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Blue Skies and Fun Questions

Good day, everyone!  I was recently chosen by Dinodimare for the Blue Sky Tag, the rules being as follows:

  • Thank the person who tagged you: I already did this on her blog, but I’ll do it again because gratitude is nice. Thanks, Dino!
  • Answer their 11 questions: I shall, and I’ll enjoy it immensely.
  • Tag 11 people: Um…does four count?
  • Give them 11 questions to answer: Okay, I’ll do my best.

Continue reading Blue Skies and Fun Questions


The Liebster Award Strikes Again

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Dinodimare.  Much thanks!  As with all blogging awards, this one comes with a few rules:

  • Link back to the person who tagged you…done.
  • Answer all 11 of their questions.  I shall get to that in a moment.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 1000 readers and let them know you’ve nominated them.  Okay.  Sounds good.
  • And ask them 11 questions.  That should be fun! Continue reading The Liebster Award Strikes Again

The Duck’s Been Recognized…for the Blogger Recognition Award!

I was recently nominated by the most kind Dinodimare for the Blogger Recognition Award!  Thanks so much!  As is the case with all delightful blogging awards, there are a few little things I need to do: give two pieces of advice, tell how my blog got started, and nominate a few more deserving individuals.  Here I go. Continue reading The Duck’s Been Recognized…for the Blogger Recognition Award!

Really Bad Jokes

This is a pretty old post that’s been lying around on my computer for many, many months, so I thought I’d just get it published so I don’t have to look at the ugly thing anymore. It lists a few cruddy jokes I came up with, most of which are several versions of the exact same thing because I’m ridiculous like that. It’s really bad, but here it is…. Continue reading Really Bad Jokes

Merry Halloween

Good day, everyone, and I hope you had a holly jolly Halloween, even if this post is rather late for it. I don’t typically do a lot for this spookiest of holidays (plus, the costumes I have double as masquerade costumes and are handmade and take a good hour or two to put on, which isn’t really worth it, plus I might get stains, and then I might have to buy more body makeup, and…), but this year, I was really feeling in a Halloweeny mood. With the intention of having a scrumptious goose for Christmas, all Charles Dickens-like, and a delicious bass (or some other kind of large fish) for Thanksgiving (A fish for Thanksgiving? Blasphemy!), I thought I’d go all out with this trio of holidays and do something special for Halloween, as well. Continue reading Merry Halloween

Kitten Rentals

I have a really stupid idea for a business. It’s one I wish existed, but it’s still…really stupid. The idea is, well, you see…kitten rentals. That’s right, kitten rentals. Have you ever thought to yourself, I really want to snuggle with a great, big pile of kittens, without the commitment of purchasing copious amounts of the cottony felines? Well, I have. I have thought about this a lot, about as much as I obsess over my next visit to the bakery, which is also a lot, and there are times I have this overwhelming urge to just scoop up a zillion, large-headed, mewing kittens and snuggle with them. But, I see no practical way of doing this, aside from befriending someone in possession of a large number of kittens, whom you can use for a time for their kitteny goodness, and then fake your death once the kittens grow up and you have no need of their services anymore. Continue reading Kitten Rentals

The Duck Doesn’t Do the Cookin’ By the Book

Even though I hear that I “gotta”.  (While that title appears to be a reference to a song from the child’s TV show, “Lazy Town”, it is not.  Well, okay, it is, but only because it was mentioned in the wonderful “Kingdom Hearts” fan fic, “Those Lacking Spines”.)  Ahem, sometimes, I like to try my hand at baking.  But, to be quite honest, I’m not a very good chef.  At all.  I don’t know what I do wrong, because even if I follow all the directions, everything I cook usually turns out nothing like it should.  (My frozen pizzas taste like cinnamon.  What unholy sorcery is this?!)  Okay, maybe I do know sometimes why my concoctions turn out disturbing.  Maybe it’s because I…well, sometimes I skip directions.  I mean, how different can it be if I just stir in the egg or the butter without beating it first or whatever other sadistic thing they want me to do to it?  And okay, I guess that sometimes, maybe perhaps, I suppose I leave out an entire ingredient.  Like eggs.  But, hey, I didn’t have any eggs at the time, so back off!  Ahem, sorry.  So, I guess you can say that I like to experiment (if you want to put it nicely and not just go right out and say I’m just a failure at following directions).  I can be a bit of a mad scientist in the kitchen at times, well, not really, but a little bit, and as a result, I have baked some rather distressing creations.

Take my eggless cupcakes, for example.  I decided I’d try making cupcakes, and with it being one of those days my house was lacking in the pre-chicken department, I thought I’d replace the liquid for the eggs with milk.  Because replacing one product from the really cold aisle of the grocery store with another such item that is usually found nearby shouldn’t make much of a difference, now should it?  Well, we all know the answer to that question, but I’ll answer it anyway.  Wrong!  For some unexplainable reason, this did not work.  These cupcakes, while tasting okay, were also utterly destroyed upon removing them from their liners, as they were so…sticky.  Who knew replacing eggs with milk would make cupcakes like glue?  Well, I do now.  Luckily, my eggless peanut butter cookies turned out fine.  However, regular cookies turn out runny without eggs, I found. Continue reading The Duck Doesn’t Do the Cookin’ By the Book

100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 13: Misfortune

Today’s topic for the most exciting 100 theme challenge is #13, misfortune, and I suppose that makes sense, with it being #13 and all. Hmm, well, what do I have to say about misfortune? It’s certainly unfortunate, that much is for sure. Um, and it’s…bad…? Well, I’m certainly not going to get into some negative post about misfortune in my life because who wants to hear about that? And I also don’t mean, oh, woe is me, no one cares about my problems anyway. Now I’m starting to ramble….

You know what came to mind as I began thinking about this topic? Why is the number 13 supposed to be unfortunate? I hear they often don’t even have a 13th floor in some buildings as a result of this superstition, but who are they fooling? We all know the 14th floor really is the 13th. This is no secret. It certainly made no difference in Stephen King’s story about the evil room 1408. Even the room wasn’t fooled, and it’s an inanimate object. Or, to be more accurate, cube-ish shaped spaces of air contained by walls. And if walls could talk, they’d say, “Um, is it just me, or did the people who built this hotel not know how to count?” Don’t worry, sentient walls, we all noticed. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 13: Misfortune

Pet Names

I’m probably a bit of a weirdo, but I really like thinking up names for pets. It’s kind of a mini hobby of mine, even if it’s a bit pointless, considering I currently have no pets, I don’t plan on getting more, and even if I did, I just know I’ll never have enough critter-companions with which to assign all these names to. Nevertheless, I decided I’d get this surplus of names written down in a post so I could share the fun with you all.

First off, I have found that words for food always make good names for pets. It’s true. Don’t argue. I would like to name a pig Chorizo, but I don’t know what kind of creature should be called Schnitzel…. But, something should be. It would only be right. I also thought it would be rather hilarious to name a pair of pets Wasabi and Ginger, after that weird globby stuff you always get with sushi at Japanese restaurants. I also think Hombre, the Spanish word for “man”, would be a great name for a pet, though that one would obviously need to be reserved for a dude pet. And Clip Clop would be the perfect name for a horse, especially those little Shetland ponies (oh, my gosh, aren’t those adorable?!). And names of books of the Bible would be great, too. Especially 2 Timothy, which is made all the more awesome because I once had a cat named Timmy. So if I got another pet and named it the same thing, I could then dub it 2 Timothy. (I don’t think I’d want to name any pets Revelations, though. That book was far too terrifying.) And I also watch far too much “MST3K” (I’m not telling you what that stands for…), so I would totally love to name another pet pair Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank. Especially TV’s Frank. Is that not the greatest name ever? And yes, sometimes I also enjoy actual human names, as well. Some of my favorites for pets include Gertrude, Gretchen, Myrtle, Edmund, and such names as that. You know, the ones that aren’t used as often.

And my favorite names of all…titles, which I have saved for last. I would love to name a pet the Professor, or the Sherriff, or even the Doctor, which is also great because it’s like I’m naming it after Dr. Who, and who’s to say I’m not? More delightful names include the Colonel, the Lieutenant, Sarge, the General. And Cap’n. Or Captain, but Cap’n’s probably better. And the Duke, perhaps. And Baron Hair would be a great name for a pet adorned with copious amounts of fluff, while a lovely lady critter could be named Ma’am or Mademoiselle. Aw, I can just see dainty, little Mademoiselle now. So cute… Even if she’d probably be a bit snooty.

All right, so there you have it, even if this was a rather weird post. But, it was fun, right? The answer is yes! What about you? What kind of names do you like for pets?

Would it Be Weird to Name a Pet “the Duck”?

In Defense of Vultures

First off, a special announcement before my regularly scheduled, but unusually bizarre, post for this week.  United We Game has been working on our February community posts, where us admins and our many contributors all write posts on a single topic, this one being about levels from the “Super Mario Bros.” series.  We decided to do things a bit differently this time and have each of these articles posted on all the blogs of everyone contributing.  And so, starting Sunday, February 23, and continuing for the next eight days, this blog will be one of many to host these community posts, one post each day.  I hope you enjoy reading them!  (In case you’re curious, the Duck’s will be posted on Saturday, March 1.)

Anyway, my usual post…  Ahem, this may seem like a rather odd topic for a blog post, but after hearing the ill will long enough that people feel towards such creatures as vultures and buzzards, those scavengers that eat the bodies of the dead, I thought I needed to speak up in defense of these poor creatures.  I beseech you, society, pray tell why you dislike these poor creatures just because they eat the dead?  Humans eat dead animals, not typically ones that are still alive, and they are not looked down upon for it.  Would it be better if the vulture ate the living?  If they preyed upon the creatures that still moved about?  Would it be better if they hunted rabbits like the hawk or gazelles like the lion, creating fear in the hearts of their victims before they meet a grisly end?  Nay, to do such things is cruel, I say.  To chase down a creature that still has the breath of life in it is far more terrible a thing to do than to prey on that whose heart has already ceased beating.

The majestic vulture is not an evil creature.  I could argue that it is, in fact, a most kind creature, as it doesn’t inflict pain on the living like so many predators do.  They hurt no one, and they also work to clean up our planet by recycling and making use of the bodies of things that have perished.  Oh, mighty vulture, I do not have any quarrel with you.  Nay, I say society does you a disservice, looking down their noses at you like you are some criminal.  You did not kill that poor creature; nay, man did with their vehicular transports, only to leave it there to rot.  Why is it so wrong if the vulture comes and cleans it away?  The creature has met an unlucky end, but at least its demise was not for nothing.

And so, dear readers, after reading this most bizarre of posts, I ask that you give the vulture and those similar to it a second chance.  They are not so vile a creature as people make them out to be.  Just as us ducks don’t leave droppings around ponds as much as you think.  That’s the geese.

The Duck, Friend of Carrion-Eaters Everywhere