The only tale of muffins on the internet that’s G-rated

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Mornin’ all.

Have you ever wondered why kitty kibble comes in various shapes?

We ran out of my cat’s food and couldn’t find her brand here in town. I’m hoping they didn’t discontinue it, because she’s kind of a picky asshole when it comes to food. A search of the stores in a bigger metropolis is required, but in the meantime, I had to get her a different brand to tide her over.

The food she normally eats has round kibble. That makes sense, seeing that cats don’t give one single damn about what shape their crunchy food is. However, this brand tries to entice cats to eat it with shapes that include fish, Xs, and cat heads.

Cat heads.

CAT HEADS.

Kitty is not amused.

If I can’t procure some quality kibble soon, that bitch gonna cut me. I already woke up to her standing on my chest and glaring. She’s one more bowl of sub par morsels away from whipping out a shiv. It’s gonna get real.

I’ll take my littlest up to the big city to do some errands today. He’s been feeling a tad insecure the past couple weeks, and I think he might need a little Mum time. He’s been fretting about my new job.

He shouldn’t fret, but, like me, he’s a natural worrier. I’m working in the bakery of a grocery store. “Mother’s hours.” The hiring manager actually called them that. I told her that term was more old fashioned than I would have expected in today’s modern working world (no, no…don’t worry. I wasn’t being an asshole. I already knew her, and the ‘interview’ was pretty much us shooting the shit). I mean, don’t you think that’s weird with all the careful wording corporations use today?

Before I could start my stint as the muffin man, I had to take what are called “CBTs”. Computer Based Training. You sit and watch little videos on the computer and take tests about what you’ve watched. Of course there were important ones, like food safety procedures and bakery equipment protocols. I didn’t mind sitting through those, because it’s been a whole lot of years since I’ve used professional equipment and I’ve really grown quite fond of my fingers. It might sound greedy, but I’d really like to keep them all.

So, some of the CBTs were absolutely necessary and very much appreciated. However, most of them were about the corporation, their mission statement, their history (complete with a peppering of dates that I thought at the time couldn’t possibly be all that important…you’ve seen enough sitcoms to know that they were. Glad I got three tries at taking the test for that one…), their view on team members, etc. The worst one was a fifteen minute narrated slide show of the friendly side of the company. It had pictures of various employees hard at work with big smiles on their faces while the narrator explained how important they are to the company. And it was filled with puns.

I had to sit through fifteen minutes of corporate puns.

I lived through them, though, and am now a bakery team member. I even have a baseball cap. And a slightly icing-covered name badge.

I’ve been an at home mum for a very long time. There’s a bit of a learning curve to life taking on a new job. I’m getting into the swing, slowly but surely, and it was very nice to cash a real paycheck. I like the work itself, the people so far have been very cool, and it’s a kitchen. No false modesty around this one, now. While my self esteem is lodged somewhere in the sewer in a lot of respects, I have always rocked a kitchen.

When I was a teen thinking about my future, I went to a culinary school for baking. I instantly loved being in a bakery. Then life happened, and kids started popping out like Pez. I’m not sorry for the unexpected veer my road took, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss being in a bakery.

It smells good, and in ways you wouldn’t expect. A bakery does not smell like sweets and treats most of the time. There’s an underlying scent, a mix of old yeast and apple donut filling that’s slightly off and disinfectant and hot ovens. It might sound off-putting, but something about all those scents coming together turns them into an olfactory symphony.

It sounds good. The clanking of the pot washer, the gentle swish of the dough hooks, the hum and buzz of the Hobarts. Oven timers beeping, the dough baller chugging, the clicking of the muffin scoop plopping batter into the pans. And the chatter of the bakers, louder than most of the departments so voices can be heard over the oddly soothing cacophony. It all combines to just feel so warm and welcoming.

“Um, Bethie? Are we going to wax eloquent all morning?”

Okay, okay. I get it. You came here for lighthearted banter, not a Creative Writing 101 assignment. I didn’t intend to blather on so much anyway. Believe it or not, I had a totally different agenda this morning.

*waves to the left* *motions to the right* *go go dancers take the stage* *the band starts up with a polka version of the catchy theme music*

You know what time it is! Say it with me!! It’s time for a….

* * * HEADLINE ROUNDUP ! ! ! * * *

Wow what an intro! Fantastyczny!!

It’s been awhile since we’ve poked fun at the news outlets. I thought what better way to spend my morning off than rounding up the headlines that jump out at me. Sometimes they’re silly, sometimes they’re stupid. Usually, though, they just put an image in my head I must share. As always, these headlines are real. Unless the robot uprising has happened at the news outlets, a real human thought them up. I gather them and present them to you, with jokes. Shall we begin?

– Gay Gun Group Believes Court Win Puts Homophobes on Notice

I took a lot of English courses, and I can honestly say I’m shocked that these words can be strung together in the same sentence like this.

– Clinton: Trump is “Not Qualified” To Be President

Wowie! What a scathing indictment that would have been a year and a half ago!

– Tiny, Red Crabs Invade California Beach

So, you know…wrap it up.

– Emancipation Proclamation: The 13th Amendment to Hit the Auction Block

There is a deep, meaningful, and timely metaphor somewhere in here. Unfortunately, I promised we’d just do jokes for this section. Sorry. Get deep on your own.

– Oklahoma Lawmakers OK Bill Criminalizing Performing Abortion

Does everybody but me have a goddamn time machine? Didn’t we settle this ages ago?!?

– ‘More Will Die’: The Ethics of Up-Close Tornado Chasing

The “ethics”? It’s not an ethical issue. It’s a stupidity issue. God modern society is frustrating sometimes. Can’t let a woman decide on her own whether or not to have a baby, but gotta raise a stink and fuss when grown idiots want to get personal video of a tornado. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?

“Ahem, Bethie?”

Oh. Right. Jokes. Sorry.

– Senate Approves $1.1B to Fight Zika Virus

Production Begins Immediately on Tiny Little Swords for the Battle

– Milwaukee Custard Shop Under Fire for English-Only Policy

I want to imagine the idea for this custard shop went something like this: Two upper middle class stoner kids were sitting around the in-ground pool one day eating the fancy desserts their mum ordered for a dinner party later. “Custards are mad sick, yo,” said one. “Aw hells to the YEAH,” said the other. “Dude, wouldn’t it be sweet to have a store of, like, all the custards?” “You’re a fucking genius, brah.” “But only for peeps who speak English.” “Totes.”

– Louisiana Lawmaker’s Stripper Weight ‘Joke’ Draws Rebukes

HOLD THE PHONE. Are you trying to tell me that a lawmaker joked about a stripper’s weight and people are upset by it?! Stunned. Absolutely gobsmacked.

– Congressman Wants to Strip IRS of ‘Guns and Badges’

Congress, the body that creates tax laws, wants to make it impossible for the body of government that enforces the tax laws to have enough clout to actually do the enforcing. … … …YAY!!! NO MORE TAXES!!!! Let’s have a ticker tape parade with our shredded W-2s!!

– Grammar Fail, Or Do Texas Republicans Believe Most Texans Are Gay?

Why must it be one or the other? Can’t they have poor grammar AND a shitty attitude? Come on, Reuters. Stop trying to fit them into one box. #IdiocySpansManyCategories

– Nearly 8 in 10 Public Pools Fail Routine Safety Inspections

Keep that in mind next time you send your kids off to steep in the town’s toilet.

– Grand Jury Finds Fault All Around In Plum Sex Scandal But Files No Charges

Plum…sex…scandal… It’s too early. I can’t even. Let’s just move on…

– Chinese Government-backed Social Media Users Flood Web

I can’t wait to read their completely honest and unbiased tweets.

– Boston Official Charged With Union-Related Extortion

The No Shit Gazette’s really pumping ’em out today, eh? *sorry, Bostonians. You know I love ya.*

– Open Your Door, By Knocking On it? This Device Can Do That

This has zero potential to end up in sitcom-level embarrassment.

– Harvard Engineers Have Designed a Soft, Wearable Robot

OH MY GOD SO CREEPY

– Scientists Have Found a Way to Make Wood Transparent

Holy shit! I wonder what they’re going to call it? I’m pretty good at naming things. Lemme give it a shot… Hm… Glasswood. Crystapine. NO! I got it! PLASTIC. Short, catchy, easy to say. I’m going to go trade mark that shit before someone else beats me to the punch.

– Google Patent Glues Pedestrians to Self-Driving Cars

…wut?

– Google Patent Glues Pedestrians to Self-Driving Cars

…nope. Doesn’t make any more sense the second time around.

– This Gloriously Disturbing BBC Tweet Has Created The Year’s Oddest Hashtag

#FishThatLiveUpBums Yep. I’d say that qualifies.

– SpaceX Appears to Be on Track for Mars by 2018, But Has Legal Hurdles to Clear

The Martian government is notoriously strict on travel visas. No one from earth has successfully passed the probing part of the physical exam. I wish SpaceX luck with this one.

– Dronebuster Will Let You Point and Shoot Command Hacks at Pesky Drones

*sniff* Stop. You had me at “dronebuster”. *sniff*

– Chinese Couple Spends Wedding Night Copying Constitution

Whoa sorry! Didn’t mean to take this post to the gutter. Should have put a NSFW warning before that steamy headline. I’ll be more vigilant in the future.

– You Can Now Throw Axes Around in London

Pip pip sign me up!

– Beer Mile Champ Getting Paid Big Bucks to Drink and Run

I believe the event will coincide with this year’s Darwin Awards.

– University Says Graduation Caps Cause ‘Avoidable Injury’

If you are a university that has such little confidence in your seniors’ ability to think for themselves that you issue warnings about damn hats, then I fully believe you have failed at your job and owe those seniors a refund.

– Couple Lives the Dream, Weds in Front of 700 Cats

Chin up! If they found each other in this crazy, mixed up world, there’s hope for you yet.

– What Does Trump Want in a VP?

My guess is a nice rack and a willingness to give him a “Bill Clinton” in the oval office.

– A Ban On Skinny Jeans?

Dear god YES. Thank you.

– Is This The World’s Most Instagrammed Coffee?

It makes me sad that there is actually someone out there who keeps track, but not quite as sad that THIS is what a respected news outlet feels is actually news.

– Images That Prove Photography Still Matters

I don’t think anyone ever said it didn’t matter. Feeling a little insecure, are we CNN?

– Did Coach Tell LeBron to Shut The F— Up?

Well someone’s gotta say it.

– Taiwan Installs 1st Woman President

“Installs?” What a weird way to put it. Unless…unless the robot apocalypse is upon us. *gasp* SO IT BEGINS.

– Since No One’s Buying Clothes, Here’s What the Stores Are Selling

My guess would be splatter guards for frying pans and copious amounts of sunscreen.

– Capt. Kirk Takes Command of Navy’s New $4B Destroyer

This is some straight up governmental fat cat bullshit! They should totally have followed the Wars model…cheaper, faster, lighter, and you get Han Solo! Plus, all the lower level officers wouldn’t constantly be dying. Just what are you trying to say with this type of statement, US Navy? HM?! STAR WARS IS SUPERIOR TO STAR TREK IN EVERY WAY.

– Trump: Clinton ‘Isn’t Qualified’ to be the President

Did…did Trump just do a “Nuh uh, YOU’RE the poopy head?” Oh fuck me. I can’t. I can’t have a president who can’t come up with a better zinger than “I’m rubber you’re glue.”

– Deep Sea Explorers Spot ‘Ghost Shark’

ZOMG. I call dibs on pitching “Ghost Shark” to Syfy for their next original movie.

– New Dinosaur Species Unveiled At Ottawa Museum

Shouldn’t that always be “old” dinosaur species unveiled?

– Blue Moon Rises Saturday- But it Won’t Be Blue

So…just the moon, then.

– Vietnam Frees Jailed Dissident Priest Ahead of Obama’s Visit

We used to do the same to our little sister five minutes before Mum was due home from work.

– Hubble Snaps a Fetching New Portrait of Mars

For the shoot, Mars wore a classic Bohemian number with just the most darling string of pearls. No wonder SapceX is so hot to “colonize”. Ooh la la.

– Feds: Failures Led to And Prolonged California Oil Spill

My tax dollars funded this investigation. *bangs head on desk*

– Evidence Scant California’s Licensed Illegal Immigrant Drivers Getting Insurance

In the country illegally? Cool. Become a licensed driver somehow? All good. But if they think they can get away without carrying full coverage THEY’VE CROSSED THE LINE.

– Evidence Scant California’s Licensed Illegal Immigrant Drivers Getting Insurance

…I’m just saying, it’s an odd straw that broke that camel’s back.

– Colo. Mom Arrested After Video of Child Abuse Posted Online

Whenever you find yourself cursing the internet and modern technology, just think about this story and know that kids are safer because fucking idiots have the tools to announce to the world they are, indeed, fucking idiots.

– Texan Arrested for 7th DWI After Crashing in Front of Police HQ

At least he saved them a trip. Silver lining?

– AI Will Condemn Humans to Life of Uselessness, Says Historian

False. AI will condemn humans to life of painful, meaningless servitude. It’ll still be a bleak existence, but I wouldn’t call it useless.

– Apple Supplier Hints at an All-glass iPhone

Damn it sheeple. Haven’t you figured out by now that they are just trying to come up with ways for your phone to break faster so you rush out and buy another? If Apple releases a glass iPhone and you buy it, I’m sorry, but we’re done. That’s my no give.

– Craigslist Ad Boasting ‘I Sell Weed’ Leads to Bust

Is there any other way that could have gone?

– Huge Peach, Scorned By Some, Plucked From Atlanta Skyline

I think we found the other party in the Plum sex scandal.

– Vodka Contains Fog Harvested From San Francisco Skies

Hipsters, put down that Pabst. You have a new god now.

– Atari is Developing ‘Centipede’ and ‘Missile Command’ Movies

Okay. I get the Missile Command. You can make a big back story and have explosions ‘n shit and it’ll be a fun couple hours. But Centipede? How in the HELL are they going to turn THAT into a movie?!

“Bethie, you’re going to pitch Ghost Shark to Syfy.”

…touche.

Thus concludes a Roundup for Saturday, May 21, 2016. I’m off to find some silly b-day wishes for my nephew then get my young pup on the move before the cat loses her shit completely.

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