Tuesday, January 15, 2019

back into the fray

Or flakes, if you prefer. The view from my desk today!

A darling little date flower/pastry fresh from Riyadh. 

The student wanted me to take a shot of the entire jar~guess to prove that she was generous? All I wanted was one.

A quick glimpse of a beautiful sky from my parking garage. 

Monday, January 14, 2019


A delicious bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with pumpkin puree and topped with sunflower seeds and candied ginger kicked off the day. I've never worked from home before~other than grading papers or practicing music. It's pretty cool~commute is easy and the wardrobe is comfy. But even if we have a school snow day tomorrow, I'll go to campus because there are things that I need to do there.

oo-la-la; spa water

But it's been delightful to have two days back/back at home!

The map is allllmost visible.

I forgot from my childhood~that when you're walking in a snowy woods on a sunny day? You're bound to get a neck/back full of snow as it plummets off the trees.

And one very happy Snow Sprite who lives to the west of me.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


As I just tutored a lesson on superlatives, thought it was perfect to go from cosy to cosier. The snow began as dust yesterday afternoon (thankfully it held off enough for me to hang out a bit with my Littles), but now it means business.

While I am technically grateful that my new community is HYPER-vigilant about snow-removal; living by the entrance gate is really annoying after FIVE hours of trucks backing up/beeping. 

I pulled on my boots (only to have the zipper break...realized that they are six or more years old, so perhaps time for some new ones as I actually live in the land of snows), and started hiking out for some quiet and exploration of my new 'hood.

Enchanted forest.

I love how even everyday objects take on whimsy.

When you can't read the map, make up your own! Pretty sure there's a life metaphor in there. 

A little bit of Christmas outdoors as I take down my tree.

As I type, school is officially closed for tomorrow. Grateful that I brought home all my passwords/logins so it's still a paid work day.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

if winter comes

We're now forecasted to get 10 inches.
We'll see if it lives up to the hype.

Friday, January 11, 2019


A corn and pepper frittata to celebrate the end of my first full week of being an administrator and my second week in my new lily pad. It already feels like I've been here a long time. Brought home a pile of work and passwords in case we're snowed in and Monday is a work-from-home day. And! I received my first piece of real mail today~a fun holiday newsletter from SoCal.

A good day, all round.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

teeny treats

What do you do when it's spitting snow at you? Besides finding a shiny penny and getting the oil changed in your car?

You get your first manicure in eons to celebrate the END of dealing with cardboard boxes!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Yes, I do have my own mug at work, but it's for tea and some days need extra coffee. Happy to snag my favorite mug out of the cupboard. 

Went to my first choir rehearsal as a singer in over a decade. Bizarrely, I auditioned in as a soprano. Surprised me as I still have a vile sinus infection and I haven't really sung in ten years. But, there you have it.

It's nice to be doing a piece where I already own the score (and really, after thirty years of choral shenanigans, there are very few of the choral oeuvre that I don't own. But, this time I will be learning a new part! It was odd, but nice to be in the chairs for a change. And, hopefully to meet some new neighbors and expand my social world back here.

Monday, January 7, 2019

new sesh

SO nice to welcome all the faculty and students back today!

Balloons to celebrate and the treat of our boss buying the admin staff lunch.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

let there be LIGHT

Fitting that on Epiphany, the sunshine returned. Was it ever wonderful to get one of my city rambles in today (even if most of DC is closed, harumph, harumph. And on that note, we're beginning to form volunteer groups to clean up the trash on the Mall.)

Always so happy for a day of adventure.

Some delicious pizza to fuel all the walking.

A very cool hotel in Adams Morgan~an architect choose to save an old church and converted it into a hotel/restaurant. I love that they saved the organ pipes and created a chandelier out of them.

And while I didn't eat here today, at least I finally walked by Mama Ayesha's cafe in DC. So many place to explore yet in this city.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

how do I love thee?

New bedside lamp

Just marked one week in my new place and am still marveling at all the good:

  • that I can walk to my car on concrete/sidewalks like a civilized person
  • a balcony where my garden can flourish
  • covered parking!
  • a huge bathtub
  • a fireplace that works with the flip of a switch (theoretically, I need to figure out how to turn the gas on)
  • top floor life in which I hear NO one above me
  • only one shared wall and that neighbor seems to be quiet

  • space to have all my art work and photos out
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • free gym/two swimming pools
  • a 24-hour full market across the street
  • easy access to both a major road/Metro 
  • enough space to actually do a yoga routine (my Falls Church space literally didn't have space and in the basement dwelling, the ceiling was too low)

Yes, I know I already posted a photo of this, but my closet is HUGE. I have two complete other hanging racks that have nothing on them.

Not only do I have FOUR burners, but they are gas! And I have an oven.

I discovered a decent Goodwill near me today~dropped off a couple of bags and scored these fun little plates.

New hairs, courtesy of Aveda. Ready for 2019!!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

splashes of colour

Just an icky day of sinus infections and drippy skies. But!! I came home (such a sweet word now!) to find that my combined bday/Xmas gift card choices had arrived! My old electric tea kettle died rather dramatically on Sunday, so this was perfect timing. (And I'm waiting for the 3rd electric item to die~first was the Christmas tree.) 

And no, this is not a large biscuit. It is a ruby red ottoman with a swivel top for storage. Or small children.

Hard to believe that I haven't even been in my space for one week. Looking forward to lounging about a bit this weekend.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

things, the little

There are days when I feel a smidge of rosy hope about the future~usually when hanging out with students or my Littles; and then, there are days when I realize that we are a society that NEEDS instructions of a bottle of liquid hand soap. I ask you.

For some reason, buying a new toothbrush (as I don't have dental care and I now have to buy them) falls in with forgetting to buy new socks until the heels shred off. But voila! I now have a purdy purple brush to keep my teeth gleaming this winter.