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Random Wednesday observations

  1. There’s nothing like the threat of riots to keep people off the streets.  I’ve never ever witnessed I-170 as empty at 6 p.m. as it was on Tuesday when I was in the taxi from the airport.
  2. Airport VIP lounges are nice places to relax for an hour.
  3. You know you look like a local when two ultra-Orthodox Jewish men ask you for directions in the airport.
  4. Trader Joe’s chili lime cashews are more spicy than they appear at first taste.
  5. Samson is the best snuggle-dog ever.
  6. Talking by chat apps with people from around the world is a true life pleasure.
  7. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  8. Hiring new faculty is another of life’s true pleasures.
  9. I miss the mountains.
  10. Jo Malone products are ridiculously overpriced, but so worth it!

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Cottage pie

I’m determined to do more of my own cooking.  There is no reason in the world why I should eat convenience food!

So, after a $115 run to the store to restock the larder as it were, I came home at 6.45 to start dinner.  By 7.40 p.m. the cottage pie was out of the oven.  Turkey, beef stock, carrots, onions, potatoes — this was a fine meal!  I finished it with some white grapes.

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Friday

7.15 in the morning.  Blue skies without a cloud.  A hint of Spring in the air.

I’ve had my French toast, with wonderful sourdough as the bread.  And honey from way up north in Manhattan as the topping.

Samson was especially cuddly this morning.

I like Fridays when they start off like this.

Spring Break is hours away.  That probably influences my happiness this morning.

And I’m going to see Next to Normal this evening.

Sunday ends

First Sunday of Lent, and the Great Litany in Procession.

A long nap instead of lunch.

Phone visit with a dear and long-time friend.

Three hours of work at the office.

A pleasant recital at 4 in Moore Auditorium.

Two loads of laundry.

Steak and baked potato for dinner.

Evening Prayer for Lent I.

Samson is now needing attention and pampering.  My fireplace calls.

And so another Sunday ends.

The last day

‘Tis the last day of the year.

IMG_3855I breakfasted this morning on hotcakes and bacon, with a big pile of blackberries as the finish.

Laundry is in the works right now.  I’m determined to work on the pantry shelves today too.

At 9 a.m., snow is gently falling from the skies.

I’ve called my alderman this morning to lodge a third complaint about a trash dumpster that is perilously close to blocking my garage.  Two previous complaints have been ‘closed’ showing that the problem has been fixed, but alas, whomever is closing the complaints is lying.

And I’ve made a call about my convection oven, plus cancelled my SiriusXM account since I really don’t need it!

So . . . the morning has been productive.  Bills await payments; they are next.  Then I’m going to do a bit of shopping for eyeglasses and a new iron.

I hit Nordstrom Rack yesterday, a dangerous thing to do.  I went in for a new black belt and a bow tie, but left with a yoga mat for my studio at school, two pairs of socks, two bow ties, and a new pair of shoes (very festive!).  Then I went to the antique mall to shop and ponder, but ended up with new stemware, some frosted glasses, and a three-way grater/shredder.  And I found a desk lamp I think I just have to have for the office.

Samson gets a bath and a teeth-brushing today.

Did I mention that I’m re-watching all of Downton Abbey in prep for the new season?  I’ve viewed eight episodes in two days.  Sadly, I read a spoiler(s) and now know what happens this third season, but I shall watch intently anyhow.

So this last day of the year is a clean-up day — a peaceful day filled with the little tasks that make life easier in the long run.