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Haiku

Alison, my wife, on haiku:

Haiku is, I think,
The original tweeting.
Clever, short, and sweet!

My sister-in-law, Jill, texted me a haiku after our 2018 summer vacation. I enjoyed it so much, I sent her one back. Now, I’m totally hooked. Below is a collection of haiku that I’ve written about my life as a stay-at-home dad. Enjoy the simple delight of the 5-7-5, perfect for Micro.blog.


October 2019


Backlog - October 13

On the Road - October 12

Shots - October 11

Difficult Errands - October 10

Dual Karate - October 9

Goodbye, Lizard - October 8

Lizard Visitor - October 7

Raccoon Visits Grill - October 6

Thirty-Five Books - October 5

DIshes Overflow - October 4

Morning Coffee Time - October 3

Final Publishing Stage - October 2

Massive Clean Up - October 1


September 2019


Sick Day - September 30

Day One Journal - September 29

Driving in Silence - September 28

Fading Daylight - September 27

Size Small - September 26

Book Proof - September 25

Backyard Rainbow - September 24

Trial and Breakthroughs - September 23

Goodbye, Summer - September 22

A Picture is Worth - September 21

Blog Hacking - September 20

Apple Update Day - September 19

Private Planetarium Show - September 18

Unsweetened Coffee - September 17

Cardboard Rocket - September 16

Winter Clothes Wardrobe - September 15

50 Things Done - September 14

Healthy Weight - September 13

Dizzy as a Top - September 12

Naps are Wasted - September 11

Lame Apple Event - September 10

Apple Event Eve - September 9

Old Navy Clearance - September 8

Book Finalization - September 7

Adoration - September 6

Dark Mode Fun - September 5

Vellum App - September 4

So Drowsy - September 3

Goodbye, Summer - September 2

Seven - September 1


August 2019


All Jobs Done - August 31

Websites Ready - August 30

Carpet Cleaning - August 29

Pre-Sale Begins - August 28

Keto 100 - August 27

Afternoon Play - August 26

Author Site - August 25

Errands All Morning - August 24

Up Too Early - August 23

Futile Resistance - August 22

Editing on iPad - August 21

Year of Haiku - August 20

First Day of School - August 19

End of Freedom - August 18

Lawn Crew Sun - August 17

Editing Hell - August 16

No Dinner Options - August 15

Web Design Wednesday - August 14

Overwhelm - August 13

Botox Again - August 12

Afternoon Nap - August 11

Errands - August 10

Beats on Correctly - August 9

Clean Up Day - August 8

Never Give Up - August 7

Rush Hour Error - August 6

So Much Undone - August 5

Sprinklers Need Adjusted - August 4

Sleeping In Problem - August 3

Jack Ryan - August 2

Hobby Lobby Review - August 1


July 2019


Balanced Tires - July 31

New Schedule Coming - July 30

Sad Kids - July 29

Drive-Thru Safari - July 28

Back to School Shopping - July 27

McDonald’s Breakfast - July 26

Play at a Park - July 25

Ready for Guests - July 24

Garage Order Restored - July 23

Garage Organization - July 22

School Prep - July 21

Moon Landing - July 20

Push Mower - July 19

Overdue Car Wash - July 18

Outside Toys - July 17

Prime Day - July 16

Covered Playground - July 15

Change of Plans? - July 14

First Draft Done - July 13

First Read Aloud - July 12

Web Dark Mode - July 11

The Van Returns - July 10

Jury Duty Serendipity - July 9

Car Repair Fumble - July 8

Flight Simulator - July 7

Sixteen Bags - July 6

Many Ideas, Little Time - July 5

Errands, All Day - July 4

Fireworks - July 3

iCloud Drive Problems - July 2

Working Together - July 1


June 2019


IndieWeb Summit - June 30

Outside Bliss - June 29

Day Disrupted - June 28

Just A Slab - June 27

Afternoon with Mom - June 26

Reading Too Fast - June 25

So Tired - June 24

Website Security Policy - June 23

Book Shopping - June 22

Friday Night Chores - June 21

Morning Errands - June 20

A Short Story - June 19

Goodbye, Google - June 18

Fast and Furious - June 17

Father’s Day - June 16

Site Launch Day - June 15

MacOS Dark Mode - June 14

Pony Tail - June 13

Digital Clean Slate - June 12

Let’s Go Outside - June 11

Cleaning Crew - June 10

Sprinkler Maintenance - June 9

Keto Pizza - June 8

Outdoor Chores - June 7

Big News - June 6

HomeKit Garage Openers - June 5

Dealer Service Hell - June 4

Keynote with Kids - June 3

Behind the Power Curve - June 2

Foggy Morning Walk - June 1


May 2019


The Baking Secret - May 31

SXM Spa Channel - May 30

Mommy’s Party - May 29

Four Day Week - May 28

Memorial Day - May 27

Science Museum - May 26

Work Day - May 25

A Whirlwind Day - May 24

Big Outdoor Plans - May 23

Garbage Disposal Phoenix - May 22

Garbage Disposal Death - May 21

Storm Prep - May 20

Tremendous Weekend - May 19

Saturday Adventure - May 18

Migraiting Hosts - May 17

Crowded with Kids - May 16

Siblings Play - May 15

Building Together - May 14

Laundry is Done - May 13

Mother’s Day - May 12

Sleeping In - May 11

Dermatology - May 10

The Mess Can Wait - May 9

Botox Day - May 8

Selfie Smiles - May 7

The Sound of Play - May 6

Not Great at Church - May 5

Brunch - May 4

Son Comes Home - May 3

Waiting for Son - May 2

Where is He? - May 1


April 2019


Errands with Two - April 30

Transformation Complete - April 29

Sick Kids, Redux - April 28

Lakeside Afternoon - April 27

Goodbye, Son - April 26

Can You Help? - April 25

Sorry, Buddy - April 24

Packing Error - April 23

Menu Planning - April 22

Easter - April 21

New Lawnmower - April 20

Dominos Opens - April 19

Panera - April 18

Toddler Explores - April 17

Sickness Continues - April 16

Tylenol - April 15

Clean Cars - April 14

Heavy Rains - April 13

Early Bedtime - April 12

Library Parking - April 11

Dentist with Kids - April 10

Site Work Starts - April 9

Clean Nest - April 8

Weekend Off - April 7

Small Hands Help - April 6

Slept In, By Choice - April 5

New Routine Tomorrow - April 4

Back to Karate - April 3

New Construction - April 2

April Fools - April 1


March 2019


Apple Music Albums - March 31

Correcting Paint - March 30

Account Consolidation - March 29

More Yard Work - March 28

Opening the Yard - March 27

Recovery - March 26

Clean Cars Clean Easily - March 25

Cracker Barrel Menu - March 24

Hello, Aunt Jill - March 23

A Quick Vacation - March 22

Pigeons Take A Bath - March 21

Enjoying the City - March 20

The Windy City - March 19

Local Car Wash - March 18

Sports All Day - March 17

Road Trip Fun - March 16

Clean the House - March 15

Men’s Hair Care - March 14

Rain Ruins Stuff - March 13

Bond Character Confusion - March 12

Scheduling Error - March 11

Daylight Savings, Redux - March 10

Car Care Day - March 9

One Year Past - March 8

Tire Stores - March 7

Fasting - March 6

New Teeth - March 5

Not So Sweet - March 4

Wanted to Nap - March 3

Not According to Plan - March 2

Meterological Spring - March 1


February 2019


Too Much YouTube - February 28

Master is Absent - February 27

Two Night Meetings - February 26

Back to Reading - February 25

Quiet Start - February 24

Bed by Six - February 23

Walking at Night - February 22

Jokes Galore - February 21

Belt Test Practice - February 20

Ungrouped - February 19

Spring Upgrade - February 18

The Secret to Balance - February 17

Pizza Dinner - February 16

Better Driver - February 15

Moonlight - February 14

Podcast Ads - February 13

Car Seat Buddies - February 12

Laundry Overload - February 11

Did it All - February 10

So Many Errands - February 9

Fort Collins - February 8

That Went Well - February 7

Missed Opportunity - February 6

Slowing Down - February 5

All Fixed - February 4

Jump at Chruch - February 3

Battery Do-it-Yourself - February 2

Dead Battery - February 1


January 2019


Accepted - January 31

Twelve Weeks - January 30

Sick Infant - January 29

Clean Couches, Again - January 28

All Done - January 27

Sick Kids, Again - January 26

Good Tenant - January 25

Warby - January 24

One Month Clean - January 23

Empty Zoo - January 22

Instapot Fail January 21

Eclipse - January 20

Reading by the Fire - January 19

Clean Couches - January 18

Find Me at Me - January 17

Annual Eye Exam - January 16

Less Laundry - January 15

Kids Play Together - January 14

Bad Goals Week - January 13

Fonts - January 12

Order Restored - January 11

Big Grocery Order - January 10

Major Cleanup - January 9

Sick Daddy - January 8

Sick Kids - January 7

Bike Ride to the Park - January 6

Sunny Day - January 5

A New Routine - January 4

Lunch with Mommy - January 3

Sick Boy - January 2

A Solid Start - January 1


December 2018


Twenty-Eighteen - December 31

Planning Day - December 30

Slow Saturday - December 29

Water - December 28

Night Sky Brilliance - December 27

Christmas Clean-up - December 26

My First Robot - December 25

Christmas Eve Stress - December 24

Sunday Nap - December 23

HomeKit Garage Doors - December 22

Chinese Robocall - December 21

She Got Cricut - December 20

Karate Master - December 19

Cleaning for Visitors - December 18

A 180 - December 17

Sunday Nap - December 16

Messy Saturday - December 15

Emergency Call - December 14

iMac Crash - December 13

Cancelled Plans - December 12

Planetarium - December 11

Things Kids Say - December 10

Kids Clothes Shopping - December 9

Dogs Running Together - December 8

Math is Hard - December 7

Call of Duty 2 - December 6

Up Late - December 5

RapidWeaver Heartbreak - December 4

Fall Yard Work - December 3

Sunday Catch Up - December 2

Christmas Cards - December 1


November 2018


2018 Draws to A Close - November 30

Complaint Machine - November 29

Apple Watch Setup - November 28

Hacking Web Fonts - November 27

Biceps Tendonitis - November 26

Fresh Balsam Candle Burning - November 25

Clean Kitchen, Again - November 24

Full Moon - November 23

Thankful - November 22

Dad the Builder - November 21

Brisk Zoo Adventure - November 20

Dead Microwave - November 19

Poetic Justice - November 18

Fall Cleanup - November 17

Seasonal Allergies - November 16

Technology Changes - November 15

Karate Joy - November 14

Road Construction - November 13

iMac Upgrade Woes - November 12

Ready to Go - November 11

Twenty Nine Degrees - November 10

A Messy House - November 9

Botox - November 8

Midterm Elections - November 7

Sunset - November 6

Cleaning Day Hack - November 5

Daylight Savings Time - November 4

Thirty Eight To Dos - November 3

Annual Physical - November 2

Jazz Revival - November 1


October 2018


Rainy Halloween - October 31

Dusting - October 30

End of Treatment - October 29

Family Fun Day - October 28

Bike - October 27

Credit Bureaus - October 26

A Huge Milestone - October 25

Big Day - October 24

iCloud Outage - October 23

Home Construction - October 22

Blue Skies Ahead - October 21

Ride at Sunset - October 20

Chick-fil-a At Dinner - October 19

School Tour - October 18

Men at Work - October 17

Nest Heat Cool - October 16

Done by Lunch - October 15

LEGO Kit - October 14

Hand Wax - October 13

Too Sleepy - October 12

Baby Crawls - October 11

Building A Tent - October 10

Rainy Walk - October 9

Grocery Pickup - October 8

America - October 7

Grill Time - October 6

A Day Concluded - October 5

Day One - October 4

Karate - October 3

A Sick Toddler - October 2

Hiroshima - October 1


September 2018


Twenty Four - September 30

Bike Ride - September 29

Attention, Drivers - September 28

Morning Walk - September 27

A Special Treat - September 26

Activity Season - September 25

Trip to the Zoo - September 24

Intelligence Lost - September 23

Hello, Autumn - September 22

Last Day of Summer - September 21

One Month - September 20

The Worst Kind of Day - September 19

Best Year Ever - September 18

Self Control - September 17

America Runs On - September 16

Caffeine Headache - September 15

Flu Shots - September 14

A Bad Appointment - September 13

Apple Media Event - September 12

Patriot Day - September 11

Sonic - September 10

Goodbye, Coffee - September 9

I Love Rain - September 8

An Unecessary Delivery - September 7

A Renter’s Mistake - September 6

See You Next Time, Gramma - September 5

Card Game Rules - September 4

Standing on an Airplane - September 3

Awake Baby - September 2

Happy Anniversary, Alison - September 1


August 2018


Pumpkin Spice Season - August 31

Recling Airline Seats - August 30

Travel Prep - August 29

MAS - August 28

Lawn Mowing - August 27

McCain - August 26

Nukes - August 25

Slow Day - August 24

Melatonin - August 23

LEGO - August 22

Sugar Cookies - August 21

Evening Haiku - August 20

Morning Haiku - August 20


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