Something happens at 1:48 a.m.
I know because it wakes me up. I look at the phone’s clock: 1:48 a.m. almost every day.
It’s not a trash truck. The heat isn’t set to come on then. The neighbors don’t go to work.
Why does this happen? And when will it stop happening?
What wakes you up consistently in the middle of the night? Is it always at the same time?
When I was around 10 or 11 (I think), I got braces like many other kids in the 1980s. For those of you born well after me, you may not have had to deal with the early iteration of braces that I had to deal with. You had access to invisible braces that probably didn’t require a night guard but instead sang you to sleep at night.
I hate you.
Braces meant difficulty eating certain foods, which, in turn, meant giving up certain foods. I had to say goodbye to my beloved Marathon bar.
The world didn’t end. Bonus. Because I’m pretty happy about life and would have been sad to see the world consumed by plague/fire/ice/whatever. Plus it means the Small Pond tradition of looking back over the year continues!
The crowd goes wild. Let the listing and reflecting begin!
I love Christmas. I unabashedly love this holiday. I love the lights, the tree, the snow, the carols … all of it. And I love giving Christmas presents.
I’m human so I also like getting Christmas presents. Some years I resist the idea of a Christmas List. I may drop a few hints or answer direct questions, but I tend to resist giving specifics. Maybe I think it makes me look greedy. Maybe I don’t want to limit your gift-giving potential.
The holiday season is coming up. For me, this starts with my birthday at the beginning of November and continues through Christmas. Some of you may be wondering what to get me to show your appreciation of our friendship and/or the wittiness of this blog.
Besides, gift-givers may not be the first people I trip in a zombie apocalypse.
Your goal as a gift giver should be to elicit the official look of birthday wonder worn when receiving a great gift. I’ve sprinkled examples through this post so you can compare my reaction to your gift with the ideal. Let the hover text be your guide.
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