Day 360 of Project 365: Happy merry.

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Hopping into my time machine to catch up with some posts from the weekend! FunkyPlaid and I were together on Christmas Day for the first time in too long, and it was wonderful.

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Day 323 of Project 365: School’s out.

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FunkyPlaid and I are going on all the dates before he leaves. Tonight we had a late dinner at Kennedy School. In other news, I still can’t take a level photograph.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the soothing soundtrack of AbyssRium.

Day 321 of Project 365: It’s beginning to look a lot like …

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FunkyPlaid and I got to see some Christmas decorations together after all.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: Kate McKinnon’s cover of “Hallelujah” on SNL.

Day 318 of Project 365: Feline royalty.

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FunkyPlaid and I are facing another holiday season apart, due to store business, so we took advantage of our waning time together and explored the city a little tonight. In our wanderings we stumbled across a terrific shop called Flutter and met its resident cat, King.

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Portland is long on whimsical charm, and for that I love it more and more.

Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the enchanting soundtrack of AbyssRium, a not-game game I’ve been playing.

Day 300 of Project 365: Iron and lace.

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I wanted to commemorate the 300-day mark of this project with a special photo. It’s been wonderful having FunkyPlaid back home this week, and I am dreading having to say goodbye again so soon. My heart was especially heavy today until I read this piece about Patton Oswalt losing his wife. Then I felt like a big jerk for sighing over a separation of several weeks.

My mom gave us this beautiful bit of ironwork from Oakbeck Forge for our sixth anniversary. Behind it is the purse she handmade to match my wedding gown.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: FunkyPlaid puttering around in the kitchen.

Day 295 of Project 365: Today’s smile.

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Today’s smile started when I picked FunkyPlaid up from the airport this morning and it hasn’t been far from my face since.

FunkyPlaid even managed to decorate a little for Halloween! I’m so glad he’s home. Work and exhaustion are solid distractions from my loneliness, but life is so much better when he’s around.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: FunkyPlaid turn the pages of the book he’s reading. ❤

Day 217 of Project 365: Back in his arms.

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Remember when Zen kept waking me up at ridiculous hours with her yowling?

FunkyPlaid comes home, and she stops.

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Me too, kid. Me too.

Writing from: my quiet study. Listening to: “Ceiling Gazing” by Mark Kozelek.

Day 6 of Project 365: Defended.

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FunkyPlaid successfully defended his doctoral thesis today! I’ve thought about writing those words for as long as we’ve been on this path together, so by now I should have something momentous to say to mark the occasion.

As a younger person, I believed fervently in the ability to put any feeling or experience into words. Every day I live a little longer I realise that there are fewer and fewer experiences that can be fully articulated. Something is always left out.

That’s not a bad thing. It’s a large part of what drives me as a writer and as a human being: in the former case, to try to express the ineffable, and in the latter, not to do so.

Goodness, this took a philosophical turn. Fitting, as it is honour of my newly-minted Doctor of Philosophy, and also fitting considering just how many words he wrote to earn the title. There now, in non-philosophical terms: I am heart-crackingly proud of FunkyPlaid, his achievement, and his humility and grace through it all. The rest of this shared moment I’ll savour wordlessly.

Day 324 of Project 365: The Boys

Day 324 of Project 365: The Boys
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The boys are best buds.

Day 324 of Project 365: The Boys

gratitude: seeing this when I walk into a room · knocking things I will never, ever have to do again off my to-do list · falling for Hipstamatic all over again

Don’t stop believin’, a lip dub for FunkyPlaid.

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After 299 emails, 5.09 GB of movies, weeks of very little sleep, and so much iMovie-bashing, I present my birthday gift for FunkyPlaid, a lip dub of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated, who lent moral support, who tolerated my dithering over the choice of song, and especially to the Gamescape crew who stealthily set everything up to show him the video at the store tonight.

(He was floored.)

I regret not being able to include more of everyone. There was just too much rock for one video.