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This Cosmic Perspective

Recently we watched the wonderful series premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by astrophysicist/nerd superstar Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Nothing like pondering the infinite vastness of the universe to make one’s own life and problems seem insignificant. Wrapping my head around the Big Bang and the Cosmic Calendar was a nice break. But back to my day to day reality, on the ground. Last week we followed through with one of our big life choices and signed a two year lease. We had narrowed it down to two duplexes we loved for very different reasons. But opted for the side by side one in a quieter, safer neighborhood of Minneapolis. With central air and in-unit washer/dryer. Two bathrooms will be a game changer! And we’ll be within walking distance of some wonderful friends, nature (Minnehaha Creek, Lake Harriet) and Clint’s favorite liquor store. Yep.

We will be moving a couple of weeks before the end of the school year in St. Paul. Which means I’ll be schlepping the kid to and from St. Paul daily. And the district is indeed tacking on at least one make-up school day. Le sigh.

Five ultra-random good things:

  • I’ve often enjoyed the content of some Reddit interviews, but the horrible format keeps me away. Someone out there decided to make them pretty with Interviewly. But it doesn’t pull in all of the interviews out there, just ones with famous folk. And there are some great “Ask Me Anything” interviews with every day folk. Like this vacuum cleaner repair person (thanks to Dez for the heads up on that one).
  • More of this, please. ‘Miss Korea’ ladies in the 1970s looked different, beautiful long before Photoshop existed. I enjoy looking at real people.
  • Oh Kevin Spacey. His response to criticism by the Ford brothers. It is just perfectly charming. Also, I am missing Toronto like crazy.
  • Every year when SXSW rolls around I get a little wistful. I have never attended. I would be equally interested in the interactive, music and film portions and I don’t have that kind of time or money. But I do enjoy seeing what comes out of each. In the film category the movie Frank looks particularly quirky and compelling. But it’s a damned shame that the gorgeous Michael Fassbender, playing the title character, never appears without his crazy mask-head on.
  • As the parent of a vaccinated child who happens to have autism, Jenny McCarthy has been on my radar for a while. She has done so much harm from her anti-science soap box. So it was with some satisfaction that I noticed this last Thursday: Jenny McCarthy’s Self-Made Twitter Hashtag Was Hilariously Hijacked By Pro-Vaccine Critics

I’ve had pretty good luck with Groupon over the years. Only buying them for restaurants I’ve already been to or that trusted friends have recommended. But I bought one out of the blue. And wound up with bad sushi. That was Saturday night. Today I’m still paying the price with a bad gut. Thankfully my boyfriend has an iron stomach and it didn’t get him. But me? I am prone to food poisoning at the drop of a hat. That’s why I am hesitant about this “five second rule” research. If it’s true, that’s cool. But hopefully restaurant workers won’t be picking my food off the floor during prep any more than they already are doing. *shudder* On this St. Patrick’s Day I was going to try out a healthy shamrock shake recipe but I don’t know if I’m feeling up to it. At least I can curl up with my kid later to re-watch The Secret of Kells. Such a good movie. I didn’t want to go anywhere today or tonight anyhow, what with this festive freezing rain/sleet/snow combo. Especially with drunk drivers added to that wintry mix. People, if you are out tonight please take advantage of the free metro transit rides or spring for a cab or Uber car. Be safe.

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