Archive for September, 2018

I’m Just Me – by M.G. Higgins

29 September, 2018

story of two girls getting bullied in High School.

One is Muslim.

One is black.

They are both good at calculus. The met riding the school bus.


mornings now

28 September, 2018

the childrens are slow to get out of bed at 7

they are better at moving faster than last year

they mostly pack their lunches

they are out the door by 8 to walk to the bus stop

(Side note: MrC, because he’s following his brother and sister, is learning these things sooner than they did.)


OliverKitty…we have to lock him in a room, because he will jump on breakfast table, and start eating their food if his morning treat (with sauce, and medicine) isn’t ready. SophieKitty just patiently waits in the kitchen as soon as I’m awake, staring, waiting for Oliver to get his meds, so she can have her morning wet food. Since he’s been sick, we’ve been givning them wetfood twice a day. He gained back some weight. She stayed level.

Storm -v- Mystics

23 September, 2018

Game #1 – would’ve been a fun one to attend.

Game #2 – was awesome… Sue Bird scrambling, in traffic, after a loose ball, and jacking up a last second shot for three that goes in. Beautiful. I have watched it many many times. As she was launching that crazy shot, MrG said “skill” and it went in.

game #3 –

exciting game – six lead changes, seven times tie-game… and close enough at the end that I was still thinking “It could go either way, this is a Seattle team after all”…and Howard had five fouls and Bird’s nose started bleeding again.
I felt sorry for LaToya Sanders (Mystics)… ball going out of bounds, last touched Mystics, Stewart boxed out Sanders, somehow Sanders jumped around, flipped the ball in, Mystics got it, and easy two points. Sanders reward for her awesome hustle play, evidently the side is a bit lower than the court (!) at GeorgeMason University and Sanders had a horrible looking twisted ankle.
Whitcomb (UW alum), off the bench, had two big misses, Bird told her “keep shooting”…Whitcomb then got two from deep, and two steals.
I wish I knew more about basketball. It looked like each team changed their defensive assignments and offensive game plans to start the game each game. Which I guess is to be expected in a playoff series.
Championship parade… me and MyBetterHalf went….the boys didn’t want to, MsS was with GirlScouts climbing trees. Nothing like standing in the rain chanting “LETS GO STRORM” with five thousand people.

Storm -v- Mercury

7 September, 2018

from a week ago… I forgot to hit “Publish”

Bird and Taurasi were teammates at UConn…forever ago. This year they were #1 and #2 for Assists/Game.

…seconds left in the game, Taurasi gets the pass, dribbles to corner, Bird practically draped over her, and she makes the three to send it into OT.

Bird was in shock, they had been up by eleven, and now going into overtime. She sat on bench, for a whole 1.5 seconds in shell-shock, and then started yelling encouragement & direction to her team.

Taurasi was livid when she didn’t get the call on her last shot as time expired. … Although it wouldn’t have mattered, they were down by four, and she shot a long two. She glared at the ref for her walk off the court, and for good measure spat on Seattle’s court as she left.

Let’s see… Stewie (6’4″) of the Storm (my bobblehead) is this year’s MVP.  The Mercury have 6’9″ Brittney Griner, first woman to dunk twice in a single game.

We’ll just add that the Storm are better people, because Taurasi leads the league in technicals, …and Griner is tenth place.  (Just kidding. I hear Taurasi and Griner are awesome people, excellent role models, and I would be honored if my kids took after them.)

Speaking of fouls… props to young point guard Jewel Loyd of the Storm, she took two hard fouls in OT to help SEA win game two. (Griner fouled out in OT, because she decided to punch someone in the gut as they ran past her. Taurasi whacked Loyd in the throat while they were trying to get a rebound.) 

…and then I watched Game #3… and that wasn’t much fun.

Don’t want to remember game #4.

Game #5… I watched with the family. MrGrunty was yelling at the coach in the first half. I told him, there’s a lot of game left, and Phoenix is getting fouls on their star players, it’s still good. MrCuddles was next to me on sofa and we would give each other hi-fives when something good happened, and he would yell “that’s a travel” when the Mercury did something good.  Then, really exciting fourth quarter, back and forth… Loyd and Howard doing the little things, Whitcomb stepping up… and Bird being amazing. (You have have seen a few tweets about Bird. My favorite was “I WOULD LIKE TO FORMALLY APOLOGIZE TO SUE BIRD FOR NOT NAMING ALL THREE OF MY SONS AFTER SUE BIRD” by Shea Serrano.)

AND now…been excited all day… tip off for game 1, SEA -vs- WASH  (which MsS finds funny) in twenty five minutes.


7 September, 2018

MyBetterHalf started a family book club (her third book club)… It is weird because it’s a book club where people actually read the book, and don’t hang out in a bar. LOL! (Hi, sweetie, thanxies for reading GBAtT)

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate.

I like how it deals with big topics, being homeless. Two pieces of bad luck, and the family is seriously poor. I do not envy the family, it appears, even though they got a bit of good news to end the story…they still are living precariously, paycheck-to-paycheck, and it doesn’t help the father is too proud to ask for help. I like the attitude of the main character, he likes facts, which doesn’t go well with him having an imaginary friend, and even in his bad situation, he realizes other kids have it worse.

Ms Applegate wrote One And Only Ivan, which I also enjoyed.