I have been instructed to “stop studying and blog!”

Yep…my friend just emailed me and said “stop studying and blog!”  I will heed her advice.  My apologies for the hiatus.  School.  You know.  It happens.   I thought about writing once in the past few weeks, it was when I was watching an episode of Friends and Ross said, “Yeah I’ll prove it!  I’ll prove it like a THEOREM!!”   I laughed so much about that.  Then I realized that I was getting a little slap happy at that point in the studying regime and that others might not find that as funny as I did….but whoops, I just shared anyway.  (Tricky, right?)

So, today’s topic:  OLD-FASHIONED but STILL AWESOME things:

1.  Handwritten letters.  My professor was talking about postage stamps recently and made some joke like “stamps…you guys are probably too young to know what those are.  People used to write letters to each other…on paper.”  I was indignant; I still write letters!   (I’ve been pen pals with my high school friend for five years.  She writes even more letters than I do!)   I just think people like getting something in their mailbox that isn’t a bill, credit card offer, or McDonald’s coupon…so, if you would like a letter, please tell me your address and I will write you at least one this summer.

2.  CDs.  I’m a CD fan.  I have  CD collection.  I realize that people might be saying “NO, you’re too young!  Old-fashioned is RECORDS!  or straight up LIVE PERFORMANCE!”  You’re right.  But let’s face facts, CDs have kind of gone out of vogue, which sort of makes me sad.  I like the album artwork, and the lyrics on the little insert, and actually being able to physically choose what music I want to listen to.  I have a boombox in my kitchen.  I saved up $50 of allowance money to buy it when I was 12.   One of my wiser purchases.

3.  Baking from scratch.  If you read the rest of this blog, you may notice that several of the posts are about food.  Breakfast and dessert, more specifically.  I know people are busy and the world moves too fast to bake stuff from scratch…but it’s SO WORTH IT.   Better brownies.  Better quick bread.  (I have this problem………I eat WAY too much quick bread………it’s just so good.  I can’t help it.)   MUCH better frosting.  mmmm…..

4.  Books.  Not e-books or anything involving a screen.  Words on paper.  Reading for fun.  Lending a favorite book to a friend.  Choosing a book from the library.  A good kid’s book with fabulous illustrations.  (If only I had the skillz to be a children’s book illustrator!)  Books.  I like them a lot.

5.  The newspaper.  I so miss getting a free newspaper every morning.  (That happened at my college.   It was sweet).  I like hard copy crosswords, advice columns, and reading about last night’s Twins game in the sports section.  Also I like the Saturday column called “news of the weird” and Isaac Asimov’s super quiz.   Sometimes I try to read real news too.  Fancy.  But it makes me sad that newspapers are pretty much going out of business.

So, those are probably my top 5.  Your turn!

p.s.  I do really enjoy some not-so-old-fashioned things.  Examples include air conditioning, dishwashers, women being able to vote and get an education, and cars.  And possibly computers.

p.p.s.  It is very close to being summer.  If this isn’t a happy prospect, I don’t know what is.

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2 thoughts on “I have been instructed to “stop studying and blog!”

  1. Ms. Buffoon,

    I was going to call you by your first name, but I don’t see your name on here, so maybe it is a secret! I enjoy reading your random funny and nerdy posts. Some times after a long day of band-nerdery, I read one of your posts and feel right at home, knowing that there are biostatisticians that are, dare I say it, nerdier than I :) I hope grad school is treating you well! How is Baltimore?

    I thought of you twice today, so despite my infrequent communication, thought it was imperative that I post something! I must sadly admit that I never got around to reading the Harry Potter books, despite your love of the Potter Puppet Pals, and all things Harry Potterish. But this summer I started reading them (I’m on Chamber of Secrets) and as I was reading this morning, Sweet Baby James shuffled on my iTunes from a mix you made me long-ago!

    This is a busy summer for me, we’re opening up a new high school in Fargo that I’ll be the band director at, so I’ve made lots of fun but time consuming decisions about instruments and music to buy. After much consideration, I decided not to have a clarinet section :P

    I probably should have sent a Facebook message, oops. But now you will have a long comment on your blog!

    Have a nice day,
    Danlyman

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