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Three Things Thursday: My baby’s in kindergarten

  1. After a one-day delay due to heat and terrible air quality, Alvie Bean started kindergarten yesterday. He was beyond ready, and so was I. Kind of. I mean, my eyes watered a bit off and on all day yesterday, but that was probably from the smoke. I got to FaceTime with him last night and I don’t think he even took a breath while telling me all about his first day. I’m sad that I won’t get to see him again until Monday (or, as he informed me, his fourth day of kindergarten), but I’m glad he had a wonderful time.

    First day of kindergarten!

    He was so ready for school that he didn’t even notice I wasn’t next to him as he took off.

  2. Speaking of air quality, it’s so bad here. My throat hurts, my eyes burn, and I have a constant headache. The whole western US is on fire, I think. Obviously the fires in the Columbia River Gorge are my main concern, both due to their proximity and the fact that I love that area so much (and it’s been destroyed because of teens with fireworks). All spring, Portland (and the PNW in general) was breaking precipitation records. Between our snowfall in January and the rain that lasted until June 13, it was wet. So wet. Since June 13, we’ve had 0.01″ of rain in Portland (8/13/17). Seriously: 0.01 inches in the last 88 days. So much precipitation early led to a lot of growth and then our record heat and extended dry spell made everything a tinderbox. There’s no real rain in the forecast for the next ten days, and between our fires, the hurricanes in the Atlantic, the earthquakes in SE Idaho, I’m beginning to wonder if this is the apocalpyse. (Eleanor is really sorry.)

    Ashfall on my car Tuesday morning

    Regional Wildfire map as of 9 am this morning

    This morning’s smoke-obscured red sun.


  3. I am so ready for rain and autumn and sweaters and leaves turning colors and cooler weather and Halloween. (True fact: I got married on Halloween so that even if I ended up divorced, there wouldn’t be a sad divorce day, just a “it’s still Halloween and Halloween is awesome” day.)

    Me, last night, pretending it’s autumn…and sweating like crazy.

    I’m just gonna leaf this here.

    Halloween is the best

    I’ve really grown as a person since my excessively DIY hippie days of a decade ago.


Three Things Thursday: Late Breaking edition

  1. Today is my mom’s birthday! Happy birthday, mother. I hope you’re having  lovely day.
  2. Yesterday, I got to spend the morning at home due to an under-the-weather kiddo. He’s back in school today and feeling much better, and his sick yesterday meant he slept really, really late and I got a decent amount of writing done on The Ruby Blade. I’m going to need each and every one of you to buy a few hundred copies of my book (each) so that I can make a living from writing. Please?
  3. I am looking forward to reaching a point in my life where I’m not constantly exhausted and can get myself out of bed when my alarm goes off. My plan for tomorrow? 5:45 wakeup call and up & out the door for a run by 6ish. I have my intervals loaded on my phone and will lay out my exercising clothes when I get home. The main challenge is going to be forcing myself to be in bed and asleep by 11.

Happy almost Friday! Woo!

Time to retire this old thing…

Three (3!) Things Thursday – Dude, Where’s my Car?

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  1. Yesterday was the first day of me giving up my two grand a year parking spot at work. I did a cost benefit analysis (because that’s how I make decisions…seriously…all decisions need a spreadsheet workover) and determined that even if I still continued to drive and pay for parking twice a week, I would save a significant amount. Even if I drove the four days a week that I typically drive (and counting holidays and vacation days), I would save a small amount. A new light rail line has opened here in Portland and it has a stop even closer to my work than the parking lot that I was paying two freaking thousand dollars a year to park in. (The rates had jumped way up about a year ago, and I never really did the math…when I did, I was sad. It’s not like I live in Brooklyn or something. #psm)
    ANYWAY – new light rail line, blah blah blah. Where was I?
    Oh yes….I drove my car about four miles down the road to the nearest light rail station and parked.
  2. I took the MAX to work. It was about an hour from leaving home to arriving at my desk. That was a time difference of +10 minutes. A mileage on my car difference of -14 miles (theoretically, but I’ll get to that). I had plans last night with the local chapter of my secret society of warrior women (#bawgs!) so I took the bus! With the medication I’m on, I cannae drive after even one solitary drink, so busing to the bar and Uber-ing home seemed a good plan. Because she is awesome, and even though it was crazy out of the way, my sister-wife drove me home. Which was great. Now there’s just one tiny problem.
  3. I have a dentist appointment this morning fairly far away. I have no car, because, as you remember, mine is four miles away at the light rail station. I feel like I should run there or something, even though I only have two miles on the schedule today, but it’s pouring rain and I will not have time to shower and change after the dentist. Also, I’m almost positive that carrying my business casual in a tiny backpack as I run through the pouring rain would mean that I would be going for a sweaty, drowned rat, slightly damp attire, chic… Here’s hoping Uber has a car in the hood in about 45 minutes or it’s going to be an interesting morning.

I am, however – transportation problems aside – VERY happy that it’s Thursday…

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Three (3!) Things Thursday – the Return

  1. I am so excited about autumn, for all that it induces SAD. I love sweaters and tights and pumpkin spice everything and cooler weather. I am trying to make it autumn by dressing like it’s chilly, but Mother Nature is fucking with me.


  1. One of the things I love best about autumn is that it’s almost HALLOWEEN! I love Halloween. Love. I will start decorating as soon as I get back from New Orleans. I plan on feeling extra spooktacularly inspired after hanging out with the zombies and ghosts and vampires and other creatures of the night while there. In the meantime, I’m getting a head start by decorating my Chloe.
My office bestie

My office bestie

  1. Also, it’s costume time! As I’m sure you know, last year I was a fucking Valkyrie ice queen: shield maiden and chooser of the slain! This year, I am going with a different pantheon but a similar idea. My sister-wife (I know! After all that asking the universe [or the internets, more than once, whatever] for a sister wife I finally got one who can sew! So far, she’s not agreed to be my stay at home mom [not my mom, but rather the Bean’s mom, duh] but I’m hopeful) is helping sew my costume. We went to a fabric store and bought a pattern and she’s going to do sewing things! In the meantime, I just want you to remember how awesome I was last year.
This is what awesome looks like.

This is what awesome looks like.

amy serious valkyrie

Bad. Ass.


Happy Thursday! I promise not to choose you to die on the field of battle! At least not until November.


Three (3!) Things Thursday – Pants on Fire Edition

1. Remember when I said on *checks calendar* that I was going to do a book review on Wednesday and one on Friday? Did you enjoy yesterday’s review? You did not? Because it wasn’t there? Yeah. About that…so I have pneumonia. Which is not the bronchitis I was afraid I had at this point last week. It’s been making it difficult to wake up in the morning because my body thinks sleep is more important than waking early to write. (It also thinks not coughing is more important than exercising, something I am supporting.)

This is how I feel now.

This is how I feel now.

2. Speaking of writing, I had promised to finish the draft of the novel I’m working on by the end of the month. I have written approximately 1300 words in the last week (damn you, pneumonia! and double damn to Alvie’s ear infection). That is not enough to finish this. I’m going to have to push hard over the next 9 days to make my goal.

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The writing cave

3. The five point action plan I mentioned last week? The one with breakfast and lunch and no wine for dinner? That’s been going quite well! Go me! The activity levels need to be bumped up, but as soon as I can hit a brisk walk without coughing up a lunch, I feel that I’ll be doing well. I have a 5K April 4, my first outdoor triathlon (sprint!) on 5/9, and an Olympic tri on June 7. I also need to run a 10K at some point in April. The one thing that all of these races have in common? Every single one has a medal for all finishers.

I only race for medals.

I only race for medals.