NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 24

I’m not saying I’m old, but…

I do remember this phone.

I do remember this phone. (Photo courtesy of my dad.)

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 23

Tonight I went to Zumba. Crow didn’t want to join me because he had some stuff to work on around the apartment (not sure what he meant by that, nothing seems to be cleaner or put away).

On my way home, I took pictures of some of the interesting things along the way:



I’m not ready for Christmas displays. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet!* I have to admit this one was kind of adorable, though:


Teacup Snowman!

Do you think Crow would let me put him in a teacup?

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-ember: Day 22

Today, I showed the bots all of my phones, from my first cordless phone in college through my new iPhone. I find it interesting that they started out pretty small and got smaller, then larger. And some people’s phones now are like small tablets. I mean, the middle two (blue ones) are roughly the size of a pack of gum! Much easier to fit in a pocket. Or your boot.

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 21, Sweet Crow-vember

Okay, it wasn’t sweet today. It was kind of bitterly cold. And my phone finally died, which was okay because I’ve been meaning to upgrade from an ancient slider phone to a smartphone, but unfortunate because had I done it last month, last week, or even last night, I could have transferred all my contacts, photos, etc. to this new phone. I have an older old phone that I can use to transfer contacts, but since I’m not one for getting the latest and greatest, the contacts are from 3 1/2 years ago, when I last upgraded. And I had a couple of writing notes I wanted to keep, things I wrote when I was out for a walk and didn’t have a notebook handy. Blergh.

It's kind of sad when you have no contact and no contacts.

It’s kind of sad when you have no contact and no contacts.

This should teach me to back stuff up more (I hope). I had just backed up* all of my photos, so I have those at least. After I got my new phone, I went to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to cheer on a friend, who was competing in a CrossFit competition.**

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 20, TGIF

We’re two-thirds of the way through Crow-vember and I’m having a hard time coming up with ideas. So I’m just going to post stats, because everyone loves math!*

So far this month I’ve written an average of one post a day, but you probably knew that already. I’ve spent approximately 1,720 minutes writing (not too shabby) which works out to 28.667 hours. That’s more than a full day!**

Not a man.

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 19, Madame Crowena Returns


It’s been a time of uncertainty in the world, and even though I don’t really believe in horoscopes and psychics, it can be really entertaining, and sometimes comforting, to hear the answers from these external sources. Crow agrees; he enjoys his time as Madame Crowena. He told me “A change is coming,” which I told him was very vague. For me? For the world? In the weather?  He didn’t appreciate me questioning his prediction.

Here are some other messages I got recently:

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: When Mary Met Sarah

Every year for the holidays my friend Mary and I get together and watch When Harry Met Sally, perhaps the greatest movie of all time.* Truly. Man, Nora Ephron knew dialogue.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

I met Mary almost five years ago at a birthday party for a mutual friend dubbed “Meat Night” (the party, not the friend), and I liked her instantly. We didn’t really become close, though, until a few months later, when she lived down the street (2 1/2 miles) from me and she used to see me out on walks and pull over to see if I needed a ride. Even though I was out for the exercise, I appreciated the company, so I often accepted and then made up a location for her to drive me. We had great conversations. She has a wonderful laugh and we’re both funny.

Although I don’t see her very often, we always have fun when we’re together, and our annual When Harry Met Sally viewing is one of my favorite holiday traditions. We set an egg timer for a certain amount of time (last night it was 10 minutes; previously we’ve done 8 or 9), and whenever it goes off we have to say what the next line is. Some of them were ridiculously easy; others we had the gist but not the line word for word. And of course, we both quoted the lines we knew, regardless of where we were on the timer. I’m sure it would be obnoxious to other people but that’s why we don’t invite anyone else.


Tom and Crow were there, of course, but they were busy doing their own thing. Those presents really keep them occupied. I hope you have holiday traditions that you look forward to each year. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next Thursday! Bring on the turkey and MST3K marathon.


*Okay, so that might be a stretch, but watch it again. Or for the first time.

NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 17, Holiday Decorating

We decorated for the holidays here. I’m sorry I didn’t get more “in process” photos, but I was busy helping supervising. But here’s what we got:

The table’s all set!


The Stockings Were Hung...

The Stockings Were Hung…

Sometimes you have to make do without a mantle.

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NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 16

The bots were really excited yesterday when they found out that the Vikings are first in the NFC North! This is how they celebrated:

Tom and Crow: Vikings

Tom and Crow: Vikings

Crow’s mustache is coming in nicely. It could use a trim, though. But it is Movember, so…

Tonight we will be decorating for Christmas (early, I know, but I’ve got a friend coming over for our traditional holiday viewing of When Harry Met Sally tomorrow night, so it seems fitting). Check back!

NaBloPoWriMo Crow-vember: Day 15, What Tom’s Been Up To

Some of you* have been asking what Tom’s been up to this month, so here is a snippet of what he’s been doing.

He spent a good deal of time on Netflix.

He spent a good deal of time on Netflix.

Here’s what he was looking up:

Netflix search!

Netflix search!

I, Robot

I, Robot

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