Small Mercies

It’s been a tough fall. Tough schedule, tough travel, challenging projects (in mostly good ways), tough politics, tough times.  But today I had such a rush of pleasure from the littlest things.  That I needed the car and my loving spouse was willing to take the train (which he hates) and that we live in … Continue reading

Living Beautifully

A year ago, I was uncertainly stepping into a new job. After floundering and soul searching and asking the darkness big questions (and finding myself even more afraid of the answers), I set myself a task.  Over the course of several weeks, I paid attention. To what brought me joy, certainly, but also what brought … Continue reading

Home Sweet Home (hacks)

I honestly didn’t know how we’d fare in a 800 sq ft apartment after a palatial Georgian flat in Edinburgh and a stint in my parents’ (classy) behemoth in the suburbs. But we’ve passed the one-year mark in our little city pad and I still love it to pieces. Initially it was a single-year commitment, … Continue reading

Things I Like — Crossing Out

Is there anything more satisfying than a To Do List item completed? The act of finishing a long-neglected and niggling task is a relief, to be sure. But physically obliterating the written effigy of such a chore is cleansing — Be gone, budget planning! Away with you, Comcast customer service! You are struck down — … Continue reading

Things I Like — Trains

I like the rumble and tumble noise of a distant one. I like the promise of adventure out the oversized windows. I like the overnight ones and long distance ones best. Like you’re really going somewhere. I love hurtling from A to distant B so fast, and while reading with tea. I love we’re all … Continue reading

Things I Like

I sat on a broken piece of seawall this afternoon pondering the universe and sailboats. These little moments of peaceful contentment are possibly the best thing about being alive. Why else do we spend all our time trying to attain inner peace and be happy and make room for doing nothing with all the busyness … Continue reading

Best Ever Cauliflower Curry (No, really)

Cauliflower was on clearance and lo, a miracle was bestowed upon us. Sarcasm aside, cauliflower has some image issues. It can be delicious but it’s too starchy for most go-to veg jobs and too veg-y for those diet listicles that always turn up around New Years: “replace shredded cheese on your favorite dish with crumbled … Continue reading

Learning Life

Life, I think, is a Sisyphean feat of learning. How ever much knowledge and self awareness is gained, the universes inside and outside your skin are infinitely larger and more nuanced than can be truly understood. At times this is a great awe-inspiring comfort; the world is magnificent in its oldest senses. There is boundless, … Continue reading

My Office

For the first time, I have my own office. I am so excited to have my own work space. I usually end up in a bullpen style open plan office when I’m working for clients and I cannot wait to Get Things Done somewhere quiet. But I’m nervous, too. I’ve not been office-bound for years. … Continue reading

What I Learned in 2014

This time of year (even more than most) the internet is full of lists. Lists of what to buy; lists of how to be a better host (or a better person in general); lists of best Thises and Thats. Lists of how you’re living all wrong. Lists of things to do differently next year. And … Continue reading