unphoneable

For at least the foreseeable future—for the rest of today and possibly longer—I cannot receive phone calls or text messages. This is due to a glitch in transferring my mobile service from one carrier to another, one is that totally my fault because I’d made the assumption that my non-branded phone which I’d bought outright […]

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pasta surprise

This past Sunday night, Mike and I went out to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. Just about every inch of the place was decorated in lights, ornaments, greenery, and Santas for the impending holiday, and several of the staff remarked to us how slammed they’d been with diners shortly before we arrived. We were […]

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the longest night of the year

Most people I know in the Pacific Northwest aren’t fans of long winter nights. As the Winter Solstice rolls around, I’m more likely to overhear cascading complaints about how early it gets dark, how depressing and wet everything is, and how much people hate Portland in winter. I’m not one of those people. Granted, it […]

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Halloween 2015

After spending a fair amount of time sewing my dog’s Halloween costume*, I was relieved to find that my own was fairly simple to put together. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Wil Wheaton’s Non-Judgmental Ninja. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited about my Halloween character. NJN is pretty awesome. * Lakshmi […]

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naming limitations

There’s an expression I heard (a lot) while I was growing up: “Name your limitations, and they’re yours.” Now, this is a keen concept: If you argue for why you can’t do this or that, then you can be pretty sure that you’re constructing a box for yourself. It’s right on par with the Henry […]

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May 2015: books read

I like books. I read a lot of them. Not nearly as many as I’d like, though. Anyway, here’s the list of books consumed during the month of May. Chocolate and Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache That Wouldn’t Go Away, by Jennette Fulda (print) Damaged, by H.M. Ward (print) Quiet: The Power […]

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April 2015: books

And here’s the list of books I finished reading and/or listening to in April: Exile’s Song (A Novel of Darkover), by Marion Zimmer Bradley (ebook) We All Fall Down, by Nic Sheff (audiobook read by Charles Carroll) Darkover Landfall, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (print) Excuses Begone!: lectures, by Wayne Dyer (audiobook) Living Well, Dying Well: […]

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