The COVID Diaries: The Deep Heat of a Fleeting Crush

Dear Darling Ones, Every time I login to the WordPress Dashboard for I Will Dare I get the top searches of the day. Most of the time it’s about Tootsie Pop flavor rankings, Dawson’s Creek, or being a 6’5″ woman. However, today one of the top searches is “you fucking assholes ruining everything.” I don’t think I’ve been prouder of anything in all of 2020….

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The COVID Diaries: The Most Boring

Dear Darling Ones, I read two books this weekend(ish). I think I started book #1 on Friday and finished book #2 today. Both of these books had characters named Ann(i)e, a cheating husband named Graham, characters who owned a bookstore, and characters who worked in publish. It’s a lot for two books to have in common, isn’t it? One was a quiet, lovely contemporary lit…

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The COVID Diaries: The Best I Ever Made

Dear Darling Ones, Despite the pandemic, I have reinstituted Family Dinner. It’s on a much smaller scale now, since Sister #3 has chosen to be estranged. Estrange herself? I don’t know the terminology. She has chosen, for reasons unbeknownst to me, to cut her sisters out her and The Tibbles lives. You know this already, right? I don’t want to get into it because it’s…

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I, a Woman, Have Some Thoughts on The Replacements’ Fourth(ish) Best Album

Here’s the thing with all The Replacements’ jibber jabber going around about books and movies and the reissues. . . the only people they ever talk to are white dudes who, shockingly, have zero new things to say about the ‘Mats that hasn’t been said about a floppily jillion times before. Westerdudes annoy the crap out of me. Unless I already love them and/or find…

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The COVID Diaries: Bumper Buddies

Dear Darling Ones, The other night when I mentioned my penchant for tipping over the couch and watching TikTok to the Black Sheep I also mentioned that I’m not sure if I’m bored or depressed. It hadn’t occurred to me that I might be both. Oh, and for the record, I still don’t know. Work is really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really,…

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The COVID Diaries: A Light Grey Blizzard

Hello Darling Ones, Last night, kind of spur of the moment, the Black Sheep (my writing group) had a little zoom call to catch up on what’s-a-goin’-on in these unprecedented times. It’s been months since we last caught up with each other. I’m not kidding you when I say seeing all their faces made me want to cry with happiness. Aside from BFK, who after…

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The COVID Diaries: Model Citizen, Zero Discipline

Oh Darling Ones, We lost Eddie Van Halen today and hooboy his death has hit me right in the nostalgia feels. The scenes of my life soundtracked by Van Halen songs are flashing right before my eyes. Blink and I’m in Capone’s Arcade the summer of 1984. While I played I played Slade’s “Run, Runaway;” Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time;” and The Clash’s “Rock…

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The COVID Diaries: Thick Thighs Save Lives

Dear Darling Ones, I know you are eagerly anticipating all my TikTok thoughts, epiphanies, and other keen observations, but I’m still fucking exhausted and those things are gonna require a little more thought than I have the energy to give them at the moment. So, instead, in true SpinsterFormTM, I’m gonna talk about my cat. MY CAT! I’ve come a long way since my biggest…

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The COVID Diaries: Cry

Dear Darling Ones, I have a shitty, throbbing headache brought on by a combination of dehydration and a salty dinner. I cried a whole bunch today — buckets and buckets of tears. Nothing catastrophic happened. It’s just I had a really rough night sleep and today’s my niece Jaycie’s 23rd birthday and I finished up watching the final season of “Schitt’s Creek.” My emotions couldn’t…

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