Today is Christmas Eve, going on noon. I have already gotten some bloodwork done, picked up our Christmas dinner and stowed it in the fridge, and packed for our stay with SonnyBoy tonight. Now Joe and I are waiting for our Lyft to 30th Street Station. It’s peaceful. Here is one of my favorite photos, taken in Zurich in 2001. I happened to look up and saw this couple smooching. May your holidays be filled... Read more →


Our tree has been up for over a week now. It has built-in lights, which makes things easier, but it had only two ornaments: Ovi and a cute wooden one with Joe's name on it. We kept meaning to decorate it properly, but every night the recliner and chair captured us and the tree went untrimmed. Twinkly, but untrimmed. I got to thinking that it wouldn't be so bad to just have lights and Ovi... Read more →


I wrapped presents this afternoon. Joe conveniently took a walk, so I had time to figure out where I'd hidden the gifts, wrap them up, and sneak them under the tree. I hope my guys like them! I'm still missing one gift - I ordered it right after Thanksgiving, but it's still in transit from China. I hope it gets here by Christmas but I have my doubts. Eh. It's okay - the giftee will... Read more →

Sketchbook Challenge

I've supported a few crowd-funded projects - a documentary about my favorite radio station, a hilarious game, a modern word processor for distraction-free writing - you know, the usual sorts of things. I was checking on one of them when I noticed a quirky project from artist Lora Zombie called the Sketchbook Challenge. Now, I am not an artist. Yes, I've done some pretty Zentangle tiles, but I am not an artist. This project is... Read more →

A Pretty Wedding

Here's my grandmother's marriage certificate. It's not as fancypants as her father's certificate, but Gramma's wedding was 27 years after his, so maybe things were more streamlined in the 20th century. Anyway, the Washington Star published the following description of the wedding. The suburban home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles F. Whitney of Woodside, Md., was the scene of a pretty wedding Wednesday evening, when their daughter, Miss Mabel Whitney, was married to Mr. Jarrett... Read more →

History Dinner

Joe and I have been attending a historical dinner series at a local joint - the Black Powder Tavern. It's been very entertaining! First off, the tavern itself was built in 1746. During the encampment at Valley Forge, George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and General Von Steuben had strategy meetings there. Now we get dinner and a lecture on an American Revolution battle once a month! Here's what I have learned and eaten so... Read more →

I Care for Skin Care

Both the lovely and talented Weetabix and the lovely and talented KarenD have detailed their skin care routines, so I will also jump on the bandwagon. I have both a morning routine and an evening routine. Let's start with my morning routine. Brush hair. On hair-wash days, leave it down. On non-hair-wash days, put it up in a ponytail bun. Shower. While showering, I use Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser; however, I ran out a little... Read more →

Baking Gingerbread

Well, I made some gingerbread. I got it into my head that I wanted to make some gingerbread, so I got some molasses at the grocery store and assumed I had everything else I needed, what with Thanksgiving pie making and all. Then I went to make it and - no flour. How do you run out of flour? Isn't that one of those things that's just automagically there? I guess not. So we stopped... Read more →