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this winter break

[Originally Posted: 2022.01.01]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.16]

this winter break I was going to write a bunch revamp my website establish good reading writing learning sharing habits for the coming year but I didn’t really do those things and though I didn’t do them I can’t seem to let the idea of still doing those things just go away so it may still happen just not necessarily in concert with an arbitrary Gregorian year change or an extended time

this winter break

I was going to
write a bunch
revamp my website
establish good
reading
writing
learning
sharing
habits
for the coming year

but I didn’t really do those things

and though I didn’t
do them I can’t seem to
let the idea of
still doing
those
things
just
go
away

so it may still happen
just not necessarily
in concert with
an arbitrary
Gregorian year change
or an extended time
off work


so what did I do?

passed Wandersong

read some YA fiction

and read some Franz Kafka, which feels a little bit like YA fiction to me but only because the last time I read Kafka was when I was myself in the “teen/young adult” demographic

took the kids sledding

made masaman curry

made french toast

made sweet pork barbacoa for in-laws’ Christmas taco party (recipe pending here in these URLs because I’ve made it too much my own to link to where I started from)

engaged in various obligatory Christmas preparations and celebrations

shoveled actual snow (I don’t remember if that ever even had to happen even once last winter)

read from an ever increasing number of newsletters (reading links forthcoming)

doomscrolled
(even though I’ve deleted my Facebook account and logged out of my personal Instagram and Twitter accounts on my phone I still somehow managed this – my persistent traps / points of weakness are the Apple News app and the notifications I still get for work social media accounts)

and then there’s bandcamp exploration, which I don’t quite consider doom scrolling, though at times there I do scroll through actual doom


So I guess I actually did
do a few things that might be
worth sharing and linking
or potentially expounding upon

but I’ve limited
myself to this
platform
with no audience
and haven’t
sorted that
out yet

instead of waiting
or deleting
or further retreating
or plotting out
some clear future
for this website
and my writing
and my social
media participation

I will just try
by improvising
as I go
with whatever form
feels right
or useful
or interesting
in the moment

Saturday, January 1, 2022
Millcreek, Utah

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Daily Picture- Nothing Inbox

[Originally Posted: 2021.12.13]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.19]

I really did that.

I really did that.

Somehow it became super important for me to clear out over 20 months' worth of emails from my personal email account this weekend. I did it, though, by letting myself let go of some things (like all the poem-a-days that I had never read.) Weird trip back through the history of the pandemic as portrayed mainly through brand and organizational emails.

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Daily Picture- December Sunday Desk

[Originally Posted: 2021.12.12]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

Just a December Sunday desk scene.

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Daily Picture- Cooking with Malla

[Originally Posted: 2021.12.11]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]


Used my favorite spatula to make eggs with onions and peppers for me, and plain for a breakfast burrito for my son.


Used my favorite spatula to make eggs with onions and peppers for me, and plain for a breakfast burrito for my son.

This spatula, in addition to being a great spatula, always makes me think about Malla, Chewbacca’s wife, cooking the Life Day meal in the Star Wars Holiday Special. I’ll admit, it’s something that’s far more fun to just think about for a minute than it is to actually watch, but I feel everyone should watch it at least once.

And I just learned from the Wookieepedia that her full name is Mallatobuck.

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Accumulation

[Originally Posted: 2021.12.04]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.19]

The things you don’t say accumulate - screenshot of my horoscope iOS notification

The things you don’t say accumulate.

The things you don’t say accumulate - screenshot of my horoscope iOS notification

The things you don’t say accumulate.

The things you don’t buy don’t accumulate.

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moomlight notes and pics

[Originally Posted: 2021.11.28]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

moon pic

moon pic

moomlight notes

moon pic

moon pic

moomlight notes

Transcription, but with some misspellings corrected: (not ‘moomlight’ because I like that too much)

‘Friday, November 19, 2021
5:10 am at my desk
in the cloud-obscured
moomlight (and
maybe earth-shadow
obscured moonlight of
the eclipse still, but
I can’t tell.) And I
can’t really see what
I am writing now
so this is an
experiment.

‘I can’t fall back
asleep and I can’t
really see the eclipse
so I figured I would
try this.

‘I just took some
pictures / video
that I hope are
eerie but either
way I think I will
like them.’

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On Some Emily Dickinson Shit (Fascicles in a Drawer 2022)

[Originally Posted: 2021.11.27]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.21]

This site now aims to be the contemporary equivalent of enigmatic handmade publications hoarded in a drawer.

This site now aims to be the contemporary equivalent of enigmatic handmade publications hoarded in a drawer.

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On Virtual Coffee and Mormons Who Play Animal Crossing

[Originally Posted: 2021.11.27]
[Last Updated: 2022.07.16]

I’m curious how Mormons1 who play Animal Crossing: New Horizons are responding to the new café.

I’m curious how Mormons1 who play Animal Crossing: New Horizons are responding to the new café.

  • Does anyone refrain from having their character drink coffee in Animal Crossing, so as to avoid even the very appearance of evil?

  • Have kids been caught by their parents drinking coffee in the game and had the game confiscated or banned?

  • Are any Mormons going bonkers drinking cup after cup of coffee in Animal Crossing because it’s “just a game” or “doesn’t count?”

  • How does someone’s stance on coffee in Animal Crossing compare to their stance on violence and gore in other video games?

  • Is drinking coffee in Animal Crossing ‘Word of Wisdom pornography?’

  • Am I overthinking this, or at least thinking more about it than I ever would have back when I was a Mormon?2


I was always jealous when one of the island residents would be walking around the island with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.

But it turns out that now that I can, drinking coffee in Animal Crossing is not all that satisfying. Doing almost anything in Animal Crossing is not all that satisfying for very long, to be honest.

Drinking real coffee in real life is generally satisfying, though.


  1. I believe they were instructed that they prefer to be referred to as ‘members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ now. I think this gives me an opening in that the term ‘Mormon’ may now be technically available for me to reappropriate, redefine, and claim for my own purposes. I’m not all that interested in making that claim right now, though. ↩︎

  2. Nope. I often overthought things in regards to the church, which is ultimately one of the many reasons I’m not there anymore. ↩︎

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Your art is more important than your audience

[Originally Posted: 2021.11.25]
[Last Updated: 2022.02.19]

Your art is more important than your audience - screenshot of my horoscope

Your art is more important than your audience.

– so says my A.I. / algorithmically generated horoscope today, the notification popping up while I was mid-contemplating just how to curate collections and microthoughts such as these on this website, and whether to continue to do it just for myself or reconnect somehow with a social media network for the possible benefit or irritation of unknown others.

Your art is more important than your audience - screenshot of my horoscope

Your art is more important than your audience.

– so says my A.I. / algorithmically generated horoscope today, the notification popping up while I was mid-contemplating just how to curate collections and microthoughts such as these on this website, and whether to continue to do it just for myself or reconnect somehow with a social media network for the possible benefit or irritation of unknown others.

I still haven’t decided.

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Yay Thanksgiving!

[Originally Posted: 2021.11.25]
[Last Updated: 2022.08.11]

Yay holidays! Yay traditions! Yay America! Yay humans! We’re the best! We’re smarter than turkeys!

Yay holidays! Yay traditions! Yay America! Yay humans! We’re the best! We’re smarter than turkeys!

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