Category Ordinary Life

Fire and fury

My landlady’s definition of a proper clean and my definition of a proper clean are not the same. I had her clean the flat twice before I moved in, and while the second attempt was a much more valiant effort, the bathroom still wasn’t habitable.  Because mildew. Even after two allegedly “professional” cleans there was […]

It’s not all glamorous 

Guess what I had for dinner tonight! Yep.  The staple of mission and student years which I haven’t made once in probably nearly ten years.  But when you’re starving after a day of apartment hunting and don’t want to eat cold cereal for dinner again and can’t find any nearby restaurants that aren’t what you’ve […]

The walk to work

I went in to the office this afternoon to try and make some headway on the 300+ emails that had piled up over the past few days. It was fun to pass this on the way: And even more fun to see this immediately next door: I love that juxtaposition of era.

I guess this is goodbye, old car

At a quarter to 7 this morning I bid fond farewell to my little car. At nearly 15 years old it had long been worth less than the cost of even basic repairs (and repairs in recent years haven’t all been basic), but I had hung on to it for it’s 14-foot turn radius — […]

My public awaits!

I know.  It’s been a long time.  So long that all the little people out there in the dark are CRAVING to know what’s happened to JJD.  Did he ever make it back from China?  (Yes)  Has his decorating efforts caught the attention of design blogs everywhere?  (No, but he did manage to purchase some […]

Springtime in Seattle

What a great weekend in Seattle!  Clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures — perfect weather for lunch after church on the roof.  I can hardly wait for summertime! Fresh bagels and cream cheese with smoked salmon, tomatoes, red onions, and capersand a bowl of watermelon and cateloupe from Pike Place Market.


As if lush, winter-flowering bushes weren’t enough to make me love where I live, a family of hummingbirds has moved in.  I’ve counted at least three so far.  They play in the fountains and hang out in the trees, and I feel as happy as a kid on Christmas every time I see them.  Can you […]