The Blogger is Absurdly Tardy and other stories

Yes, this blog is getting posted awfully late. I'm not sure whether to use huckleberry picking for my excuse, claiming that it took up half my week, or whether to admit that I've been writing my book in the mornings for a couple of hours before even opening my email, which means other stuff gets put off till later in the day.

All I can do is make up for it with cat pictures.

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So yes, huckleberry picking. The berries weren't particularly thick, but we got a few. Otherwise, it was really a rather fun year. It was sunny but not baking hot, there were hardly any bugs—though Lou did pick two spiders off me the first evening—and it's hard to beat good family time.

Highlights include:
  • Visiting with—among other awesome family members—Maria and Katie, who have both commented here.
  • Talking with ten-year-old Daniel and twelve-year-old Victoria, both of whom absolutely loved the book Pride & Prejudice.
  • Getting rather badly lost with Lou and Daniel, and finding our way back after 45 minutes of hard walking and praying (thank God! And thanks, St. Anthony, St. Jude, Mary, and St. Joseph for the prayers...)
  • Getting to see the Swan flying at its zenith among the stars, far away from ambient light. It's startling how much more depth and dimension the night sky has when you're standing in the middle of nowhere.
And other things, like auntie-time and long conversations and Aunt Wynn's biscuits and rosaries around the campfire. And not getting eaten by bears. Or mosquitoes. That sort of thing.

All pictures courtesy of Lou, with whom I left the camera as he's less prone to getting awkward shots of people halfway between sitting and standing, making faces, tying shoes, and the like.

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It would be beneath a cat’s dignity to admit it, I suppose, but Maia seemed sincerely glad to see us when we got home—or at least, sincerely glad to see the return of her source of tummy rubs. She was unusually cuddly the first day we were home, which meant the morning went something like this:
Maia: Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. *jumps on Jenna’s lap* *settles down and enjoys an ear scratch*
Lou: *shifts position on couch*
Maia: THE SKY IS FALLING! *bolts*
Me: Ow! Do you have to push off quite that hard?
Lou, laughing: I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle her.
Me: Oh, it’s not just you. She also does that when the postman puts the mail in the box, and when people walk by on the sidewalk.
Maia, several minutes later: *jumps on Jenna’s lap* Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. *cuddles*
Me: You should know, cat, that I’ve got to get up and switch the laundry and freeze another batch of huckleberries. Aw, but you're so cute. Did you miss your people? Poor kitty. I suppose I can hold off another few minutes.
Lou: *shifts position on couch*
Me: OW. Curses.
Lou, laughing: "I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle her."
Me: It’s not your fault. Anyway, I should get up. *continues working on computer*
And thusly.

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Writers' link of the week: As much as I talk about story, and the power of story, and the worth and value of the narrative arts—I think it's healthy to remember the truth explained in David Wong's "5 Ways You Don't Realize Movies are Controlling Your Brain." Also, it's sometimes funny. Standard Cracked advisories apply.

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Music of the week: Meditation from Thaïs.

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Random amusement of the week: How to pronounce Uranus. I agree wholeheartedly with his final suggestion, and might just be pretentious enough to start doing that.

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And now it's ten o'clock, and I'm off. Good night, and happy weekend!


  1. You're cat pictures are acceptable. You are hereby forgiven for not blogging last week. At least by me. As we've discussed before, cats don't forgive. Maia's punishment will come. Her little act of pretending to be happy to see you, is as you perceived really all about tummy rubs...and luring you into a false sense of security. ;)

    1. HAHAHA. Well, if Maia wasn't satisfied with taking several flying leaps off my stomach and chest, or with hanging onto Lou's lap with claws every time he's tried to stand up all week, I'm sure she'll find some further way of punishing us.

      But thank you for your forgiveness. ;)

  2. Cats, berries, awesome kids, and the night sky more than make up for schedule variations in my book.

    Honestly, the more I see of Cracked the more I love it. They have their problems for sure, but their hearts are in the right place, and that place is Critical Thinking About Every Aspect of Society. They're probably better than most schools in that regard, though I don't know for sure. Better than the Clark County School District, in any case.

    1. Thanks. :)

      Yeah, I agree about Cracked. I don't love everything I see there, but often I come across something--like the above--that intelligently points out the flaws in our current everyday thinking. Good stuff.

    2. Everything I needed to know about life I learned at Cracked. And The Onion. :)


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