The Three Best Days at Work

In the course of a calendar year, there will be good days at work and bad days at work.

Sometimes, which is which is random – you won’t know ahead of time if it’s going to be a good day or a bad day.

Other times, you know what it’s going to be, based on what is due or which meeting is scheduled for that day.

Over the course of many years in the workplace, I know I can count on these 3 days to be enjoyable.

  • Before or after July 4th

    Depending on what day of the week this holiday falls, people take either the day before or the day after the 4th off. That means a bunch of people are not at work. And that means that you can get done the things that you think are important to get done, without interrupts or re-prioritizations.

  • After Halloween

    The reason this day is good is not because of fewer people. The usual number of people still show up to work this day. No, what makes me look forward to this day is the amount of chocolate that enters the building.

    This year, a co-worker brought bags and bags of chocolate because he overestimated the number of trick-or-treaters that would visit his new house. He didn’t want to have to eat all of the extra candy, so he brought it into work. I was glad to help him get rid of it.

  • Before Christmas

    We get a full week off work between Christmas and New Year’s, so everyone is winding things down before the start of Christmas break. That means no one is going to ask you to start anything significant. It’s a relaxing time.

    And if you have a good boss, like I had my first year in this job, he will come around some time between lunch and normal quitting time to wish you a merry Christmas. The exchange went a little something like this:
    Boss: Are you doing actual work, or are you just filling time until the end of the day?
    Underling: I’ve finished all the assigned tasks…
    Boss: Go home then, and have a good break.
    Underling: Thanks!

    It doesn’t happen every year, but being dismissed early is a nice touch of the holiday spirit.

    • Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his inheritance.

      Joshua 24:28

Pumpkin Carving

Now that everyone has forgotten about Halloween and moved on to November stuff, it’s time for me to update you on this year’s pumpkin carving.

picture of the pumpkin and stemThe first step in all of this pumpkin-carving business is to select good pumpkins. Pictured here is a perfectly-formed pumpkin. It’s easy for us, because our neighbors grow and sell pumpkins. It’s on a small scale, but we still get a nice selection.

The next step is to cut open the top
picture of a pumpkin with its top cut off
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Murmuration T. Cornpone

My wife posted a this on Facebook, so a couple of you might have already seen this. Since I’m not on Facebook I figured I would share it with the general internet audience.

Here is what the sky in front of our house looked like a week or two ago:

picture of a murmuration of starlings in the sky

Thanks to our almost-neightbor Erin, we now know that such an occurrence is called a murmuration of starlings.

And since Gamma likes chasing birds, he was excited to see them.

Here is what our front lawn looks like when the birds land:

picture of a murmuration of starlings landed on our lawn

I stitched two photos together for that one. Click on it to enlarge it.

They don’t stay for long though, especially when we open the front door and Gamma runs out to get them.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “ Come, assemble for the great supper of God,

Revelation 19:17

Happy Reformation Day

Now that everyone has forgotten about Halloween and moved on to November stuff, it’s time for me to update you on this year’s costumes.

Here are our boys’ costumes:


picture of a Toad (from Mario Kart) costume for Halloween

Toad, from Mario Kart.
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Life with Kids

Just a few random thoughts this morning, related to some aspects of parenthood.

  • It’s fun to go out in the yard with the kids and play catch. But to get to that point, you have to play many games of throw.
  • For many people, daylight saving time is a chance for an extra hour of sleep. But for parents of small children, DST is a chance for an extra hour of playtime in the morning. Those kids don’t care what the clock says. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your attitude.
  • Once you’ve successfully completed the task of clipping an infant’s pinkie toenails, you can try something less stressful – like open-heart surgery.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:4-5


I know he’s kind of stuck with his name, but he could switch if he wanted to.

photo of Kanye West in western cowboy clothing

photo of Kanye West in eastern (Japanese) clothing

Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the east and from the land of the west;

Zechariah 8:7

Crisis News Now

Although I haven’t obtained it yet, I’m thinking there must be a template for disaster news stories.

Think of it as Mad Libs for reporters.

Picture a TV reporter, covering a news story in the field. “Field” as in “not the studio”, not “field” as in “farm”.

Another _____ has struck the area. Damage was minimal, but residents aren’t taking any chances.

Are there really more _____ occurring, or just more reported because of today’s ease of communication?

Dr. _____, an expert in the field of _____, said “We have seen a slight increase in these cases over the last _____ years, but it hasn’t been enough to classify as a trend. We’ll have to keep observing.”

Stay tuned to action news _____ for important updates on this story.

Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of these your prophets, for the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.

2 Chronicles 18:22