Author Archives: TheSmirkingCat

About TheSmirkingCat

I am endlessly trying to make sense of a world that has completely and unapologetically lost its mind.

Never Forget

Nothing I write here could even touch on what I am feeling and remembering about that day, or properly honor the heroes of that day.  I just pray we honestly never forget.

Posted in honor, sad, September 11, 2001, United States of America | Leave a comment

Scarecrows and Straw Bales

You know those people who swoon over sun, live for the summer, can’t get enough of sand and heat, and get high on a mere whiff of coconut-scented sunscreen?  Well, I’m not one of them. I have never cared for … Continue reading

Posted in annoying people, decorating, fall, ugly things | 2 Comments

What Not to Be

The older and wiser (and grumpier and stiffer) I get, the more I realize that this quote is true: some people are terrific examples of how to act, what to do, how to be…and the only reason some other people … Continue reading

Posted in kids deserve better, life, my kids, Role model | Leave a comment

Old Time’s Sake

When I was invited out for pizza with several co-workers years and years ago, who knew where it would lead?  I noticed, as soon as I arrived (late), that an empty seat had been left strategically across from Gary, who … Continue reading

Posted in anniversary, Gary, in love, love, my husband, our kids, sentimental | 3 Comments

I Hate Cold Shoulder Tops

I have never followed fashion trends.  When I was a kid, I leaned toward Wonder Woman t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers, and here we are, over 40 years later, and absolutely nothing has changed!  I am a consistent wily rascal. Sometimes, … Continue reading

Posted in clothes, fashion slaves, grrrrrr, things I hate | 5 Comments

Love Their Mother

While searching for good Father’s Day quotes and images, I repeatedly came across this one: It invariably made me roll my eyes with the unquestioned assumption that the children’s mother is actually lovable to start with, and the unspoken but … Continue reading

Posted in alienating parents suck, divorce, Father's Day, fathers, immature people, lies, love, our kids | 1 Comment

My %$@!^&*% Hockey Team

Remember how excited I was when my hockey team actually made the Stanley Cup play-offs?  Remember how thrilled I was when they didn’t get swept in 4 games and hung in there through the first 2 rounds, and how I … Continue reading

Posted in hockey, Stanley Cup playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Lightning suck | 1 Comment