Category Ordinary Life


Let’s say you were chopped to the ground, uprooted, flown across the Atlantic, and buried in foreign soil.  How long would it take before you dusted yourself off and pressed on with your life?  As you think about your answer, please consider that it has taken my shamrock less than a week (see the story). […]

Who needs a place to stay in Seattle?

It’s official:  Seattle’s hottest AirBnB property has just gone live and is open for business.  I mean, if I’m not going to stay there, why shouldn’t you?  You just have to promise you’ll let me back in when I move back from London. Here’s the listing.  It’s perfect for weekend get-aways, longer-term corporate arrangements, and […]

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 […]