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Internet of things could alleviate pesky thinking

That I can click a print icon on my laptop while sitting in the sunroom and then hear my printer, situated in my office upstairs, wake up and print a document, is impressive. Wireless connectivity is a modern convenience those addicted to tech gadgets have come to rely upon for work and entertainment.

Filling boxes puts aunt, uncle on nice list

This year’s box overflowed into a bag. Two bags, actually. After a flurry of wrapping and tagging, during which my dining room was temporarily transformed into a Santa’s workshop satellite office, the box and bags were filled to capacity. That’s the kind of day that puts me in the holiday spirit.

Ditching lucky rooster unnerves neighbors

Some friends recently bought a house and moved. They shared their good fortune on Facebook. One of the pictures showed a rooster in the kitchen, I suppose it was ceramic, left behind by the former owners. My immediate reaction was, “good luck.” Then I found out they ditched the gaudy statue and replaced it with a pig.

Turkey hunts require preparation, patience

It takes a lot of legwork and focus to hunt down big game. But the holidays are approaching and my family deserves the biggest, most tender, juiciest entrée my abilities can provide. After decades of practice, I have become quite adept at the hunt, especially for a turkey.

The reality of holiday decorating

My cousin’s wife already has two Christmas trees up and decorated. She also began stringing outdoor lights along the railing on their deck. Her personalized photo Christmas cards arrived in a package weeks ago. She will have them tucked into addressed and stamped envelopes ready to toss in a blue post box on her way to Black Friday sales.

A Novel Time to Write

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, while men start growing out their facial hair and neighbors work on outdoing each other with their holiday light displays synchronized to music, aspiring novelists write. Word-loving writer nerds will do their best to pound out an average of 1,667 words a day for 30 days. The ultimate goal is to reach 50,000 by the end of the month.

Romantic anniversaries require research, planning

With yet another anniversary approaching, I decided to research some of the venues we talked about, yet never visited. When you are marking your relationship in terms of double digits, the list of interesting places you intend to visit grows like an annoying chin hair. Or, for a guy, an annoying nose hair.

Two guacamole macchiatos, hold the sour cream

A rise in craft beer popularity triggered creativity within a big coffee chain. They concocted fall flavors for their fancy coffees that incorporate the tastes of craft brews. They are not adding beer to their coffees, mind you. They simply want to catch the craft brew wave and ride to shore.

Consult inhabitants regarding landing sites

Scientists at NASA obviously do not get out much. They are busy thinking up ways to travel through space and reclassify the planets on my seventh-grade mobile, rendering the best science project ever obsolete. In the meantime, have they seen a sci-fi movie in the past few decades? Do they not understand the concept ‘we are not alone’?

New holds potential, but old is warm and wise

As we step into January, we are inundated with new. There are new episodes of our favorite shows to be enjoyed, new resolutions and promises to be attempted, new diets to start, new spring fashions to purchase during the New Year sale. Everywhere we turn, we are being lulled into worshipping the new.