First: My entertainment of the evening has been watching Chris obsessively eat several chipotle peppers in adobo sauce straight out of the can. He's crazy for chipotle everything, and this is the first time he's had chipotle peppers themselves. The first one he tried as a dare to himself, assuming that it would be too hot and that he would cry. He then proceeded to eat several more. He gets all excited when he first eats the pepper, exclaiming about the "nice, smokey flavour." Then he gets thirsty and drinks some water. The water makes it really hot in his mouth and he starts half-dancing, half-marching around the house, yelping. Blowing his nose. Wiggling a lot. And talking about how he needs to "punch through it." Then, his mouth calms down and he craves another. Rinse and repeat. (I'm not sure if there will be enough chipotles left for him to make the chicken dish he's planning on making for tomorrow's work potluck.)
Second: Facebook has been driving me into fierce introspection (if that's a plausible combination of words) lately. Especially since a childhood friend tracked me down and we've started messaging back and forth. This exchange has caused all kinds of musings. Some of them along the whole "Road Not Taken" strain, where I start wondering what my life would be like if I'd made a few different decisions. It's really strange, since a lot of the friends I've tracked down have regular jobs; many of them have kids. Also, do you know how weird it is to respond to "I have three kids and still live in Regina!" with "I live in Victoria and I'm working on my PhD in German history!" How do you say that without scaring people off? How do I say that without sounding pretentious or braggy or something?