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nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
Recent Activity
Yesterday I stood in a long line at my local bakery, because I was craving sugar cookies and if I just buy a dozen at the bakery, I don't bake three or four dozen myself, spend hours frosting them, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at The English Geek
On June 21 I set out to accomplish a goal: MOVE EVERY DAY between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. To make sure I didn't miss the very first workout of my streak, I did this hike after work.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at The English Geek
"To join with others to shape a future is the holiest act." "Part of how they make you obey is by making obedience seem peaceful, while resistance is violence. But really, either choice is about violence, one way or another."... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at The English Geek
“Can you see if you have this book?” a patron asked me one night last week. Obviously I get asked that question often, but this interaction is lingering in my memory. “Sure,” I said. “What are you looking for?” She... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at The English Geek
Today is September 10th. No, wait: Today is September 10th. Autumn, as I've long established, is my favorite season. The cooling air, the trees taking up their colors, the slant of the light: while I also love spring, autumn is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at The English Geek
When I was a kid, I lived within two or three miles of my cousins (on my dad’s side), but we only saw each other once a year: at Christmas. Until I was 9 or 10, we went to my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at The English Geek
We have a bad habit of planning trips SO CLOSE to the beginning of school. Usually this happens because of two things, my habit of procrastination and Kendell’s inability to deal with crowds. This year, we ended up in Florida... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at The English Geek
"Solid is not true. She would say her marriage is solid, but only because the words people use to indicate happiness are so unnuanced. Not that her marriage is fragile; it's more that her marriage might be only a solid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at The English Geek
(This is a vulnerable post I’m sharing today. I’m writing it not because I want anyone to feel sorry for me, or because I need sympathy or anything else, but because I feel like writing it will help me process... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at The English Geek
"Sometimes people look critically at a woman who spends time on her hobbies when the carpet needs to be vacuumed," Bonnie said. "Yes, but think about it." Gwen rested her chin in her palm. "Who would criticize a male artist... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at The English Geek
A few weeks ago, I went shopping at Macy’s for the last time. Or, at least, my local Macy’s, which is now closed. It made me think about all of the stores we used to have that are gone: Weinstock’s,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at The English Geek
One of my goals for 2019 was to read a print version of some poetry every single day. I have been off and on with this goal, mostly off for the past three weeks or so. But August is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at The English Geek
My August goals: Family and House: Do something every week with just me and Kaleb before school starts. This week we have already gone school shopping twice and it’s been so much fun! Be brave and have the conversation I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The English Geek
I can’t believe July is already over. We are still in the heat of deep summer here, and honestly, July isn’t my favorite month. It’s hot and almost no flowers are blooming and even the grass just seems drained. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at The English Geek
Last fall when I was restricted to only hiking trails with not a lot of vert, Kendell and I hiked to Silver Lake. I chose it because it was listed as “easy” on many of the hiking websites and apps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at The English Geek
I was full of sadness this morning. I had planned on going with Kendell to his INR check and then running home, but my knee was unhappy, so I didn’t. I waited outside for him, though, and the air smelled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at The English Geek
One of the cool things about log cabin squares is that the way you arrange them creates a totally different pattern. The squares themselves “read” as if they are made up of two triangles, a light and a dark, especially... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at The English Geek
When my mom passed away, one of the categories of stuff we had to deal with was her immense collection of fabric. When it was done—it went to so many different people and places—I resolved that I will never let... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at The English Geek
A favorite quote: Girl nerds are in even more trouble than boy nerds, because everybody says we don’t exist, or if we do exist, it’s because we’re trying to get the boy nerds to like us. I don’t like any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at The English Geek
Favorite quotes: A good podcast can add a glorious multi-world texture to anything. Grief is a scar. The tissue is tough and when it’s cut again, it heals poorly. This might be heresy to say out loud in this day... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at The English Geek
A favorite quote: Hold on to the moments when you were smiling, happy, when forever seemed too far away to see the end of it. Only let go of the moments like this. Of crying so hard there’s no longer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at The English Geek
Last week something surprising happened to me: the 4th of July arrived, and it shoved me right down into a pit of despair. Eventually this will all lead to my thoughts on my solstice-to-equinox streak, but it’s kind of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at The English Geek
I have spent all morning today thinking about my body. How it has changed over time and how I feel about it. Here’s a photo of me from five years ago, at a 5k race I ran in that was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at The English Geek
The older I get, the stronger my urge to travel grows. There are so many places in the world I want to see: the fjords of Scandinavia, Antrim Island in Ireland (and, frankly, all of Ireland), more of Italy and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at The English Geek
The first week of my solstice-to-equinox exercise streak has come and gone, so I thought I would check in. Let’s be honest here: doing something EVERY day is hard for me. (Except for, you know, stuff like brushing my teeth... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at The English Geek