Day 357 of Project 365: Zen’s new hiding place.

Zen didn’t get up to say goodbye as I was heading to the airport, but that’s okay. She has a new hiding place: right in front of the register, underneath the nesting tables.  I tried to move the tables and put her bed there, but she just folded herself up underneath the tables and lookedContinue reading “Day 357 of Project 365: Zen’s new hiding place.”

Day 356 of Project 365: Winterbloom.

I had lofty goals to come home and get all of my chores done and pack and take a nice hot bath with custom-made bath salts that a friend gave me … and then I was delayed at work, and all that melted like so much Portland snow. I’m still packing! But in twenty-four hours I’ll beContinue reading “Day 356 of Project 365: Winterbloom.”

Day 355 of Project 365: Wrapped up.

Gift-giving makes me incredibly anxious. I’m not certain where it comes from, but it is pervasive at this time of year, especially when I don’t have my very best shopping pal at my side to talk me out of talking myself out of choices. I do like giving people things, but I’m always convinced I’veContinue reading “Day 355 of Project 365: Wrapped up.”

Day 354 of Project 365: Chicken and cornbread in the slow-cooker.

My immune system collapsed in the wee hours this morning, when I woke up to a coughing fit and severe sinus pain. I haven’t done much today except sleep, but I did manage to put a meal in the slow-cooker so I will have home-cooked lunches this week. I love this recipe for barbecued chicken and cornbread becauseContinue reading “Day 354 of Project 365: Chicken and cornbread in the slow-cooker.”

Day 352 of Project 365: Live-snarking rom-coms.

Some friends of mine get together regularly to watch romantic comedies and good-naturedly snark about them. Living thousands of miles apart doesn’t stop them: they meet online and sync up their various media players so everyone is experiencing it in real-time. I joined in the fun today and it was exactly the low-key social distractionContinue reading “Day 352 of Project 365: Live-snarking rom-coms.”

Day 351 of Project 365: Forward.

After a wearying week of winter weather, bouts of insomnia, and seasonal ennui, I found myself on this path near the end of my morning commute. I would like to say that I was 100% thrilled to be going to work this morning, but I was not. I was exhausted and irritated and overwhelmed andContinue reading “Day 351 of Project 365: Forward.”

Day 350 of Project 365: Box of Christmas cheer.

A beautiful box of Christmas cheer from my dad and stepmom was waiting for me when I arrived home. It could not have come at a better time; with FunkyPlaid away I haven’t felt much holiday spirit this year, and last week’s weather foiled two of my planned holiday outings. Then this week’s weather causedContinue reading “Day 350 of Project 365: Box of Christmas cheer.”

Day 349 of Project 365: Twelve miles in five hours.

Here’s how my evening commute went today: 15:15: I decide to stick around past quitting time in order to avoid some of the traffic on snowy roads. This decision has the added benefit of helping out at work a little, too. 16:30: Quitting time comes and goes. Snow continues to fall. I remain unperturbed. 18:00:Continue reading “Day 349 of Project 365: Twelve miles in five hours.”

Day 348 of Project 365: Picnic advent.

Each year my mom sends a thoughtful and creative advent calendar around a theme of her own devising. This year it is a picnic basket with assorted picnic-themed goodies, one to unwrap each day! When FunkyPlaid comes home (and the weather clears up) we will be all set to explore Oregon, one picnic at aContinue reading “Day 348 of Project 365: Picnic advent.”