So I think I mentioned I have this beanie baby hamster thingy. I acquired him several years ago, and he’s been sitting on my desk as a sort of unofficial mascot as long as I’ve worked here. The kids seem to like him; sometimes they ask if they can have him (no.). Staff members like to arrange him in poses, give him props, bring other stuffies to sit next to him, and on occasion, perform nefarious deeds such as Kidnappings or Concealments.
Having absolutely no ideas for a February blog project, I’ve decided to make February the month of Pellet. I’ll be sharing some of his adventures and pictures. The picture above is Pellet’s current pose, looking at me over my monitor. One of the interns balanced him on the very narrow top edge of the screen and when he got jostled he performed some kind of beanbag-butt-backwards magic flip and lodged here:
And there he’ll stay until his next outing. Stay tuned for the next exciting installment of Pellet in High School!
McSweeney’s humor writing is one of those magic treatments that can improve the worst day – kind of like the Swedish Chef. This gem in Short Imagined Monologues is still making me giggle. A couple of years ago, some genius over there at the Internet Tendency thought it would be a swell idea to collect the really, really, really funny stuff and put it in portable paper form as Created In Darkness By Troubled Americans. This is great, because I can carry it around in my bag. Kind of an aspirin for the soul. Travel-size endorphins, accessible at will.
Grab a copy, and immerse yourself in lists (Words That Would Make Nice Names for Babies, If It Weren’t for Their Unsuitable Meanings; Canceled Regional Morning TV Shows). Or maybe a nerd diatribe (On the Implausibility of the Death Star’s Trash Compactor). In case you’re not already convinced by these three titles alone (and don’t forget the read the Steampunk monologue linked above), here’s a sample list (lists are my favorite McSweeneyism – they’re so efficient):
Subjects My Dad Doesn’t Like and Will Discuss At Length If Raised
by Kate Harris
The blue rug my mother bought for the front room
People borrowing things from his shed
The motion picture Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Sugar that has been spilled on the kitchen tiles
The fact that the cat is putting on weight
Odors that can’t be explained