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 →

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 a... Continue Reading →

The seasons are changing in Second Life! Here is a glimpse of my wee home all ready for the winter months. When I get irritated by the news -- which is often, these days -- I spend some downtime wandering through a virtual world. Not that virtual worlds are free of racism, sexism, homophobia, and... Continue Reading →

Today was a mess in Portland, downed power lines everywhere, huge branches from trees in the middle of the roads, and chunks of ice melting and dropping. The power was out from just past midnight until nearly sundown. Zen and I huddled together for warmth, when she could tolerate me. And the work party I... Continue Reading →

Freezing rain continued to fall overnight, and I couldn't get my car defrosted enough to drive in this morning. The roads and sidewalks were so icy that it took me twice as long to walk to and from the bus. But look at how photogenic the ice-covered trees are! The power has flickered twice this evening already,... Continue Reading →

I survived! It was a bit painful waking up at a terribly early time this morning just to catch the bus, but come quitting time I was very glad that I wasn't driving myself home. Trimet to the rescue! The bus couldn't go faster than 25 miles an hour due to the chains on the... Continue Reading →

It was quite frosty this morning, and an ice storm is headed our way tonight. Wish me luck getting to and from work tomorrow! Writing from: my living-room in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the wind rattling the panes.

Zen can be a great cuddler when she wants to be. Luckily tonight was one of those nights, and we drifted off together for an excellent nap. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the heater kick on. It's only 30ºF out there tonight!

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