All is not as it seems

Hello, Friday Fools! 

I woke up unsure what day it was and then wondered what I'd write about (yes, I write this the morning of). My out-of-controlemail has saved the day--I present word shenanigans for you. I was thinking about the OED's word of the day and how it sounded suspiciously like a made-up word. I was kind of feeling the same thing with's word, but changed my mind. At any rate, I like to make up words. I do it with some regularity. Tell me if this doesn't sound somewhat like a made-up word. Their word for today is:

amouring, N.: courtship, wooing, lovemaking

It sounds like something I might make up, but I also could reaching there. My family votes that I'm delusional. Final answer. I have teens and a somewhat skeptical family in general, so I don't get props very often. Notwithstanding that, my friends, is a good word. It's also a sneaky word because you really have to understand the context to make sure you have the situation right. It's ripe for misunderstandings. It reminds me of a highbrow or "proper" version of loving. It's used a lot these days (I know, I sound like I'm 80 and about to tell you about something that happened "back in my day.").

He loved her up. OR She needed some loving. Also ambiguous without context: is it a hug or something more? Handy-dandy. Moderns tend to make certain frequently used words multifunctional--nouns and verbs, switching their roles, throwing in other parts of speech. Least we forget moderns love of the F-word. That's one hard-working word in our vernacular.

That brings me to scofflaw. I πŸ’œ that word! I saw it used on the Drinking with Chickens Instagram account this week. She says she uses it "alaht." πŸ˜‚ My boys are certainly scofflaws. Definition #2 (flouter of rules, conventions, or accepted practices) not definition #1 (flouter of laws, especially one who fails to pay fines owed). The definition was actually written as "a person who flouts...", but I like "flouter" better. Thank you Have the app, love it to bits.

Scofflaw makes me think of pirates. Don't ask me why, but I think it's funny. The other funny thing to me (among a zillion funny things that only I think are funny) are "national days." There's a day for every interest and I think it's awesome in a humorous way. We were waiting for a dinner one night back when the boys were in middle school (for the smarty pants out there, we were out--we weren't just sitting at home magically waiting for dinner to show up at our table. Although if this were a fairy tale we would be.) when Chief tells us that we missed National Bacon Day. It's December 30th for anyone interested. International Bacon Day is September 4th, which makes September an even bigger month for us. It's right before the boys' birthdays.

Chia used to love bacon. It was its own food group for him. Then the discussion devolved into (archaic usage alert), what days should we celebrate? My vote was and still is for National Donut Day and National Coffee Day, but I was outvoted. In looking things up we found out that September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. You know where this is going, right? Yup. We started talking like pirates and asking each other how we'd celebrate it.

I wouldn't think twice about it, except that I happened to look up and catch a man's eye who was sitting adjacent to us. At least he thought it was funny. He could've scowled at us. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜¬ I think he'd been listening the entire time. He was by himself and who wouldn't listen when an entire family breaks out in bad pirate? The other funny thing is, I remember random things when I have awkward eye contact associated with it. It becomes burned into my memory or I totally forget it, as in, you couldn't jog my memory for all your worth. Burned in or locked out. This one was burned in. That's us, being scofflaws (and talking like pirates).

Speaking of pirates and scofflaws--here's Roland, my graphic designer/cover artist. He really is a rule-breaker and by his own admission. The cover is his design. I think Charlie is spot-on. It's not what I would've imagined, but he totally works. He's really grown on me, Charlie that is. Roland's okay, too. 🀣 I made Roland wear the mask when I gave him his hard copy. πŸ€ πŸ’œπŸ˜‚

I used to work with Roland at The Art Institute. He taught drawing and Photoshop. It was pure luck that I saw some of his other cover art he posted on Facebook (which I'm on and not on). It struck a chord with me. It was right at the time I was looking for a cover designer. I told Chief it was a sign. He rolled his eyes and told me to just message Roland and tell him I wanted to work with him. He makes fun of me for my "signs." Side note: Chief's pouring sugar into a measuring cup yesterday from the remains in the bag. There was some that didn't fit into the container. He poured it and then I hear him say, "Look it's a sign from God--it was exactly 2.5 cups!" Meaning what was left in the bag was the exact amount he needed. Yup. A sign my foot. The mockery never ends here.

Something else that doesn't end with me is my gratitude for all of you. I'm grateful that you've allowed me to run amok in your inbox; that you visit my website to read my blogs (which I haven't been as consistent with, lately); you send me messages and memes; and that you buy my books--not only for yourselves but for others. That's huge! Every. Single. Bit. All of it. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I tried resisting the ooze of gratitude I feel in my heart because you have all sorts of gratitude sitting in your inbox right now--both genuine and fabricated. It is the holiday season after all. But I can't help it. I really do appreciate you.

Thank you for reading my words; telling others about my words; and reading the "words" above 😁 See how I did that? Scofflaw. I hope everyone is well and that you find something funny, curious, or thought-provoking to brighten your days. 🀠

Take care!



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