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5 December 2017
I love learning new phrases like this. This came from a blog called "Megan Knows Arse-All About," a blog I found reading through today's Holidailies entries. She does not define the term, but quotidian means "commonplace, ordinary. quotidian drabness." and cromulent is defined as
LOL--kind of "airy persiflage," I guess!
December is a difficult month because of Holidailies. People sign up to post an entry a day and many do, while many others start out with good intentions and gradually fall off. My problem is never writing an entry a day, it's remembering to post them. But, like with Saturday 9 and Sunday Stealing, I feel that part of my participation in the project is to read as many of the posts as I can. It is very encouraging to know that people actually read your stuff!
The problem I am having with this year's Holidailies participants (43 of them this year) is that so many of the entries are so good. Of course some are so-so and some are boring and some are about things that don't interest me, but more than the usual number of entries this year are entries that I either comment on or at least 'like' on the Holidailies site.
Nebulopathy, for example, wrote a funny entry, "The End of Civic-isation" about the death of her car and buying a new one. It felt very familiar and her Honda Civic had about as many miles on it (250,000) as ours did when we traded it in.
Katlet of World Splits Open posted her Christmas letter. There wasn't anything particularly unusual about it, but it was just so homey reading about her family, their move from San Francisco to the town of Fairfax, the novelty of finding wild animals exploring their yard, and adding a new dog to their family. Her letter reminded me of mine, without all the photos. And because I think we Christmas letter writers should stick together her entry got not only a 'like' but also a comment on the entry itself.
Miss Melis of The Bathtub Mermaid wrote about my favorite birds, cardinals, and her observation of them. I have only seen cardinals a couple of times in my life so love seeing pictures and reading things like this. She writes, "We have a whole family of those bright red birds, and they return every year. The females are feathered grey and rust and red, and arrive with the first signs of being egg-heavy." I've watched birds my whole life and never thought about females being "egg-heavy."
Halsted M. Bernard, who writes a blog under cygnoir.net wrote two entries I liked. She's an excellent professional writer. She wanted to write about politics ("I expected this year’s Holidailies to be about how horrified I am by American politics.") but then she did a meditation on procrastination and decided instead to write....well...cromulent quotidianity. It's delightful. You should check it out. It's called "Postponing Nothing." She also wrote one called "Not Mine Any More" about a medical procedure she was going through. It made me think of my friend having a pace maker installed today and wondering how she is doing.
My friend Bozoette Mary wrote an entry called "TV Watching Through the Ages" where she talks about binge watching her favorite programs...and I want to know how she holds down a full time job and still manages to binge watch Outlander, The White Queen, The White Princess, Black Sails, Poldark, PBS's Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey. She is now planning on watching Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Jan from A Jan for all Seasons wrote an absolutely wonderful entry called "Normal is a fairytale we tell to children," prompted by the funny thought she had of Trump and Pence impeached simultaneously leaving Paul Ryan as president. She thinks of the humor in that and then asks "But can we laugh again? That’s a serious question. Are we allowed to laugh? Are we allowed to find humor in the world, even when everything is shitty?" The whole entry is just wonderful.
I finally finished today's Holidailies entries, but what with sleeping late (9:00), writing Funny the World, and catching up on Holidailies, it is now 1 p.m. and my day is just starting.
I did take time, however, to look through the Wine Country Gift Baskets catalog that came in the morning mail.
It was addressed to Lizzie.
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