I once told a former boyfriend that I wasn’t in the mood to smile and that pirates don’t smile anyway. He then edited the Wikipedia page for pirates to say that pirates should smile. This says more about that relationship than I can ever explain.
The sound of the car warming up in the winter fills me with the most unsettling mix of nostalgia and anxiety. It is reminiscent of family vacations and early morning school events and my dad leaving for work while the rest of us were still in bed.
I have a note in my journal that simply reads: “Fred cells > incels,” which only makes sense in the extremely weird context of that night, when I had two decaf lattes at 9 p.m. and could feel every cell of my body vibrating. And all of the cells were named Fred.
I will proudly tell anyone who asks that the first concert I ever attended was Sharon, Lois, and Bram.
“There’s a Lava Cakes Anonymous, if you find yourself addicted. I’ve sent my wife."
— Domino’s delivery driver, July 27, 2019
Everything you need to know about me can be summed up by the fact that I left this note for myself in the middle of the night: “hot air balloon shaped like a hedgehog.”