Saturday, April 22, 2017


Well, I have been trying for weeks to troubleshoot it, but I just can't seem to upload photos here anymore. It's a known issue, it's not about amount of space in my account or anything, but just -- not working.  I am still taking photos every day, and potentially I will catch up if I ever get this straightened out. But that's why nothing's happening here for now.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017


We decided to stay home today.

Friday, March 31, 2017


Dean is home this weekend to celebrate his birthday. Naturally the first order of business was presents.... He's taller than me by even more every time I see him, and he's extra happy these days after settling in enough at school to realize that the biochemistry major wasn't quite doing it for him. I think he needs just one more sign-off, and then he'll be an environmental and conservation biology major with a political science minor. Couldn't possibly be more delighted for him; there's a new spring in his step.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Driving home tonight, I heard the radio weather report describe current conditions as, "38 degrees, under milky skies."  Milky skies. Never heard that on a weather report before, but it was totally and absolutely true. So very milky, even early this morning.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Because I am perfectly willing to be motivated by a bucket.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Long, dark days. I know it will pass -- the shine will shine, it will warm up, the work will get done.

Buying lottery tickets, and taking deep breaths. And keeping my Phineas and Ferb pencil close by for moral support.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Possibly one of the hardest mornings, ever, to get out of bed. So. very. tired. A long week ahead of me.

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Mushrooms and polenta, because it's still winter. Wintery.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


 Because, you might not be sure what's inside a lemon? Because, we want you to know how kind of old and shrivelly these are on the inside?

 Ken and I tend to be creatures of pretty mundane habit. Weekends are errands, and laundry, and cleaning up (at little -- not too much). He's been going every weekend for a long time -- has it been almost 2 years? -- to visit his mother whose health is rapidly failing; as her condition worsens, I see the toll it takes on him. So we've recently decided that we need to get out a little more. Maybe every 4 or 6 weeks or so, a meal out, maybe a movie -- and as soon as the weather turns and the snow is off the ground, we'll get out for weekend walks. Given that we kind of saw ourselves needing to make up for lost time (and because we each had a desire to catch a particular movie at the theaters), last weekend we saw the Lego Batman Movie, and today it was Beauty and the Beast. It's a cold and rainy day here, and after the movie we went out to linner (you know, mid-way between lunch and dinner).

World Cup soccer qualifying on the telly, two nice glasses of wine, and it feels like being on vacation.


Every morning on my way to work, I pass a Starbucks. I love -- and I do mean love -- a latte. But, it's expensive, and it takes time, and I probably only treat myself fewer than 5 mornings a year. I'd already kind of planned out, as part of my incentive to make it through the week, that I was going to stop this morning and as you see it ended up being two huge treats in one. Spectacular. And delicious.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


We haven't sprung yet. Still.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


There were several reasons why I ended up taking a longer-than-expected break from my morning workouts. Instead of letting the long break lure me into deciding that, eh, it's not worth the bother and whats'-the-point-since-I've-already-blown-it?, I told myself that past decisions made for good reasons didn't need to mean that I couldn't make new decisions going forward. Yes, I lost some ground I had gained, but I can get it back and keep focused on the big-picture plan (which is to age as healthfully as I reasonably can). It's easy to give up on doing hard things because of the past, isn't it? So I'm just looking out, thinking about what I can do in the future and not what I didn't do in the past. Here I go.

Monday, March 20, 2017


It sorta looked like the Sorting Hat, and then it didn't. Last day of vacation -- I guess it's making me a little crazy (the having to go back to work part, not the being on vacation part). I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time, given the news of the day - maybe being orange and crooked and on the way out is a thing.