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 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 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 346 of Project 365: Silent night.

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, andContinue reading “Day 346 of Project 365: Silent night.”

Day 345 of Project 365: Trapped.

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 IContinue reading “Day 345 of Project 365: Trapped.”

Day 344 of Project 365: Ice capades.

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 “Day 344 of Project 365: Ice capades.”

Day 343 of Project 365: Snow day.

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 theContinue reading “Day 343 of Project 365: Snow day.”