Saturday, February 28, 2015

Somebody Wants to Sell A Fugly Dress!

I don't care what color #thedress is: I think it's fugly!
Friends!  Big People!  I got up yesterday morning and everybody in the world was talking about a dress: is it blue and black or is it gold and white?  There are whole entire ARGUMENTS over this. 

And then there's "scientific" reasons why some people see a white dress with gold lace and why some people see a blue dress with black lace.  Supposedly if you're happy, you see the white dress with gold lace.  If you have dark emotions or whatever, the dress looks electric blue with black lace to you. 

Big People, I cannot BELIEVE there are so many of you entertaining this discussion!  I have it all figured out!  Listen!

First of all, the people have this dress they wanna sell, so they take a picture of a white and gold dress and release it to a number of people, saying it's black and blue, and they release it to a number of other people, saying it's white and gold.  Then they take a picture of the same dress made with blue fabric with black lace and do the same thing.  Say it's a gold and white dress to some, say it's a black and blue dress to others.  And lest anybody think the people putting out the pictures of the dress are fulla poop, they start getting people to say that if you see one setta colors, you're kinda messed up in the head, and if ya see the other setta colors, you're really messed up in the head, but WAIT THERE'S MORE!!! 

Thank GAWD, Big People, but the people behind The Dress have just announced that it's BACK IN STOCK!  But only the black and blue versh.  Because that's all they have right now (nudge-nudge, wink-wink).  However, so many people saw a white dress with gold lace on it that they're gonna make that version of the dress available SOOOOOON! 

You know what your pal Zoe thinks?  I think they have a warehouse fulla these fugly dresses, both in black and blue and in white and gold.  Nobody woulda been talking about these dresses unless they could get the Internets involved, so they made up some ridiculous thing about how what you're seeing isn't really what you're seein', and a buncha Big People fell for it. 

It reminds me of one of my books I like to read, called "The Bear Who Wasn't."  It's about a bear who hibernates, and when he wakes up, he finds that his habitat has been turned into a giant factory, and everybody keeps tellin' this bear, who's clearly a bear, that he's not a bear, but a big man in a fur coat.  And the bear, poor dear, begins to believe them.

Dang it, Big People.  Write this down.  Trust your OWN eyes.  Trust what YOU see.  Especially if you're on the Internet and you see an ugly white dress with gold lace, and your best friend sees that same ugly dress on his or her computer, and it's blue with black lace.  You're both right.  Your friend just got a different picture.  Somebody's messin' with ya, Big People. 

Just, whatever you do, don't let anybody talk you into buying that fugly, fugly dress, mmmkay? 

I'm lookin' out for ya, Big People!  I love ya lots!  And for Pete's Sakes, do NOT take any wooden nickels until we can get all this sorted out, mmmmkay!  Love ya lots!  Muah!

Friday, February 27, 2015


I will find something for you to be as scandalized over today as I am, Big People!
Friends!  Can you believe it's Friday already? 

Okay.  You can. 

Okay.  Here's something else for ya.  Can you believe that tomorrow's the last day of February Twenty-Fifteen already?

Okay, okay!  I get it!  I GET it, Big People!  Yowza!  Watchyer language!  I understand you're mad at all the cold and snow that we've gotten, but holy smokes!  This is a FRAMILY show, and Blogger's gonna hide explicit material starting on March 23rd!  Don't get your pal Zoe hidden on Blogger!  If you're mad at the cold and the snow, go outside, build a snowman, and then knock it right the heck over.

Unless it's Olaf.  Don't knock Olaf right the heck over.  Olaf's funny.  He's exactly the snowman I'd wanna build, if I were gonna build a snowman. 

Well, goodness sakes, Friends.  You're pretty jaded today.  I set out to be scandalized with ya today, and it's lookin' like I'm the only one who's scandalized by how fast it seems like February went.

I know what'll shock ya.  Friends, I LIKE the snow.  I LIKE the cold weather.  I LIKE February!  What do you think of THAT, Big People?!  I like it because I like bein' all cuddled up in soft blankets!  I like it because I like hot cocoa, and you can drink hot cocoa in the hot weather, but it doesn't taste as good as it does when it's cold!  I like the cold weather in February, because it's s'posedta be cold in February!  How about that?!  And furthermore...

What's that? ... No, I don't need a nap.  Why do you ask?  ... Well, maybe you need a nicey warm cuppa cocoa and a soft blanket and a little nap.  Does wonders for the dang ol' attitude, Friends. 

Friends, Spring is on the way.  It is.  Eventually the snow will melt and the leaves will come out on the trees.  It'll be warmer.  And we'll all be complainin' about all the mud.  Every year that I've been here, that's how it's been.  It's been cold in the winter, and then the warm days start to outnumber the cold ones, the snow goes away, the leaves come out.  I'm not sure, but there seems to be kind of a rhythm and pattern to the weather, Friends!

But I'm not gonna get all mad about the cold weather.  I'm gonna make the best of it, and I hope you will, too, Big People!

I love ya lots!  I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


It's good to have a trusted and tasty snack!
Friends, have you ever been shopping into the dang ol' Wegmans, and you're mindin' your own business, when all of a sudden, you hear this loud "POP!!!" and it just about makes ya jump?

Have you ever wondered what that's all about?

Well, I got to lookin' into it, from my preferred vantage point, which is behind the wheel in the shopping cart that looks like a sports car.  I can see EVERYTHING from that shopping cart seat!  And as it turns out, the loud "POP!!!" is a machine that makes these big pop-cakes that you can buy in a bag!

Well, if you think I let Mommy get out of the store without a couple bags of those pop-cakes, you underestimate the persuasiveness of a three-year-old, I'll tell ya what.  I asked for and got the Blueberry Cinnamon flavor.

These pop-cakes are pretty interesting.  They look like a big pancake, except they're really crunchy and airy.  And they're like ten calories apiece.  Mommy says when she was a little kid, the thing like this that was all the rage were rice cakes.  I wanted to investigate by eatin' some rice cakes and my pop-cakes, but Mommy wouldn't even entertain the notion of buyin' a bag of rice cakes, even for my scientific exploration.  So for now, I'll just be secure in the knowledge that my pop-cakes are a superior snack to rice cakes.  I mean, Mommy wouldn't even BUY any rice cakes, and yet, she likes the pop-cakes as much as I do. 

Big People, I know it's scary to try new things- new hairstyles, new clothes, new foods.  I know it can be really scary, especially if you're used to just what you like. But take it from this Little Kid.  If ya don't try new things, you could be missin' the heck out!  I'm so glad I didn't miss out on the pop-cakes at the dang ol' Wegmans!

Hey.  I love ya lots, Big People!  I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, mmmkay?  Muah!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's Good To Have A Trusted Friend!

I LOVE working with a good friend!
Hiya, Friends!  As you know, I am a Doctor of Humorous Healing at St. Laffalotatus- Mercy-Mercy Hospital.  I really like what I do, and I like to make my patients better.

A big reason why I like working at St. Laffalotatus- Mercy-Mercy Hospital is that I have a lot of good friends who work right there with me.  One of my best friends at the hospital is my friend Doc McStuffins!

I met Doc McStuffins when I was an intern here at St. Laffalotatus- Mercy-Mercy Hospital.  She was doing a fellowship in the Toy Division, and I got to be on her service sometimes when she'd have a case that required Humorous Healing.  Even though Doc and I have different specialties, I still think of her as one of my mentors.

Doc is a Toy Specialist instead of bein' a Doctor of Humorous Healing like me, but that means that insteadda seein' patients' cases from the same perspective, Doc McS and I get to collaborate and each bring our own field of specialty to a patient.

See, when toys break, they go to Doc McS.  She is an absolute whiz at fixing them.  Sometimes, though, even after she fixes what's broken for the toy, the doll or stuffy or other kind of toy still feels kinda... down.

That's where I come in, with my Humorous Healing.  Doc fixes their rips and tears and broken arms, legs, and wings, and then I come along and give 'em laugh therapy or spirit lifts.  Whatever they need to get 'em feelin' right as rain again, just like I do for me people-patients. 

I'd like my job anyways, Friends, but havin' a trusted friend and mentor like Doc McStuffins just makes it all the more great. 

I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, Big People!  I hafta go on rounds now.  I love ya lots!  Muah!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What About the Crafts?!

If they take away the roll, how am I s'posed to make clever toilet paper roll crafts?
Friends, I was watchin' a show I previously recorded back in the Fall, and I happened across a commercial for the roll-free toilet paper. 

I'm not gonna lie.  While I'm intrigued by the positive environmental impact such a change would make, I am disconcerted by the ramifications to my craft-supply chain that such a development would ...ramificate. 

Shoot, I was doin' so well there for a paragraph!

Anyways, here's my dilemma.  I like the idea, a lot, of puttin' less garbage in the landfills.  Lotsa people just throw away their toilet paper rolls, and that's bad.  Recyclin' them is great.  But for me, toilet paper rolls are the lifeblood of my crafting career.

As a three-year-old, I'm pretty limited on art supplies.  I can watercolor and fingerpaint, and string foam beads on plastic lacing, but my most serious art comes from toilet paper rolls and construction paper.

If widespread adoption of this roll-less toilet paper catches on, this is seriously gonna cramp my craftin' style, Friends. 

I guess that's progress, though.

Hey.  I'm gonna go make some hoot-owls with the toilet paper rolls I have on hand.  Craft while the craftin's good.  I'll be seein' ya tomorrow!  I love ya lots!  Muah!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Daily Zoe is Three!

Time sure flies when you're havin' fun!
Hiya, Big People! 

Well, today marks the third anniversary of my picture-show over on the dang ol' Facebook.  I cannot believe it.  But I remember that day, a Thursday.  I was dressed in my little Carter's dress that had the lime green cardigan with it. 

And I remember it was a Thursday, because sometimes on Thursdays, I'd bring in donuts for my co-workers.  I drove my Pink Jeep around the drive-up at Donut Dude's, and ordered a boxa coffee and a whole buncha donuts for my coworkers, and got up to the payin' window only to find out that Donut Dude was OUT OF DONUTS that day!  Oh my goodness! 

As you might be thinking, I had some words for Donut Dude. 

Little did I know there was a camera, watchin' the whole thing.  It wound up on the Facebook.  People clicked 'like.'  One thing led to another, and now, three years later, here I am.  Every day, I turn up on the newsfeeds of my friends on the Facebook.  Donut Dude and I are good friends now.  Sometimes, I even help him out at his donut shop. 

He doesn't run outta donuts anymore.

Sadly, I don't drive around in my Pink Jeep anymore.  I outgrew it.  I hope one day to have another Jeep.  It'd be great if it's pink, but I like red Jeeps and black Jeeps, too.  

My show on the Facebook usedta be run by the Executives, who called the shots and decided whether or not I'd be coming back for new volumes of The Daily Zoe on Facebook.  A lotta times, I wouldn't know until the last day if I was bein' renewed for another 200 photos.  It was so nerve-wracking, and also, I felt like the Executives weren't payin' attention.  I felt like the Executives didn't care about me as a person or as a talent.  So last year, right around this time, I gave myself the gift of quitting my gig with the Executives and striking out on my own.  The Daily Zoe is an independent outfit now, Friends, and I'll tell ya what.  It sure does eat the Executives' lunch, that people still like seein' me on their newsfeeds. 

Those Executives told me that my Facebook show would fail without them, Friends.  They said I'd be back, workin' for them, fetchin' 'em coffee and cleanin' their toilets, and I wouldn't have any show anymore. 

This made me really mad when they said those things, Friends.  In hindsight, though, I think it's really interesting that the Executives specifically said they'd make me clean their toilets AND fetch their coffee... I wouldn't want a disgruntled former-former employee anywhere near my coffee, if they also have access to my toilet.  You know what I'm sayin', Big People?

Anyways, nuts to those Executives.  

Of course, this blog doesn't turn three until September, but I like to have a buncha things to celebrate in a year, ya know what I mean?!

Well, I hafta do my storyboard and plan for my Third Anniversary Episode on The Daily Zoe on the Facebook.  I love ya lots, Friends, and I'll be seein' ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Useful As Well As Ornamental!

These shapes aren't gonna arrange themselves into whimsical pictures!
Hiya, Big People! Happy Sunday to you! 

You know, I like to be useful as well as ornamental in my life.  I like to help where I'm needed.

Today, my magnetic shapes need me to help them get arranged into whimsical pictures.  Things like sail-boats and flowers.  They can't do it on their own, and they can't just move themselves around the magnetic board.

You know, by making whimsical images with the little magnetic shapes, I'm helping them fulfill their life's purpose, and in so doing, I like to think I'm making a difference.  I'm helping to make the dreams of a bunch of little magnetic shapes come true!

Friends, I don't know what your plans for today are, but I hope you can find a little time to make yourself useful as well as ornamental.  It feels great!

I love ya lots, Friends!  I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Photographee Becomes the Photographer!

Now, smile pretty!  Don't let Tall Man in the picture!
Hiya, Big People! 

Well, as you know, or as you might have surmised by now, I am not a newbie when it comes to having my picture taken.  I have spent my whole entire life in front of the camera, starting from when I was mere seconds old. 

While some might say this is excessive photo-documentation and even argue that I'm bein' over-exposed, that simply is not the case.  The truth is, I like havin' pictures taken of me every single day of my life.

That's right. 

I think that Someday, it'll be fun to look back at all my days and all my outfits.  It's like a little photographic time-capsule.  I think when I'm a Big Person, it'll be fun to look back and see how I was when I was little.  I am on-board with all the pictures.  I really am.

But the older I get, the more I'm interested in adding my voice to the photographic conversation by stepping behind the camera myself.  I mean, how epic would THAT be?  Gettin' to look back on Toddler Me AND see the world the way I see it now!  Not only would it be great fun for Future Zoe, I think, but it could be absolutely monumental in the study and advancement of Big Person-Little Person Interpersonal Relationships.  I am a Little Kid Ambassador to the World of the Big People right now, but I am hoping that by the time I'm a Big Person, I can be a Big Person Ambassador to the World of the Little Kids and help bridge the communication and understanding gap between Little Kids and Big People, just like I do now, except from the other side. 

I think if I have pictures I took when I'm right now, it'll help my work in that respect, down the road, when I'm a Big Person, because it'll help me remember what it was like to be a Little Kid.  It will help me remember how I see things right now.

So I have me a camera.  It's pretty rad.  It takes pictures.  That's all I need to know about it.  And I'm gonna take a picture of you today, Friends.  Just sit up and smile, and pretend the camera went *snap!* and *flash!* and there you'll be.  Please just smile pretty and leave Tall Man out of the picture.  I don't know why you Big People think Tall Man's gotta be in all your pictures.  Let him sit this one out, mmmkay?

Mmmmkay!  Say "Cheese!" and look at the birdie and know that I love ya lots and I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, and I'll know instantly if you flipped me and the camera off.  Muah!

Friday, February 20, 2015

On My Honor as a Toddler

This usedta be a full-size Quidditch Goal!
Friends, did you know that when ya look at something through a microscope and you're holdin' the microscope backwards, it makes the thing you're lookin' at SHRINK?!

Not only is it true, but it's backed up by the respected field of Toddler Science.  I betchya thought Toddler Science was the study of toddlers, but you're incorrect.  Toddler Science is the study BY toddlers.  See the difference? 

Andy my fellow toddlers and I have found that when ya look at something the right way through a microscope, it looks bigger, but when ya turn the microscope so that you're lookin' through the little end, and the big end's focused on your object, that object will be reduced in size by however many powers your microscope was supposed to make it bigger.

Case in point?  That little loop I'm holding in my picture for today?  Friends, on my honor as a toddler, that little loop was, until recently, a full-size Quidditch goal, big enough for a kid on a broom to fly right through.  And I wanted to get a closer look at the Quidditch hoop, and I was so excited that I got all mixed up and pointed the wrong end of my microscope at the Quidditch goal, and the result is what you see in the picture.  Now it's tiny.  Thumbelina-sized, even.  And the weird thing is, turning the microscope around the other way, so you're looking through the correct end, that doesn't help one iota with makin' the hoop the right size again. 

I guess that's kind of a good thing, though.  Could you imagine if every amoeba ever viewed through a microscope grew ten times bigger, or a hundred times bigger, or a thousand times bigger than its natural size?  That would be terrible, probably!  Giant amoebae aren't exactly known for their excellent social skills!

Boyo Boy, Friends!  What am I ever gonna do?

Why are you looking at me all weird?  I did say on my honor as a toddler that's what happened.  You should know toddler honor is a very permeable and fluid thing.  Why, we will look you in the eye, tell you we want you to peel us an orange, and then after you've peeled the orange and picked off all that white stuff on the orange that tastes awful and makes us throw a fit, when you go to give us our perfectly-peeled orange, we'll snub it and tell you we wanted an apple or string cheese or pepperoni instead.  It isn't personal, Friends.  It's just how we roll.


Aw, I love ya just the same, Friends.  That is not a joke.  And I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Answer Thursday!

It's Answer Thursday!  Have an answer ready for EVERYTHING today!
Hiya, Friends!  Well, it's Thursday, isn't it? 

As you know, yesterday was Ask Wednesday.  That's a toughie to follow, don't you think?  I mean, how much does it stink to be today, just a plain-jane, nothin' special Thursday?

I'll tell ya how much it stinks to be today, Big People.  It stinks all to high heaven, is how much it stinks.


I've come up with the perfect holiday to follow Ask Wednesday, and I'm callin' it Answer Thursday.  It makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

... Awwwww, hey, now.  I wouldn't use the word "genius" to describe me... Oh, you're insisting?  ...Okay, then!  Thank you!

So anyway, Answer Thursday.  We'll celebrate it by finding the answers to as many questions as we can.  When a question pops up in your head, you can find the answer to it!  How about that?!

What's that? ... You think this sounds like a holiday that Dr. Sheldon Cooper would make up and think is fun?  Well. Maybe a little, but Dr. Sheldon Cooper would also require a 1500-word essay on each answer you find, complete with footnotes, endnotes, and annotations of at least three non-internet sources.  Come to think about it, that's also how my own Mommy would have us celebrate Answer Thursday.

A barrel of laughs, Mommy and Dr. Sheldon Cooper would be, Friends.

So noperoo!  This is my day.  MY DAY, Friends, and we're gonna do this thing the way I want, and the way I say.  Find the answers to your questions.  Share your asnwers, but you don't wanna hafta write essays.  Unless you wanna.

Happy Answer Thursday, Friends!  I sure love ya lots!  Muah!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ask Wednesday Snuck Up On Me This Year!

It's Ask Wednesday, Friends!
Oh!  Hiya, Big People!  Happy Wednesday to you! 

Actually, it's Ask Wednesday, and I'm sorry I didn't give it more fanfare this year.  It totally and completely snuck up on me!  It really did!

Don't get me wrong.  I exercise my right to ask questions, and lots of 'em, every day.  My favorite question is "But why?"  But today's a special day.  It's Ask Wednesday.

I don't think I wanna waste Ask Wednesday on "But Why?"

So my big Ask Wednesday question ended up being kind of cosmic in nature this year. 

I got to thinkin' about outer space, and all the planets.  I've been readin' in my Big Book of the Solar System, and as it turns out, there's lotsa things flying around in outer space- oh, you know.  Asteroids, comets, little space rocks.  That sorta thing.  And here we are, on our little blue marble, with our moon made outta green cheese, spinning around and around the sun, with all that crazy spacey flying stuff swooshing through the expanse.

So my question was, "With all that crazy spacey stuff swooshing all around us and our Moon, what's keepin' a giant space rock from smashing into us and causing a catastrophic catastrophe?"

So I looked up the answer, and as it turns out, all of us planets inside the Asteroid Belt, which means, Mercury, Venus, Us (the Earth!), and Mars, we all have a debt of gratitude to Jupiter.  It's true.  Jupiter is this giant planet made of gas, and it has an extremely powerful gravitational pull, so any errant space rocks flying in with it in mind to smack into us are probably gonna get sucked into Jupiter.  Jupiter's really like a giant space vacuum cleaner in that respect!  How about that?!

It's kinda nice that we've got such a big friend out there in space, lookin' out for us like that. 

So that was my question for Ask Wednesday this year.

I sure love ya lots, Big People!  I'll be seein' ya tomorrow.  Muah!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It Isn't Monday Anymore!

Today's lookin' better already!
Hiya, Big People!  How are you today?  I'm doing a lot better than I was yesterday.  Nothing was especially wrong yesterday, but I just had a tractor-trailer load of the Mondays is all.  It happens.  I'm sure you can relate to that, Friends!

So now that it isn't Monday anymore, I feel like I can breathe a little easier.  I feel a lot more optimistic about this day and all the possibilities it holds.  I'm not saying I'm going to go on a permanent dislike campaign of all things Monday, but I am saying that yesterday just didn't work out for me.  Part of that is probably my own fault.  When you go into something all grouchy about it because it might not be as fun as you'd want it to be, sometimes the Universe gives ya he very thing you're bein' grouchy over. 

Oh, well.  It's all in the rearview mirror now, anyways, and I realize you can't have an EXCELLENT!!! day everyday.  In the butt-kicking contest that is life, Friends, sometimes, you're the one-legged guy, and sometimes, you're the winning foot, sometimes you're the butt, and sometimes... you're the missing leg.  That's exactly how I felt yesterday.  Like the missing leg, even though Mommy would tell ya right to your face and in front of me that I was acting more like a butt.

Because Mommy is just mean like that, Friends.  She is just mean like that.

But today's a new day for all of us, Friends, and it's going to be better than yesterday was.  I just know it!

I love ya lots!  And I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mondays Get Me Down Sometimes

I lost tracka time and forgot today was Monday at first.
Hiya, Friends.  Well, you know, sometimes even I have a tough time getting myself all whipped up for the week.  Sometimes, I have a real hard time with Mondays.  I know that might seem a little hypocritical of me to say, since I usually exhort you to buck up on Mondays, because they're just another day of the week, and one-seventh of our lives, and they're just like any other day!

The thing of it is, a lot of times, I'm also tryin' to cheer-lead myself up into tacklin' Monday head-on, Friends. 

You see, Mondays are the days when Daddy goes back to the office.  That makes 'em the worst, right outta the box.  I love my weekends with my Daddy.  I love it when my bedroom door opens in the morning, and it's my Daddy coming through it to help me get around in the morning.  That's just the best.  We go on adventures lotsa times on the weekends, when Daddy's not at work. 

It's so much fun that time really flies.  And then I forget what morning it is, and I get all excited when my bedroom door opens, and then...

Crap.  It's just Mommy.  Not Daddy.  So that means no adventures for me.  That means it's back to the same-old-same-old until the next Weekend.  And Mondays are just the start of the week.

Well, that's enough to bum out a little kid, dontchya think?  Wouldn't you be bummed out, Big People?

And I understand there's things about Mondays that are unique to Big People.  You have your own setta stuff that makes Mondays a little less than marvelous and magical.  I don't really understand what they are, but I acknowledge and appreciate that they exist, and they make ya miserable.  That's why I usually try so hard to be fun on Mondays.  We can all use a little pick-me-up once in a while.  And if I know I've made you feel better, part of me feels better that we're at Monday.

Today, though, I'm just kinda not feelin' it.  I'm not sure if it's the super-cold weather, or if I'm just in a natural lull in my normal energy cycle- we ALL have highs and lows, Friends- but I'm havin' a supreme issue with Today.  It'll pass.  And then I'll be back to myself. 

But I'll tell ya what, Big People.  Today, I rue the Monday.

I love ya lots, though, Pals.  I really do.  Maybe we'll get to string us together some bright, sunny days, here.  That oughtta make us feel better!  I'll see ya tomorrow.  I hope it's brighter!  I love ya lots!  Muah!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

How I Really Feel About Valentine's Day

I guess my feelings for Valentine's Day are complex.
Hiya, Big People! 

Well, ya know, it's the day after Valentine's Day, and some people might feel relieved that it's over, and others might feel kinda sad that it's over. 

I won't tell ya how to feel about Valentine's Day 2015 bein' in the rearview mirror.  But I will tell ya how I feel about the whole thing.  I'll tell ya my approach.

Do I have that One Special Person on Valentine's Day?  I do not.  Do I get all strung out about that?  Good lord, no.  I'm three.

Besides that, I have a LOT of special people, not just on Valentine's Day.  Every day.  So in a way, Valentine's Day is just another day for me.  Except it's a little more fun, and it involves a lot more sweets than the usual every day.

I suppose I think the holiday is all kinds of over-hyped and commercialized.  I think a lot of holidays are so.  But that doesn't make me hate Valentine's Day.  Any day where you get candies and presents is NOT a bad day, Friends.  And you can definitely count "From Me To Me" presents as presents.  They're kinda the best kind, because they're exactly whatcha want.  You know what I'm saying?

Hey, Friends, for better or worse, for happy or sad, Valentine's is over, and we're on our way to new things!  I love ya lots, Friends!  I'll be seein' ya tomorrow for Magic Monday!  Muah!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!

This Valentine's Day, I'm givin' a giant cruciferous vegetable a squeeze!
Friends, the big day is finally here!  It's Valentine's Day!

I was looking up the lore behind the holiday, and I'll tell ya what.  It's kind of a tragic tale.  Nothing "happy" about the origins of St. Valentine's Day, actually.  But I guess they don't just hand out the title "Saint" for any old thing.

For once, I prefer the white-washed, gussied-up version of the holiday we see today.  A whole entire day that celebrates love and friendship.  You can put all kinds of pressure on Valentine's Day if you want, Friends, but I'm choosing to have it be a day of fun, friends, and candy. 

Oh.  And my pal Brock Lee, pictured with me in the photo above.  Because cruciferous vegetables don't get enough love when you consider how healthy they keep us!  Broccoli like my pal Brock Lee really is a powerhouse for keepin' us healthy, too.  Nothing like a green vegetable for a healthy heart!  How about that, Big People?!

But like I said.  Today's about friends, fun, and candy for me, too.  My favorite Valentine's Day candy has to be the conversation heart.  I just love a candy that talks to ya!  But of course, there's chocolate, too.  I love chocolate.  Conversation hearts, though.  Well, you don't see those year-round, so they'd be my FAVORITE Valentine's candy.  I like the version with words for someone to read to me, and I also like the kind that have emoticons printed on them, instead.  That way, I don't need a reader!  I can tell what they're sayin', just by lookin' 'em in the emoticon!

That kinda sounds dirty, a little bit, now that I hear it out loud.  So I guess on that note, before I get myself into trouble, Big People Friends, I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, mmmkay?   On this Valentine's Day, especially, I love ya lots!  Muah!  

Friday, February 13, 2015

The First Friday the Thirteenth of the Year!

Behold, the Mace of Mayhem! Happy Friday the Thirteenth!
Hiya, Friends!  Didja know that with this day, Friday the Thirteenth, we've reached the First Friday the Thirteenth of the New Year?  How about that?!

I know some people get all superstitious and weird on Fridays the Thirteenth, but I am not one of them.  Fridays are my lucky days- I was born on one!  And I love the number thirteen, because it makes me think of donuts, and when it comes to donuts, if I were given the choice between twelve donuts and thirteen donuts, well, I'm pretty much gonna wanna hafta pick the thirteen donuts, now, aren't I?

So anyway.  This year, in 2015, there are three Fridays the Thirteenth, and they fall in February, March, and November.  How about that?!  This number is more than the one Friday the Thirteenth we enjoyed in 2014, the two that we had in 2013, and the one we'll experience in 2016.  So I guess there's a lot of Fridays the Thirteenth in 2015!  We should consider ourselves lucky this year! You bet I am!

Friends, luck is all about attitude.  If you're expectin' bad things to happen to ya today, that's what you're gonna see.  If you're expectin' good things, I think that's what you're gonna get.  Either way, I love ya lots, Big People.  That's a good thing!  That makes ya lucky!  And I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, mmmkay?  Muah!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Boiling Day!

I'm tryin' to come up with my own holiday.  Happy Boiling Day!
Hiya, Friends!  As you probably know, today is February the Twelfth.  Thursday.  Whatchya probably haven't noticed is that as February Twelfth, it's Two-Twelve, which is coincidentally the temperature water boils at.

It's true!  Look it up! 

In celebration of this fact and this coincidence, I'd like to try my hand at inventing a holiday.  So I'm declaring today, February Twelfth, Two-Twelve, if you will, Boiling Day!  And you can celebrate it by eating things that have been boiled.

For instance, you can make yourself up some hard-boiled eggs.  Hard-boiled eggs are just eggs without the boiling, and they have the word 'boil' right in their name.  You can also make soft-boiled eggs today, but I don't have any personal experience with a soft-boiled egg, so I can't recommend them as whole-heartedly as I do the hard-boiled variety.

Let's see.  You can make yourself some Jell-O.  Boiling brings out the jiggly magic in Jell-O.  If ya try making it with just cold water because you're three and you don't know any better, what you'll end up is really sweet, brightly-colored, gritty and thick sludge.  You need the boiling water to make the jiggly goodness of Jell-O come out, Friends.  That's a useful cookin' tip from your pal Zoe.

Um... Spaghetti.  You've gotta boil spaghetti in order for it to be more palatable.  I like to eat uncooked strands of dry spaghetti and I love the crunch it imparts, but when I'm really hungry and I wanna be able to eat my spaghetti or other pasta more efficiently, and with some sauce, I ask to have it boiled for me.  So spaghetti's a good meal to have to celebrate Boiling Day!

Down South, I guess they do a thing called a Shrimp Boil.  I guess a Shrimp Boil is a thing to see and a delight to taste, and from the sounds of it, it'd be a BIG way to celebrate my Boiling Day holiday, if you've got the time and the stuff.  Here's a recipe for a Shrimp Boil, if you're leanin' towards this option, mmmkay?  And here's the steps to throwin' a Shrimp Boil on a blog that I found and I like the writer's voice; I find her funny and approachable, but she really knows her stuff.  If you're just curious as to what it is, a Shrimp Boil is a big party meal made up of shrimp and grits and corn on the cob and potatoes and sausage.  And ya have a buncha friends over and you eat.

I think that sounds like heaven in a stock-pot right there, Friends!  Don't you?  If everybody celebrated Boiling Day like THAT, why, the holiday would take off in no time!

Now I'm hungry, Friends.  I've gotta go find something to eat.  Maybe some Jell-O? I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, but in the meantime, Happy Boiling Day!  I love ya lots!  Muah!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day, Zoe-Style!

Valentine's Day should come from the heart!
Well, hiya, Friends!  How are you today?  It's Wednesday, so that's pretty cool!

Didja know that Valentine's Day is on Saturday?  Well, it is.  February Fourteenth.  And I don't wantchya to panic about it, Big People.  There's no reason for all that.

Now, I know that I usually prod ya not to phone in holidays.  I lectured you all quite a bit on how not to be Halloween Humbugs.  And you know how much I love Christmas.  Valentine's Day, though?

Jeeze, Louise, Friends, don't sweat it.  I think this is one holiday that could stand to be dialed back a little bit.  People put so much emphasis on Valentine's Day bein' Perfect, and I hear that sometimes, it causes a lotta big fights in the world of Big People.  Lotsa disappointment.

Is that really any way to be on a holiday that was invented so that everybody feels obligated to show people they like 'em by buying them overpriced flowers, candy, and presents you can make the people around ya feel all loved?

Here's what I'm gonna do for all my friends and coworkers this Valentine's Day, Friends.  I'm gonna get to work early (because we work on Saturdays too around here!) and make sure that everybody has one of my Conversation Heart Valentines and a pen that writes at their workstation.  The Conversation Heart Valentines aren't anything complicated at all.  All's I did was cut out little hearts out of my sheets of Foamies and write a message on the front like 'Hiya Coworker!' and 'Smile' and things like that, and then on the back, 'Happy Valentine's Day from your pal Zoe on the Fifth Floor!'  I include 'on the Fifth Floor,' on account of that's the floor on which I work.  Just in case someone receives one of my Valentines and doesn't know me really well.  I like EVERYBODY to feel included on Valentine's Day.

And I give everybody a nice-writing pen for Valentine's Day not because I'm a boring little nerd, but because I can't think of anything more aggravating than tryin' to fill out a TPS Report or write a note or something and find that your pen doesn't write, or it skips, or it digs a hole right in your paper!  But a nice-writin' pen can be a real pleasure to write with and can make the difference between a bad day and a day where your pen wrote every single time you picked it up.  I like to give my co-workers the gift of havin' a day where your pen writes every single time you pick it up!  It's the little things that matter.

Plus, last year, I gave out chocolates, and Gretchen from Accounts Receivable reamed me out, because she doesn't like chocolate, and I shoulda known better than to give her chocolates for Valentine's Day, and wasn't I a thoughtless co-worker, (even though that was the first I heard about Gretchen not liking chocolate and that was actually one of the first times I've ever really talked to Gretchen because she disappears from her desk whenever I go down to Accounts Receivable!) 

Well.  I won't let people like Gretchen from Accounts Receivable diminish my awesome.  Some people get their jollies by bein' mad at the world, so I suppose in my own small way, I brighten Gretchen's world by enabling her to be mad at it over something I've done or given her.  Maybe a pen that writes nicely will change her attitude a little bit.  We can only hope.

So.  There's still time for you to make some conversation hearts and buy some nice-writing pens, if you'd like to borrow my idea.  It's a good one, Friends! 

I love ya lots, Friends!  I really do!  I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Is Caribbean Month!

The Caribbean isn't a bean at all!  It's a place!
Well, Friends, I got a dang ol' email from the Triple-A the other day, declaring February "Caribbean Month."

At first, I thought Caribbeans were some kind of crazy bean, kind of like a cross between a lima bean and a coffee bean, and I wondered why they were giving such a weird hybrid combination of weirdness its own month.  Upon further research, though, I found out that by golly, the Caribbean is a really nicey warm place people can visit on a vacation!

It all makes sense now.  No wonder AAA is pushin' Caribbean vacations in February.  If ever there was a month where ya needed to get away to somewheres warm, it's February, amIright, Friends? 

It just isn't practical for all of us to pack up and go to the Caribbean.  I know I can't just pack up and go to the Caribbean.  I can't because Mommy and Daddy won't just up and take me, and I'm awesome, but I can't buy my own plane fare or drive myself to the airport.

Oh, it's sucha hassle, Friends, bein' three years old, actually, but havin' the sensibility of a Big Person.  It really is.  I mean, if it were the other way around, if I were a Big Person with the sensibilities of a Three Year Old, I'd at least get to buy my own plane ticket and take myself to the Caribbean.

Anyways, for those of us who can't just go to the Caribbean right now, I have some great ideas on how to bring a little bit of the Caribbean to yourself.  I'd start by picking up some of that kinetic sand, so you can build a sand-castle indoors.  The sand in the Caribbean is what really has my attention right now.  Well, because I miss playin' in my sand-table.  That's why.  Next, I'd light a tropical-scented candle if you aren't allergic.  Maybe use some of those fancy waxes that go right in the warmer.  Get some music that has steel drums.  Nothing says warm weather like steel drum music!  Turn on your sound machine and have it set to "ocean."  Finally, fix yourself some foods from the Caribbean islands.  You'll hafta look up your favorite island and figure out what foods to cook for yourself, but I'm lobbying heavily for pineapple and coconut tarts when I bring the Caribbean to me.  It's such a diverse cuisine!

It won't be as good as going to the Caribbean for real, Friends.  I'm not gonna lie to you and say it will.  That would make you question my credibility. But at least when you bring the Caribbean to YOU, you don't hafta experience the heartbreak that comes with spending time somewhere nicey warm and then flying back to Buffalo or Rochester in the middle of cold-gray drizzle!

Think about it.  You know I'm right, Friends.  And that's today's Silver Lining!

I love ya lots!  I'll see ya tomorrow, mmmkay?  Muah!

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Whole New World... Of Donuts!

I don't know.  If it looks like a donut, smells like a donut, and tastes like a donut, I'm callin' it a donut!
Hiya, Friends!  Happy Monday to you! 

Well, if ya know me, you know I just love donuts.  Why, the other day, I was caught eatin' an eclair, and then there was this whole discussion here at the Office whether I was really eatin' an eclair or a Long John.  I guess actual eclairs are made of choux dough, like a profiterole, and the delicious pastry I was munching on was made of "lowly" donut dough. 

At first, this whole big discussion annoyed me, because I think people get all up in arms over nothing, most of the time, and they want the WORLD to know it!  But then, I got to wondering about choux dough and what a profiterole is. 

Well, I learned that choux dough is made of butter, water, flour, and eggs.  And then it's piped into the shape you want it in.  You'd pipe a long tube of choux dough for an eclair, or a little roundy thing for a cream puff, which is what a profiterole is, actually.  This disappointed me, because one of the few things I don't like over on the Chinese buffet at my favorite Chinese buffet are the cream puffs.  They're just awful.  But perhaps I should manage my cream puff expectations at the Chinese buffet, right?

So I wasn't so sure I'd like an actual eclair, with the choux dough, but I probably would, if I got one from a pastry shop, and not from the Chinese Buffet. 

My investigation of what sets an eclair apart from a Long John opened me up to a whole new world of donuts, though: malasadas, fastnachts, crullers, fritters, ring donuts, little chocolate donuts, glazed donuts, blueberry cake donuts, jelly donuts, Maple bars, Timbits (a favorite of mine!), beignets, pignolata, bomboloni...  Donuts from around the world, Friends!  And I want to try 'em all!

I think it's a waste of time, personally, arguing over what's a donut and what isn't.  Here's my criteria: if it looks like a donut, smells like a donut, tastes like a donut, then I'm callin' it a donut.  I could spend my time arguing about it, but I'd rather spend my time eatin' all the donuts. 

So that's that.

I love ya, Friends, and I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, mmmkay?  Muah!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happy Birthday Rozzie!

The cold weather is no match for my Snow-Dog Rozzie!
Hiya, Big People!  Hey.  Besides bein' Sunday, today's a very special day around here.  It's my best pal Rozzie's Ninth birthday! 

In celebration of this wonderful birthday of Rozzie's, I'd like to share a picture of me and Daddy sledding with Rozzie last weekend.

You know, Rozzie and I go way back.  I've known Rozzie since I was a tiny baby.  Rozzie's lived here since before I was born.  Her furry face is the first furry face I ever saw in my whole entire life. 

I remember when I was just a coupla weeks old, I was swinging in my baby-swing, just watchin' the mobile going around in a circle over my head, and Rozzie brought me her favorite rainbow Flex-a-Foam ball and put it right on my belly.  She wanted to play with me!  I wanted to play with her, too, but I was too little right then.  I didn't have very good control of my motor skills.  It would have been endlessly frusterating for her to try playin' with me, at that point in time, but now, every so often, I play with Rozzie, and it's fun!

Rozzie has really big teeth, though.  She'd never bite me with 'em.  She never would.  Not on purpose.  Sometimes, though, we get to playin' and she shows me her teeth, and then I go climb up to the back of the couch.  I love Rozzie and I know she loves me, but her teeth really scare me!

She says the same thing about me and my screechy voice.  She says she really loves me, but my screechy voice drives her a little nuts.  I'd appeal that, but Mommy says she is also not a fan of my screechy voice when I use it.  She says I sound like Curious George, and Rozzie concurs. 

I kind of hate it when they gang up on me.

But I sure do love my pal Rozzie, and I'm glad today's her birthday!  I just love her to pieces!

I love you, too, Friends!  I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

An Ice Cream Celebration!

Any occasion is a great occasion to eat ice cream!
Friends, I love ice cream, and I love visiting Friendly's after a shopping expedition with my Mommy and Daddy. 

Usually, I get the Monster Sundae from the Kids' Menu.  It's the one with mint chocolate chip ice cream in a silver dish, and two red M&M eyes, and a Reese Cup cut in half to make ears, with a chocolate-sauce-dipped sugar cone upside-down for a hat.  It's cute as all get-out, but I usually just eat the Reese Cup halves and the M&M eyes, and maybe a bite of the cone and a bite of the ice cream- enough to remind me that mint-chocolate chip isn't really my favorite- and then I'm done.

Mommy finds this frusterating, but I don't see what the big deal is.  Can't she just eat my mint chocolate-chip ice cream for me? 

I guess it isn't her favorite, either, which is why she gets a sundae with chocolate chip cookie dough, marshmella sauce, whip, and a cherry.  It makes sense.

So when we went to Friendly's after we went to the mall, Mommy didn't let me order the Monster Sundae.  Instead, she got me a sundae made outta Celebration Ice Cream, marshmella sauce, whip, and a cherry.  The Celebration Ice Cream has CAKE in it, and it was pretty great! 

I think I'm gonna have Celebration Sundaes from now on at Friendly's.  I really like 'em, pretty much, and if I want a Reese Cup and M&Ms, I can always just get a Reese Cup and M&Ms right from the store.  How about that?!

Hey, Friends!  Find your Celebration today!  I love ya lots, and I'll be seein' ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Let's Go for a Drive!

Friends, the car's a little weird, but Elmo and Zoe are just as awesome as you'd think they'd be!
Friends!  Hey.  If ya know me, ya know I love cars, and I also love Elmo and Zoe from Sesame Street, so you can imagine my delight when on a recent trip to the Arnot Mall, I had the opportunity to go for a drive with Elmo and Zoe! 

It's true! they were out driving in the EZmobile, and when I saw 'em, Elmo said I oughtta climb in and take it for a spin, on accounta he knows I like cars, and he thought I'd be impressed by the handling and performance of the EZmobile, considering that it's an exhaustless electric car, built to strict emissions standards for in-mall motoring.

I've got to say that Elmo and Sesame Street Zoe are just as nice and fun as they seem to be on Sesame Street, Friends!  They really are!  I just love 'em right to pieces!  I had so much fun spending time with them at the mall!

The EZMobile, though... Well, it's different.  It's definitely electric, and it definitely doesn't emit exhaust.  Let's see.  What else should you know about it?  It's automatic transmission, and it's a little sluggish when ya first put your foot down on the 'go' pedal.  I'd say 'gas' pedal, but the electric car doesn't use gas, so that'd be a misrepresentation.  Anyway, once the EZmobile gets rolling, it's pretty solid at regular cruise speed, which is about half a mile an hour.  It tops out at one mile an hour, but you rarely get to go maximum speed in the mall.

I sure had fun, going driving with Elmo and Zoe, Friends!  I really did!  I'll admit that the EZMobile is a little bit strange, but Elmo and Zoe are GREAT!  Just like you, Big People.  I love ya lots, and I'll see ya tomorrow, mmmkay?  Muah!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dream Big or Go Home?

I guess I'll be dreamin' big, since I'm already home!
Hiya, Friends!  Happy Thursday to you!

Hey.  You know that saying "Go Big or Go Home?!"  Well, since I'm home most of the time, I really like the saying "Dream Big."  I even have a shirt that says the same! 

And I do.  I really DO dream big!

Thing of it is, I think there's merit in all the little dreams, too. 

Because yes!  Think about it.  Big dreams are great!  Big dreams are like how I wanna be an amazing rockstar-dentist-interpretive dancer-superhero-auto mechanic-genius, and that's an awesome Big Dream.  But consider all the Little Dreams along the way.  For instance, I have a Little Dream of learnin' how to make the swings go, all by myself.  I have a Little Dream of sled-ridin' down the Big Hill by myself.  I have a Little Dream of bein' able to use the oven all by myself, so I can bake cookies on my own.

No, I know.  You're about to bring up the Easy Bake Oven, and I'm gonna stop ya right there.  Have you ever EATEN, I mean actually put in your mouth, chewed up, and swallowed, something baked in an Easy Bake Oven?  For real?  That's what I thought.  It's awful.  Just awful.  Hence my little Big Dream of bein' able to use the oven all by myself.

See?  Sometimes the little dreams you have are just as essential as your big dreams.  Don't discount any of those dreams, Friends!    I sure love ya lots, and I'll be seein' ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Do I Make Myself Eclair?

Best Wednesday ever this week!
Hiya, Big People!  I'm having a great week, and I hope you are, too!  You know what makes this sucha great week?  Well, yesterday, I got to enjoy PEZ, and today, I'm havin' a cuppa hot cocoa and a GIANT ECLAIR!!!! 

Eclairs are just another word for fancy filled donut.  Eclairs are a little different from a regular filled donut, though, on accounta regular filled donuts are roundy-looking things, and eclairs are oblong.

I think you know what an eclair is, but didja know why they're called "eclairs?"  I wondered, so I looked it up, and here's what I found out!  "Eclair" is French for "flash of lightning." The people who invented eclairs were French, and they knew their eclairs were so good they'd be eaten really fast, as in like a flash of lightning. 

But I guess eclairs are not without controversy.  I also read that technically, our oblong filled donuts are "Long Johns," but sometimes we call 'em eclairs.  This gets French pastry people all up in arms, because they say eclairs are made of choux dough insteadda donut dough, but I say whatever.  You can be technically correct, but sometimes that's just insufferable.  I just like to speak the language of delicious. 

Besides, Long John or Eclair, if I find one on my plate, that pastry is gonna be gone before you can say "is that choux dough or donut dough?"  So by then, the point's pretty moot, anyways.

Friends, I love the heck right outta ya, and I'll be seein' ya tomorrow, mmmkay?  Muah!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Another PEZ of My Heart!

Woody the PEZ dispenser has a friend in me!
Hiya, Big People!

Well, if you know me, you know that I just love everything there is to love about PEZ candies.  What you might not know, though, is that I love the Toy Story movies.  It's true! 

So imagine my utter bliss when, on a recent trip to the grocery store, I saw a Woody PEZ dispenser, and I was allowed to bring him home to my house!

Woody the PEZ dispenser has proven to be a great pal.  He gets along great with my other PEZ dispensers, even the giant Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser that dispenses entire rolls of PEZ candies for loading into my smaller PEZ dispensers like Woody here, for final PEZ dispensation.

We have quite a PEZ delivery system around here, Friends! 

Someday, I'd like to be able to invite the PEZ dispenser versions of the other members of Woody's crew to my home.  Buzz and Jessie, particularly!  But for now, Woody sure likes getting to hang around with the other PEZ dispensers.  And so do I!

Friends, I sure hope you have a really good day.  I love ya lots!  I'll see ya tomorrow!  Muah!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Spring in the Bing?

North Bingham Norty says to bundle the heck up because this is the Bing!

Hey, I know it's Groundhog Day and there's all sorts of hullabaloo down in Punxsutawney, Peeyay today, on account of Punxsutawney Phil and all his weather-predictin'.  But I bet you didn't know that here in the Bing, we have our own animal weather-guy.

It's true.  Our weather-guy is North Bingham Norty, a plucky and lovable grey-squirrel.  Insteadda givin' false hopes of an early spring like that woodchuck downstate, North Bingham Norty keeps it real.  You'd think people wouldn't like him as much, because he isn't tellin' 'em what they wanna hear, but I'll tell ya what.  I respect North Bingham Norty even more, for his honesty. 

So North Bingham Norty says today that we'd better keep the snowplow attachment on the tractor at least through mid-April.  Because nothing's worse than havin' the mower deck on and all ready to cut grass, and then get a big snow-storm!  You'd better keep your winter boots and ice scraper and portable, folding snow shovel in your vehicle, in case of inclement weather and icy windshields.  Keep a supply of hot cocoa in your kitchen, along with a bagga mini-marshmallows, on accounta hot cocoa makes cold weather thirty to fifty percent less unpleasant.

North Bingham Norty realizes that you'd rather hear that it's gonna be an early spring, but insteadda relyin' on whether or not he sees his shadow like Punxsutawney Phil, North Bingham Norty is all about the science.  He's spent years, poring over weather statistics for the North Bingham Metro Area, including Llake Lloyd, and the surrounding Binghams, and as it turns out, Spring rarely ever turns up here early.  So an early Spring this year is statistically unlikely, and it's better to be prepared for snowy-blowy weather for a while longer.

Sometimes your best friends are the ones who tell ya how it is, insteadda tellin' ya what ya wanna hear, and I think North Bingham Norty is a really good friend. 

It's all gonna be okay, Big People!  It is!  We can survive winter and see Spring in the Bing once more.  It just isn't going to be an early Spring in the Bing. 

I love ya lots, though!  Muah!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time Keeps On Tickin' Tickin' Tickin' Into the Future!

Holy smokes, it's February already!
Hiya, Friends!  Well, by golly, did you notice it's February the First already?  It's true. 

That means that tomorrow's Groundhog Day, the day when we, as a nation, all sit down and watch the 1992 movie hit Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray is stuck in a continuous loop of reliving a day in his life, which happens to be Groundhog Day, until he gets it right.  For the full effect, we'll just put the DVD on continuous play.

All day.

But that's tomorrow.  Today is February First.  I can't believe it.  To me, it feels like we just flipped our calendars from 2014 to 2015.  Back when I was a baby, it seemed so far away, the Year 2015.  Why, I could hardly fathom it. 

Wanna hear something that'll really knock your socks off?  At least it knocked my socks the heck off?  Later on this month, I'll be celebrating three years of doing The Daily Zoe over on the dang ol' Facebook.  Three years.  Three years!  Why, when I got my start on The Daily Zoe, I was still gumming pureed bananas, which, incidentally, I was not a big fan of. 

Look at me now. I think I'm doin' all right, here in The Future.  I just didn't think it'd get here so soon, Friends.  Do you know what I mean?

I sure love ya lots, Friends!  Happy February!  Muah!