Lindsay Harris Friel

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Our dog trainer, Amanda, said that we need to put Symone "on a down" more often. This means that when I plan to sit and relax or work, I should put Symone's leash on her and step on the leash. This causes Symone to lie down and relax. 
So now every morning we sit on the front porch while I drink my coffee for about 15 minutes and Symone watches the world go by. If I don't do it right after Vince leaves for work, she runs back & forth to and from the door. 

I had to buy her a special bed for outside. Her favorite part is when the kids next door come outside to leave for school. 

She doesn't bark or anything, she just watches them.  She really likes kids, but she'd jump all over them if we let her. Their faces would be thoroughly licked. 

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Probably someone should step on my leash every once in a while.
It’s the craziest thing, but the trainer and her whole company swear by it. Remove options, and they relax and go to sleep.
You helped me connect some dots. When I try to meditate lately, all I can think about is what I “should” be doing right now, i.e., “you’re so lazy why aren’t you cleaning the litter boxes.” What I tell myself is, you can fo this for ten minutes.
Now what I can tell myself is, your leash is stepped on.
 

And now: The Virtual Husky Tug Simulator. 

Ever wanted to play tug with a Siberian Husky, but didn't have time? Or a Husky? No more! Now you can pretend to play tug with a husky for a whole ten seconds. Get a simulation of the excitement and danger of the likelihood of hitting yourself in the face with a stuffed moose wrapped around a knotted rope, without bruising!  Raise your heart rate without the possibility of having your fingers nipped! It's ten seconds of fun for the whole family! 

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Love it.
Hey, I just sent you an email. :)
Don't think I got that one.
Weird. I sent it to Tommy b Goode. Is there a Tommy B Goode impostor on the Internet? Raised Eyebrow!
 

Look out, Rogan! Ted’s brand new podcast is live. 
https://lifeinthetedlane.buzzsprout.com

In other news: Symone decided to lie down far from our bed, close to the door. Sort of weird (she usually likes to be close to our bed, or in her own), but maybe it's cooler over there. 

Thrym decided to abandon Vince's lap and go relax with her for a bit. Not a great picture: it's dark-ish and I had to zoom a lot to avoid distracting them. Maybe peace is possible? 

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I really like listening to this! I'm supposed to be doing billing for my client, but I've been joyfully distracted. "If you liked this show, tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell people you like, tell people you hate, tell all the people on the earth about our show." I just finished Episode 1, and I'm gonna take a break to send out some invoices, and then imma devour episode two.

I find it really interesting and neat to hear Ted talk about his experiences, observations, and feelings about autism. He's a neat guy, and you are a glorious chick.
OK, I just did that laugh/cough/snot thing when he said "The Genghis to my Khan." I'm dead.
I know, I was shocked. he actually said it four times to make sure he was saying it right, we had to edit it pretty carefully. and, all four times I was sitting there with my jaw hanging open.
I saw "Wilmington, Delaware" on the Buzzsprout stats, and got all excited. I knew it had to be you.
Subscribed, and very much looking forward to it!
Wheee! Yes! It's like we can be there for you on the road!
 

Wish I had something more interesting to tell you. Here are some cat pictures. 

More importantly: how are you? 

What's your favorite knock knock joke? 

What's your favorite lightbulb joke? 

Did you know that there's an entire subculture of people who do face painting? 

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I’m dopey today but it’s self inflicted. On my way to see my brother.

Knock knock!

Who’s there?

Interrupting cow.

Interru- MOOOO MOO MOO MOO 🐮

How many Monty Python fans does it take to change a light bulb?

AFRICAN OR EUROPEAN? HAR HAR HAR WHAT DON’T YOU LOVE THEM TOO
It’s funny because it’s true!
Once upon a time I was at a party I wasn’t enjoying, but not enough to actually leave. It was a mildly boring party that might improve if given half a chance. A guy wearing a fedora and suspenders arrived, someone announced that he was hilarious, the funniest guy in the world, and the guy proceeded to launch into his own rapid fire repetition of the “what have the Romans ever done for us?” scene from Life of Brian. I say “repetition” rather than “rendition” or “performance,” because it was an emotionless yet otherwise verbatim repeating of the entire scene. Other than its accuracy, the most memorable aspects of this speech was that he did it with two un-ignorable speech impediments.
“… apawt from the thanitathion, the medithine, educathin, wine, public ouadaw, iwigathin, woads, a fresth wataw system, and public health, what have the Woemans ever done for us?”

I left the party very soon after that, silently swearing never to quote Monty Python ever again.

Yet, somewhere, I know that this story would make John Cleese very happy, to know his hard work continues to torture many to this day.
 

I think we might need to have a talk about The Eileen Fisher Spring Collection. I can't stop thinking about it. 

It's a lot of linen pajama looking stuff. Part of me says, well, yes, this is everything I want to wear when it gets warm out. But, I don't live in a bubble. Are these clothes that will keep me from boiling inside when it's 95 degrees and 95% humidity? Will they hold up while doing apocalypse activities, like growing my own food, tending my chickens, barricading my windows and fighting off bands of roving marauders? Also, those prices make me hyperventilate. But, I'm looking at some of this stuff and thinking, I could make that. 

I think Eileen Fisher needs to accessorize this with a tool belt for apocalypse tasks. yes, the clothing has pockets, but I'm going to need something more robust to hang my gardening tools and weapons. 

I might need to make a Pinterest board for this. 

Does this mean my executive function is bad, or good? Which section of my Eisenhower Matrix do I put this into? Important but not urgent, I guess. 

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I tend to think that linen clothing, all by itself, is apocalyptic. I hate linen. The only time it ever looks great is before you put it on.

There's a category in my head called, "Shit designed for rich people." The alternate title is, "Shit that will enslave you because you're not rich enough to exploit someone else to take care of it." And it's FILLED with stuff like linen, or glass shower enclosures, or intricately carved woodwork. All the things that only look beautiful with constant PITA maintenance.
Anne Mollo 3/8edited
Truth. I’ve owned a couple of linen skirts that I loved but they always looked like I was wearing a crumpled paper towel.
I'm the voice of dissent here, I love linen and seersucker, the perfect summer fabrics. Both acceptable looking a little wrinkled. Maybe that's part of why I like them. It's possible that they work better for men's clothing though, standards are so much lower.
I mentioned this to Dr. Fig, and she sent me photos of prisoners in Chinese labor camps. But I like feeling all easy breezy & stuff. even if I am wrinkly.
I never knew the source of the urgent-important matrix, that bit of history is an added bonus.
 
 

I dreamt that Mrs. Hudson was the actual genius behind Sherlock Holmes and Watson's success. You can probably imagine this. She would bring the tea tray in, fuss with the set, keep Sherlock and Watson in the room so Sherlock could ask questions, she'd tip him off with a lift of her eyebrow or a coded teaspoon maneuver when the client dropped vital information. she'd plump the couch cushions, bake the best biscuits, make the coziest spaces for people to confess in. Or, she'd have Watson follow her to the kitchen, where she'd give him a full rundown of where to go, who to question and how, what evidence to gather, where to find it and, if it wasn't there, then exactly where it was, what conclusions to draw. 

Maybe I did need that extra nap, after all. 

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8/14 '21 5 Comments
Mrs. Hudson was great. "Not your housekeeper!" The backstory about a seedy life in Miami that remained mostly a mystery.
Chris Herdt 8/15 '21
I LOVED THAT so much. I can't remember what the exact exchange was, something about how Sherlock helped her out when her husband was going to be executed for murder.
"oh, you prevented it?"
"no, I ensured it."
Y'all remember Remington Steele, yeah? I think your version would be better, with it's Murder She Wrote / Mrs Marple vibe. Especially if Mrs Hudson was super super sweet but the way she handled a knife in the kitchen you know she'd cut you if provoked. I'd watch it, hell yeah.
Sean M Puckett 8/14 '21
Maggie Smith, Matt Smith, and Dev Patel?
Sean M Puckett 8/14 '21
YES.

Did you know, apparently Matt Smith auditioned to play Watson? I can’t remember where I learned that.
 

Can't believe the audience doesn't give that guy a little more respect for hitting that note. 

Also, yes, I'm getting psyched for the Foo Fighters new album. 

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6/18 '21 1 Comment
I feel like there was just *this* much awkwardness on his side that maybe it put the audience off. But, he really did do a beautiful job when he got to that note. I love this song.
Karen Kuhl 6/21 '21
 

I got a flu shot at CVS. It was easier than posting on Facebook. 
I went to CVS.com, answered about 10 questions about symptoms (basically I clicked  "no COVID-19 symptoms" about 10 times), then I clicked on an appointment time and said, yeah, I'll show up. 
I went to CVS, waited, then I sat in a room with a nurse, she asked me if I had any questions, checked my ID and insurance, and gave me the shot. Done. 
Easy peasy.

If you haven't, and you can, get one. 

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11/17 '20 4 Comments
I keep kicking myself because I haven't yet. It's on my list.
Do you need me to Shia Shout DO IT at you?
Dude! You're more at risk than the rest of us. Today.
Thomas Boutell 11/18 '20
Um. Now. Please.
Anne Mollo 11/18 '20
 

I've been smelling decaying leaves all morning, but now I just got this combined with a whiff of someone's hearty beef with vegetable soup. It's not my favorite soup, it's probably Campbell's Chunky, but damn if I am not here to tell you that this smell is bringing me joy today. 

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10/2 '20 2 Comments
I...I got that reference!

After grabbing every album, EP, CD Single, and circulating bootleg through _Boys for Pele_, I missed a crapton of stuff, and literally dove in to check out her newer material this past weekend. She never skipped a beat. No pun intended.
Paul Lord 10/7 '20
YES! The meanderings of my brain are not completely irrelevant!