June 21, 2020

Oh, hey there!  Take a seat.  Need a drink?  I know I do! (Laughs hysterically into the void.)
Let me whip up a little something for us.

We need the tonic of wildness... Henry David Thoreau

There's no way I'm the only person who has invented a new cocktail, based on whatever randomness can be found in one's pantry/fridge during the Quar. Can we call it that?  R. Eric Thomas calls it that, and if it's good...

May 25, 2020

I have my friend Andrea to thank for dragging me out of my quarantine doldrums, and giving me a task with meaning and purpose.  Introducing: Baking For Good!

She had the genius idea to take all that stress-baking and sourdough-humble-bragging that's filling our social feeds, and put it to good use: to host an online auction/virtual bake sale to raise money for the Central Texas Food Bank.  But she needed a tech-savv...

April 29, 2020

Hello, fellow quarantiners!  Are you having a hard time not letting the days just kind of drift by in a hazy yet absurdist wave of naps, Netflix, Zoom meetings, day drinking, and... more naps?  If so, and according to the internet, you are not alone.  If you happen to be like me, and are unemployed during this quarantine, it can be hard to keep track of the days, stay productive, and maybe, occasionally put on real...

October 29, 2019

Please note: Dear Readers, that my phone is currently on the fritz, and I would love to show you actual pictures of myself, but am temporarily, technologically stymied. 

I will admit that I’m normally a little skeptical about the suggestions the Sephora folks throw at me when I visit their fine establishment.  No shade to these makeup aficionados, but I’m usually looking for skincare solutions, and have a lot more i...

August 23, 2019

I promised Bustle that this next post would be about an amazing ravioli recipe I recently cooked. 

I lied.

Don’t get me wrong, I will get to that scrumptious, easy to prepare dinner, but right now I’d like to talk about something else.  Job searching.  Below are my expert guidelines for employers.  Please note all these examples are based on real-life experiences. Mine.

Vim’s Guidelines for Potential Employe...

February 17, 2019

Hello, Dear Readers!  I've just started a new job, which is exciting, but also intense.  So let me introduce you to one of Vim's stress-relieving, coping mechanisms - imaginary shopping!  It's fun, but less stressful than actual shopping, because you're not spending any money.*  Also, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your home, because - the internet.

You know that thing that happens, when you'r...

October 18, 2018

Hello, Dear Readers!  Vim here.  As you all know, Bustle and I love to read, and to share our recommendations with YOU.  And as is so often the case with us, we are very different in some ways, and remarkably of the same mind in others.  For instance, I tend to read a lot of fantasy and science fiction.  Bustle reads a lot of spirituality and self-help.  But the Venn diagram of where we meet is clear: Victorian Lad...

August 19, 2018

Thank you so much for your interest in taking on the role Production Assistant for (my company’s) upcoming world premiere of (current production).  You have asked what the job entails and I am only too happy to share that information with you, as it is a very valid question!  I don’t have an exact job description on hand, and realized now would be a great time to write all this out for the next time you, or some ot...

August 16, 2018

I have this problem, or actually, maybe it’s a process.  When I want to make a certain thing – a type of cookie, cake, or anything really, I research all recipes for that particular thing, comparing and contrasting, and then I keep making that thing with different iterations on the recipe until it is, as I deem it, perfect.  For instance, you may congratulate on me on recently perfecting the coconut macaroon.  Of c...

August 10, 2018

Hello!  From out of the darkness, it is I, Vim, returning to you from what has been a harrowing six months of anxiety, depression, and (only good thing) unexpected weight loss.  I don’t mean to brag, but apparently, what 2 years of a low-carb diet, more salads than I want to think about, and regular exercise couldn’t accomplish - a case of the real hard sads handled neatly in 5 months...on MOSTLY CARBS.  My endocri...

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