Happy Wife, Happy Life, Happy Meals

by Kevin Burton    The happy whirring has begun.    I meant the whirring from our brand new purchased-on-sale, matches-the-oven, shiny, silver refrigerator.  My wife may be whirring happily too, not sure.     I told the story of our kitchen appliance upgrade last week (“So Long Old Fridge, Good Riddance,” June 1).    I said …

Tooling Around, Feeling Virtuous

by Kevin Burton    Looks as if I’ve had the definition of “tooling around” wrong all these years.    Tool around is a verb, says vocabulary.com, meaning to “ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it.”    On yourdictionary.com the definition is “to drive or jaunt about, going from place …

Idioms Are Words To Live By, Carefully

by Kevin Burton    I try to be thoughtful and practical when buying things for my wife. I have to admit though, one of my Christmas presents for her sucks.    It’s a handheld vacuum to clean the car interior and small places in the house.     Sucks, get it? Vacuum sucks?     Well OK, …