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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
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
The poems I know well, and love best, I do not need to read. I can catch a couple of lines of a page or from memory, and the pleasure of the whole poem is there. Why had I led... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at The English Geek
A few weeks ago I was watching TV with Kendell and scrolling through my photos on my phone, deleting those I didn’t need to keep. I’d not done this for a little while, so I started with January, and as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at The English Geek
If you know me, you know this: I’m pretty passionate about exercise clothes. That might seem like a weird thing to feel passionate about, but I have a firm belief that comfortable AND functional exercise clothing keeps people exercising. (Cute... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at The English Geek
Usually I go hiking because I love being in the mountains, out on the trail with the vistas and the trees and the wind and the cliffs. That it is exercise is the secondary bonus. Sometimes, though, I hike just... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at The English Geek
Mother's day has always been difficult for me, because it asks us to overlook damage. To see our mothers & ourselves as mothers in a glowing, beautiful light. This year, many friends have said "this will be a hard Mother's... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at The English Geek
For years, Thursday was my favorite day. I called it “sacred Thursday” and I told my kids and my husband that on Thursdays, we leave Mom alone. I didn’t have to work, I kept the day appointment-free, I didn’t see... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at The English Geek
This line I read this morning made me, sitting there at my kitchen counter eating breakfast, start weeping. In the novel, Meet me at The Museum, one of the protagonists (this is a story told by two people) is pondering... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The English Geek
This morning I ran outside because I heard the garbage truck coming and I wasn’t sure if the can was out. It wasn’t, so I rolled it to the curb and then just stood there, on the sidewalk under my... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at The English Geek
A list of details from today, Monday, May 6, 2019, for my Week in the Life project: Kendell took Kaleb to school this morning and I finished cleaning the kitchen from last night. After Jake left for work and I... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at The English Geek
(I’ve slipped a little bit in my blogging. This is because there is a blog post my spirit wants me to write but which I’m not sure I should share. It’s raw and revealing and might make me look weak... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at The English Geek