December 27 Day 659: Holiday Cards

I always try to get our holiday card designed and printed before Christmas. If I am very good, I manage to get them in the mail before December 25. This year the printing was finished on Christmas Eve, many cards were addressed on Boxing Day, and the first batch were delivered to the post officeContinue reading “December 27 Day 659: Holiday Cards”

December 21 Day 653: Mileage Run Part 3

Mission Completion! Gold status has been verified in the Alaska Airline app and I got to meet my son AT THE GATE on his holiday travels home. The last time I did that was when the kids were travelling as unaccompanied minors to visit my parents in TN. I have fond memories of childhood waitingContinue reading “December 21 Day 653: Mileage Run Part 3”

December 20 Day 652: Submitted

Grades are submitted and I have four days to prepare for a family Christmas. It’s a little late to start thinking about the holidays, but I have been preoccupied with other priorities until now. My youngest put up the tree and lights last night. There is still decorating to be done. This will be theContinue reading “December 20 Day 652: Submitted”

December 19 Day 651: Me & 23

Happy Anniversary to my husband of 23 years. There have been ups and downs, ins and outs. But always together. Stronger than ever. What we have built together has great value: a partnership, a home, a family. He has always believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. After almost two years inContinue reading “December 19 Day 651: Me & 23”

November 28 Day 630: Planes and Trains

I am thankful for modern transportation that allowed my sons to visit for the brief Thanksgiving holiday. It was grand to have the family together again. This morning they are traveling back to their respective colleges, one by air and one by land. Safe journeys sons. I’m looking forward to Winter break already.

March 18 Day 375: Totaled

The outcome of Sunday’s adventure is the sweet, practically perfect Subaru Forester, which we affectionately named Persephone, is considered totaled. Now the dilemma: do we look to replace it with a used car or consider buying new. I understand Subaru has 0% financing through the end of the month. And they do hold their value.Continue reading “March 18 Day 375: Totaled”

March 15 Day 372: Ides of March

No soothsayers warned me to beware. I think I needed them yesterday. Seriously, things are looking up. First, thank you all for your warm birthday wishes and serious concern. At least I will have a good story to tell in the future—and that is worth something. The car is at the repair shop; we areContinue reading “March 15 Day 372: Ides of March”

March 14 Day 371: We Are OK

Umm, this birthday isn’t going to plan. My son Zachary and I went to record a Math Around Town piece in the Salishan neighborhood and the trip home was exciting—but not in a good way. As we entered I-705 from the 7 extension near the Tacoma Dome, a vehicle from the I-5 N ramp blewContinue reading “March 14 Day 371: We Are OK”

February 13 Day 342: Saturday Snow

It’s Tacoma’s first measurable snowfall all winter. Seven and a half inches and it’s still snowing. Mark and I took a walk this morning in the eerie silence. It was beautiful with the crunching sound beneath our feet and the jangling of chains on the wheels of a passing bus. Snow days give us permissionContinue reading “February 13 Day 342: Saturday Snow”

January 21 Day 319: Connection

Today was punctuated with many one-on-one interactions with people I care deeply about. Whether it was planned research time, a fortunate coincidence in, a telephone call (gasp, how novel!), or the family meal, everything helped make this world a little smaller and a little more caring. Plus I got to work with my studentsContinue reading “January 21 Day 319: Connection”

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