Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Politics of Dancing (Waring Blender Edition)

By | July 31, 2016

Just killed my red Waring bar blender trying to make Carole a smoothie with skim milk, frozen berries, and frozen yogurt chunks (which she’d prepared in advance in a silicone cube tray). Apparently there are some things that are too much for a Waring blender — deep frozen 1 inch cubes of frozen vanilla yogurt, for one, and… Read More »

Walking 60 Miles In Seattle

By | July 29, 2016

In September I’ll be walking 60 miles in 3 days as part of the 2016 Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk… a walk to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. This is my 9th year taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk series and this is my 26th walk overall. In order to take part,… Read More »

Certain Vegetables and Fruit

By | July 14, 2016

It can be very awkward at times when you’re a) very very very familiar with the early 1980s song “88 Lines About 44 Women” by The Nails, and b) you’re taking part in a conference call and hear a participant introducing herself with one of the names from the song. I’m on a conference call right now and… Read More »

Unsolved Mysteries

By | July 13, 2016

My life is full of mysteries. Some more interesting than others. When I was in graduate school in 1988, a lowly candidate for the Master of Public Administration degree at Virginia Tech, I dutifully tried to do adult things like subscribing to the local newspaper. That said, I didn’t actually sit down and read the paper most days —… Read More »

Spectacularly bad

By | July 11, 2016

Depression is rarely boring, despite what one might expect. I woke up Sunday morning (having slept in while Carole went off to church) with a full-on the-world-is-ending I-am-utterly-alone panic attack. I literally felt as though I was drowning, gasping for breath, my heart pounding in my chest like a jackhammer. Carole came home in the middle of it… Read More »

Berry season

By | July 11, 2016

So I’ve just discovered that berry season has begun. And it looks like a good one! I went outside for a few minutes, to check my raspberry and blueberry plants. The raspberries are now bearing abundantly enough that there are too many to eat for a single morning snack. It’s time to go out there with the Tupperware.… Read More »

Richmond Community Band in 360 Degrees

By | July 5, 2016

I am oddly fascinated by 360 degree photos and video. Things like Google Street View, that let you see buildings and landmarks and streets in 360 degrees, as though you were standing there at the time and place the photo was taken. A few months back I bought a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera and have used it… Read More »

Run For Empowerment

By | July 2, 2016

I wanted to thank everyone who sponsored me in the 2016 “Run for Empowerment”, a fund-raiser event to benefit Women Helping Battered Women. The run took place a couple weekends ago on June 18 and raised over $20,000 for the WHBW programs. Thanks to my 35 sponsors (wow!) I raised $1025 for the event. This was enough to… Read More »