Poets Have Been Mysteriously Silent on the Subject of Cheese

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I used to fancy myself a poet, once upon a time. However, I never had much love for haikus. These syllable based poems used to drive me crazy, as they were, in my mind, too structured and forced to be short to be of much use in expressing myself. However, the newest weekly challenge has set a new goal for me… overcome this hatred for the 17 syllable haiku, and bust out five of them. Ready for my first haikus? Here they are…

Creamy mild flavor,

Fun to play with when eating

swiss cheese is so good!

(HA! Take that, G.K. Chesterton)


Cold air bites my skin

Visable breath in small puffs

November is here


Laundry all around,

Dishes need to get done too

So many chores to do


Bills are owed, need paid,

Rent is due, car payment, too

Off to work I go.


Kids aren’t babies now,

But not grown to teenager.

Slow down and enjoy!


Nope, still not fond of haikus, but glad I gave it a shot. I know there’s two weekly challenges written by me. The earlier post is from last week’s challenge, but I didn’t notice that before I wrote it, so you get two today. Enjoy.

I Need A Do-Over

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I Call Do Over!


Sure, why not? I keep thinking I enjoy writing… I just never seem to stick to it. I considered other names for this blog that gave off a sense of constantly starting over, some depressive sounding names, some inspiring ones, I even considered calling it blah blah blah assuming no one is really going to read it other than me, and maybe Garen. Usually having a specific topic in mind and sticking to it is helpful in blogging. It helps to build and audience and it helps you to spur along in writing about said topic you love. Previously, I’d tried to do that with Altoholics R Us and it’s predecessor AltoholicMom… They were rather successful, but a hacker that wouldn’t quit sort of put the damper on my drive to continue writing them.

Before that I’d attempted to write about my life in general, several times over. Every single time I’d find myself looking over a post and thinking, geez… no one really wants to read that… and then gave up on it again. This time I still intend to write a bit about my life, but maybe more specifically into the things I do, like crafting and couponing and work, rather than how adorable the kids are and how I wanna strangle them some days. (Even as I write this they are terrorizing a box I had an intention of using to send rather late Christmas presents).

One of my worst personality traits is that I tend to not finish what I start… or I start it over again and again… each time hoping that this time will go better than the last. I am constantly doing-over things I’ve already done… mostly because I can’t do things perfectly on the first shot… but then again, who really can? Perfectionist Fallacy was another name I considered for this blog. Sometimes I feel like I want to call out “DO OVER!” on my entire life, but then I come to my senses and realize things could be much much worse.

This time around on my blog do-over I have no set direction, I have no specific topic.

I hope to develop the intention of this blog as I go. I hope that those who have the misfortune of stumbling across it get the occasional joy out of reading the rambling that pours out of my head on a daily basis… but mostly, I hope this stops that nagging feeling I get that makes me light a fire under my ass to create endless amounts of blogs out there…

Regardless, until next time…


A Rose By Any Other Name…

Would that apply to a dog, too? Does a dog still smell like a dog regardless of what you name it? Of course it does, but that doesn’t mean I want to be heard shouting “Sir Snuffles McBeth Von Schnauzer Fluffypants the Third” every time I call the dog. I recently posted on Facebook for suggestions on what to name our soon to be addition to our family, but instead got a lot of reasons that I shouldn’t own a new puppy right now. Granted, there were a couple names suggested among my friends and family, but thus far, the names my family likes I’ve found myself. Here’s a list of what we’ve got so far.

There are other names we liked but those are the top ones thus far. Garen has a few other choices in mind like Thor and Odin… but I’m really not digging on those. We’ll have to meet our new pup first, and then decide upon a name suiting of his/her personality, and of course of his/her being a German Shepherd. So it’s not too late to throw out your .02 cents on this issue, if you’ve got an opinion on naming it, that is. On owning it, well that’s a mute point now, it’s already paid for.


The One With The Introduction

Ok, so maybe you get it, with the titles and such? Or maybe you don’t. Just in case you don’t (don’t feel badly, Garen apparently missed the reference as well) the title of the blog and the title of this post are in relation to the TV show Friends, which used the “The One With…” format for every episode. I don’t actually intend to label all my posts this way, but I liked the idea for the title of the blog… and hey, it’s always a nice fall back when I can’t come up with a clever title on my own for future posts.

So yup, a blog… on blogger… which is different than my previous wordpress attempts… and there have been many. This time around there’s no just WoW, no just poems, no just “the kids drove me nuts today”. I plan to simply post whatever crops up to my mind. Somedays it might be mindless complaining, other days, I might have an actual well formed opinion on something to share. Or maybe my kids were doing that cute thing again. Who knows? We’ll see what I come up with. Otherwise, welcome. Make yourself at home. My life is pretty crazy so I hope you’ll stay open minded with me here.