Though our cats breakfast at 6am, oftentimes they decide at 5am, “I’m bored. Let’s have breakfast now.” When they decide they’re ready to eat at 5am, they bring our attention to that decision. In the silent stillness of a sleeping house, they stand in the windowsill and pull the blinds away from the glass, then … Continue reading How irritating can you be and still be loved?
I slept until 7:30 this morning, which for me is sleeping in. By a lot. Tomorrow I’ll be up at 4:30. Yesterday, Saturday, was a lazy day. I did my chores in the morning: grocery shopping, putting the groceries away, washing the grapes and lettuce for easy access throughout the week, changing sheets and towels. … Continue reading Lazy days
Power is out. I sat in front of the aquatic center yesterday evening waiting to retrieve our daughter from swim practice when I received this text from my husband. The sun was setting and the temperature was dropping — it was down to 36℉ (2℃) at sunset — and my first thought after thinking, well … Continue reading Lucky
When I first got to claim a room of my own, I couldn’t wait to make it bright after working in a dark basement living room in our old townhouse. I painted the walls lime soufflé, and my coworkers called my office the Key Lime Studio. When I moved to a different job, I thought … Continue reading I needed an office update
It’s our kids’ Christmas break, and our normally tidy home has detritus on every surface. Before sitting down to write, I collected cups and glasses scattered around the living room: a rocks glass in the window sill with a crust of dried milk in the bottom, an insulated cup from the table with one sip … Continue reading Mixed feelings on messes
My husband was out of town the other night. Usually when he’s away, I make something easy for dinner, like pasta with olive oil and parmesan. This time I had already planned tacos, so I made tacos. I spread the table with all the various bowls and plates: salsa, avocado, shredded cheddar, sautéed onions and … Continue reading Real indicators of how well you know someone