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In Contentment

Wednesday, December 23, 2009      7 comments

Work is winding down a bit, which gave me time to work thoughtfully and carefully on a very interesting problem today. The fridge is full (last grocery run on my way home tonight) and nothing urgent left to do. There is snow on the ground and... Read more

Mary organized the first Christmas . . .

Friday, December 18, 2009      9 comments

and of course that First Christmas involved labour and delivery in a stable. After a long journey. Those of us who've ever done labour and delivery, even without the preliminary donkey ride, are prepared to concede: that's an element... Read more

Downward to Darkness

Sunday, December 13, 2009      9 comments

"Downward to darkness/On extended wing" This phrase, from a poem by Wallace Stevens called "Sunday Morning", is one I often think of on Sundays at this time of the year as the days get shorter. It describes a couple who seem to be on that ... Read more

RE-ENTRY AFTER VACATION

Saturday, December 05, 2009      8 comments

Is it worth it to take a holiday? Hmmmm. Scramble to clear the desk before you go. Avalance upon return. Some good times, some good memories, a week of non-stop parties. Beautiful family wedding. Plus a bit of a peek at that curious... Read more

MAKING THE CASE FOR YOURSELF

Saturday, November 21, 2009      9 comments

That's the title of the very best diet book I've ever read. Over this past week -- just to refresh my motivation and my weight loss maintenance techniques -- I 've been rereading it once again. And I still think it's a great read for p... Read more

AKRASIA -- a crazy, uh?

Saturday, November 14, 2009      10 comments

A recent blog by LADYBUG7157 about how hard it is to make herself do what she wants to do really hit a nerve with me. And it made me think about AKRASIA again -- that is, it made me think about AKRASIA again consciously, because akrasia has a... Read more

MAGENTA VELVET

Sunday, November 08, 2009      15 comments

Every weekend (or oftener if I run out) I make a big pot of fresh soup and keep it in the fridge for midweek suppers. When I walk in the door from work, my self-discipline is generally at its lowest ebb for the day. I'm always insanely ... Read more

Dancing Queen AND King

Saturday, October 31, 2009      7 comments

My Friday night Latin American dance class with my husband is really turning into a highlight of my week. It's such a great break from the intense "left brain" stuff which is our work (we do work together-- which doesn't necessarily mean ... Read more

Calling All Texas Wedding Belle Fashionistas

Sunday, October 25, 2009      7 comments

I am attending a family wedding in Austin, Texas in November and I don't have very much information about it. So here I am, requesting a bit of advice/insight about "local norms" and wedding dos and don'ts as they may differ from those practi... Read more

The Iron-y! Part Two.

Saturday, October 17, 2009      10 comments

Today I was ironing an "emergency" shirt for our son. He can iron, he does iron, but he was running late to get to work -- and I was prepared to show a little mercy! Our iron worked fine long enough to get the shirt done for him, thank... Read more

Holiday Feast-Making: Pre-Fab, Less Flab!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009      10 comments

Don't read a word of this if you have the Martha Stewart gene: it's a shocking revelation! But I don't -- not even the Betty Crocker variant -- and here in Canada we're celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. So as I was running around th... Read more

October

Sunday, October 04, 2009      7 comments

October is my second favourite month of the year (a close second behind that bright green fuzzy new leaves period in May!). I never want to go on holidays somewhere else during either October or May; the change of seasons is best here, at ho... Read more

Lovely weekend

Sunday, September 27, 2009      6 comments

What a lovely mix of activities this past weekend! Our ballroom class met for the first time Friday night: my husand and I aren't very good, but it's a lot of fun and a great way to spend time together. Rumba (we'ver forgotten so much) a... Read more

Shopping in My Closet Part Two: Frivolity Frolic! (Not About World Peace)

Saturday, September 19, 2009      11 comments

It's been sunny but getting chilly and over the past couple of weeks I've been shifting the pastel/flowery/sleeveless summer cottons and linens out of my closet, slowly moving the fall stuff in. One last wearing for the tan cotton suit -- bye b... Read more

Charlie Care

Friday, September 11, 2009      9 comments

Charlie (my golden retriever) was pretty muddy this morning. He had been for a long walk with our son yesterday, with a swim, and although completely dried off his long, magnificent coat was tangled and matted a little, especially on his chest ... Read more


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