Day 16 – Des Moines to Laramie

I got on the road around 7:15 am and got back to the West Wing Weekly. I dig that podcast. The drive was western Iowa, then the full width of Nebraska, and into Wyoming. There was some weather but nothing major. What I found truly fascinating was the sky. It was beautiful. I couldn’t help…

Day 13 – Rochester to Ann Arbor via Niagara Falls & Canada

(writing this on Thursday about yesterday) I said goodbye to the little trailer (they call her Loretta) pretty early and headed out. I realized I could stop at Niagara Falls on my way out to Ann Arbor so I did. For breakfast I had what used to be my staple for road trips when I…

So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Ya

So long, it’s been good to know ya So long, it’s been good to know ya So long, it’s been good to know ya What a long time since I’ve been home And I’ve gotta be driftin’ along The lyrics above were sung last Saturday when we did a reprise of the 100th birthday celebration…

Quiet night

I had a meeting downtown today at noon, so after it was over, I was able to come home and work the rest of the day from my living room. That was nice. After work, I changed, turned on the TV, and started making dinner. I made a huge amount of pasta (probably 6 meals…

Shopping and (watching) Baking

I was fortunate to have the day off today. My internal clock woke me at 6 am, so I got up and went out for breakfast. I went to Breakfast Republic where I usually have their breakfast sandwich which is pretty good. I took my book and enjoyed a lovely morning. At home, I read…

Book-reading Saturday

I got a notice that a couple books I had asked for were now available at the library. I had a pretty good amount left to read in my current book, and I didn’t want to check out any new books until I was done with it. In the morning, I went to the little…

can you resist a high five?

Apparently I can’t. On my evening walk through downtown San Diego tonight, I was just going about my business. I was not smiling. In fact, the last two evenings, I’ve been, how can I say, in my head, maybe more than usual. I try to keep present, but memories swarm and thoughts of what my…

10 months and other things

Today is 10 months since my dad died. 10 MONTHS! I get flashes of those last 2 ½ weeks, and I feel like there’s no way I can function. But I am starting to think about times before he was sick, and I cherish those memories, even the ones that are not so pleasant like…

one good reason to have an intimate partner

I’m sure there is more than one reason, but in my last two solo years, I have been hard-pressed to identify a solid reason to share life with an intimate partner. Until earlier this week. I was in the shower doing what one does. In the process of soaping myself up, I felt what seemed…