It’s been two months since I posted anything here, and updates were sporadic before that. Partly that’s because, for six weeks, I had bronchitis and then pneumonia plus three cases of something similar to the flu. (No, really. I mean, I feel great now. But what the heck.)

Mostly, though, I just haven’t been feeling it — the blog, I mean. It feels like something I’m supposed to do, a box to check, rather than something I want to do. And that’s not great for anybody.

I’m going to sign off. Maybe I’ll be back in a few months or a few years if I get the urge again, or maybe not. If you’re curious what I’m up to, you know what to do.

But don’t be getting all sentimental on me.

Thanks, hypothetical reader, for reading!



Going anywhere with a toddler

  • Clean.
  • On time.
  • Happy.

Pick any two.

Crane Girl progress update

Inching up toward Katara …

What friends are for

Last night I texted my good friend Benjamin R. Trube, Esq., III, and mentioned that I was feeling a bit sick and going to bed early. (Don’t worry, I’m fine.) He texted me back “Feel better soon.”

He could’ve stopped there. No one would’ve blamed him for it.

But, because he is Benjamin R. Trube, Esq., IV, he went the extra mile and followed up with this:

At least you’re not a 14 year old boy forced to fight in a giant biomechanical robot for a dad who abandoned you.

And you know what?

He’s right.

Thank you, Benjamin R. Trube, Esq., V.

P.S. He’s referencing Neon Genesis Evangelion, but part of me thinks it’s funnier without the context.

Making a joyful noise

Every day, after his nap, Evan gets to watch 15-20 minutes of videos, usually on YouTube. Past favorites have included scenes from Frozen and various animations of “Wheels on the Bus.” Lately he’s been watching a bunch of low-budget CG videos that he calls “colors” because they feature brightly colored balls, eggs, shapes, animals, and other assorted oddities performing surreal actions accompanied by perky music. The videos are very … what’s the word? … dumb.

One song they sing over and over is:

Red color, red color,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am,
How do you do?

Then they iterate through various other colors (e.g., “Orange color, orange color”). He pronounces the last line “How do a do?” and corrects anyone who differs.

So that’s been in his head. Also, separately, he’s been reading his children’s Bible. At first he didn’t care about anything but David and Goliath (mostly Goliath), but gradually he started getting interested in the New Testament as well. And of course we’ve been talking with him about the stories there. So that’s been in his head too.

All that is just to explain why, earlier this week, completely unprompted, he invented and sang the following for Betsy and me:

Jesus color, Jesus color,
Where are Jesus?
Here I am, here I am,
How do a Jesus?

Look, I’m just gonna say it. This is by far the best new Christian music in the last thirty years.

Have a good weekend!

Postmortem: Endgame (100% spoiler-free)

Avengers Endgame poster

Just got home from the movie theater half an hour ago, so it’s all still fresh in my head. As I said, no spoilers; we’re not savages.

First of all, yes, it’s very good. Probably the best in the MCU so far, although my memory has gotten fuzzy on a lot of the older movies. Definitely better than Infinity War. I liked IW, but it was heavy on plot. EG does more with the character side of things, and I liked that.

And yeah, EG has a lot of surprises. I had read beforehand in (spoiler-free) reviews that there would be a bunch of surprises, that the story wouldn’t go the way you’d expect, and even so, I was saying “wow” a lot. I can think of at least … let’s count … four separate things that especially hit me. (No wait, just remembered another one. Five.) All were “twists” in a good way, all fitting organically in with the movie.

Virtually every big film has a three-act structure. In EG, the difference between the three acts seems especially distinct. The first act begins strangely (again, in a good way), and then is slow, quiet, beautiful, and sad. The second act is a wild action-y ride. And the finale is gigantic, fun, satisfying, and sad. If you noticed that I used “sad” twice there — well, I cried through probably half of this movie. Granted, it doesn’t take much to make me cry at the movies, or IRL for that matter, but this was exceptional even for me. Some of the strongest moments were the most understated. EG knows when to be loud and when to be quiet.

And believe me, there are some big, loud moments. The final act is about as epic as you could possibly want. I still found it just a little unsatisfying, but I think that’s because nothing could possibly live up to this amount of hype. The ending is fist-pumping, glorious fun. It’s not perfect, but nothing is.

A few small disappointments. First, a giant mystery from IW was solved in EG, but in a sort of offhanded way, making it much less central than they had built it up to be. And three of the people in the center of the story — Thanos, Nebula, and Gamora — did get a bit more character exploration and depth, but never in a way that made me care much what happened to any of them. C’est la vie.

Anyway, it was great. You should see it. I should get to bed. Adios!

Crane Girl progress update

Just passed 25%! Even more importantly, I just revealed Toph’s fingertips. Anything can happen now.

At least I have a respectable answer to the question: Why don’t you ever blog anymore? 🙂