Sleep is glorious

I slept until 8am today and I am a new person. That’s ten hours of sleep. My mood is sunny, my outlook is fresh. The temperature will come up enough today that I can go for a run in comfortable but still invigoratingly cool weather. I’ve got my sweatshirt and sweatpants, a purring cat in … Continue reading Sleep is glorious

Stress and sleep

I woke at 4 a.m. today, my mind already fully alert and on work. Today is Saturday. This is not how I wanted my Saturday to begin. I knew I wouldn’t fall back asleep, so I got up to feed the cats and water the Christmas tree. When I began journaling, and all the words … Continue reading Stress and sleep


The end of the week is finally here. Hallelujah! I’m looking forward to a weekend with nowhere to go and no obligations. It feels like it’s been a couple of months since that’s happened. I have a ton of chores to do this weekend that I’m not looking forward to, mostly cleaning related: clean the … Continue reading Friday

Free joy

I’m twisted sideways to type this because a cat crawled into my lap before I was able to get my computer out of my bag. I sat on the couch with my coffee on the end table next to me, pulled a fleece blanket over my legs, and she was on me within 3 seconds. … Continue reading Free joy


I remembered the other day that I used to want to be a meteorologist when I grew up. I have no recollection of why I wanted to be a meteorologist. I don’t remember particularly caring about the weather as a child. I only remember that there was a meteorologist on a local TV station who … Continue reading Meteorology

A life of purpose

I sometimes feel adrift. I’m 48, likely more than halfway through my life, and this drifting has become clearer to me as I look forward a decade or so and think about what life might look like in retirement. It used to be that our kids gave our lives structure. Now that one has moved … Continue reading A life of purpose