Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ZiZiRho Designs and Ze End!

Well, today marks the end of another trip through the alphabet (and my head) via the A to Z Challenge. This is the day I normally resort to posting a video of Dr. Evil telling Seth Green to zip it, but thanks to the wonderfully talented writer/blogger/knitter Liz, I don't have to.

You may know Liz from her blog, Laws of Gravity, where she posts about writing, substitute teaching (some truly hysterical stories there) and her knitting projects. She's a fantastic knitter.

I admire people who can knit. My mother tried (in vain) to teach me, but all I ever managed to do was inspire my mother to ask me to stop using the needles as swords/daggers.

I may have failed at it, but I still find knitting is a very impressive skill. Here are some of Liz's creations:

How gorgeous is that handbag?

A cozy for your smart phone

Or one for your tablet

Barefoot sandals

And some very cool earrings

And that is far from all. You'll have to visit her etsy shop (ZiziRho Designs) to see everything. And you really should. You can also find Liz on Twitter at @ZiziRho

So thank you, Liz, for providing me with a colorful new post for Z-day, and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit with me during this wild and crazy month. It's truly much appreciated.

Monday, April 29, 2013


So this past Friday, I happened to catch the beginning of a show called Shark Tank.

I don't know if you've seen it or heard of it, but it's a reality show in which entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel of five self-made millionaires and billionaires (including Mark Cuban and the QVC Queen lady whose name I do not know) in hopes of finding an investor for their product/business.

I hadn't watched it before—and probably never will again—but just happened to see it this time because I hadn't yet turned off the television because I was busy writing a few lines of dialogue for a scene I am sure will never see the light of day. But I'm glad I caught this part of this episode because I now know about what is—quite possibly—the greatest thing ever.

Cupcakes in a jar.

There's a mother-daughter cupcake bakery in Massachusetts called Wicked Good Cupcakes and in addition to their storefront, they will ship cupcakes anywhere in the United States. Those cupcakes are shipped in a mason jar and will stay fresh for ten days without refrigeration. They're available in traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla but also come in flavors like red velvet, sea salted caramel, cookies n cream, and something called "The Wicked Good" which is a peanut butter cupcake loaded with chocolate chips and layered with chocolate ganache and peanut butter frosting.

Wicked good, indeed.

And the best part is that this mother-daughter duo is opening a second location in Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston which just so happens to be one of my favorite places to go in Boston. And they're doing this next month, so my next trip to Boston is going to be a very happy and very sugary experience.


But don't worry, Mike's Pastry. I still love you, too.

Also going on today (and guaranteed to not increase the size of your waistline) is the release of The Sword of Fire, Part 20 of Andrew Leon's serial work Shadow Spinner. You can download it, and many other Shadow Spinner installments, for free via Amazon. Go check it out!

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Well, we're in the home stretch of the A to Z challenge.

Today I thought I'd talk about xkcd, the online comic strip featuring stick figures and geek humor. Sadly, I don't understand a lot of the science-centered strips because my science smarts tops out at Mr. Wizard (or Bill Nye the Science Guy if you're too young to know who Mr. Wizard is. And if you are don't tell me.), but fortunately for people like me, there's a website called explain xkcd which does just as its title suggests: provides detailed explanations for those in need.

But fortunately, there have been several strips for which I do not require an explanation. They're the pop culture offerings. There was an amazing strip one day featuring Movie Narrative Charts from Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and Jurassic Park and a couple other films. I really want to post it here, but this little blog would not do it any justice because it's the kind of thing that requires a large screen and time to peruse it.

This one is my absolute favorite:

And one last thing before I go...when I was struggling to think of a post for today, The Man, in his helpful manner, suggested the song Xanadu by his favorite band Rush. So here in his honor is the video (please note it's super long):

Friday, April 26, 2013

William Carlos Willams

Though I am so very tempted to feature my idol (and yours) Joss Whedon again today, I thought I might change things up a bit and revisit my English teacher roots (that's right...I used to teach English. Fear that.).

April, as some of you may know, is National Poetry Month. It was this time of year when I'd spring upon my students the dreaded poetry unit. William Carlos Williams was always one of my featured poets.

Williams was born in 1883, lived primarily in New Jersey, and died in 1963. He worked as a pediatrician but also received a Pulitzer prize for poetry. His work (writing-wise) was a part of the Imagist movement which was devoted to the creation of poems sticking to four basic principles:

1. Concentration on the image—the thing itself.
2. Use of common language and precise words
3. Creation of new rhythms
4. Freedom of choice subject

The first time I ever heard of Williams was in a high school English class. It was either my sophomore or junior year, but I honestly can't remember which. It doesn't really matter though because the set-up was still the same. My high school English classes typically saw me sitting in the back of the room, my textbook shoved into the corner of my desk and maybe open to the page the teacher had requested while I worked fervently on whatever story I happened to be writing at the time. But, for whatever reason, I happened to look up the day we covered William Carlos Williams and read what is possibly his most famous poem—

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

My initial teenage reaction to this poem was "Are you freaking kidding me? That guy's famous for this?" My second reaction to this poem was to create in my notebook a special section entitled "Stupid Poetry In The Style of William Carlos Williams" which contained such gems as the following:

In A Nutshell

in a nutshell
are, in fact,
the contents which
compose a nut.

Anyway, teenage ignorance aside, I never forgot the red wheelbarrow poem. It made a very lasting impression upon me, and the more I thought about it (and I thought about it a lot), the more brilliant I found it to be. It's one of my favorite poems now, and part of that is because of how elegantly I think it illustrates what the Imagist poets were trying to do. So I went on to teach it to each and every group of students with which I did a poetry unit. And each and every time, I told the kids about an analysis of this poem that I had once read which stated that this poem was particularly brilliant because even the stanzas looked like wheelbarrows. It led to many fun and spirited debates.

But whatever side the kids landed on, they all ended up spending more time—independent time even—checking out the works of a great American poet and others like him. And others not like him.

Which was, really, the whole point.

Happy Friday, everyone. I hope y'all have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


As some of you may recall, I was on vacation at the beginning of the month. The Man was desperate to go somewhere warm for a while, so we headed down to Florida for a week of above freezing temperatures and a visit to Harry Potter World. (The Man, by the way, is not a Harry Potter fan. He's just a nice guy. But don't tell him I told you that.)

So I thought I'd share some of the pictures from the trip with you today.

The view from our hotel room

A crab (obviously) hanging out with us one day

Look, ma! No glare!
(Yeah, I know this picture was already used this month)

As opposed to the unfrozen kind of ice?

Hogwarts Castle, home of the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride

Signs found all over Hogwarts warning people like me to stay the hell
away from this ride. Which, naturally, I did not do.

What I had (at the Three Broomsticks) after I recovered from
my experience on the Forbidden Journey ride.
Relax, it's butterbeer.

The roller coaster I declined to go on.

And the sun sets on my vacation and this slide show...

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Utensils (The Writing Kind)

Once again, the A to Z Challenge has turned into a recitation of my favorite things. (Thank goodness I like a lot of things) I apologize if I'm getting repetitive and boring. I promise tomorrow will not be a list of my favorite anything.

Well, probably not anyway.

As I have already discussed my obsession with notebooks, I thought I'd share my preferences in writing utensils as pens and paper go hand in hand. (And I had no other idea for U-Day.)

This list changes from time to time as I'm always on the hunt for a new pen. I can't make a trip to an office supply story without spending entirely too much time browsing the pen aisle, just to see what's new.

Here are my current faves (see if you can spot the trend):

10. Bathtub markers. Perfect for recording shower epiphanies.
However, they will turn your grout fun colors, so be prepared to scrub the walls.

9. Pilot Varsity fountain pens. Not only do they make your handwriting
look all lovely and fancy, they also come in purple and turquoise!

8. Papermate Silk 1.6B click top pens. They're only available in blue and black,
but they're my brainstorm scribbling pens of choice. (Yes, I have a different pen
for brainstorming. And this is it.) One drawback is that it's prone to leaking,
but I will gladly suffer blue hands for a great idea.

7. Pilot Precise V5 pens. Smooth writing and they're available in
a variety of colors including...purple and turquoise.

6. Uni-Ball Vision. Very vibrant colors. Purple and pink and a very pretty blue.

5. Zebra F-301 click top pen. They're not available in purple or turquoise, but you can get them in
blue, black, green and red. I know this is weird, but I like the red ones for editing purposes, but don't care for
the other colors. Unfortunately, you can only buy the red ones as part of a set.
They're a good size for writing notes in margins, and the click top is perfect for those pensive moments.
Not that I ever have those, of course.

4. Uni-Ball Signo click top pens. I found these at the cash register at Staples. They're
black ink infused with another color. It sounded cool, so I bought purple and teal.
Turns out, they are pretty cool. They write nice, and the ink looks awesome.

3. Santoro Tutti Cuti "Hippy Chick" pen. I've been obsessed with this pen since
I came across it in 2009. I found it in The Store one afternoon (abandoned by
a co-worker) and wrote some damn awesome scenes with it that November.
It's since run out of ink, and I can't find any replacements anywhere.
Not even a Google search has turned up any options. But I still keep the pen.
Because I'm a freak like that.

2. Sharpie Fine Point pens. Available in a variety of colors (including purple!).
They write nicely, make your handwriting look neat. I use these as my
storyboard calendar pens.

1. Pilot G-2 clicky top gel pens. They write beautifully, always make my
handwriting look great, and come in purple and teal. And, you know,
other colors. Black, blue, red, orange. But I like the purple and teal best.

So, pen companies, let this be a lesson to you. Want me to buy your product? Make it available in purple or turquoise ink. Or maybe a purple-infused turquoise ink. Oh, that would be so cool. I really hope someone does that someday.

But that's enough from me for one day (and possibly longer.). Let's hear from you. Do you have any favorite writing utensils? What's your favorite ink color? 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It Takes A Thief

Last month on My Pet Blog, I had a movie week in which all my posts featured my favorite films in a particular genre, but I ran out of days before I ran out of genres, so I thought today I might return to that format and share with you my very favorite heist films. I've always wanted to be a master thief, and the reasons that I'm not have everything to do with the fact that this professional is illegal and dangerous, and nothing to do with the fact that I lack all essential skills. Really.


In no particular order...

1. Ocean's Eleven- To be clear, I'm talking about the 2001 film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt and, like, a million other awesome actors. It tells the story of Danny Ocean and accomplices who aim to rob three Vegas casinos on the same night. It's super slick and very, very funny.

2. Sneakers- Released in 1992, directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Stars Robert Redford, Dan Ackroyd, Sydney Poitier, David Staratharin, and River Phoenix and more! This is the story a group of people whose job it is to break into places to test companies' security systems. But the past comes back to haunt the leader of the group and the gang must work together to pull off their biggest job yet.

3. Heat- Damn, this is an awesome movie. Released in 1995, written and directed by Michael Mann, and stars Al Pacino (cop) and Robert DeNiro (robber) in a very intense game of cat and mouse. And when I say 'intense', I really mean it.

4. The Italian Job- Again, I'm talking about the newer one. The one released in 2003 that stars Marky Mark. Sorry, Mark Walhberg. I know you're a legit actor now and all. This movie's about a crew that, after being betrayed and left for dead by one of their own, plans an elaborate gold heist. Every time I see this movie, I want to drive a mini cooper. And learn how to crack safes. Alas, I never done either.

5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid- This 1969 film was written by Princess Bride author William Goldman and directed by George Roy Hill. It stars Paul Newman (Butch) and Robert Redford (Sundance) as a pair of bank/train robbers who are forced to leave the country when the law gets too close for comfort. I adore this screenplay.

Monday, April 22, 2013


Today I thought I'd gush a little about my favorite show not created by Joss Whedon. It's (in case the title of this post and the picture to the left didn't already give it away...) Sherlock.

If you're unfamiliar with the show, this is an update of the classic Sherlock Holmes character which finds the famous detective and his partner Watson solving crimes in modern day London (or wherever they happen to travel).

And as quality writing and characters I care about are essential to getting me to watch a show, it should come as no surprise that Sherlock is so well written that I never fail to scribble down lines from every episode, and it's so well acted that I now have a huge crush on both Benedict Cumberbatch (who, perhaps, has the greatest name of time) and Martin Freeman.

And if I don't get the third season soon, I just might cry.

Here are some of my favorite lines/exchanges from the first two seasons:

Sherlock: I'm not a psychopath, Anderson. I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Do your research.

Sherlock: Look at you lot. You're all so vacant. Is it nice not being me? It must be so relaxing.

Sherlock: Why have I got this blanket? They keep putting this blanket on me.
Lestrade: Yeah, it's for shock.
Sherlock: I'm not in shock.
Lestrade: Yeah, but some of the guys wanted to take photographs.

Sherlock: Punch me in the face.
Watson: Punch you?
Sherlock: Yes, punch me in the face. Didn't you hear me?
Watson: I always hear 'punch me in the face' when you're speaking, but it's usually subtext.

Watson: You're just showing off.
Sherlock: Well of course. I am a show off. It's what we do.

Sherlock: I may be on the side of angels, but don't for one second think that I'm one of them.

And last but not least, this video:

Happy Monday, all!

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Usually at the start of each month, I post a list of reviews I've written for the books I read during the previous month. But because of the A to Z challenge, I didn't post my March reviews. Until today.

(cue dramatic music)

So, without further ado, here are the books I read last month and what I thought of them...

Just In Case- Meg Rosoff- This story is about a teenage boy who becomes convinced he is doomed. That Fate is out to get him so he changes his identity in hopes of avoiding catastrophe. He’s not all that successful. I’ve read a few of her books now, and they’re always interesting. There are parts that I love and parts I don’t love, but they never fail to make me go “Huh. Well, that’s interesting.” She’s a cool writer; she really is.

Robert B. Parker’s Lullabye- Ace Atkins- The first Spenser novel not written by Robert B. Parker. I put off reading this because I was very worried that I wouldn’t like it. I read the first Jesse Stone mystery that wasn’t written by Parker, and I didn’t love it. I didn’t even really like it all that much, so I was hesitant because I didn’t want the same thing to happen here. Well, I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was very good, and there were only a few moments when I thought “Not Parker.” There is a lot to like in this book, and I am interested to see what Atkins will do next.

Shatter Me- Tahereh Mafi- An interesting (Hmmm. I seem to be using that word a lot this time around) read that really captivated me for the first 190 or so pages. She has a metaphor-heavy and comma-lite writing style that I didn’t mind and I thought worked pretty well in the first 190 or so pages. But after that, I was less enthralled with the story, and the further I got into it after that, I became even less so. The story became tiring and tedious. And by the end, I was just downright irritated. That said, I'm sure I'll eventually read the rest of the series. Because I'm a freak like that.

The Search- Nora Roberts- #2 Boss lent this to me after she found out that I do a search & rescue class with my dogs. She thought I’d love it. I didn’t. There were a few scenes in which canine search & rescue scenarios took place, and those were interesting, but the bulk of the book—in particular the romance part—bored the life out of me. I didn’t care for either of the two main characters, especially the male lead. I didn’t know why anyone would want to be in a relationship with him. Sure, take him home and enjoy some hot sex on the dining room table, but I didn’t know why the MC would want to marry him which is (spoiler alert!) how the book ends. I mean, I’m not a girly girl by any means, but even I would’ve scoffed at that proposal. And I felt bad for his dog. I wanted to track down this fictional character and take his dog away from him and bring him into a home where he’d actually be loved and wanted. There were also way too many pages devoted to dog training classes. I love going to dog training classes and the approach presented in this book is pretty similar to my own training philosophies, but the book wasn’t about training really. And there was so much time spent discussing the bad habits of bad dogs and the reasons why these habits had been developed (owner negligence and ignorance) and whatnot and while they were…not wrong, they didn’t further the plot or really add to the story. They just added to the word count.
Lovely, Dark and Deep- AmyMcNamara- I loved how this story began and I was so enthralled by the first three hundred pages or so because it was beautifully written and the characters engaging, but the ending (or lack thereof) disappointed me. I wasn't expecting it to be fully resolved or anything—in fact I would've been pissed if it had—but I did expect the main character to be more on a path toward resolution than she was.
If You Find Me- Emily Murdoch- Some books you read and when you finish them, you kind of shrug and say “Great. What’s next?” Then there are the books that stay with you for hours or days or even longer, after you’ve finished them, and you can feel them sitting there inside you. This book is the latter. I read it in one sitting. I read it in about four hours because I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s really beautifully done. It broke my heart and made me cry, and even now, after the reading as come to an end, I still get teary-eyed thinking about it. Damn, I love it when a book does that.
That's going to do it for me today...Read anything good lately? 

Friday, April 19, 2013


Today, for the A to Z challenge, I am really stretching the parameters as the inspiration for this post is a very obscure reference from Joss Whedon's Firefly. It's spoken by Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds." It's also the only thing that's popped into my head, so I'm going to feature some quotes (Oooh! Another "Q" word!) from this beloved character.

Besides, I think it's been a good 48 hours since I've featured so aspect of the Whedonverse so...

All quotes belong to Wash unless otherwise noted.

From Serenity (the intended pilot, not the movie)

Zoe: I know something ain't right.
Wash: Sweetie, we're crooks. If everything were right, we'd be in jail.

From Jaynestown

—We gotta go to the crappy town where I'm a hero!


From War Stories

—Hey, I've been in a firefight before. Well, I was in a fire. Actually, I was fired...from a fry-cook opportunity.

—She's terse. I can be terse. Once, in flight school, I was laconic.


From Objects in Space

Wash: Little River gets more colorful by the moment. What'll she do next?
Zoe: Either blow us all up or rub soup in her hair. It's a toss-up.
Wash: I hope she does the soup thing. It's always a hoot and we all don't die from it.

Jayne: Anyone remember her coming at me with a butcher's knife?
Wash: Wacky fun.
Jayne: You wanna go, little man?
Wash: Only if it's some place with candlelight.


From Serenity (the big damn movie)

Wash: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Mal: Define interesting.
Wash: Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?

—I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.


And, last, but not least, I leave you with this video...

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Welcome to Potpourri Day of the A to Z Challenge, otherwise known as "The Day I Don't Know What To Talk About Because I'm Never Smart Enough To Plan These Things Ahead Of Time."

So here's a list of P Things I Enjoy...

Television shows:

Parks And Recreation: This sitcom airs Thursdays on NBC. It's about a group of public officials striving to make their city a better place. Hijinks and hilarity ensue. I didn't love the show very much at the beginning, but they found their groove later on, and the show's since become one of my must-see favorites.

Psych (USA, Wednesdays): I recently blogged about how much I enjoy this show. I love Shawn and Gus, and last night's episode (no worries...this is a spoiler-free zone) was brilliant. Easily the best of the season.


Primal Fear: Released in 1996 and starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Edward Norton. This film is about an altar boy (Norton) accused of murder and the lawyer (Gere) who defends him. Amazing story and awesome acting. Love. It.

Point Break: Released in 1991 and stars Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Gary Busey and Lori Petty. Directed by Katheryn Bigelow (she of Zero Dark Thirty fame). It's about an FBI agent (Keanu) who goes undercover to stop a group of wave riding surfers (led by Swayze). It's totally tubular.

The Princess Bride: I blog about this movie frequently, but I couldn't resist giving it another shout-out today. Released in 1987 and stars a ton of awesome actors. The whole damn thing is sheer awesomeness.


Jodi Picoult (she's from New Hampshire!) writes commercial fiction that generally revolves around a family and a life-altering event. Her titles include Nineteen Minutes, The Pact, My Sister's Keeper, and her newest The Storyteller.

Sharon Kay Penman writes historical fiction. I've enjoyed all her novels, but I am particularly enthralled with the novel Here Be Dragons as well as her Justin de Quincy series (love, love, love the MC).

Robert B. Parker was probably most known for his Spenser mysteries, a series revolving around a Boston PI (which I adore), but also wrote other novels such as westerns and even a handful of young adult novels.


Paper Towns by John Green- (synopsis via John Green's site): Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (synopsis courtesy of Goodreads): Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.


That's going to do it for me today. Have a great Thursday, all.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Today I thought I'd share with you a conversation I overheard between a father and his young daughter (probably six or seven years old) at the airport on my trip home over the weekend (I'd be more specific on the day, but quite honestly, my post-vacation stupor is currently preventing me from knowing what century I'm in. Sad, but true).

It's short and funny and cute. And makes me feel a little old. Maybe a lot old (probably depends upon which century I decide I'm in).

Anyway, I hope it makes you laugh.

Her: Daddy, what are those things on the wall over there?
Him: Those are payphones.
Her: What's a payphone?
Him: People put money in them to make phone calls.
Her: Why don't they just use their cell phones?
Him: Well, not everyone has a cell phone, and there was a time when no one had a cell phone.
Her: No one had a cell phone?
Him: Weird, I know.

Weird indeed. Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I love notebooks.

I'm a writer (or I try to be—some days are more successful than others) and while I have... well, not embraced technology exactly, I have (mostly) accepted its existence and its continuing tendency to encroach farther and farther into my once paper and pen world.

But I will never (never!) give up my notebooks.

Currently, my favorite notebooks come from Staples. They're the 9.5 x 6 inch sugarcane-based Sustainable Earth notebooks, and I can't go into a Staples without leaving with at least one. They're hardy, so they hold up to being shoved in and out of my bags, but they're small enough to fit in my bags. And they have a handy storage pocket in which I tuck a copy of whatever random scene I'm trying to work out now.

Once, my lovely and talented goddaughter gave me a special notebook for Christmas. It looked like this:

But as I am far less artistically inclined than the kids in my life, I usually cover them with stickers so they end up looking something like this:

My current notebook

Inside they generally look like this:

and this:

 or this:

A list of edits needing to be made

But my lovely and talented niece draws in each and every one (not yet the new one) so occasionally, you come across a page that looks like this:

Are you a notebook person, too? If so, do you have a preferred brand? 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mount Washington Valley

Welcome back to the A to Z Challenge!

I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by my blog last week even though I was not very good about returning the favor. I should be much, much better about it this week, though, because I am home again.

Home is New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley. I really love it here. It's a very pretty place to live, and today I'm just going to share with you some pictures of it that I've taken.

I should probably start with this one...

Mount Washington, as seen from afar

Mount Washington, as seen from my house

White Horse Ledge

The MWV, as seen from Cathedral Ledge

The Moat Mountains

Champney Falls

The Gator Girl on the Champney Brook Trail

The Gator Girl and me on our way to the summit of Mount Chocorua (obviously I didn't take this picture. My friend did.)

Big and the Gator Girl playing on the Saco River
I could've sworn I had some pictures involving snow as it does snow here quite frequently (even last week), but I can't seem to find them. I'm guessing The Man (who enjoys snow about as much as he does my mentioning him in this blog...) destroyed them all in protest. Oh well, better to end on a trio of happy summertime photos, right?

Happy Monday, all.