Day 37 of Project 365: Two of my favorite things.

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Bubble tea and board games are two of my favorite things.

Writing from: a quiet room in Marin. Listening to: the soft churn of tumble-drying laundry.

Day 36 of Project 365: Queen Z.

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Yeah, we’re so worried about how Zen is acclimating.

Eleven days after the big move and she’s bossing the other cats around and hogging all the best sunshine spots.

I spent most of the day working on a single job application. I may be overthinking it. Time to curl up with Matt Haig’s lovely book “The Humans” and forget about the job search for the rest of the night.

Writing from: Zen’s world. We just live in it. Listening to: Spotify’s Perfect Concentration playlist.

Day 35 of Project 365: Really got a hold on me.

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Today I visited the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. I enjoyed a warm welcome from former coworkers and it was wonderful to be back in their company. But after an hour, the tenor of the reunion changed: I became desperately sad, missing it all so much, then overcome with the knowledge that the library and all the lives it contains exist separately from my memories of working there. The two are not the same. It’s easy to pretend they are from a distance.

After descending the magnificent central staircase so that I could snap today’s photo, I crossed the street and ducked into the Civic Center transit station. Two women on the Muni platform were singing “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”:

I don’t like you, but I love you
Seems that I’m always thinkin’ of you
Though you treat me badly, I love you madly
You’ve really got a hold on me

Writing from: a nostalgic room in Marin. Listening to: The Bobs’ cover of “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me”.

Day 34 of Project 365: Emerald.

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The day I feared has arrived: one of the three fountain pens I filled right before Day 20 ran out of ink. (This photo-a-day project is handy because now I know how much ink my Conklin All-American holds, in days, which is more useful to me than milliliters.)

Luckily for me, I married a man who stashes ink in other countries.

Kind friends gave us a bottle of J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivor, one of their 1670 Anniversary inks renowned for its crazy sheen. I did my best with a Rhodia No. 16 6 x 8 1⁄4″ Spiral Dot Grid notepad, some amateurish calligraphy, and the camera on my phone, but you should see a master in action.

Not much cheers me up faster than writing with a nice pen filled with beautiful ink.

Writing from: a quiet home in Marin. Listening to: Zen “zip-lining” (what we call her tiny squeezebox snores).

Day 33 of Project 365: Paper lotus.

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During any transition, there are days that don’t fit right, days filled with restless energy that rattle the wishbone and scour the brainpan. My morning pages were filled with the images from a nightmare in which I lost my prized possessions and when I tried to retrieve them, could only carry one at a time.

My subconscious has never been terribly subtle.

Job hunting stressed me out a bit so I did some origami tonight to relax. I chose the lotus flower I failed the last time. This black-and-white paper is not the paper I should be using to practice with, but I love the patterns.

Writing from: sickbed central in Marin. Listening to: warm air coming up through the vent, right before Zen goes to sit on it.