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This is Winning

For the first time in a very long time, I feel like I got just enough weekend. Now, don’t get me wrong – if my job kept paying me regardless of whether or not I showed up to work, I’d be at home on the couch right now, watching Criminal Minds and drinking prosecco out of miniature bottles so I could feel like a lazy giant.


But, since apparently “going to work” is still a condition for “getting a paycheck,” here I am. And not even particularly begrudgingly.

I got to start my weekend a wee bit early on Friday by volunteering at Cider Summit. It was fun pouring ciders, pretending I actually knew what I was talking about (hint: I was reading the backs of the bottles!), and getting to taste a few ciders myself. Bonus: I ran into a dear, dear friend that I hadn’t seen in a while and now we have plans to hang out next week! Hooray!

You guys, this is so good. I want to buy 144 cases of it and drink one every day for the rest of my life.

You guys, this is so good. I want to buy 144 cases of it and drink one every day for the rest of my life.

Saturday was a lazy-ish morning, followed by getting my hairs beautified (check it out! #40before40 item number eleven is taken care of!). Right? So pretty. Saturday evening was dinner out and then karaoke (because what else am I going to do on a kid-free Saturday night?)

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Sunday was another lazy-ish morning (I didn’t get out of bed until after ten…that’s just crazy), a nice little walk, waffles from the food cart, and then a drive south for more hanging out with people and eating and playing cards.

There was a lot of stuff fitted in to two and a half days, but I still felt like there was enough doing nothing to count towards weekend relaxation; really the best kind of weekend. I even did AOK with the sheer amount of hanging out with strangers and/or people I don’t know very well. There was some nervousness, but no real anxiety and not a single glimmer of a panic attack. That’s the real success, I think. It’s been a long time since I’ve been “on” for that many days in a row without needing a break to do some breathing exercises and to tell myself that it’s not a heart attack.



This almost makes up for the fact that I’ve been terribly, terribly clumsy the last week. I attempted to remove a thumb (alas! I didn’t cut it at the right angle to meet up with the scar from a previous thumb-removal attempt, so it’s slightly less cool), fell down the stairs (yes again), spilled hot coffee on that same, troublesome thumb, and then to add insult to injury, managed to snag my thumb band-aid on my bra hook last night while attempting to disrobe. I’m assuming that last one was especially amusing and my only regret is that I don’t have a video of that to share with all of you.

...and cut off her thumb, and did impromptu interpretative dances with one hand stuck behind her back...

…and cut off her thumb, and did impromptu interpretative dances with one hand stuck behind her back…

I’m really, except for the random acts of gracefulness, feeling pretty good about a lot of things. I just need a million dollars and some more free time, and I’ll chalk this solstice Monday up as a really good day.

Today is the first day of Eleanor's adventures! Also, a rare summer solstice with a full moon. photo by: Jonathan Paulson

Today is the first day of Eleanor’s adventures and a rare summer solstice with a full moon.
photo by: Jonathan Paulson



Favorite Fall Facts Friday

Since I missed three thing Thursday due to actually having to work, I am, instead, going to talk about why I love fall, and why I might have a break-down if the weather doesn’t break soon. (Although, I do love the PNW – my weather channel app keeps sending me weather alerts due to our unseasonable heat. Highs in the low 90s. I love this climate.)

Autumn leaves. Cool morning temps. Wood fire smell. Geese flying in formation. Sweaters. Soup. Sitting outside after the sun goes down. Garden tomatoes. Chrysanthemums. New Castle episodes!

Fall boots. Roasted Root Vegetables. Needing a blanket. Hallowe’en. Crockpot cooking. Vinter Varmer. Tweed skirts. Corn mazes. Fall spice smells (cinnamon & cloves). Blustery days.

Warm kitten bellies. Baking. Peacoats. Red wine. Fall fruits. My anniversary! Pumpkins. Thanksgiving. Snuggling. Fall runs in Forest Park. Apples.

Scarves. Pumpkin spice lattes. Flannel sheets. Canning season.  Pie.  Red wine. Argyle socks. No more mosquitos! Full rain barrels. Hot cocoa.

Apple cider. Chili and cornbread. Chocolate chip cookies. Slippers and robes. Good books on chilly days. The maple tree down the street. School supplies. Squashes. The sound of dying leaves under my boots.  Jack-o-Lanterns.


I just hope I survive this weekend heat wave and that autumn, and all its wonderfulness, starts soon!

Three Things Thursday: A Glimpse into my Psychoses

  1. When I was little, I didn’t so much have an imaginary friend as an imaginary boss. I knew he wasn’t real, but if I was to avoid punishment (I don’t remember what these punishments were – probably something extremely lame), I had to do things in the correct order. If I was emptying the silverware tray in the dishwasher, everything had to be done in order: first knives, then forks, then spoons. If I accidentally missed a knife and came across it later, I was in violation of the rules. That’s really weird, right? And probably shows early signs of OCD. (Incidentally, the boss – not just an ordinary boss – but a KING! That’s right, my imaginary OCD helper was a king who took the time to instruct me on how to unload a dishwasher.) Glad you got a glimpse into my crazy?
  2. This morning, when I went into my closet (where my clothes are hung in a certain order, of course, although I don’t think any royalty get royally pissed off when I hang my pants in the wrong place) I noticed that all of my pretty black heels have a slight sheen of dust on them. DUST. On my shoes. How does that even happen? (Well, I guess it’s been about a year since I’ve worn most of them.) That made me really sad.
  3. I was walking today & caught a glimpse of a woman out of the corner of my eye. In my head I said, “she has really nice, thin legs.” And then I realized it was my reflection. Now I feel all happy, but also like I should probably try to remember that more often. Or at least wear these jeans more often!

Blame the Bloggess

Seriously – I can’t believe the bloggess linked to this site.

I cannot stop refreshing.

So far, my favorite “possible next tweet:”

That’s probably better than a neti pot, a whore-clown? I’m pretty open up immediately!

Love it. LOVE!

Other great possibilities:

Obama goes rogue on Parking at St. John’s Theater & cocktails. Oooh – that does anyone have an!

You could accidentally kill someone called Advice on my Audubon sign on lottery tickets.

I didn’t drink all the recaps must get from Sephora, but cannot commit to the architect (the architect might be sad about this)

Top search of WIN! (yay!)

This horrifies me. The craziness of 5 stars to Uranus. Because I’m going to see the wall of 5 stars to!

I checked in a mental break & saw SNOW later this next year! This one actually makes sense to me.

I love to send aphids to shower now. Right? Who doesn’t love sending aphids to shower. THAT’S HOW YOU KILL THE BASTARDS!

Nothing says like pie & Lesbian Center Obama goes rogue on I was Amazon!

Good as my site by Stephen King It’s wicked heavy! I’m brilliant due to chickens

Book review up her pot) pipe today starts with: Sexy Venus is for leprechauns. wait…what’s this?

I could seriously do this all day. Freaking awesome.

Three Things Thursday

1. Today is my last day of work for 10 (TEN!) days. I am so excited. I have so many things planned next week:

  • Cheesemaking
  • beer making
  • bacon making
  • sausage making
  • cleaning
  • yoga
  • running
  • mindless game playing
  • gardening
  • traveling (to Seattle)

All I have to do is finish my class (tomorrow!) and from Saturday on, it’s Spring Break time! WOO!

2. I am so tired right now that I can’t even make myself go home. That takes too much work. I am such a St. Patrick’s Day party animal!

3. I have not worked out at all this week. I’ve had intensive homework every night, and due to public transportation, haven’t managed to get home before 7 ever. Next week will be more exercisey, but I need to find a solution to fit in my workouts with school & work.

I get up around 5:30 most mornings (except for this morning, when apparently I hit off and not snooze & completely missed yoga – I didn’t get up until 7:20….), but need to be on a bus by 6:45.  I suppose I could get up earlier to work out, but I can’t get to bed before 10 (homework!).  I’m pretty sure if I didn’t spend 3 hours/day commuting I could find more time.

I have five classes left in my graduate program, and then the Capstone, and then I’m done. What will I do with all that free time? (I know! Train for a half iron man! Woo!)