical
5. creativity

*Hi, Julie!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

1. being on campus occasionally (but regularly) all summer long, so it doesn't feel like it's a big deal
2. the courses I get to teach this semester
3. having time to continue to revamp next semester's 101
4. new things
5. old things

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Slow Start Saturday Edition

1. the cool-ish, dry air on late-August mornings
2. reading some poems
3. Amazon's delivery vans*
4. heading to the lake later
5. getting a swim in

*if it comes via UPS, it gets here late afternoon; if it's on an Amazon van, it shows up first thing in the morning

Friday, August 19, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lovely Friday Edition

1. whatever that bush is in front of the neighbor's house, because it's covered with all sorts of bees
2. not needing air conditioning for the past couple of nights
3. Butler finally relaxing after the most recent housefly invader came to its inevitable end
4. tons and tons of reading
5. still having a week and a half before classes start

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Kinda Damp Thursday Edition

1. condensation
2. dew
3. bumblebees out getting something to drink this morning*
4. snakes just sorta chilling out
5. the thought that maybe someday we'll get some significant rain

*probably water but I'm not gonna judge. It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Wednesday Edition

1. snickerdoodles
2. the perfect skirt
3. dog ears*
4. watering cans
5. the word "braggadocio"

*actual dog ears, but if you want to fold down the corner of a page while reading, you go ahead and do that. Texts are living documents--they're conversations between writer and reader, and don't let anyone tell you what the proper way is to engage in that conversation. Except with library books. People who dog ear library books are jerks.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Pedicures with Mooge and Binks Edition

1. Mooge
2. Binks
3. the way the two of them sent separate fake-argument texts to me yesterday afternoon, one claiming Binks was horning in on our pedicure and the other claiming she was not horning in
4. cute toes
5. making a "bling bling bling" noise when I show Jed the new pedi tonight

Monday, August 15, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Revision Edition

1. making things stronger
2. like lines
3. or individual words
4. or yourself as a writer
5. and otherwise

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Lots of Sleep Edition

1. going to bed early
2. getting up late
3. waking up at 4 and telling yourself "No way"
4. having #3 work
5. a long shower*

*within reason. Water conservation is important!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Being Home Edition

1. the dogs and love therefrom
2. Jed and love therefrom
3. seltzer after a week of flat water
4. silence
5. knowing that the next gathering will be happening before I know it

Monday, August 8, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Poetry Week Edition

Hi! I'm going to be at my favorite poetry week of the year starting today--so I might post a FTTDS list every day, I might miss one or two days, or I might miss all of them. It's a fantastic week and definitely does not suck, but it gets busy and my world is wondrously full for a few days. 

1. reading good poems
2. talking about good poems
3. talking about all sorts of other things
4. going for a swim*
5. long walks

*or five

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Getting Ready for Connecticut Edition

1. wondering if Connecticut can possibly be ready for me
2. movie night with The Wolf Man*
3. having someone else take care of most of the day-to-day all week so I can be a poet
4. being with other poets
5. these specific other poets**

*that's the movie, not some euphemism for any of the dudes in CT
**though I'll be missing some others, it's true

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Stray Kittens Edition

1. the tiny kitten stampede that happens every time I walk out back and greet them
2. triangle tails
3. bobble heads
4. blue eyes
5. spaying and neutering your pets because these adorable little things are a tiny drop in a very large bucket

Friday, August 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, August Friday Edition

1. hanging out with the bees
2. doing a little cleaning up
3. petting some dogs
4. making some art
5. figuring out some poems

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Campus Meeting Edition

1. liking the people I work with
2. working on the prettiest campus in the country*
3. having this one last thing to do before I'm a full-time poet for a bit
4. being a full-time poet for a bit
5. bagels

*not that I'm biased or anything

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Pedicure Edition

1. cute toes
2. soft feet
3. whatever is in that green muck they put on your shins and calves
4. salt scrubs
5. that hot towel wrap thing

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Seeing Julie Edition

1. Julie
2. saying hi to Julie*
3. having lunch with Julie
4. how easy it is for the 2 of us to meet in the middle for said lunch
5. how much laughing is going to happen

*Hi, Julie!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Hello August Edition

1. the fact that it's not September yet
2. long, warm days
3. slightly cooler nights
4. getting to see my poets again in just a week
5. still having another few weeks to sleep in a bit

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Art Playdate Edition

1. teaching someone how to print
2. being good at it
3. watching people learn stuff
4. the satisfaction of making
5. seeing pride in what they've done

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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

1. the way that once a year around this time, I post something somewhere about a dry, comfortable morning
2. today being that day
3. still having warm sun
4. getting some [expletive deleted] rain* at some point
5. still having plenty of iced coffee season left

*please

Friday, July 29, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Finally Some Rain Edition

1. not having flash flooding
2. the flowers getting a nice drink
3. not caring about whether the lawn is green or not
4. a cool, grey, little break
5. maybe knocking some of the pollen down

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Whoops Edition

1. being so caught up in good stuff (again!) that I forget about the FTTDS lists (again!)
2. friends who check up on me because of it (Hi, Julie!)
3. balancing visual art and poetry*
4. getting ready to see poets again
5. how funny my friends are

*let me know if you're out there and know how to do that

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, New Designs Edition

1. art
2. figuring out how to make it
3. when other people really seem to like it
4. liking it myself
5. working on poems today (promise)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sunday Brunch Edition

1. seeing Jed's mom
2. coffee in battered china cups
3. french toast
4. or some sort of eggs Benedict
5. or...pancakes?*

*or huevos rancheros. Or bacon. Or, or, or...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Power Edition

1. having the power back
2. getting it back before we fell asleep, so when all the lights came on at once we weren't blinded (and awakened)
3. watching Blue Planet on Jed's laptop
4. having AC available to us on a sweltering day
5. a little time in the dark

Friday, July 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Toasty Warm Friday Edition

1. wondering if it can really be called "toasty" if it's humid
2. trying to hold on to this feeling for when I need it in February
3. the fact that it's not February
4. air conditioning that isn't on full blast
5. having one more day to play before the work starts

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Super-Late Thursday Edition

1. my mom
2. my mom's birthday
3. remembering to call my mom*
4. buttered noodles with salt
5. kittens

*as opposed to remembering to make a FTTDS list for today

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Wednesday Edition

1. one more dry day before the humidity starts creeping back in
2. having the windows open
3. the breeze coming through the aforementioned windows
4. both dogs lying belly-first into the aforementioned breeze
5. aforementioning things

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Belated Birthday Edition

1. having a whole day (almost) entirely to myself
2. making some art
3. reading some poems
4. writing a poem, maybe
5. cake

Monday, July 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck Quick Quick Edition

1. instant yeast
2. Polaroids
3. jackrabbits
4. banana bread
5. life in the fast lane

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sunday Edition

1. meeting a friend for breakfast
2. and a quick IKEA run
3. knowing exactly what you want from your quick IKEA run
4. getting that thing
5. getting the hell out of there

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Home Alone Edition

1. that sweet-ache in my chest from saying goodbye to people I love after a long, lovely visit
2. knowing I'll see all of them again soon*
3. how much laughter there has been in my house over the past month or so
4. a really big guest room
5. napping

and some REALLY soon

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, House Full of People Edition

Note: I have so many houseguests I am running out of plates. So there's just not going to be a regular series of FTTDS lists this weeks. But life really doesn't suck in any way whatsoever.

1. poet hair
2. poets
3. writers in general
4. and other artists
5. laughing until you're hoarse

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Southard-Wray Edition

1. visitors from faraway lands*
2. staying up way too late
3. getting up way too early**
4. coffee
5. definitely coffee, twice today

*or, you know. Pittsburgh
**Jed might disagree

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Saturday Edition

1. the farmers' market
2. getting really good cinnamon rolls there
3. Jed telling me, with no prompting whatsoever, that my cinnamon rolls are better
4. how very right he is
5. really good cinnamon rolls

Friday, July 8, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Expecting New Visitors Edition

1. being 100% totally prepared*
2. getting to see people I rarely get to see, except this year when I apparently get to see them ALL THE TIME
3. not being sick of them
4. them not being sick of me**
5. wine

*hahahahahahahahaha!
**yet

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Thursday Clean Out Edition

1. donating stuff
2. dropping stuff off at the leaf dump
3. recycling
4. going for a lovely swim later
5. a well-earned shower

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy Tuesday Edition

1. getting the plants a nice drink of water
2. the way the rain held off until after the long weekend
3. giving Joey stick shift lessons
4. and breakfast
5. when the coffee maker goes beep and life begins

Monday, July 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Independence Day Edition

1. parades
2. floats
3. flags
4. freedom
5. understanding the responsibilities that come with freedom

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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

1. how quiet and cool the house is
2. watching the bees waking up in the back yard
3. ceiling fans
4. a little music
5. the oregano growing like the weed it is

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Moguling Edition

1. when people send me their favorite stuff to print on*
2. putting things in the mail in cool boxes
3. tossing a hello to Julie in here just because I can**
4. tissue paper
5. having time this weekend to work on some new designs

*no pressure or anything. Yikes.
**what are you gonna do about it? NOTHING

Friday, July 1, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friday Edition

1. a long weekend with Jed
2. and Joey
3. and the dogs
4. and maybe some friends and/or family members not listed here
5. fireworks

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Home Alone Edition

1. Joey and Jed having a lovely day out fishing
2. me, with the house to myself*
3. lunch with a grownup
4. printing printing printing
5. perhaps an afternoon nap

*and the dogs, I suppose. It would be lonely without the dogs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Vaguely Damp Wednesday Edition

1. freshly baked blueberry bread
2. iced coffee
3. moguling for fun instead of on a schedule
4. sleepy greyhounds
5. maybe getting some rain*

*we really need it

Five Things that Don't Suck, Vaguely Damp Wednesday Edition

1. freshly baked blueberry bread
2. iced coffee
3. moguling for fun instead of on a schedule
4. sleepy greyhounds
5. maybe getting some rain*

*we really need it

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Tuesday Cleanout Edition

1. being able to fully close the freezer door without trying*
2. having a place for everything in the office*
3. getting stuff out to Goodwill*
4. having a functional dining room on the days when I'm not printing* **
5. a couple of cool-ish days in a row

*theoretical, sadly
**are there any of those days left? Not that I'm complaining.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Summer Monday Edition

1. groceries
2. printing some of the orders that came in last night*
3. heading to the lake again
4. homemade pizza
5. Jed having the evening off from teaching

*thanks for posting the links, friends

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, ACTUALLY Getting a New Grill Today Maybe Edition

1. the sheer amount of sleeping that went on in the guest room yesterday
2. like, really impressive amounts of sleeping
3. feeling affectionate enough about the sleeping that I don't worry about previous plans for grilling dinner*
4. good conversations during the brief intervals in which Joey is awake
5. coffee

*that's what restaurants are for

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, New Grill Edition

1. getting a new grill
2. making Joey assemble it
3. the look on Joey's face when I told Jed I was going to make Joey assemble it
4. learning experiences!
5. having a grill for the first time in 2 years

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Joey Upper Edition

1. history and the desire to learn about it
2. music
3. having a nephew who says, "Every once in a while I remember a joke you made when I was little and get it retroactively."
4. long visits
5. plans. Lots of plans

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

1. making the Pittsburgh/Attleboro run in under 9.5 hours
2. wondering how many parsecs that is
3. looking it up and discovering a parsec is a unit of distance, not time
4. wondering how far the Kessel run is and how it compares to Rt. 80 in Pennsylvania
5. Pennsylvania

Monday, June 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Whoops Edition

1. having so much fun on the road that I forget all about the FTTDS list
2. forgetting about a bunch of other things
3. stealing the awesome dog that lives here*
4. good friends who take you as you are
5. knowing that I'll see them again really really soon

*well, who lives here FOR NOW. Tomorrow, he comes home with me**
**not really***
***unless I can figure out how to steal him

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Getting Ready Edition

1. packing
2. clean laundry
3. being on top of things
4. the realization that I'll be with good but distant friends soon
5. road trips

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Phew Edition

1. finishing two major projects that I'd been worried about
2. learning new stuff
3. realizing that perhaps other people have a more accurate idea of my skills than I do
4. designing a book cover*
5. using a 20 year-old pair of Jed's PJ pants to do it*

*!!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Flag Day Edition

1. flags
2. the fact that I can remember a little "June fourteenth is Flag Day / Hang the banner out" poem from somewhere in elementary school
3. my brother
4. my brother's birthday
5. the possibility of not having "You're A Grand Old Flag" stuck in my head all day*

*theoretical

Monday, June 13, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Can't Keep My Days Straight Edition

1. Tuesdays, even when you think it's Wednesday
2. unless it's Monday, though Monday doesn't suck, either*
3. or Saturday. Saturday definitely doesn't suck. Is it Saturday?
4. Sunday
5. Friday

*no it doesn't. If Monday sucks because you have to go back to work, don't blame the day. Blame the job.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, First Day of CORE Edition

1. meeting a bunch of incoming first-year students
2. my friend who made jokes about the Jimi Hendrix Orientation and Registration Experience
3. how nervous the students are going to be
4. how much less nervous they'll be afterwards
5. new adventures

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Weekend Edition

1. waking up on my own schedule*
2. getting to the PO before it closes**
3. checking on the bees
4. getting some more art supplies
5. being a person who needs to get more art supplies

*which is exactly the same schedule as when Jed's alarm wakes me up, but whatever. It feels more luxurious this way.
**theoretical but probable

Friday, June 10, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Friday Edition

1. potstickers
2. the word "microcosm"
3. sterile bandages
4. Uniball Vision Elite multi-color packs
5. dogs wearing bandanas*

*or driving goggles and leather helmets

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Random Thursday Edition

1. dandelions
2. naturally* good hair
3. baby manatees
4. great big manatees**
5. little kids who pronounce "r"s like "w"s

*or unnaturally
**I'm holding my opinion about adolescent manatees. I think they probably don't suck, but you never know with teenagers

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Getting Poodley Edition

1. how long my hair is
2. getting it trimmed up a bit
3. summer, which means it doesn't need to see a blow dryer afterwards
4. and thus, the (straight-haired) stylist being unable to make it ridiculously curly
5. calling it "Getting Poodley" anyway

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Chauffeur Edtion

1. being available to help out
2. flexible schedules
3. lunch out with my mother-in-law
4. a full afternoon of moguling
5. or, you know. Napping

Monday, June 6, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Brunch Edition

1. good coffee made by someone else
2. Jed being awake enough to join us for breakfast*
3. pancakes?
4. waffles?
5. eggs?**

*theoretically
**decisions, decisions

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Elephant Edition

1. those ears, man
2. trunks*
3. sucking water up through your nose to give yourself a refreshing shower**
4. round, stampy feet
5. tusks

*weird yet awesome
**theoretically

Friday, June 3, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cool Friday Edition

1. moguling...so much moguling...
2. temps in the 70s when I need to iron*
3. starting the pitcher of iced coffee
4. putting together pizza dough for the weekend
5. pizza for the weekend

*why does moguling require tons of ironing? I'd like to register a complaint.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

1. meeting with people I really like
2. helping other people I really like
3. the people I really like
4. people in general
5. bagels

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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

1. home
2. being home
3. driving with Jed and the dogs
4. sleeping in our own bed
5. not having to get up early on Thursday*

*sorry, Jed

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Third (or Fourth, Depending) Annual Edition

1. writing a FTTDS list (almost) every day
2. doing so for four years
3. blogging them for three years
4. how far I've come
5. how well it works

Monday, May 30, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Memorial Day Edition

1. remembering the fallen
2. not having any immediate fallen
3. reflection
4. understanding
5. not creating any more fallen

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Graduation Edition

1. snazzy flat hats*
2. pomp
3. circumstance
4. combining the two to make MAGIC
5. paaaarrrrrtaaaaays

*which make it easier to pat graduates on the head and tell them, "Good job!"

Friday, May 27, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Greensboro Edition

1. comfy comfy comfy beds
2. coffee
3. how cute I look on no sleep*
4. the dogs, who are apparently behaving themselves in Manassas
5. Jed's reaction to short-sleeved shirts***

*red, watery eyes are apparently wrinkle-fighters**
**or maybe it's the lighting. Whatever. I look GOOD 
***dismay. Pure dismay.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Brief Stop in Manassas Edition

1. how well the four dogs get along
2. taking a mini road trip with just Jed for a couple of days
3. relatives who don't mind adding a couple of tall dogs to their pack while we're gone
4. seeing the Upper side of the family
5. hugs

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, On the Road Edition

Note: I'm traveling for the next few days, so FTTDS lists might be sporadic. Or nonexistent. Don't worry--things don't suck, and I'll be back.

1. road snacks
2. how good the dogs are in the car
3. how good Jed is in the car
4. driving
5. getting to see a whole bunch of people we love--like, tons of them

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Packing Edition

1. house sitters
2. going to see Mooge and Nino (and the clan)
3. Opie and Fini, who love hanging out with Gracie and Boo
4. Binks, World-Renowned Dog-Sitting Niece
5. Putting as many nicknames as possible into one list.*

*Lambo. Toast. Grilla. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Clearly in Vacation Mode Edition

1. forgetting to do a FTTDS list because you don't always need the reminder of the non-sucky things
2. lazy weekends
3. road trip preparations
4. mailing out packages to make people happy
5. packing

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friday Edition

1. still occasionally getting that "Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday" song stuck in my head*
2. doing some thrift store shopping
3. hanging out with the dogs
4. sleeping until Jed's alarm goes off**
5. pretending that Jed only has one alarm

*not because I like the song but because I like the people who made fun of that song with me
**the first real sign that I'm figuring out I'm on summer break

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Artistry Edition

1. the sheer number of donkey pictures available via Google image search
2. the knowledge that I am likely not the only person looking for them, today or ever
3. donkeys in general
4. thievery*
5. making stuff

*of ideas and techniques, not donkeys. Please do not take any donkey that isn't yours. And if you steal an idea, either change it so much that it's unidentifiable or figure out a way to give the person credit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Sunny Wednesday Edition

1. hanging out with Foleys tonight
2. lemon cake
3. putting Foleys before lemon cake because I have priorities*
4. making some art this afternoon
5. learning new things

*I also have lemon cake.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Jerry Foley Edition

1. laughing at your own jokes
2. turning all sorts of words into verbs
3. whipped cream, and lots of it
4. devotion to family
5. loving fearlessly

Miss you, Sir.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Cool Monday Edition

1. seeing Nan for lunch
2. or breakfast
3. diners that serve breakfast all day
4. eggs benedict
5. mostly the seeing Nan part, though, really*

*it does so much non-sucking that it makes the list twice!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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

1. when it's warm enough that the bees are up and out before I'm awake
2. having a little quiet time before the day starts
3. moguling
4. maybe running a vacuum (?) maybe (?)
5. date night

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Squirrel in the Fireplace Edition

1. how calm Gracie is about the whole thing*
2. having extra towels on hand I can use to block the fireplace doors so the squirrel will think it's night
3. my take-charge husband
4. ...who climbed out on the roof at 10:30 last night to drop a rope down the chimney
5. not having a squirrel in the fireplace anymore**

*we won't mention Butler. Butler is sensitive.
**theoretical, but it's been quiet in there since about 7 this morning and Butler is very calm, so I'm hopeful

Friday, May 13, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Friday Friday FRIDAAAAAY Edition

1. summer break, when every day might as well be Friday
2. or Saturday
3. or, I suppose, Monday
4. doing all sorts of printing today
5. trying new things

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Moving Day Edition

1. how completely prepared our niece will be
2. how totally packed and ready
3. an efficient, quick, painless moving situation
4. how certain I am of this
5. college students

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Almost There Edition

1. having just five papers left to grade
2. coffee*
3. in a mug**
4. on a slow-ish morning
5. where I didn't have to wake up until I was ready to

*instead of tea
**instead of a travel mug***
***although neither tea nor travel mugs suck, for the record

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Finally Sunny Edition

1. the sun. Just sun, sun, sun, sun.
2. how busy the bees were yesterday
3. how busy they'll be again today
4. being almost done with campus for a little bit
5. poeting

Monday, May 9, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Late-ish First Day of Finals Week Edition

1. getting up when I wake up instead of with the alarm
2. meeting with students
3. hugs
4. how full the library is
5. getting the grading done bit by bit

Sunday, May 8, 2016

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

1. my mom
2. Jed's mom
3. all of our mom-like people
4. the fact that someone on NPR yesterday morning used the phrase "mom-like person"
5. flowers

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Oh My Heart Edition

1. a former student flying up from Atlanta to say goodbye to me before she heads back to China*
2. having the time for a long but not long enough chat in my office
3. flowers
4. hugs
5. the way she said, "Please remember me" before she left

*who does that??

Friday, May 6, 2016

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

1. the urge to just laugh and laugh and laugh
2. hugs. So many hugs
3. meetings that maybe aren't as contentious as they could be
4. not having my alarm go off at 6:20 for a good long time
5. reading what I know are going to be some really good student papers*

*and then not reading any more student papers until sometime in September

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Off-Campus Thursday for a While Edition

1. breakfast with colleagues
2. making a much-needed thrift store run
3. not having too much moguling to do today
4. time to revise
5. preparing for tomorrow's grading

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Rainy (Again) Wednesday Edition

1. rain*
2. not having to mow the lawn
3. snuggling in this afternoon
4. being all caught up with both grading and moguling for a little bit
5. deluding myself into thinking I'll take a nap this afternoon

*at least here in the northeast. We need it, people

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Five Things that Don't Suck, Last Day of 060 Edition

1. my international students
2. they're mine, I tell ya
3. talking about writing with people who want to talk about writing
4. seeing them grow and develop over four years
5. having one of them occasionally come back and see me