Random Monday

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• This absolutely terrific post from the Freedom to Learn blog – The Most Basic Freedom is the Freedom to Quit.

• This post – What We Did When Our Son Was Failing School.

• Last week was my birthday.


I am now 42, which I recall from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, Everything. I need to make sure and remind my family of that. Perhaps it will give me a little extra cachet.

• Jim gave me a sewing machine, which I am SUPER EXCITED about! Meet Bernie –


I did a ton of research and polled all my sewing friends and determined that this is the machine for me. It has enough features to allow me to grow, but it wasn’t so expensive that I will feel like an abject failure if I don’t morph into an expert seamstress in the next three months. Oh! And she was ON SALE! Which, as you know, is the way into my tight-fisted little heart.

• My dear friend, Tressa, sent me this card –


– and for some reason felt compelled to emblazon the outside the envelope with “42.” This undoubtedly devastated the poor mailman who I feel sure thought I was barely 30 and was almost certainly working up the courage to start a flirtation with me.


• Happy Monday, y’all! Link up with your own Randomness below!

6 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Happy Birthday last week, Deb! Wishing you super abundant cachet.

  2. Tressa Says:

    I wrote all over the envelope just in case you couldn’t remember how old you are. You know, because you are getting up there in years.

    I read your first link. I am not sure that I agree with the author. I do agree that school is like a prison that kids can’t quit, but I think he is romanticizing (is that how you spell that?) the hunter gather societies. I doubt that they are the near perfect societies that he is making them out to be.

    Congratulations on the new sewing machine! That is a pretty one!
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Random Monday`

  3. Kristy Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! I suck for not sending a card. And I have a cabinet full of them. Oh well, maybe next year.

    Nice machine. I hope that you get lots of use out of it. My MIL just told me yesterday that she is bringing me some fabric to make her chair cushions for Christmas. Uhm, thanks for asking, MIL…it’s just what I wanted to do. And actually, I’m not sure that I’m even capable of doing it.

  4. Sarah Says:

    Happy Birthday!

    That card is hilarious. I have sung that song with those lyrics many times. : )

  5. Karen@Candid Diversions Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Mine is Sunday. I will not be 42. But those silver hairs are starting to appear with annoying regularity. 😉

    Is it even legal for mailmen to be barely 30? Ours are always approximately 58 with sub-par personal hygiene skills.
    Karen@Candid Diversions´s last blog post ..Weekend Links – May 11, 2013

  6. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! I have a month or so to go before I’m no longer the Ultimate Answer To Life, the Universe and Everything. Then I’m pretty sure I’m just old.

    I’d be lusting after your sewing machine except that as it happens I got a new one for my birthday last year. You know how anniversaries have a specific gift? Maybe 42 requires sewing machines.