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What You Said
Lucy in Massachusetts
“Hey, where’s my Bored as Hell Digest?”
Liz in California
“Do the authors have a spy camera in my house? I laughed so hard because we’ve experienced about 80% of these things--from yelling from one part of the house to the other (or worse, texting!) to the go-to tilapia recipe to Stuart’s obsession with Spelling Bell (hands off, Stuart, the NYT crossword puzzle is all mine). I shared the newsletter with my adult kids, too. The eldest, the parent of a 13-month-old, was in stitches. Thanks for bringing cheer in the midst of gloom, and affirming that what we’re going through is normal (for these times).”
Regina in Brooklyn
“Great edition! Re ‘To shout or not to shout,’ when we rebuilt our house 18 years ago after a fire, I lost my campaign to install intercoms between the floors—I’ve never let my husband forget that, in all the years that we've been yelling up and down the stairs. Now we just text or call each other (or our teenage son) on our cell phones when we're on different floors. Much more civilized!”
Joanne in Manhattan
“Love this, makes me laugh, especially the Whole Food shopper's comments. I loved the kid who knows the difference between school and the kitchen….smart kid. And I saw Lisa Dechardin's cat!”
Maritza (Elijah’s Mom) in NJ
“The December issue was awesome!!! Mom was pretty happy to have made it into the issue too. I was so happy that you included a picture of the crib we turned into a desk. Can't wait to read future issues.”
Ann in Brooklyn
“You guys are having too much fun!”
Editor: They're talking about the last issue...check it out here!
The Bee Hive
For NYT Spelling Bee Obsessives (we know you're out there)
Some Seriously Long Words
Some days, the Bee has a sprinkling of longer words --- 8, 9 or 10 letters. However, lately there's been a spate of mega-words -- I'm going with 10+ letters. Wondering if I'm imagining things, I checked over the past two months and found 16 mega-words.
Herewith the behemoths:
The husband shall refrain from entering his words into the NYTs Spelling Bee App until the wife has had an opportunity to “have a crack at it”.
The husband shall list his words for the day on a single page in a spiral notebook.
The words shall be listed in columnar fashion, grouped by initial letter.
The daily Spelling Bee letters shall be listed across the top of said page.
The points required for “genius” shall be noted on said page.
The husband must make his best effort to find as many words as possible before seeking help, and whenever possible, seek no help at all.
The official ODD help source shall be www.shunn.net/bee/latest
First-level help (the number of words beginning with each letter) may only be accessed once “genius” status is achieved.
Second-level help (breakdown of the words by first two letters), shall be used only as a last resort and never until after dinner.