Last Wednesday, I experienced an existential crisis. Well, technically, it was an “H” essential crisis, one to which Sarahs everywhere can relate.
People often leave the “h” off the end of my name. I get that there are two ways to spell Sarah, I’ve said it before, but because that’s true, it shouldn’t take that much effort to make sure you’ve spelled my name right. ALSO, I would argue,* the more common way to spell Sarah is with an “h”, so that should be the default spelling. For real, it’s in the Bible and the dictionary, and if God AND Webster want it spelled that way, who can argue with that?
I know Thanksgiving was two weeks ago (what?), and we’re all gearing up for Christmas (which is two weeks from today (!)) but, in all the hubbub around Tom Servo’s visit, I didn’t get a chance to comment on some of the more…interesting comments made at Thanksgiving. In addition to the old standbys “Where is the carpet cleaner?” and “What is that smell?” there were a few new gems. No surprise here: most of them involved kids.
I was riding in the car with my cousin Jonathon’s three kids when Cora piped up from the back, “My ex-boyfriend, George…” I said, “How do you have an ex-boyfriend? You’re eight!”
Following the boyfriend/girlfriend discussion, Cora’s younger brother, Nathan, chimed in, “It’s hard to break up with someone you love.” While I completely agree, I wondered how he could already know that since he’s five.
As promised, here are the stats on the Tom Servo posts:
I had 703 views for the month, my highest since February of this year, fifth highest views of all time! Very exciting. Additionally, I wrote 3323 words in the second half of the month, for a total of 7516, and Tom was in 56 more photos (for a total of 119). He met my family, watched a championship football game, carved a turkey, sold improv tickets, went to game night, went shopping, took a bath, got his hair done, and started working out. He also watched himself on Thanksgiving during the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon. It was amazing.
I hit some other important milestones in the past month. I surpassed the 18,000 mark for all-time views on November 14, and I added a new country to the list. Technically, two: Trinidad & Tobago. Still waiting on Guam…
We made it! 30 blog posts in 30 days and a Tom Servo picture (or two or three…) in each post. It’s been quite a ride. I meant to give you some final stats, but I ran out of time. But I’ll try to post a final recap on Thursday. For now, just a huge thanks to all of you for checking in on this adventure, and big thanks to my family for being supportive, accommodating, and giving ideas, and for welcoming Tom Servo to our holiday celebrations.
What a day! It was the border battle between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Minnesota Gophers, and Tom Servo, who is a huge Badger fan, was freaking out. Not only was the infamous “axe” ownership on the line, but it was the Big Ten West championship and the winner of this game will head to Indianapolis to play Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship next week. So, big deal. And the teams were pretty evenly matched heading into the game, despite the fact that the axe has been in Madison for the past decade.
Crow has been up to so much I had to split it into two parts. A week ago he led my stuffed animals in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells. I think they’re practicing to go caroling.
Some of you have asked what Crow’s been doing while Tom Servo has been gallivanting around town. Rest assured, he’s been plenty busy (although not cleaning, like I’d hoped he would). Here’s what he’s been up to:
While Tom was trying on my heels, Crow put on my scarf and some jewelry and started calling himself Madame Crowena.
He says he can see the future; I told him he needed to stop using Tom’s head as a crystal ball and he claimed he had no idea what I was talking about.
Well, it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving, and I told the robots that they were welcome to spend the holiday weekend with my family. Tom Servo jumped up and down and clapped his hands (okay, he didn’t really do that, but he said he’d love to come), but Crow said he’d have to pass. He felt like that would be too many people and he didn’t want to intrude. Really, I think it’s that the football lineup on Thursday features some exciting match-ups and he didn’t want to share the TV or be social. Also, as the namesake of a bird, he told me he finds the holiday a little disturbing. I told him to keep an eye on the apartment and help himself to anything in the fridge.
For those of you looking for something to watch besides football and the Macy’s parade, there’s going to be a MST3K Turkey Day Marathon* – they will be live-streaming classic episodes of MST3K throughout the day – so you should check it out. You can watch it live by clicking this link.
Check in tomorrow to find out what Crow’s been up to this month. And one last plea to stay home on Thanksgiving. If you do, I’ll be ever so thankful! – Sarah
*Tom heard “Marathon” and got really panicky; I had to explain that it isn’t a race, just back-to-back episodes of the show, and he asked why that’s called a marathon and not a relay race, which he felt made more sense. I didn’t have a good answer, but I have to agree. Thoughts?