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Soozcat the intrepid laundry faerie muses on subjects both weighty and whimsical, with the occasional adventure photo-documented to prove it all really happened.
Great Googly Moogly!
2022-08-11 23:44
You know what happens when Sooz a) is kinda bored and b) has craft items in her possession?Yep. You get a random case of the googlies.Googly Daruma!Googly Dalahäst!Even googly sister co… Read More
2022-07-13 18:07
OME of you might know that I save correspondence -- the snailmail letters and postcards that I receive from family and friends. (Not ALL of them, mind you, but the ones I hold dear for one r… Read More
Live A Little
2022-06-21 10:55
The other day I was out and about, shopping for sundries (as you do). It was a pleasant late spring day in the Puget Sound region -- that is to say, cold, grey and drizzly -- but I was Getti… Read More
2022-05-14 11:36
It's been a while since I added someone to the van Gogh list, but I feel like this one's important.Sir Paul McCartney(publicity photo taken 1963, photographer unknown)Yes, I know it's an old… Read More
When It's Time For The Talk About Santa
2022-01-01 07:46
Sooner or later your kid will ask about Santa Claus, and it's better to plan how you'll respond before that day comes.I firmly believed in Santa Claus until I was 10 years old. There was no… Read More
2021-11-30 07:26
For the last several weeks I've been using the Too Good to Go app to reduce food waste around the greater Seattle area. Too Good to Go has been a popular app in Europe for some time and is m… Read More
Buenas Noches, Señores
2021-11-06 04:44
 Soy Doña Calavera.Mucho gusto.This year's Halloween costume was fairly haphazard and last-minute, but still pretty effective.I wanted to take at least one good picture while hol… Read More
2021-10-23 07:41
I like making a few seasonally-appropriate dinners around Halloween. Usually it's pretty traditional fare -- Dinner in a Pumpkin or pumpkin soup served in a hollowed-out pumpkin shell or the… Read More
2021-10-23 06:43
I was up at 3:45 this morning. The less said about that, the better. CM kindly drove me to the airport, where I had one of the smoothest boarding processes since 9/11 using SeaTac Airport's… Read More
2021-09-18 04:34
Greetings, pedants! I didn't think I would do another Grammar Pedant post for a while, but I heard something today that made me twitch, so here we are.Today we're going to talk about a usefu… Read More
2021-08-12 04:30
I know, there's been a dearth of posts lately. Just to be clear, I actually did do quite a few things in July; in fact I attended two family reunions, one for each side of the family. But as… Read More
2021-06-28 03:02
INCE it's nearing the end of June, a month where folks are traditionally more likely to get married, I thought it might be wise (and potentially entertaining) to offer a PSA about regifting… Read More
The House On Oakmont Lane
2021-05-21 08:33
Our family moved into a rental house in Provo, Utah in the last hot days of August, 1983. I can remember that specifically because one day after we finished unloading the moving van into our… Read More
2021-04-28 06:22
was going to write an introductory statement here about why one would want to be a magical person, but you know what? That's nonsense. In a society that seems determined to make life as mund… Read More
2021-04-16 08:13
If you were hanging around this blog in March of last year, you might remember that I wrote a little treatise on the importance of being prepared for disasters (like, say, the pandemic). If… Read More
2021-02-25 11:28
[LONG-WINDED PREFACE: A while back, for about a hot second, I had a Reddit account (before realizing it wasn't really my thing) and used it to post a short story that got some positive inter… Read More
How To Blam A Piece Of Crap
2021-02-04 06:04
So, since February 3rd is Blam This Piece of Crap Day in our household (it can be in yours, too! Try it, it's fun!), I thought it might be worthwhile to show y'all an example of how a piece… Read More
Shadow Marxism
2021-01-06 12:16
(Originally written in response to a Marxist literary theory class I took in college, circa August 2004. No, it was not my favorite class. Yes, I was verily bugged about it. This is more or… Read More
Reaching Out
2020-12-22 11:26
OR years, my mom had this recurring desire to start a charity. Not just any old kind, but something specific."I'd love to match up families with each other," she'd say. "Then one family coul… Read More
Pandemic: Ugh
2020-11-15 10:31
How's this past week been for the Laundry Faerie, you ask?Public domain Cyclone image by Mark HoutzagerWell, to sum up: it's been a roller-coaster. First elated. Then nervous. Then terrified… Read More
The Three Pigs: A Modern Fairy Tale
2020-10-31 10:25
Once upon a time there were three pigs. (They had convinced a few folks that they were sheepdogs, but really, they were pigs.)Because some folks thought they were sheepdogs, these three pigs… Read More
2020-10-27 12:19
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.--Mark Twain, who mistakenly attributed this quote to Benjamin DisraeliLately I've been struggling with the way American deat… Read More
Mr. Pollak
2020-09-05 04:13
Can you remember a certain person from your past who entered your life and forever changed it for the better?My mother did. His name was Mr. Pollak.There are a couple of things you need to k… Read More
The Minefield
2020-08-28 03:45
I don't know what your experiences have been or if you've dealt with grief in your life, but if you haven't, let me say this: grief is probably not what you think it is.In the first world, a… Read More
2020-08-18 00:56
[Posted to social media; worth preserving here.]There are lots of things you can do to memorialize someone. People with money buy buildings and put the loved one's name on them (e.g., "the G… Read More
2020-08-10 04:20
My sister-in-law and I drove together to the mortuary. I talked nervously most of the way there, trying to keep my mind busy with trivia so I wouldn't think about what was coming. I'd been s… Read More
2020-08-05 06:20
My mother, Karin Suzanne Eriksson Buck, died this evening. She was 76 years old.I don't have much else to say about this right now Read More
2020-07-20 03:17
[I originally posted this on social media, but after a set period of time I deliberately delete posts there. This one I thought was important enough to keep.]ERE'S the one thing I want you t… Read More
2020-07-11 03:50
I posted this on social media a while back, but I keep thinking about it. There's a long history in children's literature of war, disease, natural disaster, or some other catastrophe providi… Read More
2020-07-03 10:43
Remember the Wish I Were Here blog?Well, I can't fault you if you don't. I run the place and I barely remembered it.BUT! I've been cleaning off my computer desk (a heroic struggle, but worth… Read More
Human Bias: Bug Or Feature?
2020-06-02 19:56
It's time to come clean. I have a bias.I'm not really proud of this fact, but it still intrudes into everyday life. And I've heard many times that the first part of getting over any kind of… Read More
Pandemic: The Bully
2020-06-02 06:37
I was having a chat with my sister Julie earlier this evening and she made a comment that stuck in my head. I mentioned that I'd heard so many people nonchalantly claim COVID-19 is "just lik… Read More
2020-05-29 15:41
20 years ago this week, Captain Midnight and I got invited to a goofy party at Rob and Marie Cummings' house in Bellevue. Rob was turning 37, so he decided to host a Monty Python-themed "Old… Read More
Rethinking Titanic
2020-05-25 07:34
[I first wrote this in... hmm, maybe 2002? earlier? I dunno. It's been sitting in limbo on my computer for some time, but I've decided to give it a place to live on the blog. Because reasons… Read More
2020-05-20 11:50
(Ye Olde Plague of 2020 is still going on, but I'm tired of writing about it -- especially since hearing an envoy from the WHO say that COVID-19 is likely to be a "constant threat" until suc… Read More
2020-05-15 10:33
Some minor odd things I've noticed regarding pandemic conditions, which may or may not be forgotten by history unless someone (say, me) writes them down:Decluttering is tough right now. Ther… Read More
2020-04-22 11:43
A handful of things you think about if you're me (which I am) and you're up late at night/early in the morning to get some much-needed solitude while in quarantine.Pandemics create so many r… Read More
2020-04-13 10:20
ONJOUR, mes amis! I've been hesitating to check in and say things like "we're all well here," because I realize how quickly our circumstances could take a turn for the worse (whenever I leav… Read More
Pandemic: Life On Pause
2020-03-27 09:33
month has gone by fairly rapidly, with many changes, and I haven't taken the time to write about many of them. And it occurs to me that I should be writing these things down, because though… Read More
Pandemic: Signs Of The Times
2020-03-18 05:35
Miss V and I had to run a few errands today before we (mostly) retreat to the house for the next several weeks. As the coronavirus pandemic has pretty much turned the entire Puget Sound into… Read More
2020-03-01 12:10
For some time now, I've had this notion to write a story set in the Quadrennial Leapmarket Fair (to which I have referred obliquely on this blog a time or two), a shindig that takes place in… Read More
2020-02-11 10:28
I've been sitting on this juicy tidbit for weeks, but since there was an official announcement today:Remember a creepy little short story called "Alma Mater" that I first published here?Well… Read More
2020-01-17 11:40
T'S too freaking cold tonight. Time for a Mormon mocha. ("What might this wonder of nature entail?" I hear you cry. Well, basically it's Abuelita chocolate made double strength with hot milk… Read More
The Tik-Tok Brain
2019-12-03 22:11
(No, this is not about the app. You young whippersnappers get off my lawn.)If you haven't already seen the 1985 film Return to Oz, go watch it right now. I know you signed up for Disney+, so… Read More
What A Little Care And Feeding Will Do
2019-11-14 02:53
Some of you may remember what Charlie-cat looked like when we first brought him off the street. For those who don't, a quick review:Scrawny 10-month-old CharlieAnd here he is after a few mon… Read More
2019-11-12 19:03
Today I'd like to tell you a little something about my uncle.My uncle is a good man. He's a good husband, a good father, he was a good older brother to my dad, and he was an exceptionally du… Read More
2019-11-11 21:50
...and they lived happily ever after.--the ending of way too many fairy tales to countWithin the last three decades, a specific genre has gradually emerged into the public consciousness: the… Read More
Crossing The Line
2019-10-31 10:22
(I've been sitting on this story for a while. Enough time has gone by that I'm not actively angry about it any more, but I still think the experience is worth sharing.)It's early June, 2015… Read More
2019-09-30 00:00
UTIs suck. They're hurty. That is allYe know on earth, and all ye need to know.--me Read More
2019-09-18 10:36
Autumn has come to the PNW. It was colder today, with a fair amount of rain. Charlie-cat was busy trying to find warm spots all over the house. (He's currently in his favorite place, curled… Read More
The Cat In The Trap
2019-08-12 02:25
OXY is still missing. It's been two months.We borrowed traps from MEOW Cat Rescue the first day she was gone and started setting and baiting them immediately, putting in catnip and the smell… Read More
Roxy Is Missing Again - June 28 Update
2019-06-28 16:43
LOST CAT - ROXYDomestic shorthair mix, 5 year old spayed female, weighs about 10 pounds, black and light reddish-brown tortoiseshell with "split-face" markings, yellow-green eyesMicrochip nu… Read More
Roxy Is Missing Again
2019-06-13 04:21
LOST CAT - ROXYDomestic shorthair mix, 5 year old spayed female, weighs about 10 pounds, black and light reddish-brown tortoiseshell with "split-face" markings, yellow-green eyesMicrochip nu… Read More
Dance Like Nobody's Watching! (Freak.)
2019-06-06 14:57
Ah, internet aphorisms. They're always fun, aren't they?Within my lifetime, the phrase "Dance like nobody's watching" has passed into aphoristic immortality. (You can tell a particular affir… Read More
2019-04-25 18:02
Sometimes our cat, Roxy, dreams. We see her trying to run in her sleep, or she'll twitch and make little noises, and occasionally she'll wake up in full fight, flight or freeze mode and bite… Read More
It's April!
2019-04-20 09:39
(But it's not 1907. Just FYI.)In fact, we're two-thirds of the way through April and I haven't written here even once.You may ask, "What were you doing all that time?" I'll tell you. STUFF… Read More
Adventures At The Seattle Aquarium
2019-03-29 22:43
Recently Miss V's been under a bit of stress. As previously mentioned, there are many projects she wants to complete before she heads off to her summer job. For the last several days she has… Read More
2019-03-21 19:20
Miss V is home for a couple of months before she starts her summer job. So, of course, there are a few things that need to be done in the short time she's here.One of those things was to vis… Read More
2019-03-14 00:28
I posted this to Facebook earlier, but it's been wonky all day, so.Mom called me this morning. I guess a while ago she hurt her right foot, and although her podiatrist (who is excellent) cle… Read More
2019-03-13 00:51
Don't chop off his head to make yourself look tallDon't tear a strip off to make yourself feel wonderfulWho wants to compare, as if this was a competitionLeave that to teachers at school; mu… Read More
2019-03-06 09:45
Certain powerful traits have been highly esteemed by people of every culture over multiple generations: strength, stoicism, wisdom, compassion, generosity, intelligence and beauty, to name a… Read More
2019-02-12 17:56
So I've come up with what seems like a good analogy about why it's so much easier to make friends when you're young, seen through the lens of storytelling media.When you're a kid, meeting a… Read More
Nice Shootin', Tex!
2019-02-06 05:28
So a while back I went on an errand to the food playground known informally in this household as Asian Vegetable Disneyland, and found myself a great piece of ginger.Seriously, what does thi… Read More
2019-01-25 03:07
Well, I'm sick again. Snerty nose, coughing, sneezing, and my hearing has gone from stereo to mono (every time I blow my nose, an ear clogs up). I've been dosing myself up in various ways … Read More
Lost In One's Own Cosmos
2019-01-23 08:51
[NOTE: I've been inundated with anonymous comment spam over the last few days -- not that it does the spammers any good, as I delete all the comments without letting them see the light of da… Read More
What Makes You Giggle?
2019-01-19 11:05
Ah, Tim-my-brother. Years ago he worked as an attendant for a local gas-and-go convenience store, and one day when business was especially slow he filled out a fake gas theft report for his… Read More
Complete! Yay!
2019-01-18 04:48
In the interest of full disclosure (and shameless bragging rights), I have finished another scarf. And it is a non-Red-Scarf-Project scarf, even.Nope. This one is, selfishly, for me.This is… Read More
You Complete Me. Please.
2019-01-10 10:47
OK, as part of my "do the hard things" resolution, I'm looking to finish a lot of stuff this year. Like most people on the ADD spectrum, I'm really, really good at starting projects, but som… Read More
2019-01-02 05:25
So, just for the sake of public scrutiny/accountability/all that sorta thing, here are my resolutions for 2019:Read at least 12 books this year.Work out with weights at least once a week.Vis… Read More
2018-12-22 10:48
[First published 2005]Sometimes the Internet provides a kind of permeable window into other lives. I don't know how accurate that window is, but it's nonetheless interesting to observe.I've… Read More
2018-12-21 10:04
In addition to being a solstice, a full moon, the first day of winter and all other sorts of fun things, today is Captain Midnight's birthday! Today he turns the big 52!In honor of this mile… Read More
2018-12-12 19:35
This is my daddy, Danny Lee Buck.He was born in small-town Indiana in January 1942, during the early days of the United States' entry into World War II. He was a Midwest child of Southern pa… Read More
2018-12-05 09:31
Greetings, pedants!About five years ago I posted a Grammar Pedant video on YouTube, and almost immediately regretted it -- mostly because I didn't like putting my goofy mug on YouTube. And f… Read More
2018-11-28 22:59
It's getting near the end of the year. That means two things around here:I gotta write a Holiday Holler soon.BIG OL' MOVIE SEASON!We've seen Ralph Breaks The Internet (sorry, Disney, I still… Read More
2018-11-16 03:16
When I was a child, I had a pet dragon. He was a gentle, sweet creature, more Puff than Smaug, with big sleepy eyes, silver-green scales and enormous bat wings. My dragon tended to follow me… Read More
When Life Hands You The Spoon
2018-11-13 08:21
This particular viral video has been making the rounds for a few months now. (Yeah, I'm not a fan of the vertical video format either, but there's nothing I can do about it, so.)When I first… Read More
2018-11-01 03:55
No, I'm not.There was a time, not very long ago, when I readily would have answered, "Yes, I am." Regular readers may remember that I had a link here on the blog that identified me as a Morm… Read More
2018-10-22 05:34
Yesterday I got a text from my sister Jenny. It read, "Mom's in the hospital again."After open-heart surgery, there's usually quite a bit of fluid that drains from the patient's lungs and ch… Read More
2018-10-11 05:35
Well, Mom is finally home. This doesn't mean she's finished convalescing, only that her doctors and physical therapists feel it's safe for her to be at home now, as long as there's someone t… Read More
2018-10-07 04:38
Well, Mom is recuperating very well from surgery. She's hit all her physical therapy targets and then some, her appetite is starting to return, she's doing more and more things for herself a… Read More
2018-10-01 05:35
I don't dislike the rehab center where Mom is staying, but they don't have enough staff members to take care of everyone on the weekends. I found out that on Saturday Mom was left to fend fo… Read More
2018-09-29 05:09
So yesterday Mom was discharged from the hospital. And there was much rejoicing. *yay* She went directly to the same rehab center where she stayed when she got her hip replacement, so most o… Read More
2018-09-25 05:20
So today, as every Monday, Mom had dialysis (Dialysis: ICU Edition!). Afterward we talked pretty seriously about what she should do after her hospital stay. Mom was all in favor of going str… Read More
2018-09-23 05:57
So, the news is good:The evacuation order for my in-laws' neighborhood has been rescinded (yay!).Roxy-cat appears to be feeling better (also yay!).And Mom, although she's back in the ICU, ha… Read More
2018-09-21 07:55
Mom was moved out of the ICU and into the cardiac care unit today. We weren't sure she would be -- her blood pressure has been dangerously low all the time she's been in the hospital and her… Read More
2018-09-19 06:28
I'm running on about two hours' sleep, not counting a couple of involuntary naps today, so I'm going to keep this short.Mom is out of surgery and in the ICU. Her surgeon feels the surgery we… Read More
2018-09-12 22:33
So.While I was out running errands today, I got a call from my mom. She'd just had a long consult with her surgeon, and they've scheduled open heart surgery for her this coming Tuesday. They… Read More
2018-09-06 03:08
All right, before you start in on me, I KNOW what I did today was immature and petty. I'm pushing 50; I should probably be above this sort of passive-aggressive behavior by now.And yet.When… Read More

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