It Was, Admittedly, Counterproductive

Working on “Alex Byrnes Is a Double-Crossing Weasel” and generally ignoring my blog–and my actual novels. In totally unrelated news, here are two items of interest to no one:

  1. I forgot that St. Patty’s Day was this Sunday, but accidentally (and fortunately) wore my spring-green raincoat because of the weather. Most of the parents in church had some sort of green token on as a shield against their children, and that sparked an old memory: when I was in elementary school, I would wear only a tiny piece of green and make sure it was hidden, hoping beyond hope that I would fool one of my classmates into pinching me for not wearing any green; at which point I would dramatically reveal the spot of color and then get to pinch them back. Yeah, I didn’t really think that one through.
  2. Early Sunday afternoon I made muffins, and by 8 p.m. I had eaten the tops off of a quarter of the pan after realizing, to my sudden, dawning delight, that there was no one to stop me.
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8 Responses to It Was, Admittedly, Counterproductive

  1. Your Local Friendly IT Guy says:

    The power! THE UNADULTERATED POWER of being responsible for yourself and only yourself. Hooray. 😛

    • Your Local Friendly IT Guy says:

      Usually for me it ended up being the devastatingly glorious decision to not even open a can of condensed soup, add water, and microwave as that would be way too much work for supper time.

  2. The Sister says:

    Your niece kept nervously asking when the pinching was going to start. I don’t think she understood the concept that wearing green would keep her safe.

    • Your Local Friendly IT Guy says:

      It really is a pretty messed up tradition. I’m glad I’ve gotten to the point that people aren’t going to accost me for not wearing any green. (Mostly because I have very little green in my wardrobe.)

      • Your Local Friendly IT Guy says:

        But now that I read the post again, guess it will probably become a problem for me again once the kids get a little older. :/

        • A.L. Schultz says:

          Undoubtedly! The vicar and his wife both point to the green things they had on (a wristband and a beaded necklace, respectively) and rolled their eyes. Their daughters were wearing the cutest sparkly green bow-clips though.

    • A.L. Schultz says:

      Poor thing. Maybe she’ll get it next year, at which point her little brother will be the one uncertain how the pinching thing works.

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