Tuesday, May 21, 2019

flutter by

Still getting fun cards in the mail from The Bloggess's posting. Woke to cool breezes and a couple of cardinals in the tree under my window~they wouldn't cooperate for a photo shoot though.

Monday, May 20, 2019

blessings be

upon whomever invented the ceiling fan. Our temps leaped 50 degrees and my unit gets full afternoon sun.  While my plants may enjoy it, I'm not fond of it.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

how nice was that?

This week's selection of posies~and, as the Trader's clerk didn't find a price on them? He gave them to me. A beautiful start to the weekend.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


While my boss is nothing like this~name the movie where this scene repeatedly occurs!

Carnations always get sneered at, but they have lasting power and a good return on flower monies spent. 

Yes, that is 126 points for ONE play. And yes, it's been a slooooooow week at work.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


I've worked in the same building for almost two years and didn't know there was a gorgeous courtyard in the back with Adirondack chairs, cafe tables and park benches. If I had known, I would have held classes out there. As it is, I will have to wander out for a few minutes on pleasant days.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

all sorted

Not sure why I've never made fresh pickles out of any veg, but today was the day. Looking forward to enjoying their crispness in a couple of days. (Tuesday night update~I forgot to put water in the recipe, so these little rounds of crunchiness just about remove your jaw with acidity. Oops.)

Everything sliced/diced and ready for the week; and while I am deeply grateful to be employed, I'd really like to craft a life where Sunday evenings weren't melancholy/depressing. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

it was a dark and stormy night...

was the beginning of a goofy story Uncle Jerry used to tell us. The entire thing was: "It was a dark and stormy night and the captain said to Bill~'tell us a story.' So, Bill said, 'It was a dark and stormy night...."

When you're in middle school, this is the height of hilarity. One of the good memories swirling around this month of Mental Health Awareness.

And in the mundane/satisfying tasks, the correct compartments are full of brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid. Who knew adulting could be so fun? I'll spare you photos of snaking hair out of the drains that also happened this weekend. 

A yummy gift from my tutee~while I didn't make it to any of the Embassy Row events this year, at least I got some chocolate from another's visit.

Friday, May 10, 2019


Getting dressed for work is never that fun~all those choices and accessorizing and blah/blah/blah. But right now? It's a miracle I make it to work with our wild weather swings. I've worn boots and a heavy sweater. Sandals and a breezy summer top. Rain coat. The thermostat is confused with the running of heat and a/c closely together.

Grateful that I'm almost to the weekend and can slob out blissfully for several hours.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Every once in awhile, the concept of the cell phone amazes me. How this little device can allow me to chat with my cousin (happiest of days, John!) on the other side of the country is pretty incredible.

So while people rail that cells are ruining our posture, our social skills, etc. etc., sometimes they are phenomenal.

Who knew that you could buy so many moods at Walmart? I used to buy light bulbs merely based on warttage, but I'll take emotional support where I find it. Should I need subtle reassurance, you'll find me hanging out by my lamp in one corner of my kitchen.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Even though I'm not technically a teacher at present, my boss still got me a gift for Teacher Appreciation Day. 

Tonight brought time with a friend~a fellow alum from Westminster. A pleasant enough evening to sit outside and catch up on the past few months.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019


obvs v. far removed from the Beltway

is one of my favorite words and time of day. Is there anything better than driving with the windows down through the summer (ish) end of the day? There was a brief moment at the end of my commute where I actually got to take my foot off the clutch and drive and it was glorious.

Monday, May 6, 2019

sparkles & sprigs

After a busy first day of a school session, it was lovely to come home and find my bathroom rug looking all festive and Christmasy. 

And when I stepped out onto my balcony, I discovered that my peppers had sprouted. And I'll be as surprised as you as to which ones they are.

Saturday, May 4, 2019


Did my own circuit of Bethesda/Leesburg/home today and got to spend some fun hours with my Littles. They're already building circuits and launching rockety things.

After four (?) shops, I finally found some jasmine twigs and got them planted this sultry afternoon.

And I think I've finally perfected restaurant level tofu! Come on over~bring your chopsticks.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Got to take some kicky fun shoes on their first outing today~tons of compliments. It is a marvelous thing to have a shoe fairy. 

Maybe a waste of an ice cream cone, but what a clever traveling vase idea!

I don't remember the last time I bought cd's~other than some indie ones in Austin. But with this interminable commute, I needed something fun to listen to. I finally saw Bohemian Rhapsody and it was a rare movie that lived up to all the hype. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


A very chilly kickoff to May was the perfect excuse to turn on my oven and use my new spices!

A bowl of soup and dinner was a treat. Didn't get a snap, but my nasturtiums just poked out of the dirt. A quiet welcome to a new month.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Can't remember if I've posted about some little noshes that students share~basically mini flatbreads with a delicious spice. They didn't know the English words for most of them, so I consulted my friend, Google, and found that the Arabic is za'atar. It's a blend of thyme/sumac/salt/sesame seeds and it's mahvelous. 

Came to work today to find TWO students brought me jars and bags of it. I had been asking where to buy it and which brand was good. Guess it's something that you *don't* use the store bought kind, so now I have heaps of this. 

And to top the day of good eats, someone else brought in two pans of legamuts~SO dangerous. Just a teeny mouth-sized bite of fried goodness.

A beautiful ending to April.

Monday, April 29, 2019


A student just got her green card and is going to work while she waits for her uni term to begin in September. So, she brought gifts to the admin today~admire my pretty new bookmark! Goes well with my glasses case from SF.

Dressing for the day continues to be an exciting event was we careen between the 30s and 80s.

Friday, April 26, 2019

and whoosh, it's Friday

CupKate on her way to pick up big brother from the bus stop. Just SO MUCH squeeeeeee.

Shifting from gushing aunt to Laurie, it's been wonderful to make a local friend. It sounds odd, but making friends as you age is hard. While I do enjoy my current work colleagues, there are days when you want friends that have nothing to do with work. 

I've discovered a local botanical garden and my annual pass comes with a guest pass, so we met up after work for a walk. A much better way to transition into the evening than traffic.

The grounds look completely different from my visit just three weeks ago~we've shifted from cherry blossoms and daffodils to tulips and azaleas and dogwoods. The peonies ought to be in bloom by my next visit.

through the itching sneeze
Spring is radiant still. Blooms,
bees, & beauty stun.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Since a truck flipped over on a major road this afternoon and closed that one~which dominoed the entire Beltway into a snarl~our administrators decided to walk up the street to try a new Asian place. They had delicious/healthy/cheap bar bites and it was pleasant enough to sit outside.

I still didn't get home until 830~it took me 43 minutes to get through one stoplight....

But this post was supposed to be about my informative and interesting tour of the visa processing at Dulles International Airport this morning. I got to meet several of my cohorts from around the region as well as ask all kinds of questions from the alphabet soup that runs all the bits of international travel. 

It was nice to have a break in office routine and to be in an airport and dream of travels.

Monday, April 22, 2019


Feeling good as we just pulled off a birthday surprise for the boss~when 50 people know, you cannot be sure that it will stay a secret. I knew it was chancy as she loathes being the center of attention, but hey. She founded this school seven years ago and deserves some celebrating. We were really happy that it went well~especially when we heard that her five children AND her husband forgot about her birthday this morning.

One of the best persons I've worked for~which is saying a lot, considering the length of my resume. 

The pistachio/fig cake was a hit with the school.

From an evaluation form~sign me up for that class!!!!!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

not sure

If you've really celebrated Easter, unless you've had a bunny bum.

Plastic eggs have stepped up their game recently. 

The behind the scenes before a photo shoot. 

Squinting in the spring sunshine. 

While not technically baby's first Easter, it's the first one she participated in.