Things I’m loving this week

“Nobody Hates You” by Jessia. I don’t know how old this song is, but I just heard it recently and immediately added it to my “liked” songs list on Spotify. The lyrics are awesome, especially for young women, but…sadly, I know, also for plenty of young men, too. What have we done to our kids? Sigh.


“Alexa,  play some music.” I discovered this command by accident, but I’m finding it fun to see what she comes up with for my personalized playlist. Usually it’s based on my listening habits, but sometimes it’s way out there — like contemporary R&B, which was actually pretty fun. I find it hard to discover new music using streaming services (Spotify’s Daily Drive, etc.) that just feed us what they know we like. 


College basketball games. I never watched basketball until a friend’s daughter began playing for Behrend, so I couldn’t be more surprised to say that I really like going to the games. They are fun and exciting. People. Pep band. Dance Troupe. Cheerleaders. Mascot. And, of course, a fast-moving game that never drags into extra innings or long overtime sessions.


Microban Multi-purpose Cleaner. My mom swears by this to clean up pet stains and I have to say it works better than most of the other products we have tried. And, it’s not even very pricey — maybe $5 or $6 at Walmart.

Things I’m not loving this week


$400+ Emergency Vet Bill and a sick pup. I don’t know what’s wrong with Haddie, but she’s had liquid poo for days. On Friday night she sprayed it all over me in the truck on the way home from my inlaws (oh, yes, that’s a story i must find time to tell here soon) and when it continued Saturday morning, we decided we had to bite the bullet and take her to the Pet ER. The first quote was nearly $900. They took off some things to get the price down to $414, which was still steep for no diagnosis, but we did get plenty of meds — nausea, stool hardener, worm medicine (just in case) — as well as antiseptic butt wipes, antibiotic cream, and a cone-of-shame from a lick-induced infection/hot spot on her back end.

I’m still not sure what is wrong. Is it her food? Does she have some sort of inflammation or chronic, sensitive belly? Does she need probiotics? Did she pick up some infection from something in the yard? I don’t know, but I hope we get it figured out soon. In the meantime, she’s enjoying rice-boiled-chicken-and-pumpkin dinners and is clearly feeling much better. (The tail wrap was to keep the fur out of the mess going on back there.)

M&Ms. Good gravy…..imagine being Mars Inc. and taking orders from that fat, blowhard, soft, squinty-eyed, perpetually-confused-looking loser, Tucker Carlson. No…I’m not “canceling” M&Ms now, I’m just hoping they realize they don’t need to kowtow to a man who literally contributes nothing to this world but more resentment and anger. He makes a living off keeping people mad about stupid shit.