(J)okes (K)ill (L)izards

So. Still trying to catch up to the letters I left behind when I was sick. I asked my buddy Jessica for topics for J, K, and L – with bonus points if they all worked into one post, and this is what she came up with.

Which is kinda funny (pun totally intended), because I was already thinking about writing about jokes. So here I go. I’m not really sure how lizards work in yet.

Wait. Wait. Figured it out.

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I was thinking about jokes the other day, and about how so many jokes are made at the expense of others – let’s say lizards. Someone makes a joke riffing on lizards and their lizardiness. Everyone laughs. Maybe even the lizard in the back of the room laughs. Because, come on, the joke was funny, right?

But.

Do we have to make our jokes at the expense of the lizards? I mean, maybe the joke really hurt that lizard’s feelings, but he laughed anyway, because that’s what you do when someone tells a joke.

Please, please, let’s just think about what we are saying when we joke. Are we laughing alongside someone, or are we actually laughing at the expense of that person? Or lizard. Or whatever.

Just something that’s been on my mind.

(E)xcitement (F)angirl (G)uilty pleasure

Oy. Monster came home from school last week with a bit of a sniffle. I hadn’t been sleeping well for a week at this point, so I knew my immune system wasn’t doing great. So I wasn’t surprised at all when I got sick. I was surprised though when Monster only ever had the sniffles, and a couple coughs, and was totally better two days later…and then both Geek Husband and I were totally wiped out for days. It definitely hit us harder.

Anyway. I’m back up and running at about 75% now, and that’s good enough for me! So how about I cheat on catching up to the A-Z Challenge by putting three letters all in one post? Good.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I loathe the phrase guilty pleasure. Why should anyone feel guilty about something that brings them joy? Seriously, embrace the things you love, people! Get geeky about it. Fangirl a little bit. Or a lot bit. Why are we ashamed or embarrassed or whatever about the things we enjoy? I mean, isn’t that just silly?

(I mean…I guess if the thing you really like is illegal or, um, super immoral, then sure, go ahead and be guilty about it. Or, yanno, just don’t do it.)

So, for the sake of full disclosure: I love Dawson’s Creek. Like, full on fan-girl love it. I’ve probably seen the entire series start to finish fifteen times. At least. And partial watches? Too many to count. It’s the perfect show to put in the background to write. Because, hello? I write contemporary young adult fiction. And Dawson’s Creek pretty much owns contemporary young adult fiction.

Also. Team Pacey. Always.

Pacey and Joey

(“I remember everything.”)

How about you? What is something you get fangirl excited about?