Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Gender Neutral German Name

A nice international name?

A conversation which might have happened after a sneeze. Now I want to know if that word is truly gender neutral, since many words in other languages have gender (like table in Spanish is 'mesa' which is feminine). Per this site it is feminine, so I guess it's not truly neutral. But either way, it would not be a good name for a child. Maybe for a cat with allergies. Scratch that (haha), it would be an excellent name for a cat with allergies. Good luck with spelling that name on any forms though. I double-checked the spelling to ensure I didn't make a typo in the comic. 

L: We could name our kid Gesundheit - it's gender neutral.
M: Well, I agree with the second half of that. 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Names Starting with E


One of these names is not like the others

One of these names is not like the others :) I couldn't resist adding my favorite bird into the lineup. 
My friend's due date is today and she has already shared the name of her kiddo so is not in need of any suggestions but I figured it wouldn't hurt to do another short series on names. 

To explain the comic, the first person has a picture of her children (3 kids and a dog). The second person thinks Emu is the dog since it's not a normal human name while the others are. The first person corrects the misinterpretation by saying Emmett is the dog, which means her kids are named Ella, Emma, and Emu. 

A: Here's a picture of my children - Ella, Emma, Emu, and Emmett. 
B: WHAT?! Oh, three kids and a dog, nice.
A: Yeah, Emmett's a good dog. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sam With the Green Eggs

Not every Sam will offer you green eggs and ham

 Many kids like Doctor Seuss and also many kids make unexpected connections. I have happy memories of reading Dr. Seuss books as a kid and also memorizing at least one for a Reader's Theatre (I wasn't doing the performing - my sister was - but I had to sit through all the rehearsals and ended up memorizing all their parts). And there's a game that would be played at my church's VBS called 'Cat in the Hat' which was kind of like musical chairs but instead of music, the leader would read the book 'The Cat in the Hat' and when certain words were said, kids would have to move and a chair would be removed. But helping with that game enough times got me to memorize at least the beginning of that book. 

A: And this is Uncle Lucas' friend Sam.
S: Hi!
E: I don't want green eggs.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

CoVid Screening for Telehealth Visit

Viruses can be computer transmitted

 I have to complete a CoVid screening before any in-person doctor appointments and it's just a short questionnaire about do I have it, am I waiting to know if I have it, do I live with someone who has it, etc... But I was going for a telehealth visit and it said I needed to fill out a questionnaire and I thought up this comic because that'd just be ridiculous but the questionnaire was actually about my health and family health pertaining to the visit so it was not ridiculous. But I still made a comic about my first impression. Also my doctor couldn't figure out the telehealth system so he ended up just calling me which worked fine because it was a consult and you can do that over the phone, no extra technology needed. 

L: I have a virtual visit with my doctor today.
M: Have you completed the CoVid screening?
L: Right, because computers can transmit viruses. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

From the Bottom of My Heart


Happy Valentine's Day from the bottom of my heart

Sometimes you just want to draw things literally - except the heart is the cartoony type because (a) this is a cartoon/comic and (b) anatomical hearts are difficult to draw and look weird. Actually drawing any internal organ is either difficult or ambiguous since most people don't know what internal organs look like. But if you play the game Organ Attack you could learn! Also the author of that game has a comic and is very good at drawing cute internal organs. 

*Heart with text in the bottom of it*: Happy Valentine's Day
Subtitle: from the bottom of my heart

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Peanuts Gallery

 Nobody wants to hear from the Peanuts Gallery

I did my best to draw Charles Schulz's characters, and here they are in my style (a little more filled out since they just didn't work as stick figures). Do you know where the term 'peanut gallery' originates? If you clicked the link, you now know! It apparently is debated if the comic strip's name is related to the popular phrase. I always liked reading the Sunday comics in the paper, especially the Peanuts strip. 

C: Nobody wants our comments.
P: They tell us to be quiet.
S: *sad face*

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Unscented Deodorant


Scentless doesn't make scents

I actually prefer unscented with most things because I like to be more neutral, and also just everything wants to have its own scent from laundry detergents to soaps and hygiene items. No need to layer on all those flavors, just stick to like one and call it good. Also, many people are irritated by the fake scents to when I do go with scented, I like to find ones that use essential oils or other natural means rather than fabricated scents. It's an uphill battle though with reading lots of labels. 

A: Who uses unscented deodorant? That just... doesn't make scents :) 
B: *facepalm*

Sunday, February 7, 2021

In The Yes


Being in the yes means you're not in the know

I don't recall what sparked this one but I think it was just hearing someone talk about being in the know and since 'know' and 'no' sound the same, this comic happened. Not sure if I'll get around to using this in an actual conversation but you are very welcome to do so and tell me about the success of it. 

Also, Happy Birthday to my niece and Happy belated Birthday to my brother-in-law!

A: He's in the yes.
B: What??
A: It means he's not in the know. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Carnivorous Dessert

 Mousse is tasty

Mousse looks like 'mouse' but sounds like 'moose' so that's just confusing. I don't remember when I thought up this pun but I'm probably not the first person to do so. I think I have a similar comic from a while ago (thought up at my previous job) - let me look for it. Here it is! When I was last in CT, my grandmother made an amazing chocolate mousse and it was so tasty (but everything she makes is tasty). I didn't eat all of my serving because I realized even with a dairy pill, it was still loaded with lactose and I didn't want to get ill right before my return trip home. But it was super tasty. 

L: What is a carnivore's favorite dessert?
M: Do they even eat dessert?

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Movie Time


Time for the movie, but not time to pick the movie

Happy February to all! Happy Birthday to those born in this month, like my father-in-law, nephew, a few nieces, cousin, uncle, and the list really does go on - it's a popular month for birthdays!

This was an actual discussion from an evening recently. I believe we settled on a new TV series, possibly this is when we found Forged in Fire which, while Netflix only has one season and it's not the first and they start with a recap two-part champion episode so that was confusing, we have enjoyed watching it. Watching crafty people do their thing is enjoyable, even if one of the blacksmiths took a dig at crocheter. 

M: It's only 8pm - we have time for a movie!
L: But we don't have time to PICK a movie!
M: Yeah...

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Everything Bagels are the Best

Liking everything doesn't mean liking everything

My sister got me the famous EBTB seasoning as part of my Christmas gift, and it is AMAZING because everything bagels are my favorite and now I can have everything toast and everything anything! It seems fairly easy to make on your own if you're not up to swinging by Trader Joe's for it. And people have lists of what it's good on, which is a wide variety of things! 

Disclaimer: This one is based on a conversation and not an actual scenario because my Mark knows me better that this (I do like blueberry bagels but everything ones are my favorite). Chocolate chip bagels served warm are also really good - I got those a lot during my Panera days in college. But I don't think chocolate and everything seasoning is a good mix. 

L: Why did you get me a blueberry bagel? I asked for - 
M: You said you liked everything so I just picked one at random.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Hair Styles By My Brother

Or lack thereof

 A discussion on hairstyles happened while I visited family and this lovely image was imagined. I hope this was never a thing but I'm a little curious yet scared to look it up. Well, I did not make it through this article but apparently the dual party look was a thing. Ew. Please don't do that.

N: I'd like a mohawk in the front, and a mullet in the back.
L: So a party in the front, and a different party in the back? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Faxing Phones

Classic modem noise

Happy almost Birthday to my Brother! (not the one in this comic)
We had a conversation about printing out emails and somehow it devolved into a discussion on fax machines and this interaction happened between my brother and mom. And I just went down a rabbit hole trying to find a good onomatopoeia for that sound and I'm pretty sure that xkcd had it in a mouse-over for a comic but I cannot find it. The closest I found is: urrrr EEEE urrr NNNGGGG CRRRRcrrrr KEEEEEEE grrr nnnnnng Ah, the sound of the 90's. Reminds me of playing games off a floppy disc. 

Li: You have a fax machine on your phone?!?
Lu: ... Yes, Mom. *modem noise*

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Lord of the Rings OSHA

Clearly we don't need any railings

My brother had the idea to watch the Lord of the Rings over Christmas break, and it had been a while since I had last seen them. It was nice to rewatch them - they are still great movies after all these years. They went all out on the set designs with the lofty ceilings and the arching walkways and somehow little to no railings. Everyone must have such good balance. 

I had to look it up since I knew the initials but not what they actually stood for - OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Title: Watching Lord of the Rings
L: Middle Earth has no OSHA.
M: OSHA does not inspect after orcs overrun the place. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Addictive Non-Medicinal Drugs

Can I get a prescription for my sugar or caffeine?

An actual conversation from the Christmas holiday. Some members (one member) of my family is anti-sugar but pro-caffeine. I think removing excess sugar is always a good goal, and I should probably watch how much I consume since we still have German Christmas cookies from Aldi's in the house. But they are so tasty. Also, caffeine is helpful to some extent but can easily be overdone. Should watch that consumption as well. 

L: Sugar is a drug! Remove it from your diet!
M: So is caffeine.
L: *gasp of HORROR*

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Chipping Chips

Chip away at that bag of chips

I really like potatoes. Also, plain potato chips (the wavy kind) are my favorite - just potato, salt, and oil. Probably shouldn't chip away at a whole Costco-sized bag of chips by your lonesome self - it would be too easy to overdo it and then you might not want chips anymore and that'd be sad. We use to eat jello a lot until we overdid it one night and yeah, we took a break for a few years. We are back to liking jello, especially a Dr. Pepper jello salad that I found in a church fellowship cookbook from back in the day (I don't put the nuts or cream cheese in it, just jello, fruit, and soda). Also, crisps is just the British way to say chips (because they think chips are fries) - I didn't want to repeat 'chips' in the comic (do you see the name on the bag? It's "Ripples for Days").

A: It's gonna take you forever to finish that bag of Costco potato crisps.
B: Well, I'm chipping away at it.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Dessert at Grandma's House

So much cake

True Story, my grandparents are amazing and my Grandma does indeed have back-up desserts in case the first course is finished. Everything she makes is amazing and the comic just didn't do the mousse justice because when I tried to add whipped topping, it just looked like the cake had holes in it. And the spare dessert was pulled from the freezer because my Grandma bakes ahead of time and freezes for when it's needed, so everything's home made still, just some things are not made that day. And she has family over so much, the extras don't stay in the freezer that long. 

H: And in case we finish this chocolate mousse, I've pulled a carrot cake from the freezer.
M: I love going to Grandma's house!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Train of Thought Derailment


There were no survivors

This is what happens sometimes. Or a lot of times. Once the train hops off the tracks, there's no getting it back on. Might as well just move on to another topic. Also, I like cool socks - totally worth derailing a thought train over them. I got some socks for Christmas which have dinosaurs wearing Santa hats - I like them but it's no longer the season for them. 

A: What we need to do is - oh, I like your socks!
B: Cool... Where is your previous train of thought?
A: Umm... Derailed? No survivors. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Totally Different Movies: Rocky and Mowinkel

Rocky and Mowinkel

This one has been sitting around for a while and might be past due but I was hoping to share it with the Olympics since it was inspired by the last Winter Olympics however the Summer ones didn't happen and now here it is. The movie should be Rocky and Bullwinkle but instead is Rocky and Mowinkel. I don't even know what this movie would be about. It would be nothing like the flying squirrel and moose cartoon, of that I am fairly certain. 

Title: Totally Different Movies Presents... Rocky and Mowinkel
*Rocky Balboa the fictional boxer stands next to Ragnhild Mowinkel the Olympic skier *

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Puppy Charging Cable

Adds a mega-bite

 The item mentioned and sort of shown in the comic above:
I don't recall where I got it but my charger is too fat for his mouth - he's suppose to fit snuggly to your phone to help the charger get a solid connection but he's just decoration at this point. 

The joke is that memory is measured in megabits and megabytes but if a puppy tries really hard he can give a mega bite :) 

A: What a cute puppy on your charging cable.
L: He adds memory to my phone!
A: Really?!
L: One mega-bite :) 

Thursday, January 7, 2021



What is published when an NES console dies

I was mentioning that my husband got me an amazing 8-bit Christmas shirt and then my brother-in-law inspired this comic. Happy Birthday to him! The shirt is really comfy and the design is just amazing. The NES is a rather old game system and I think the one from my childhood (actually a little before my childhood) is still running in my grandparents' basement. Many good memories from that system with the stomp pad and the orange duck hunt gun. 

The pun is blending '8-bit' with 'obituary'. I like the aesthetic of 8-bit games and the sound of 8-bit music (check out The Greatest Bits). Also 'console' as a noun is a game system and as a verb means to comfort. 

A: Nooooo - my NES console died!!!
B: Want me to write up an 8-bituary?
A: ...
B: Would that... console you?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Sugar, Sugar


Honey Sugar Sugar Sweet-n-Low

We were watching football (Yay Ravens at least they were doing well when I wrote this back in mid-December) and this song came on in a commercial that kept showing up and I don't know all the lyrics but I probably improved them. Actually the lyrics I just saw mention candy, which is not one of the forms of sugar that I supplied here. I didn't add HFCS, that would just ruin the mood. 

M: *singing* Oh honey - sugar, sugar - agave dextrose - Splenda Sweet-n-Low
W: *confused, but might like it*

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Call vs Text

Please text

 A modern take on a classic song? I'm gonna be honest, I didn't know any of the lyrics other than parts of the chorus and I didn't know that it actually mentions New Years Day! So this is fitting as the first comic of the new year? Except the song is about not calling on a special day, just to show your love. So maybe it's not a fitting song. But it's the third of the new year, so maybe it still fits. 

M: *singing* I just called to say I -
L: Please just text me.