Category Ordinary Life

Autumn and crafting and cozy in bed by 9:30

It’s 9:30pm on Sunday. I’m curled up in bed, cocooned in a mountain of flannel and down, and—weirdly for a Sunday night—I feel good. For the first time in months, I didn’t do a lick of work this weekend and the “Sunday scaries” are just a murmur reminding me to set my alarm a little […]

This is 41

A full day at work—then dinner with Justin (takeout from Revel served on my favourite blue and white dishes!), followed by gifts (wireless desk gadgets! nose hair trimmers!), a FaceTime call with Heather (candles, singing, and apple pie!), and the latest episode of The Voice—or at least as much of it as we could get […]

Tile and the election

At about 6:15 this morning I had an epiphany of what I wanted my bathroom to look like at the end of its upcoming remodel (the result of the last remodel turning out to be a real hack job that only made things worse). By a few hours later I had visited the tile store […]

My bedroom is so famous

Look what Ashley found on Pinterest! A pirated photo of my bedroom with “bird wall art” photoshopped onto the wall by Etsy craftspersons. As a lawyer, I’m supposed to be indignant at the infringement of my copyright. As a designer, I question the adulteration of my ensemble with uninvited decor. But as a human being […]

Fresh air!

Normally I’d welcome the return of rain with a little melancholy. It means the short Seattle summer is over and we’re heading toward the dark and wet of autumn and winter. But after a week (more?) of the thickest smoke, the rain also meant a cleansing of the air and a refreshing of the parched […]

Air quality

We’ve had a rough run in terms of air quality this past week. Smoke from the wildfires in California and Oregon has swept up the coast and sat on us like a cat. Gone the rosy mornings and hazy afternoons, replaced by chalky grey everywhere. And the air quality index has gone through the roof. […]

Morning at water’s edge

Most mornings before logging on to work from my living room, I walk down to the edge of the lake and sit for a while. I observe the rowers and the play of light on the water and the internal shifts—physical, emotional, mental—as I finish waking up and prepare for the day. It’s a peaceful […]

Wildfire season

The wind shifted yesterday and now Seattle is buried beneath a layer of smoke from the wildfires on the other side of the Cascades. The look and strong smell of the smoky city strangely reminds me of India, more than anything, since Delhi had been so smoky while we were there. I feel grateful yet […]

In which Justin makes a pie

I mentioned on Saturday that Carol shared her apple pie recipe and then managed to procure a bag of the ever-so-coveted Gravenstein apples for us. The harvest was weak this year so they’re harder to find and more expensive than usual, but Carol has her connections! They weren’t pretty, but you don’t need pretty for […]

Another birthday!

When Amy proposed a picnic in Seattle to celebrate her birthday I offered my roof as a backup if none of the parks worked out. But then the lure of real furniture and a grill led us to scrap plans for the park and lean in to all the rooftop had to offer. Amy and […]

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