Tuesday, January 30, 2024

End of Month

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The thing with getting ahead and scheduling posts is that you're only as ahead as you've scheduled, and that lead time is constantly shrinking. How obnoxious. 

L: No worries, I have comics scheduled through the end of the month.
M: But it is the end of the month.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Headlamp Etiquette

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Do you see a problem with this? Neither does the new construction worker. 

Explanation: If your headlamp is at eye level, it's covering your eyes. It's meant to be on your forehead. 

B: I'm ready for my first day on the construction site!
S: Don't forget to wear your headlamp at eye level.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Modern 12 Drones of Christmas

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Happy early Birthday to my brother! 
If they're all birds, and birds aren't real, then did your true love give you nothing??? Also, as I figured out in my previous 12 Days of Christmas comic, if you do the additive version then it's 364 drones. You could make a cool lights show with that many. 

Explanation: people wearing tinfoil hats are (usually?) conspiracy theorists, and a popular conspiracy is that birds aren't real. 

A: How was your Christmas?
B: Excellent, my true love gave me a modern 12 Days of Christmas so -
A: 78 drones?!
B: Yep!

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Strainers vs Stressors

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It's always a hunt to find kitchen utensils in someone else's kitchen. This comic was spawned over Christmas at my parents' place. So many cooks, but it's a nice open kitchen. 

D: I can't find the strainer!
A: We only have stressors here.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Toddler Communication

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Many times I (and others) can't understand what my darling toddler is saying. Sometimes, like in this comic, she is helpful and gives context clues and additional noises to help make the connection. But most times she just says the same sounds and I'm like, I haven't a clue what "eesh" means so can you point or give a few more clues? It's like playing Mad Gab with someone who just says the words the same exact way over and over and gets frustrated when you don't get it. 

I just remembered that Robin started off calling dogs "woof woofs" because that's easier than the real word, and later progressed to calling them "goggies," so when her friend couldn't understand her newer word she just fell back on her previous one. Hmmmm. Or maybe she just did the sound. It's hard to really know. But the interaction was quite funny because her friend has excellent diction in three languages but apparently doesn't understand toddler English, which is all Robin has. 

R: Goggy!
N: What is a goggy?
R: ... woof woof. 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Should Have Paid Attention

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Happy almost Birthday to my niece!
This one was inspired by a family gathering where there were people chilling and people who wanted to play complicated games. And the second group needed more people so an attempt was made to make someone stop chilling. It was only partially successful. But a good time was still had by all. 

A: *Explaining rules to a game*
P: That sounded like something I Should have been paying attention to but I wasn't. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Stamp Your Beet

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There's a photo I've seen circulated with the text "If you're happy and you know it" and the image is a spiral ham in a C-clamp (i.e. "clamp your hams"). I then thought of this successor, "stamp your beet" (i.e. "stomp your feet"). I did not realize there are many variations of this song until I compiled a playlist of kid songs for my toddler. Many people sing the same songs but often there are some changes. "A stamp costs way more than 32¢!" you say. Well, congrats on knowing that there is a money amount connected to stamps. Also, they use to be cheaper, as that's how inflation and such things work. I didn't make it a forever stamp because drawing one would be more complicated than what I did. 

Explanation: The song "If You're Happy and You Know It" has several verses of what to do to show your happiness, including clapping your hands and stomping your feet. "Stomp your feet" sounds similar to "stamp your beet" much like how "clap your hands" sounds like "clamp your hams." 

If you're happy and you know it...
[image of a beet with a stamp on it]

Sunday, January 14, 2024

13th Day of Christmas

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I did the math, that's 78 birds if you ascribe to the "they're all birds" theory of the 12 Days of Christmas and you don't repeat the birds (i.e. on day two you just get the 2 doves, not the partridge again). That is an excessive amount of birds, whether they are for a menagerie or a feast. And if you do the additive version, where you get all the previous days on top of the new day's gift each day, that's 364 birds. That's a lot of birdseed.

Title: After the 12th Day of Christmas
W: Finally, the Amazon package that I have been expecting for two weeks!
TL: Is it birdseed? 'Cause we need a bit of that.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

CT Rest Stop

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I really like the mouseover in this one. Check it out. 

We traveled to CT over Christmas and we did see a rest stop with just a DD listed and we did not stop there. We prefer a selection of foods when we stop, but then again we have little kiddos so sometimes you just have to take the exit. I do like that the rest stops on the NJ Turnpike are getting renovated - the new ones are quite nice. One had the best changing table station I have ever seen in a public restroom, which might not be saying much but a nice countertop with a ledge and a garbage bin not near the door / high traffic area - it was just right. Sadly I don't recall the name of the stop, but maybe that's a new blueprint more places will use. Way better than the flimsy fold-down koala care ones. But sometimes you're just grateful to have a place to change the baby. 

M: This rest stop only has a Dunkin? 
L: Welcome to CT! 
R and O: *along for the ride*

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Late Lunch

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So one of my migraine triggers is if I don't eat at regularly scheduled times - namely I need my three meals each in their own two-hour window of morning, noon, and evening. I discovered this trigger when studying why I was regularly getting migraines on the weekends - once I fixed my sleeping in to a point where my breakfast was within two hours of when I normally eat it on weekdays, the migraines stopped being triggered. It was enlightening. Due to this limitation, if I go to a brunch I usually eat a light breakfast beforehand. If I go to a fancy afternoon meal that's basically a lunner? dinch? there isn't a word for this that I know of - I thought repass was generic but a quick check shows that's just after a funeral. Let's not make it a thing and instead we can eat lunch around noon and dinner around 6. In between those times is snack time. 

Explanation: I can't wait until 2pm for my midday meal - I need it between 11am and 1pm - so usually on holidays I just get some granola or PB or trail mix to hold me over until the big meal. Also, I don't care how big the lunch was, I still need dinner between 5pm and 7pm. When is breakfast you ask? Between 7am and 9am. If it slides early, I'll need a 10am snack. Sometimes I need a 10am snack anyway. 3pm snacks are good too. 

M: What do we need to grab before going over to the 2pm meal?
L: Lunch. 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

In Cahoots

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Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law! 

If I were to make a fashion label, it would need to be something punny like this. I also think it's weird how at the big fancy gatherings, the media asks "who are you wearing" like the outfit is the embodiment of a person. Which, I mean, some fashion designers are very connected to their artistic expressions, but it's still weird to me. 

R: That's an interesting outfit - who are you wearing?
C: I'm in CahootsⓇ.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Fine Motor Skills

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My little Oriole is working on his fine motor skills, it's like one day he's crying because he wants something he can't reach and then the next day he's just crawling over to get whatever he wants. Also, baby grip strength should not be underestimated. Tis very strong. 

Explanation: "Fine motor skills" refers to babies learning how to use their hands distinctly to do tasks other than just smacking things around. "Motor skills" would imply something with cars. 

L: *holding O*
M: Little man is working on his fine motor skills.
B: He's already driving?!?!

Tuesday, January 2, 2024


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Crashing into the new year :) Happy New Year! Don't use a brick as your spare key.
This comic came about because I saw a brick outside the glass front doors of a building and thought, that's poor placement. The brick was often used as a door stopper, but I suggested they move the brick to the inside of the building as that would discourage poor yet pricy decisions. 

Explanation: French doors have a lot of glass panes. Bricks are stronger than a glass pane. Throwing the brick through the door to open said door is a rather permanent way to unlock it. 

A: Is the brick by your French doors a hide-a-key?
B: No, it's the spare key.