Day: December 25, 2017

365 Challenge: Day 288 – Squeaky (RYDER RANT)

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Squeaky: short, shrilly cry or noise; squeal


I was tempted to share a wonderful version of my friends singing Jingle Bells, but I wasn’t sure how you’d feel about an all-dog choir. We might sound a bit squeaky, so I skipped it. Instead, I wish to each of you, via my words, many happy holidays this week, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or anything else I’m not familiar with (tell me, so I know in the future, please). We had our celebration last night, where I received two gifts, plus a bunch of treats. I also received three special gifts in the mail this week. They all have a different squeak to them, and that’s why today’s word is squeaky — but it’s driving me nuts. Can’t anyone be quiet on the holidays? Meet my new friends who may not last very long if they keep this racket up:


  • Foxy: Grandma gave me Foxy because I look a lot like him! We played a lot when she was visiting last weekend.
  • Squirrel: She doesn’t have a name yet, but soon… I like to chase them, so maybe Chase!
  • Bunny: I received Bunny from my friends Murphy and Ophe in Michigan. He’s very heavy and I can’t throw him all that far, which is good… the tree is safe for now!
  • Santa: This one makes so much noise, and it sneak attacks me with its twisty head. Santa beat me up yesterday and I was so angry I sat on him for an hour.
  • Hammy: I had fun unwrapping hammy because it squeaked the whole time I tore at the paper. If only it were real.

I had a wonderful dinner last night before I left with Ella this morning. I stay with her at Christmas since the Dads leave on their trip this afternoon. They made me beef wellington, honey & thyme carrots, and Pommes Anna. Julia Child is always visiting this house! They even had a wonderful Christmas pudding from a very special English friend. I’m pretty certain they also had a few holiday drinks and a bottle of red wine; I personally don’t touch that liquor stuff, I’m a Prohibitionist — yet they drink like the fishes. In the immortal words of my favorite new friend, Patty Hogg, from the Amy Sedaris show: I’VE SAID TOO MUCH, I’VE SAID TOO MUCH. Click the link if you want to see what Dads have been watching all week long.  They exchanged presents, too. This is what I bought them for the terrace:


It’s time for me to unpack my bags for this 5 day stay… happy holidays! See you all for New Year’s Day next week!


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

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