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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (6) December 15, 2017

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  • Birding with Tim
  • Cross-country skiing with Tim
  • Happy hour with Tim

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (5) December 14, 2017

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  • Loons calling
  • Diving birds hovering
  • Coyotes yipping

Happy Santa Lucia! December 13, 2017

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As I’ve often said, if I could be anywhere for Santa Lucia, I’d be in Verona. With Sergio. Cheers!

1705/2017 December 12, 2017

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I’m still trying to get rid of 2017 things in 2017, but I’m not doing well. It’s only by counting more than 400 individual things in 5 bags (instead of just the 5 bags) that I’ve made it to 1705. At the 5.5-items-per-day rate I mentioned in March, I am 198 items behind as of today (despite apparently having been ahead at the end of May) and—unless something happens within a few hours—will be more than 200 items behind by tomorrow. I have 312 to go. Help!

Backlimericks 5 December 11, 2017

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The dogs absolutely lose their shit when Dan uses the cocktail shaker. He often warns guests, especially those who might be unfamiliar with this fact, that it is about to happen.

As afternoon stretches toward dark
and you call in Shayne, Maggie, and Stark,
you prepare those around
for full voice of the hound:
the five o’clock cocktail-shake bark.

Namaste December 10, 2017

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May all beings be free from fear and harm.
May we all be at peace with whatever comes.
May we all have the courage to be who we truly are.
And may we all learn to walk more gently in the softness of our own hearts.

Strike Update December 9, 2017

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When I announced my cooking strike on December 1, Mali commented, “Good luck on continuing the no-cooking strike, though personally I think the dumpling/shitake/spinach in a wok combo was skating on thin ice!” She’s right. In my regular world, I would likely still count that as cooking, even though it’s one of our easy go-tos and includes processed food.

I had thought things were going to get trickier the next day, Sunday, when we invited friends for dinner and I would at least have to sous chef, but they talked us into going out for Thai food and watching the lighted tractor parade through the window.

Monday we pulled leftover pizza out of the freezer. It had been prepared by my sister-in-law over Thanksgiving. We garnished it with leeks and previously cooked mushrooms. Tim chopped the leeks, so I was still OK.

Tuesday Tim had a music gig at a high school. I went to hear the first performance. When I got home, starving, I pulled another one of those thin-ice moves. I dumped a can of black bean soup in a pot, added some frozen spinach, then added some already-roasted-by-Tim root vegetables to it. Topped it with feta. It was incredibly delicious.

Wednesday we pulled a bacon spinach quiche out of the freezer. It was prepared by a part-time chef friend. I had picked up a couple of her quiches to have on hand over Thanksgiving, just in case we needed something quick. But there was so much other food that we didn’t.

Thursday I chopped something. Cabbage. And ginger. And I cooked rice. So even though I also used up the rest of the previously cooked mushrooms and thawed some already-tamari-baked tofu, this breaks through that thin ice a bit, for sure.

Friday—last night—I heated up some frozen veg from Thanksgiving. Tim made the cod en persillade from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home. So again, I didn’t cook. But I’m taking serious advantage of my husband.

It is unclear what we’ll scarf down tonight before a house concert we’re attending, or where. Tomorrow night is my staff’s holiday dinner at a restaurant. And word on the street is that I may be spending more time in Portland before Christmas. My (gluttonous?) food sloth is getting fed.

Which, in a way, is good, because in the rest of my life, I feel there’s barely space enough to breathe.

Max and Lennon Revisited: 2/36/21 December 8, 2017

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Because I’m thinking about him.

Max and Lennon December 8, 2016

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Today is the anniversary of Max’s death, who died on the thirty-fifth anniversary of Lennon’s death, which is the twentieth anniversary of that party I went to at the Dakota, when it was the fifteenth anniversary of Lennon’s death but the hosts didn’t realize that when they planned the party and all the guests had get past the candlelight vigil and be on the list to get through the extra security at the front door, and who knows what will happen today that next year it will be the anniversary of or what other things it’s the anniversary of that I am not even thinking about or aware of but I can tell you that I was in my college dorm room when I heard about Lennon’s death and I was sitting right here in my office when I heard about Max’s death and I still can’t imagine that Max is gone.

Backlimericks 4 December 7, 2017

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A friend of mine turned forty in July. He’s a psychologist (working for the Department of Veterans Affairs) and a metal detectorist. Do you know anyone who is both those things? I thought not.

A dashing explorer called Ken
discovers debris masked by men.
He lives to unsettle:
detects bullshit and metal,
tries to piece things together again.

Backlimericks 3 December 6, 2017

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Because he and his smokin’ hot wife leave for Chicago today, this one:

In search of a badass mofo?
Don’t settle for less than a pro.
Need something upended?
Your honor defended?
Call Dan—cuz he’s from Chicago.