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Spider On The Night Shift

11 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

Spiders get no love at my house. Not normally.

If my wife wakes up screaming in the middle of the night you can bet that the gigantic spider haunting her dreams is the one to blame. Things aren’t much better in the daylight. When an actual spider ventures into our house she is likely to be accused of being a Black Widow regardless of what color she is — like some sort of arachnid profiling. But who am I to argue when my little girl is screaming in fear of a spider a few feet above her head? I’m the one my family calls to dispatch spiders, you know, because I’m the tallest.

One evening not so long ago, I encountered a spider when nobody was around to scream …


Smartphone Saturday: Next Best Thing

08 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People

Saturday is a day of little toil or labor at Fits and Stops. Nothing more than posting a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone for you to get a glimpse into my life.

Mommy had left town for a few days to care for an ailing grandma in another state. When you’re little like my kids are, it does not compute that mommy is not going to be back to tuck you in at night. This made for a particularly tearful tuck-in session with my daughter who was counting down the days to mommy’s return with like the days until Christmas. When it finally sunk in that mommy wouldn’t be back that night, she asked — through sobs — for a picture of mommy to sleep with. When I found one, my daughter’s tears subsided and within a few minutes, she was sound asleep. It seems she had happened upon the next best thing to mommy.


Rise and Fall at Kealakekua Bay

04 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

I’m afraid of water. There, I said it.

Maybe I’d better clarify. I love to drink a cool glass of water, and I enjoy the fish tank at the dentist’s office. I can always appreciate a good rain. So when I say I’m afraid of water, it is more a fear of drowning because I’m a poor swimmer.

And yet somehow, I found myself riding a giant boat to Kealakekua Bay for some snorkeling. (more…)

Smartphone Saturday: Lonely Chapel

01 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

No how-to tutorials or epic stories today. It is Smartphone Saturday. Just a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone.

Ten minutes earlier we were running off the beach at St. Andrews to our van, in vain hopes of escaping a sudden Scottish downpour. We cranked the heater to its highest setting and drove north toward our next destination in Perth. But as we drove, the sun appeared again with a warm and bright fury that we hadn’t yet experienced since arriving in Scotland. It shone as if to point out this lonely chapel, sitting on a hill in the middle of a cemetery near Pickletillum. We knew we had to pull off the highway for a few minutes to soak up the sun, and the ornate and peaceful vibe of the chapel and its grounds.