Wake and bake

Our daughter turns 17 tomorrow. She has requested tiramisù for her birthday cake, and I’m excited for the challenge. However, if I’m going to do it right, I need ladyfingers. And according to my Italian teammate, the ladyfingers have to be good. I asked him if I need to make the ladyfingers, or if I … Continue reading Wake and bake

Off routine

I almost forgot to write today! One thing I love about my job is that I get to work with people from around the world. This morning, my team, which is spread across Europe and the Americas, joined a video call with a team spread across the Asia-Pacific region of the world. They were having … Continue reading Off routine

Trying to feel Christmas

We have our Christmas tree up. Neighborhood houses are lit with holiday lights. I’m drinking coffee out of a cup decorated with holly leaves. I’m not feeling Christmas yet, though. Maybe it’s because our son isn’t home yet from college. Or maybe I need to listen to Christmas music to get in the spirit. Or … Continue reading Trying to feel Christmas


One of my purchases from the early days of the pandemic was a package of ladies’ handkerchiefs. This was in the days of empty toilet tissue shelves. This was also spring, the time of endless Kleenex for the sneezy, nose-tickling days of pollen season. I could never find a satisfying solution with paper tissues: who … Continue reading Handkerchiefs

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