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Archive for March, 2015

Monarch of the Glen Sweaters

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Here’s a nice drop-sleeve sweater with an interesting stand-up collar, almost looking like a funnel neck. Duncan’s traditional Aran has a raglan sleeve. I haven’t been able to get a good look at these cables. Seriously, every episode I find myself admiring the sweaters. They are surely handmade, and have such nice fit at the […]

Sticky Habits

Monday, March 30th, 2015

This is the day that I begin a new habit under the Sticky Habits system. One habit I’ve been trying to get is that of taking a more intense exercise break at lunchtime. I’m doing my 30 minutes of stepping in the morning and taking a walk some days as well, but I need some […]

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

I love the chaos of Palm Sunday. Children smacking each other with palm fronds, toddlers wandering about in complete bemusement, grownups happily making their way through the jungle of palms and children. And the choir of course. There we were in a rough line snaking away at the back of the parade. Spring Break is […]


Saturday, March 28th, 2015

I must confess that I have been coveting those OXO containers you see everywhere in people’s pantry shots. $100 a set they are, and the typical Pinterest pantry shot includes more than a single set. However, when I cleaned up my pantry today I had to admit that when you generally eat only protein and […]


Friday, March 27th, 2015

So I still can’t quite bring myself to put all my clothes on the floor and check them for joy, but I did gather all the products from the bathroom. I get a lot of product — the industry uses the word as a non-count noun — for review, and in consequence the shower was […]

Alleluia, and Tidying

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

I went to choir last night, first time I’ve been back since my mother died. Oh, well, aside from the time I tried going back and wept all the way through “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” I don’t think I can count that. It was strange, in a way. I didn’t really feel that I […]

Habits, Habits, and More Habits

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

If I were That Kind of Person, I might decide that the Universe was sending me stuff about habits. For one thing, I’m listening to a curious book about Tidying Up which a Facebook friend suggested to me. This book strongly opposes the idea of getting into the habit of tidying. This, the author says, […]


Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I went to lunch with a client today. Of course, I woke up dreading it, but we went to Mermaids and I enjoyed talking with the client. She’s a chemical engineer, and while she politely pretended to care about shades of blue for her website, she really wanted to talk about engineering, teaching, and chemistry. […]

The Magic of Tidying Up?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingMarie Kondo; Ten Speed Press 2014WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder I’m listening to this book on my Kindle during the interstices in my day. So far it has been a disappointment. The first half of the book is the memoir of a woman who has been […]

Spring Break

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The boys were here for Spring Break all week, since it was #2 son’s Spring Break. They’ve been camping and hiking. We’ve played Discworld and spades, had breakfast from Rick’s, talked a lot, had lunch in a courtyard restaurant and an artisanal pizza parlor, attended the WP Meetup (#1 son), made larb (#2 son), used […]

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