Damn! This time I DID guess "time machine"!
I remember for a brief time they sold "fragrance note" sets for Dream and Heaven. They had little roller ball applicators of each individual scent that supposedly made up the fragrance. I got one of Heaven for my best friend and was super proud of my gift-giving acuity. (You're out there, BFF--DO YOU STILL HAVE THIS).
@Sara Wilkinson@twitter Also the decision to shift it forward in time is just weird, especially when paired with King's preference for dated names. (Franny? Stu? Larry? Not exactly names that scream 1990.)
Ooh, can we also talk short The Stand vs. long The Stand? I'm firmly pro-short version.
@omellet DISAGREE ON SKELETON CREW. I think it's a great primer on his short fiction--it's got a classic novella in The Mist, classic horror/suspense (The Raft), the weirdly terrifying scifi experiment The Jaunt, examples of his retro fixation (The Wedding Gig, Mrs. Todd's Shortcut), SURVIVOR TYPE. Man. I love that collection.
Two additional things that helped me get out of bed regularly (and not immediately fall back asleep on the couch):
1) Instead of hitting snooze, I set two alarms, 20 minutes apart. That way I still get the crucial enjoying-warm-bed time before I haul myself out.
2) First thing every morning, I spend ten minutes in front of a lightbox. After that, I'm totally awake even before my coffee. Position it by your bed if necessary.
@jaimealyse Awesome. I am super pumped about that.
I'm also a big fan of crowdsourcing recipes and cooking tips on Facebook (and also hate crowdsourcing and similar words). But mostly--cashew chicken in a crockpot! I had never thought of this! Does yours look something like this? http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/10/slow-cooker-cashew-chicken.html
Oh man, LW1. It sounds like maybe you don't actually want to be in your marriage, because you keep repeating how great and forgiving and wonderful your wife is, and yet your actions do not indicate that you have internalized this. At all. What the hell are you doing trying to keep up a friendship with your mistress? How is that reconciliatory behavior? If you want to stay with your wife, for God's sake make it easy on yourself and cut out the bullshit. If you don't, tell her now so she stops wasting her time with you. And either way, you need to figure out how to be a present dad.
@Hiroine Protagonist I won $100 from that contest, with an essay I took 45 minutes to write. I have yet to achieve that hourly rate since. Thanks, Objectivism!