Too many balls, not enough hands.

I was in my supervisor's office yesterday, spouting off circus analogies. As one does. "I'm juggling an awful lot these days!" I said. "I've got too many balls and not enough hands." Only later did I realize a comment like that could have earned me a visit with HR. Work is super busy right now. … Continue reading Too many balls, not enough hands.

Shootout at the XM Corral

Tara texted me this morning about an automatic bank withdrawal. SiriusXM just charged $22. Is that monthly?? Because there were two question marks, I knew this displeased my wife. And honestly, it displeased me, too. For the past year, the monthly charge had been $7 and some odd change. I figured my one-year promotional period … Continue reading Shootout at the XM Corral

People, People Everywhere

I guess it's basically summer now. Maybe not from an astronomical standpoint—equinoxes and whatnot—but once Memorial Day rolls around, it might as well be. It's when the tourists descend upon the Black Hills en masse. Tara is not a fan of tourist season. From June through August, our normally quiet little downtown nearly doubles in … Continue reading People, People Everywhere

“See You Monday!”

So. I’m going back into the office tomorrow. Not full-time. It'll probably just be for a couple of days a week, working from home the rest. One of my coworkers asked me how I felt about coming back, and I replied, “Pretty good, since it was my idea!” Honestly, I have mixed feelings about it. … Continue reading “See You Monday!”

71,000 Acres of Social Distancing

Last week was rough. Tuesday's post making fun of people hoarding toilet paper seemed innocent enough at the time, but turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy when the shelves here in town were picked clean of TP and Tara announced we were kinda, sorta running low ourselves. Suddenly, the situation was a lot less amusing. And … Continue reading 71,000 Acres of Social Distancing

Every 8:45

Winter continues to hold us tightly in her icy grip, but that's okay, guys. It's what I wanted after 23 years in the climatologically-monotonous PNW where winters are one-note (wet) and summers are dry. All this snow and cold is simply making up for lost time. When last I wrote, Tara and I were tentatively planning … Continue reading Every 8:45

Blast from the Past

First things first: I need a good oatmeal recipe. I'm used to buying Trader Joe's frozen steel cut oatmeal. Looks like an oversized hockey puck, but it's surprisingly delicious and simple to make: two minutes in the microwave, stir, another minute and twenty seconds, and dig in. However, there is no Trader Joe's in South … Continue reading Blast from the Past

And then all hail broke loose…

I've said it before, though never using a fruit analogy: the weather here is bananas. Take Tuesday, for instance. Our day started out quietly enough; we decided to go for a hike along the Sunday Gulch Trail in Custer State Park. Can I just say how different the trails are out here? No ferns or … Continue reading And then all hail broke loose…

It’s a Wild, Wildlife

Lots of irons in the proverbial fire out here, folks. I don't want to go into specifics so as not to jinx anything, but all the pieces seem to be falling into place. Or at least stacking up like they're going to. For both of us. Vague enough for you? Not to worry: all will … Continue reading It’s a Wild, Wildlife

Today’s Theme is Buffalo

Before our South Dakota trip, I had one goal: to see a buffalo up close. Also, to eat buffalo. That part was easy enough: I ended up having buffalo, in one form or another, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. Seeing a buffalo? That was a little trickier. It was looking like a bust three-quarters … Continue reading Today’s Theme is Buffalo