This post should have gone up yesterday (but then I had the kind of work day where “yesterday” did not meaningfully happen). 

But yesterday was important. Yesterday was a Day of Significance for someone I like, respect, admire and love:

The best brother-in-law in the world, yo. 

He is smart and funny. He loves the Lord, my sister & their girls in visible ways. He is strong in every sense. He is always there to lend a hand or give sound advice when I need any household project addressed or problem resolved. (Read as: saves my butt all the time!) He is fun to be around. And, he puts up with all the wacky nonsense that IS our family. (Lol)

Long story short, he’s awesome, and a blessing.  Love you, L!

flotsam, roadtrips to new-where, travel


I was overdue to take a trip, really. I bought the house, and spent the better part of the intervening time making it home. In the midst of new homeownership and the foibles of mergers & acquisitions at work, vacation has taken a back seat.

Even though I have tons of vacation time coming. Even though I am opposed, on moral grounds, to giving back time. (That’s part of my compensation; they don’t get to keep money I didn’t use this year, so why should I let them take back time? Short answer: I shouldn’t.)

Well, the situation being what it is, taking off is actually challenging. And without a plan…

Well, without a plan, nothing happens at all.

So this week, I started making the plan. I got the time off. I booked the flights. I am going to the Pacific Northwest, and checking the last two states off my US list.

And that makes me happy.

still have to visit 2 states (4%)
Create your own visited map of The United States


Cats will be cats

Cats don’t come when you call. 

Cats nap in the afternoon. In quiet underbed nooks where you probably won’t see them. 

None of this would matter if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m looking in on a cat while her family is away.  On the previous visits, she showed up to check me (and the food) out when I arrived. She stuck around to demand some attention. 

Today she didn’t appear. No response to pouring of food, provision of water. I looked around for her to no avail. I called for her, and then realized the futility of that. Because cat. A rather skittish, shy cat.  

But not seeing her made me worry. And she is a deeply loved cat, so I went back this evening. Please God let her be ok. Let her just have been curled up sleeping earlier. 

But I got there and she hadn’t touched the fresh food or water yet. 

So I went on a more extensive, but quiet search. 

Yeah. Asleep under little girl’s bed. Came out to ask for a pet and a belly rub and a stretch. 

She’s fine, thank you God, and I feel worlds better knowing that.