Yesterday was Justin’s birthday—now he’s officially older than me for the next three months. He celebrated by taking the day off work and using my kitchen to bake kouign-ammans, which are these delicious Breton pastries that involve lots of lamination and basically all the butter. This was his first time making them, and they turned […]

Beach camping on the Washington coast in August is very different from what I was used to in Virginia. Cloudy and cold instead of hot and humid. Crabs and sand dollars instead of wild ponies. Sunsets instead of sunrises. But Amy was still with me. We had had a yearly tradition of camping on the […]

By the time I handed off the covid project at work at the end of July I needed a break. And since I hadn’t even started my day job, it was the perfect time to be gone—it’s not like anyone would even miss me. So I booked a flight to Idaho to visit my family […]

Visits these days are quieter than they used to be. No plays or museums or house parties. Instead we focus on the essentials: socially distant croissants and peaches in the park with friends, lunch by a waterfall and then a masked stroll through the boutiques of Morrison, a cozy night in with the kitties to […]

Off to Denver for a quick weekend with Amanda! The airport is eerily (dare I say gloriously?) empty, and my heart is full of delight. Boy have I missed traveling! Consider: It has been five months since the last time I flew, which is the longest interval in at least three years. This summer will […]

One of my absolute favourite things about my house has been the fountains in the courtyard and backyard. They brought birds and movement and play of sound and light, and confirmed my belief that every garden, no matter how small or urban, ought to have a water feature. Alas, the fountains did not survive my […]

Remember the Great Goldfish Disaster of 2020, when we discovered that my pond was essentially a cauldron of death? Well, I’ve decided to have a second go at it—only this time I’ve done more homework. Why do fish die? Maybe low oxygen levels in the water—add an aerator . . . Why else? Unhealthy levels […]

Because you can only go so long in a pandemic eating takeout Thai food and enchiladas without having enough smallish hand-painted Danish porcelain dishes to serve it on. And also they were on sale, so surely it would have been foolish not to carpe the diem.

I took a four-day weekend this week. My time on the covid-related project that has been keeping me so busy at work is coming to an end and my replacement is fairly well onboarded at this point, so it seemed a good opportunity to take a break and (at least start to) reset. Only, what […]

We’ve now had officially, what, three days in a row of actual summer weather in Seattle? They’ve been fantastic days, for sure—I can’t get enough of the sun and sky and garden—and it looks like more is on the way! But the loveliness of Seattle summer days is balanced by the misery of Seattle summer […]

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