5 Random Things: Making Life Worth Living

Posted on 21 September 2012

Toothpaste for Dinner1. A certain someone told me that this blog is too intellectual for his tastes. Oh really now?

2. I woke up early every day this week to write before work. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I started drinking coffee at home in the mornings, which I haven’t done on a regular basis in years. I’m still at the point where I’m convinced coffee makes life entirely worth living. Next on the agenda: the great caffeine crash.

3. Looking for a teaching job? Be sure to check the listings that put the AACK! in tenure track: “Grinnell College is pleased to announce a tenure-track position for someone who is totally not completely different from what we’re about to describe. Really. We swear. For serious. ”

4. Some of you introverts out there might relate to this: “The study confirmed the following people never want to be spoken to by a stranger: people eating at the same restaurant as you; someone who is wearing a pair of shoes or a hat you like; individuals who are also waiting for the same delayed train; coworkers; a man or woman who is using a laptop you are considering buying for yourself; an individual attending the same sporting event as you; a young person who works at a job you once had years ago; and anyone who has children or pets, especially if you are a person who also has children or pets.”

5. Speaking of isolation, this weekend I plan to write while surrounded by water. More to come.

Are you your own island?

4 responses to 5 Random Things: Making Life Worth Living


    I loved that post the first time round, too. The newspaper clipping is priceless and your self portrait gorgeous. Check out your handwriting???? Pardon me if someone has already asked this but what’s the story behind “The Whispering Minds?” I love the illustrations.

  • Sarah W says:

    Hey, you were looking at Grinnell? That’s sort of close to my neck of the woods. Or closer than Cleveland, anyway.

    I’m not an island, I’m a peninsula–and this weekend, I’ll be writing while surrounded by kids . . .

  • Teri says:

    I am not enough of an island. I’m that person in #4 striking up conversations with strangers. No wonder my book isn’t finished.

    (off I go to ponder this dilemma…)

  • Averil says:

    Yes, I am my own island in a sea of pine trees–just the way I like it.

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