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Aging hippie, married 35 years, with a son who's in law school.
Interests: Online journaling, origami, scrapbooking, juggling and circus arts, technical communication, Washington Capitals hockey, Zentangle
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How about the Saturday 9 to lighten the mood? Saturday 9: Piano (2013) by Ariana Grande Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) As she sings, Ariana muses about the songs she could compose on her piano. Do you play the piano? Well, I took lessons for five years, from fourth grade through ninth grade, but - to be honest - I cannot play worth a damn anymore. Well, maybe Chopsticks. 2) She... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Red Nose
So. I start chemo-immuno-therapy for my Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL) on January 30 and 31. If we're friends on Facebook, you may know this already. I didn't make this decision lightly, like "Oh boy! This might be fun to try!" No, I read a lot. I thought a lot. I asked a lot of other people what they thought about it. And it basically comes down to Yes, I Should Do This. My most recent... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Red Nose
Tomorrow I must go back to work after a little more than a week off. I don't wannnnnah. I do not! Alas, if I want to get paid, I guess I'll have to gird my grid and get my act together. I've reactivated my alarm. Joe went out and started Chicolini; he deserves a medal for doing this. It almost didn't start, thanks to the frigid weather, but Joe insisted. He ran the car for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Red Nose
Well, only two hours remain in 2017. We're safe at home, snug in our comfy sweatpants and hoodies, embarking on the Thin Man marathon on TCM. We could have chosen the Twilight Zone marathon, but getting creeped out is not our idea of welcoming the new year. On the other hand, Nick and Nora Charles solving mysterious murders in high style is just the ticket. So. Should I do a review of 2017? Or just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Red Nose
The snow started before dawn and lasted until almost noon; my best guess is that we got about three inches of the white stuff. At one point during the storm, we looked out on the balcony and saw this lonely mourning dove. At least the wee bird was out of the snow. However, the cold was biting and bitter, so the dove took shelter under the chair on the porch and hunkered down. Seeing the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Red Nose
Many stores are impossible to leave with just the one item you need. Target. Home Depot. Barnes and Noble. I hear that Costco falls into this category too. For us, IKEA is a trap. Not so much the actual furniture part - we can pretty easily avoid buying sofas, bookcases, beds, and kitchens. The trap is the Marketplace. So many small things that are so inexpensive just kind of jump out and land in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Red Nose
One of the nice things about the Sunday New York Times is the crossword puzzle. I love doing it. And yes, I do it in ink. Sometimes this results in smudges where I've had to overwrite a wrong answer, but I still do it in ink. Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago, the Times published its Super Mega Crossword Puzzle. It's almost a full two-page spread! I knew that this would be A Project, so... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Red Nose
We're having lovely holidays. The family Christmas Eve party was wonderful, as usual. My sister makes the. best. prime. rib. Don't even try to argue with me. This stuff melts in your mouth. It is perfectly medium rare. If you look up prime rib in the dictionary, you will see a picture of my sister's prime rib. Anyway - we also exchanged gifts. I gave her an Alex Ovechkin ugly sweater t-shirt; she gave me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at Red Nose
On this Christmas Eve, Joe and I wish all of you peace, happiness, and above all, love. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Red Nose
The presents are all wrapped and around the tiny tree. The peppermint bark is in the fridge. All I need to do is throw some stuff in a bag for the short trip south, catch a cab and a train, and enjoy Christmas. Meanwhile, your weekend kitty insists on pets and skritches. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Red Nose
Today was holiday grocery day. Check it; it's on all the calendars. Even though there's a Giant and an Aldi closer to us, we go to Wegman's. It's worth it. The Giant is right across the street from the mega-retirement community, so it's crawling - and I do mean crawling - with those folks. The Aldi is just weird, with its rental carts and odd assortment of goods and pack-your-own-damn-groceries policy. So Wegman's it is!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at Red Nose
I managed to actually do some work today - pretty decent work, too! At 4:30 I packed up my purse, wished everyone (all two of them) a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and headed out the door. I am officially on vacation. Paid time off. The best benefit! Tomorrow will be the wrappening and the grocery shoppening. Saturday I may (or I may not) bake something. If the shoppening is too stressful and angst... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Red Nose
Here it is - our teeny tiny tree! It did not come with lights, actually, but it did come with eight cute little ornaments. We will supplement them with our own wee ornaments tomorrow. And look! A star! It will do just fine. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Red Nose
Today the Wendy Weetabix question on Facebook was: While the holidays are joyous for many, there can also be moments of extreme stress, disorganization, and sometimes depression. What is your Life Pro Tip for surviving the holidays? My answer: “You don’t have to do any of it.” Repeat this mantra as needed. As I've gotten older, I've realized that the best thing I can do for myself and for my family is to let go... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Red Nose
Joe has been growing his beard lately, and it has become a lush forest of white hair. When he went grocery shopping today, he wore his green boiled wool jacket and his red touque. He freely admits that he looked like an elf in this outfit. As he was shopping, he noticed a little boy - maybe three years old - being pushed along as Mommy talked on the phone. He saw Joe. Joe says... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Red Nose
It's official - Christmas time is here! We heard the horn and siren around 11 this morning. Joe yelled from the bathroom, "Is it Santa??" even as I grabbed my phone and headed for the balcony. Sure enough, there was the Jolly Old Elf! It looks like he's been working out, prepping for the long ride and multiple chimney descents. Good for him! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Red Nose
Dang! I missed posting yesterday; I blame the snow. It was really coming down just after lunch and Joe suggested that I come home before the roads got nasty. I allowed as how I'd be home in an hour. An hour later the snow was coming down even harder. So I packed up my laptop and headed home. I worked a little more and then set my laptop aside to take a break. Joe was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Red Nose
Our big cat, who is named Little Bits because she was indeed little at one point, is a very insistent cat. When she decides that she wants pets and skritches, you are required to give them to her. Joe says she's an unspeakable cat. I think the description is a riff on Warren Zevon's Excitable Boy. She loves having her belly rubbed and rolls over on her back so that you can easily reach her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Red Nose
I'm feeling worn out tonight. Joe has been feeling poorly the last couple of days - coughing, low fever, lethargy - probably a cold. He's gone to bed really early the last couple of nights, so I grabbed the opportunity to binge watch Season 5 of Downton Abbey. I stayed up until after midnight both nights and now I pay the price. Also, I was invited to the development department's mandatory fun this afternoon. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Red Nose
Today the lovely and immensely talented Wendy asked one of her #bixquestions on Facebook: Who is a person who opened doors for you in your passion or your career when they didn't have to? What did they do and what impact did it have on your life? I answered on Facebook, but I'd like to expand on my answer here. Aren't you lucky! First off is my Pop. The night before I was to leave... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Red Nose
We have a well-worn copy of Bullfinch's Mythology. Among the more famous myths and tales of the gods is the sweet story of Baucis and Philemon. It's my favorite story, so I thought I'd tell it to you on this cold winter night. On a hill overlooking a lake, stand a majestic oak and a graceful linden, enclosed by a low wall. Baucis and Philemon were an old couple. They married young, and spent their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at Red Nose
Well, it's been a lovely Sunday. We had a nice, leisurely morning drinking coffee, munching cereal, and reading the paper. We get the New York Times on Sundays and play a little game based on the homes for sale in the real estate section. Joe reads descriptions of the five properties described in the On The Market section and I guess the prices. I got very close on two today, missed by a mile on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Red Nose
It's snowing like crazy outside. It's Saturday. Because of these two circumstances, I'm still in my pajamas. Why not? I'm not going anywhere, that's for sure. So, on this lazy, snowy day, how about some Saturday 9? Saturday 9: My Church (2016) Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) This song is about a woman who loves singing along with her car radio. Is that something you enjoy? Oh God yes. I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Red Nose
I've posted a couple of Holidailies entries featuring my childhood visits to Santa Claus, so why not another? Here I am, age 3, looking slightly starstruck - or maybe nervous? Maybe it was that voluminous beard! That's the most bearded Santa I've ever seen. I do like my sweet faux fur-trimmed hat and perfectly trimmed bangs though. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Red Nose
I was tired today. It's because I did not sleep well last night. I did my nightly ritual, which generally ensures that I sleep pretty well, but alas! It did not work last night. I woke up at 2:00 AM with terrible heartburn - luckily it was not accompanied by a vurp - and tried to swallow it away. That didn't work, so I heaved myself out of bed and chewed up two Tums. Then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Red Nose