Oh look, it's DITL tomorrow -- I mean, today!
Just a couple last things to do before lights-out.
I bribe myself with puzzles so I'll floss my teeth.
Wake up too early and try to go back to sleep...
…to no avail.
First glass of water for the day.
Do some washing.
While eating breakfast, I watch a documentary that my friend J sent me about an origami installation she designed...
…and post my photo for today.
Shower and get dressed.
Today is a primary election. I pick some flowers from my garden and bring them to the poll workers -- and vote, of course.
Time check. Too early to go out...
So I have another glass of water, turn on the BBC World Service,
…unload the dishwasher, and wash what's in the sink.
Second breakfast. Yes, I eat like a hobbit.
Now it's time for the fun, fun thing I get to do every day at 10am.
…and I'm off!
The berries are much sweeter and easier to find than they were last year!
I have more time after I pick a bucketful, so I decide to do another. In the end, I pick almost five pounds of berries!
…which means I leave the berry farm later than I intended to.
At home, I have a third glass of water...
…and start work on the plum cake I've promised for tonight.
Mise en place.
I remembered the cinnamon-sugar this time!
Husband emerges from meeting-land long enough for a quick text.
Cake's almost done. And I have another glass of water. (It turns out the cake isn't almost done and needs another five minutes or so.)
Peanut butter on graham crackers: not very inspired, but yummy all the same.
Time check: almost time to leave for J's house.
Back in the saddle again.
At my destination, only a few minutes late.
J offers me a glass of water.
She's planning a kitchen renovation and wants my help with some decisions today.
Pink plaid countertops must've been chic in 1960.
Possibilities for the new countertop:
Louie is the kind of cat who won't sit for his portrait: any time he sees a camera looking at him, he comes over to investigate.
J's house is full of her origami and geometric-sculpture inventions.
We drive to the cabinet store.
Next we go to the flooring store, where there is inexplicably a boat parked in the cramped little parking lot.
The flooring store has a water cooler.
I get distracted by the carpet samples: I'm a sucker for colorful swatches of anything.
The flooring place is right across the street from this place, so we go grocery shopping.
And we split a box of lamejuns.
By the time we get back to J's house, it's rush hour. Oops.
I find myself behind a long line of cars.
…and in the middle of a long line of cars.
…and finally at the front of the long line of cars!
When I get home, I take week-old flowers out to the compost heap.
Can you believe it's already this time of year?
I clear my stuff off the dining table...
…to make room for gamers.
No wonder it feels warm in here! I turn on the A/C.
Most of the raspberries went into the freezer, but I kept some separate for a smoothie. This is raspberries, a scoop of lime ice cream, and milk.
Plus a lamejun as a pre-dinner snack.
…and another glass of water -- though I don't finish this one until bedtime.
I want to get a backing onto this before this weekend, so I can work on tying it at my grandparents' house.
Making a sleeve for a dowel so the quilt will be hangable.
Husband gets home from the airport and doesn't feel presentable for DITL, so he takes a picture of me instead. I've gotten a bit dressed up for a celebratory dinner.
This is where dinner is.
There's maple-glazed salmon and chickpea salad and stuffed eggplant. Oh, and I have another glass of water.
A and J got married last weekend and we're gathered for dinner to help welcome them into the community as husband and wife.
The Cat wants attention but not badly enough to join us in the dining room.
Our gracious hosts and the assembled guests enjoying plum cake, brownies, and fruit salad.
mangosteen tells a story.
We read birkat hamazon (the grace after meals) from the newlyweds' custom-printed benchers. I'm mildly embarrassed to be the only one in the room who doesn't know the words.
Time to head home.
On the radio, the president is giving his acceptance speech at the DNC.
When I get home, the gamers are still gaming, so I prep the guest bed for our Sunday-night guest.
Water the plants.
After the gamers leave, husband stays up to do a little work, so I get ready for bed.