2. Waking me unusually early (for me, which is late for many of you -- 5:15 a.m.) is apparently a good way to get random jobs done. This morning I washed out the utensil catch-all drawer in the kitchen, the one with stuff like the potato ricer, stuff we don't use all that often. This is the sort of job for which you have to take personal satisfaction, because nobody else is going to care whether your utensil catch-all drawer is clean. Even, you suspect, the other people who use it.
You also suspect that the second person may have been an inappropriate choice for these sentences.
3. Minnesotan lesson for the day: "He/she has other fine qualities," means, "I care about this person, but the trait under discussion drives me up the standard-issue cliched wall." This is not the equivalent of "bless his/her heart," but I'm not sure we have an equivalent of that. I did describe someone this week by saying, "She has a good heart when she remembers to use it," which is perhaps not the highest praise anyone has ever issued but not the biggest condemnation either.
4. I was opening my new(-to-me -- actually old -- but not used) Boiled in Lead CD, my third-to-last Christmas present of the year, and the (Minnesotan) record company postcard dealie that's often in them said, "We think you will find this not unlistenable." I love this state so much. Not unlistenable. That is a thing of beauty, is what that is. That is so Minnesotan it nearly hurts. Not unlistenable. Eeee.
5. I got my next-to-last Christmas present of the year yesterday. I think maybe I will get my last one today. That'd be good.
6. Travel is all a-tangle. Stay tuned.