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My friend Arricca sent me some valentines she found at her parents’ house (her mother recently died). One from me to her and one from her to me. I asked her these questions about them:-why do you have one TO me? did you never send it? did I give it back?-why does it have an onion on it, and a smaller, unidentified vegetable (looks like a red potato with celery coming out of it), saying “you’re ‘special’”, with the “special” in quotes. are onions inherently special? and you wrote “1980” on the back, also with quotes.-how come you say “your friend” while I say “love”? were you noncommittal?-why did I spell “friend” wrong? I was a spelling champ. what the hell? who can’t spell friend??please solve these mysteries!p.s. I would argue that I cannot be improved upon. at least at that time, when I apparently could NOT SPELL FRIENDMy friend Arricca sent me some valentines she found at her parents’ house (her mother recently died). One from me to her and one from her to me. I asked her these questions about them:-why do you have one TO me? did you never send it? did I give it back?-why does it have an onion on it, and a smaller, unidentified vegetable (looks like a red potato with celery coming out of it), saying “you’re ‘special’”, with the “special” in quotes. are onions inherently special? and you wrote “1980” on the back, also with quotes.-how come you say “your friend” while I say “love”? were you noncommittal?-why did I spell “friend” wrong? I was a spelling champ. what the hell? who can’t spell friend??please solve these mysteries!p.s. I would argue that I cannot be improved upon. at least at that time, when I apparently could NOT SPELL FRIEND

My friend Arricca sent me some valentines she found at her parents’ house (her mother recently died). One from me to her and one from her to me. I asked her these questions about them:

-why do you have one TO me? did you never send it? did I give it back?

-why does it have an onion on it, and a smaller, unidentified vegetable (looks like a red potato with celery coming out of it), saying “you’re ‘special’”, with the “special” in quotes. are onions inherently special? and you wrote “1980” on the back, also with quotes.

-how come you say “your friend” while I say “love”? were you noncommittal?

-why did I spell “friend” wrong? I was a spelling champ. what the hell? who can’t spell friend??

please solve these mysteries!

p.s. I would argue that I cannot be improved upon. at least at that time, when I apparently could NOT SPELL FRIEND


Yesterday, in addition to some terribawful stuff I still haven’t resolved, I discovered that Rocco has fleas. For the first time in his life, and the first time I’d had to deal with them in…a few decades, maybe? The vet’s office gave me a pill that works immediately and kills the fleas (but only stays in the pet’s system for 24 hours), but made him very anxious and super-scratchy for several hours as they died off. Then a topical solution that will last a month. Then a spray for rugs, bedding, etc. I sprayed, I vacuumed. I haven’t yet done laundry because…laundromat. And he’s been especially clingy since the pill, though no longer anxious. Here he is, next to me right now. It’s an ongoing process that I hope we’ll be done with soon. Fuck fleas. And terribawful news. Yesterday, in addition to some terribawful stuff I still haven’t resolved, I discovered that Rocco has fleas. For the first time in his life, and the first time I’d had to deal with them in…a few decades, maybe? The vet’s office gave me a pill that works immediately and kills the fleas (but only stays in the pet’s system for 24 hours), but made him very anxious and super-scratchy for several hours as they died off. Then a topical solution that will last a month. Then a spray for rugs, bedding, etc. I sprayed, I vacuumed. I haven’t yet done laundry because…laundromat. And he’s been especially clingy since the pill, though no longer anxious. Here he is, next to me right now. It’s an ongoing process that I hope we’ll be done with soon. Fuck fleas. And terribawful news.

Yesterday, in addition to some terribawful stuff I still haven’t resolved, I discovered that Rocco has fleas. For the first time in his life, and the first time I’d had to deal with them in…a few decades, maybe? The vet’s office gave me a pill that works immediately and kills the fleas (but only stays in the pet’s system for 24 hours), but made him very anxious and super-scratchy for several hours as they died off. Then a topical solution that will last a month. Then a spray for rugs, bedding, etc. I sprayed, I vacuumed. I haven’t yet done laundry because…laundromat. And he’s been especially clingy since the pill, though no longer anxious. Here he is, next to me right now. It’s an ongoing process that I hope we’ll be done with soon. Fuck fleas. And terribawful news.