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NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2017 – Week 2

Here’s week 2 from the sprints account in July…

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July 8, 2017, 11:00am-2:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 3

10 min glaring omission
20 min
he did not believe he could lose
30 min
trying to put it all together
10 min
imperfect and incomplete
20 min
open to interpretation
30 min
lurks in the shadows
20 min bad romance

 

July 8, 2017, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Two Syllable Rhymes Part 1

10 min
wonder, blunder, plunder, thunder
20 min
follow, wallow, hollow, swallow
30 min
enchant, decant, transplant, eggplant
10 min
hamlet, magnet, casket, ratchet
15 min
snappy, happy, sappy, nappy

 

July 9, 2017, 1:30pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 4

10 min causing a stir
20 min
suddenly made known
30 min
a matter of life and death
10 min
informative letters
15 min
a fascinating archive
30 min
you’re doing it wrong

 

July 9, 2017, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 5

10 min culinary delights
20 min
out-ranking the homegrown talent
30 min so annoying
10 min
professional curmudgeon
20 min
explain how it works
30 min restored to life
10 min the missing link
20 min
enjoy the process of getting there
30 min
disheartening pessimism
10 min
a significant section
20 min
ferocity is essential
30 min still a gamble

 

July 10, 2017, 7:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 6

10 min
remembering the beginning
20 min
free running shenanigans
30 min
save you in return
10 min changing context
20 min
bourgeois respectability
30 min
everything he knows
10 min
one of the most important figures
20 min high quality
30 min at the very edge
10 min
boundaries have changed
15 min
honoring and rewarding
30 min
another reason to be careful

 

July 11, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2008

10 min night secrets
20 min beautiful liars
30 min veiled truth
10 min
too close to home
20 min the chosen sin
30 min
a spoonful of poison
10 min little divas
20 min forbidden fruit
15 min
the love of danger
20 min
terms of surrender

 

July 12, 2017, 10:45pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Two Syllable Rhymes Part 2

10 min
adore, galore, ignore, restore
20 min
skylight, birthright, shipwright, airtight
30 min
contort, support, retort, distort
10 min
rooftop, backdrop, workshop, eavesdrop
20 min
bombshell, doorbell, resell, death knell
15 min
shoulder, boulder, smolder, older

 

July 13, 2017, 7:00pm-9:00pm (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2009 Part 1

10 min
his secret agenda
20 min
bound to shadows
30 min
voices in the dark
10 min
breaking the rules
20 min perfect mistake

 

July 13, 2017, 11:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on October 2009 Part 2

10 min best enemies
20 min
up close and personal
30 min
the long wait for tomorrow
10 min persuit of honor
20 min
a change had to come

 

July 14, 2017, 8:00pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Titles from Books Published on December 2015

10 min
enemy in the dark
20 min
desperate measures
30 min friends to die for
10 min target engaged
20 min brute force
30 min
one tempting proposal
10 min an evil mind
20 min the final move
30 min
trusting a stranger
10 min thrill of the chase
20 min
too close to home
30 min
the cost of the forbidden
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NaNoWordSprints Prompts for July 2017 – Week 1

Yep, I’m late again. It always seems like it takes me a while to get these together. But finally here they are: the @NaNoWordSprints prompts that I tweeted out during July.  These are in a slightly different format than before, but hopefully it’s self-explanatory. Have fun if you decide to use them on your own!

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June 30, 2017, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Beginning Tropes

15 min action prologue
20 min big first choice
10 min chilly reception
30 min
dramatic chase opening
20 min dream intro
10 min
doomed hometown
15 min
it was a dark and stormy night
20 min
once upon a time
30 min
the magic comes back
10 min
starts with their funeral
5 min when it all began
20 min a hero is born
30 min inciting incident
10 min
pride before a fall
10 min open door
30 min a twist of fate

 

July 1, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Postcards sent on April 2017

10 min a gathering
20 min device
30 min map
10 min
cat in the window
20 min
mysterious manuscript
30 min sea captain
20 min arrows

 

July 1, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms from around the world

10 min
There is no cow on the ice
20 min Pay the duck
30 min Wear a cat
10 min
not my circus not my monkey
15 min
the demon of midday
30 min
to let a frog out of your mouth
10 min
into the mouth of the wolf
20 min to ride as a hare
30 min
flat out like a lizard drinking
5 min
to give someone pumpkins

 

July 2, 2017, 9:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Coffeeshop Prompts

10 min scone
15 min coffee
15 min trendy

 

July 2, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
SFMOMA

10 min seascape
20 min wings
30 min
please do not touch
10 min couple
20 min
not supposed to be there

 

July 2, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Reaction Tropes

10 min blank stare
20 min security cling
30 min stunned silence
10 min
unstoppable rage
15 min
villainous breakdown
30 min implied answer
10 min collective groan
20 min
disappointed in you
15 min dramatic drop
20 min
mock surprise reaction

 

July 3, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms

10 min
skin of your teeth
20 min
carry your heart on your sleeve
30 min kick the bucket
10 min bite the bullet
20 min
it’s raining cats and dogs
30 min
through the eye of a needle
10 min
skeleton in the cupboard
20 min eat humble pie
15 min
separate the wheat from the chaff
20 min
add insult to injury

 

July 4, 2017, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Food Idioms

10 min
don’t cry over spilled milk
20 min
not my cup of tea
30 min egg someone on
10 min piece of cake
20 min forbidden fruit
30 min rotten apple
10 min sugarcoat
20 min go bananas
15 min
too many cooks spoil the stew
20 min whole enchilada

 

July 4, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 1

10 min a fruitless hunt
20 min
this stuff is going to be everywhere
30 min
became an obsession
10 min
well versed in the dark arts
20 min
have nothing in common
30 min
chased by the enemy
10 min
change your mind
20 min
remain an enigma
15 min
whether you asked for it or not
20 min
sights and sounds

 

July 6, 2017, 10:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Cat Pics

10 min
a terrible mistake
20 min miniature
30 min
an unwanted companion
10 min angst
20 min floating by

 

July 7, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases Part 2

10 min
most embarassing protest
20 min pretty lights
30 min
a new balance of power
10 min
you don’t want to meet these guys in a dark alley
20 min masks of agony
30 min
a photographic mystery
10 min
secrets of a true master
20 min
in line with the heart
15 min
somebody’s watching you
20 min
goodness had nothing to do with it

Moo

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Other than a couple postcard posts, I admit I haven’t been as on the ball on the blog as I’d like to be. Sometimes you have grand plans to get things done, but then…distractions!

I’m not the sort of person to sit around and do nothing–especially when I’m in a new place that I want to explore the heck out of–but part of the blame can also be put at the paws of my newest roommate, Moo. She follows me around and talks more than I do. The gift of gab is strong with this one.

I got Moo over the Memorial Day Weekend at the local shelter which was overflowing with cats (it was kitten season). There were also lots of potential adopters there, too, but they were only interested in the kittens. I was the only one specifically wanting an adult cat. Moo seemed rather chill and for me, it was quick and painless to bring her home since I didn’t join in the fray to fight over the cute kittens.

The last time I had a pet, I was seven, and it was just a bunch of goldfish. But don’t worry, I’ve been thinking quite a while about getting a cat and I’m well aware of all the responsibility, time, and money it requires for being a pet owner. It’s a long term thing, and I know I’ll have to be there for Moo when she’s old and sick and not just when she’s younger and active.

Anyways, don’t worry about being spammed with a kazillion cat pics from yet another source on the internet. I’m not very good at taking pictures of moving targets and even I know blurry cat photos don’t make for good blog posts.

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Postcard #155 – Squamish

I haven’t been to Squamish before, but I’d imagine it would be an interesting place to visit, particularly during the summer. I might be back in Vancouver around Christmas time, so if I decided to go there then, it’ll depend on the weather and the conditions of the roads.

As for getting postcards from Canada via Postcrossing–it’s actually kind of rare. It’s the same with Mexico. I think it’s because there aren’t as many people participating in those two countries as it is in the US.

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Postcard #144 – Growing Things

I really enjoy strange postcards. Tourist postcards can literally be a dime a dozen. This one definitely counts as odd. Because who would think that a picture of someone’s plant hobby would make a nice postcard? Besides, this raises some questions. Who’s growing this stuff? What’s being grown? Why are there paintings/drawings in the background? Why is this arranged this way in the first place?

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Notes from Los Angeles

After the whole move and everything, I totally forgot about my pitstops in Los Angeles. The photos below include works from LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), The Broad, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Little Saigon in Westminster.

 

Moved to the Suburban Jungle

For those of you who have not been following my Twitter feed, I have recently moved from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. I had been doing some intensive job searching the past six months or so–primarily because I knew that I really needed to get out of academia. I’m sure I could have done okay in it if I were in the right environment and working with the right people, but that’s really hard to find. Besides, I was really tired of the long hours, getting paid peanuts, and the unrealistic expectations which I’ve seen driven more than one person crazy.

To be honest, I was mostly tired of getting paid peanuts. I know my worth. And for the amount of skilled work I do–which is in the service of science and the betterment of human health–I knew I shouldn’t be paid less than some secretary who occasionally fiddled around with spreadsheets on a bad day. So I decided to go to the “dark side”, a.k.a. industry. I mean, sure, it’s not completely altruistic and as I’m finding out, there are other sorts of challenges I have to face. But at least now, I’m not employed by people who are deathly allergic to weekends and I’m getting paid enough to cover my rent and maybe have some savings left over.

Anyways, work at the new place is interesting so far. I probably will say very little about it (if any) seeing that I’m in R&D and have signed all these confidentiality forms. So I guess I’ll just leave it as an exercise to the reader to imagine what I’m doing.

Moving is always an interesting proposition. For most of my adult life, I have either lived out in the middle of nowhere or in cities. I swore that I would never go back to suburbia. Yet here I am, in suburbia. And yes, in some aspects, it’s as horrifying as one might imagine it to be. I lived in the suburbs while I was growing up, and I really did not like the upwardly mobile snootiness that went with it. Mostly because I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I still feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. Not because of how I look or dress–as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to camouflage myself better–but my way of looking at things. The advantage now, of course, is that I’m not as stuck in suburbia as I was when I was a kid without a driver’s license and no access to public transportation. I can easily go into the city without much trouble or even drive into the wilderness (with a little bit of planning) if I wanted to.

To be fair, though, not all suburbs are quite the same. Here, there’s an added layer of the tech world to contend with–the assumption that if you’re going to fit in, you’re going to have to show off your smarts, ambition, and newly acquired bling. You go to some place like Target in order to get toilet paper and laundry detergent and you find soccer moms on every aisle, chatting to people about their high-powered jobs at some startup while juggling their kids’ extracurriculars.

I mean, of course I want to do well career-wise. But I don’t particularly want my ambition to bleed into every other aspect of my life. I guess that’s where the philosophies of the average suburbanite and mine diverge. I don’t want my life choices to be driven by the need for status or succeeding in the yuppie rat race. I just want to avoid the bullshit and do whatever I find that’s both practical and fun.

(I’m also trying to aim for minimalism which is the complete opposite of the obsession with stuff people around here seem to have, but that’s a topic for another blog post…)

NaNoWordSprints Prompts for April 2017

Oops, I’m late. But I have a very good reason! I’ve been in the middle of moving in the last part of April. But finally here they are: the @NaNoWordSprints prompts that I tweeted out during April. Have fun if you decide to use them on your own!

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March 31, 2017, 4:00pm-6:00pm (UTC-8)
Parts of First Lines

  • It was a bright cold day in April (15 min)
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times (20 min)
  • It was a wrong number that started it (30 min)

March 31, 2017, 11:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 1)

  • Before it happens (10 min)
  • He went about humiliating them (20 min)
  • Last of the true romantics (10 min)
  • Crystal clear results (15 min)
  • Wasn’t a total bust (20 min)
  • Well, this won’t last long (10 min)
  • The good old days (30 min)
  • An out-of-this-world deal (20 min)

April 1, 2017, 1:30pm-2:30pm (UTC-8)
Plot Bunny Infomercial

  • Something hilarious and eye opening (10 min)
  • Something sinister happens in some very old archives (20 min)
  • This kiss of death (5 min)

April 1, 2017, 8:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 2)

  • I’m still digging (10 min)
  • Been around awhile (20 min)
  • Go over the edge (30 min)
  • The packing peanuts are much better (10 min)
  • Chaotic, irrational, raucous (20 min)

April 2, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Art at Lestat’s

  • Wake up and die (10 min)
  • Up in the air (20 min)
  • Apocalypse (30 min)
  • Burning leaf (10 min)
  • Floundering (20 min)
  • Unlikely romance (30 min)
  • An unexpected gift (10 min)
  • Unconvincing disguise (10 min)

April 2, 2017, 5:00pm-8:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 3)

  • Feeling morally superior (10 min)
  • Covered in shattered glass (20 min)
  • A combination of openness and secrecy (30 min)
  • Believed to be dangerous or potentially violent (10 min)
  • Find a loophole (15 min)
  • Keeping your friends close and your enemies closer (30 min)
  • There’s just something about this place that turns people into monsters (20 min)

April 3, 2017, 8:00am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 4)

  • Draw the line (20 min)
  • Tell them exactly how you feel (30 min)
  • The swirling vortex (10 min)
  • Hero in jogging pants (20 min)
  • The next big thing (5 min)

April 3, 2017, 1:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Postcard Prompts 

  • Tea house (10 min)
  • Promanade (20 min)
  • Polar bears/out of place (30 min)
  • Coast to cactus (10 min)
  • Village (20 min)
  • Under the spotlight (30 min)
  • Ancient times (20 min)

April 3, 2017, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Plug Your Ears…It’s Kpop!

  • Wake me up (10 min)
  • Mr. Ambiguous (20 min)
  • Very nice (30 min)
  • Mind your own business (10 min)
  • Please don’t (20 min)
  • Last goodbye (30 min)
  • Chase me (10 min)
  • Apology (20 min)
  • Broken doll (30 min)
  • Butterfly (10 min)
  • Don’t look at me like that (20 min)
  • The closer (30 min)
  • Windy day (10 min)
  • Jackpot (20 min)
  • Coup d’état (10 min)

April 4, 2017, 10:30am-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 5)

  • Mind-boggling (10 min)
  • A slightly better chance (20 min)
  • Bad news for the twins (30 min)
  • All it takes is vision and guts (10 min)
  • Can’t hold it back (20 min)
  • Something disturbing (30 min)
  • It’s always nice to be reminded what a horrible person some people think you are (10 min)
  • A recipe for disaster (20 min)
  • Pretty close to their limit (30 min)
  • Now they’ve done it (10 min)
  • For evil to triumph all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing (25 min)
  • Continue to have problems with it (10 min)
  • Cheap self-esteem boost (15 min)
  • Sorry to hear he died (20 min)

April 4, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Disney Songs

  • A whole new world (10 min)
  • I see the light (20 min)
  • I won’t say I’m in love (30 min)
  • I’ll make a man out of you (10 min)
  • Something there (20 min)
  • Out there (30 min)
  • Zero to hero (10 min)
  • Let it go (20 min)
  • Poor unfortunate souls (30 min)
  • Friends on the other side (10 min)

April 5, 2017, 11:00pm-1:30am (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints (Part 1)

  • Strength (10 min)
  • Burden (20 min)
  • Secret plans, hidden dishonor, frustration and the possibility of failure (30 min)
  • A hard struggle (10 min)
  • Stubborn (20 min)
  • Emotional dejection, disappointment and sorrow over past events (30 min)

April 6, 2017, 9:15pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Madam Sprints (Part 2)

  • Initiative (10 min)
  • Surprise (20 min)
  • Advantage (30 min)
  • Mysterious appearance (10 min)
  • Attraction (20 min)
  • Not normal (30 min)

April 7, 2017, 8:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 6)

  • But it’s so small (10 min)
  • Now here’s a doozy of an ethical dilemma (20 min)
  • Just lighten up (30 min)
  • Hostage rescue (10 min)
  • Why do we assume that any part of what was captured was the truth? (20 min)
  • Your chance to come clean (30 min)
  • Some of them are selling information (10 min)
  • A noble experiment (20 min)
  • Separated at birth (15 min)

April 8, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 7)

  • Go there and take your chances (10 min)
  • Isn’t particularly secure (20 min)
  • During a storm (30 min)
  • More than meets the eye (10 min)
  • At least there’s hope somewhere (15 min)
  • Funny and interesting (5 min)

April 8, 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 8)

  • A slight overreaction (10 min)
  • No doubt has the talent (20 min)
  • A new, separate vulnerability (30 min)
  • Unclear on the concept (10 min)
  • Sometimes people are stupid (20 min)

April 9, 2017, 7:30am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Vampire Cafe Sprints

  • Burst into flame (10 min)
  • Bitey adversary (20 min)
  • Looking a little pale (30 min)
  • Bloodlust (10 min)
  • Garlic breath (20 min)
  • Mysterious happenings (30 min)

April 11, 2017, 7:00am-8:00am (UTC-8)
Moving

  • Decisions must be made (10 min)
  • A very high price (20 min)
  • The devil’s bargain (15 min)

April 11, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 9)

  • Contradictory statements (10 min)
  • Well, it’s about time (20 min)
  • Save a lot of effort (30 min)
  • The most valuable property (10 min)
  • Turned up empty (20 min)
  • A dangerous ideal (30 min)
  • Paranoiac delusions (10 min)
  • That got him kicked off (20 min)
  • The last to know about it (30 min)
  • Fun and games (5 min)

April 12, 2017, 2:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
Asian Art Museum

  • Cascade of letters (10 min)
  • The treasure wall (20 min)
  • Ensnared (30 min)
  • Freaking out (10 min)
  • Fish out of water (15 min)
  • Catching a ride (5 min)

April 12, 2017, 8:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 10)

  • Growing pains (10 min)
  • A charming personality (20 min)
  • Relentless navel gazing (30 min)
  • Crazy like a fox (10 min)
  • Throw them out (20 min)
  • Prepare to die (30 min)
  • House was burning down (10 min)
  • Another diatribe (20 min)
  • One of the great tragedies (30 min)
  • Delaying tactic (5 min)

April 13, 2017, 10:45pm-1:00am (UTC-8)
Driving

  • Stuck (10 min)
  • Stinky (20 min)
  • Getting caught (30 min)
  • Signs (10 min)
  • Loud music (20 min)
  • Rage (10 min)

April 14, 2017, 8:30am-12:30pm (UTC-8)
Soundtracks (Part 1)

  • Stardust (10 min)
  • The hollow (20 min)
  • A beautiful mind (30 min)
  • Pride and prejudice (10 min)
  • The king’s speech (20 min)
  • House of cards (30 min)
  • The crow (10 min)
  • Willow (20 min)
  • Hook (30 min)
  • Inception (5 min)

April 14, 2017, 4:30pm-6:30pm (UTC-8)
Meow Sprints

  • Seeing double (10 min)
  • Disguise (10 min)
  • Secret relationship (30 min)
  • Sniper (10 min)
  • Conquering snow (10 min)
  • Flying (20 min)

April 15, 2017, 9:20am-1:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 11)

  • And you thought you had a bad day (10 min)
  • Start a revolution (20 min)
  • The ultimate goal (30 min)
  • Refuse and risk death (10 min)
  • Done with wit and love (20 min)
  • Before it’s too late (30 min)
  • Some are just lucky (10 min)
  • A limited resource (20 min)
  • Masterminded the plot (20 min)

April 15, 2017, 2:30pm-5:30pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 12)

  • Make a difference (10 min)
  • What’s the catch? (20 min)
  • Vast wasteland (30 min)
  • Transfer control (10 min)
  • Do whatever it takes (20 min)
  • Potentially harmful effects (30 min)
  • Fallen through the crack (20 min)

April 16, 2017, 7:40am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 13)

  • Seen to be believed (10 min)
  • Highly respected (20 min)
  • The naughty ones (30 min)
  • We do this all the time (10 min)
  • A kick in the gut (20 min)
  • Broken the pledge (30 min)
  • Signal succumbs to noise (10 min)
  • Someone makes a complaint (15 min)
  • Fooling themselves (10 min)

April 16, 2017, 2:45pm-6:30pm (UTC-8)
Soundtracks (Part 2)

  • Glory (10 min)
  • Lady in the water (20 min)
  • Dances with wolves (30 min)
  • Legends of the fall (10 min)
  • Tomorrow never dies (20 min)
  • The terminal (30 min)
  • Far and away (10 min)
  • Dangerous beauty (20 min)
  • The missing (30 min)

April 17, 2017, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 14)

  • Get no respect (10 min)
  • Not yet available (20 min)
  • One of the best (30 min)
  • Definitely not the one (10 min)
  • Not terribly serious (20 min)
  • They’re giving up (30 min)
  • Too much to swallow (15 min)

April 18, 2017, 6:00pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 15)

  • The blunt truth (10 min)
  • To get kissed (20 min)
  • Considerable velocity (30 min)
  • No natural resistance (10 min)
  • Wish list (20 min)
  • A couple days late (30 min)
  • Once again lose faith (10 min)
  • Crash and burn (20 min)
  • Backing down (30 min)
  • Offer another gift (5 min)

April 19, 2017, 9:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 16)

  • Might implode (30 min)
  • Jumps the shark (30 min)
  • Keep coming back (30 min)
  • Everything within our power (30 min)

April 20, 2017, 11:15am-3:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 17)

  • The full spectrum (10 min)
  • Vintage photographs (20 min)
  • In the planning (30 min)
  • Prepared for the coming onslaught (10 min)
  • Free advice (20 min)
  • Angst ridden (30 min)
  • Unusual sensation (10 min)
  • And you thought your morning was bad (20 min)
  • The hard questions (30 min)

April 21, 2017, 1:00pm-3:00pm (UTC-8)
The Broad (Part 1)

  • I’m sorry (10 min)
  • You’re a very special person (20 min)
  • Like you, I despair (30 min)
  • Spray (10 min)
  • Birds (15 min)

April 21, 2017, 9:30pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
The Broad (Part 2)

  • Going up (10 min)
  • A traveler (20 min)
  • Dragon (30 min)
  • Funny faces (10 min)
  • Cooking (20 min)
  • An overwhelming sadness (30 min)

April 22, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm (UTC-8)
LA Times Festival of Books

  • A question of character (10 min)
  • You can’t go home again (20 min)
  • Public and private languages (20 min)
  • Girls with dangerous friends (10 min)

April 23, 2017, 7:30am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 18)

  • Lightning on demand (10 min)
  • Weird things (20 min)
  • Inspiring or just silly? (30 min)
  • The truth behind the spin (10 min)
  • Sticks and stones (20 min)
  • The scream (30 min)
  • Can’t see the forest for the trees (10 min)
  • Radically different (10 min)
  • A battle of wits (30 min)

April 23, 2017, 8:40pm-10:00pm (UTC-8)
LA Times Festival of Books (Part 2)

  • The hunters and the hunted (10 min)
  • Disappearing acts (20 min)
  • Walking the line (30 min)

April 24, 2017, 7:00am-11:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 19)

  • Logical fallacy (10 min)
  • The solution is really quite simple (20 min)
  • Finally goes off the deep end (30 min)
  • Turn down the lights (10 min)
  • Not proud (20 min)
  • The world is in your hands (30 min)
  • He’s back (10 min)
  • Sinister speculations (20 min)
  • Going for broke (30 min)
  • Burning sky (5 min)

April 24, 2017, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 20)

  • Amazing, unsettling, inspiring (10 min)
  • A series of beautiful illustrations (20 min)
  • An interesting chain of events (30 min)
  • Upon first meeting (10 min)
  • Courageous and truthful (20 min)
  • Next door yet worlds apart (30 min)
  • Sees things a little differently (20 min)

April 25, 2017, 11:30am-3:30pm (UTC-8)
Idioms (Part 1)

  • Once in a blue moon (10 min)
  • Not playing with a full deck (20 min)
  • Not a spark of decency (30 min)
  • Piece of cake (10 min)
  • Kill two birds with one stone (20 min)
  • Keep something at bay (30 min)
  • It takes two to tango (10 min)
  • Every cloud has a silver lining (20 min)
  • Drastic times call for drastic measures (30 min)
  • In the heat of the moment (5 min)

April 25, 2017, 9:00pm-12:00am (UTC-8)
Idioms (Part 2)

  • Add insult to injury (10 min)
  • Ace in the hole (20 min)
  • Barking up the wrong tree (30 min)
  • Sleep with the fishes (10 min)
  • Spill the beans (20 min)
  • Take with a grain of salt (30 min)
  • Throw under the bus (10 min)
  • Get bent out of shape (5 min)

April 26, 2017, 12:00pm-4:00pm (UTC-8)
From Random Wikipedia Articles

  • Mistakenly thought (10 min)
  • Point of no return (20 min)
  • Purposes and interests (30 min)
  • Delicate in appearance (10 min)
  • The old part of town (20 min)
  • Conscientious objector (30 min)
  • Gradually strengthened (10 min)
  • Arms and artifacts (20 min)
  • A new contract (30 min)
  • Inadvertently released (5 min)

April 26, 2017, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 21)

  • Vehemently opposed (10 min)
  • Tipping point (20 min)
  • Coming back in new ways (30 min)
  • Earnest and undeniable (10 min)
  • A special place (20 min)
  • Under threat (30 min)
  • Massive advances (10 min)
  • Part of a trend (20 min)
  • Sit down together (30 min)
  • Warning signs (10 min)
  • The real and the artificial intertwine (20 min)
  • Embarrassing attempt (30 min)
  • Effectively organize (10 min)
  • Incredibly simple (20 min)
  • Something shiny (15 min)

April 27, 2017, 11:05am-2:35pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 22)

  • This would be it (10 min)
  • Single, bored and lonely (20 min)
  • The thrills of amateur surgery (30 min)
  • Debut performance (10 min)
  • Animal combat (20 min)
  • A very narrow focus (30 min)
  • Riding the waves (10 min)
  • Entirely at fault (15 min)
  • A little too close to the truth (15 min)

April 27, 2017, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 23)

  • Undo the damage (10 min)
  • Pure comedy gold (20 min)
  • Comes in many guises (30 min)
  • Coercive interrogation methods (10 min)
  • Emergency action (20 min)
  • Making contact (30 min)
  • Not impressed (10 min)
  • Tactics and devices (20 min)
  • Afraid to come forward (30 min)
  • You can never have too much (10 min)
  • Making appearances (20 min)
  • Common landmarks (30 min)
  • Looking for a gift (10 min)
  • A secret hollow book (20 min)
  • There’s still not enough (10 min)

April 28, 2017, 3:00pm-7:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 24)

  • Lose most of its value (10 min)
  • Ambassador of hope (20 min)
  • Some people take it more seriously (30 min)
  • Legendary fighters (10 min)
  • Gone from the world (20 min)
  • It’s all in the mind (30 min)
  • Dark outrage (10 min)
  • Music and light (20 min)
  • Free and uneasy (30 min)
  • Fundamental differences (10 min)

April 28, 2017, 8:00pm-2:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 25)

  • A little inspiration (10 min)
  • Wasn’t all that pleased (20 min)
  • A matter of life and death (30 min)
  • Be difficult (10 min)
  • Arguments that never end (20 min)
  • The trap (30 min)
  • The opposite direction (10 min)
  • Make the insurmountable look insignificant (20 min)
  • The ugly side (30 min)
  • In stunning detail (10 min)
  • Strong enough to seize power (20 min)
  • Explosive energy (30 min)
  • Many strands (10 min)
  • Quite a collection (20 min)
  • A classic trick (15 min)

April 29, 2017, 6:30am-10:00am (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 26)

  • You only live once (30 min)
  • Tiny, beautiful and exquisitely cruel (30 min)
  • Challenge your senses (30 min)
  • Take a stand (30 min)
  • Symbolic gestures (30 min)
  • Tensions high on both sides (30 min)

April 30, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm (UTC-8)
Common Phrases (Part 27)

  • A thousand year old ruin (30 min)
  • Terror takes the sound before you make it (30 min)
  • Alarm bells (30 min)
  • The last ones leave us know (30 min)
  • Gone but not forgotten (30 min)
  • Held a strange sway (30 min)
  • What lies beneath (30 min)

Postcard #132 – Plaid Everywhere

This postcard was sent to me by a doctor who plays in a rock band. Cool, huh?

What I’m curious about, though, is why plaid is associated with Christmas (because this is supposed to be a Christmas postcard). Aren’t plaids types of tartan fabric with certain patterns that are specific to Scottish clans? That doesn’t seem particularly Christmas-y to me.

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Postcard #130 – Carbohydrates on Paper

I really enjoy getting unusual and unexpected postcards in the mail. And this one is certainly out of the norm. Most people send scenic cards. This one is bread! I’m not sure what type of bread this is–it looks like rye or pumpernickel. If you, dear reader, are more familiar with Russian cuisine than I am, let me know what this is.

The slogan on the card is translated roughly as “The homemade meal is the art of caring for your loved ones.” I think this holds true if you’re a good cook. Me? I’m rather middling and I think I’d better express my love by not subjecting people to my cooking.

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