Criminy, lapcat-in-training. 💗

Crivens would like to go back to sleep now, okay Mom. (I peeked. I couldn’t resist.)

Good morning from the boys. Crivens loves the blanket; Criminy loves the spotlight.

Meet the newest members of our family, Crivens and Criminy. FunkyPlaid and I adopted these playful and loving tabby brothers from Cat Adoption Team last night. 😻😻

Maybe there’s something wrong with an algorithm if it shows posts out of order in a way that rips open fresh wounds. An actual human heart needs time and space away from heartbreak to heal. Are you listening, robot overlords? Fix your algorithms already.

Every time I wade back into Facebook it reminds me that Zen is gone.

Huge #NaNoWriMo accomplishment of the evening: I cleaned off my desk so I could put the giant Story Grid book on it and start plotting this story idea so I can start to write. #amwriting #amprepping #amexhausted

Portland International Airport (PDX). Almost home!

My #NaNoWriMo2019 is off to an inauspicious start: I only brought my aging iPad on this short trip to PVD, and both the iPad and its keyboard case are malfunctioning. Or haunted. 👻📱😫 #amwriting #amhaunted

Two of my favorite headstones from the Davis Graveyard. 🖖🍃 ☠️

Lunch at Ground Breaker Brewing, a magical place for the likes of me, as it is entirely gluten-free.

Hey, that’s MY mug.

I need a quick way to share a portfolio of work that I created some time ago with HTML files, mostly text-based, nothing fancy. Any suggestions?

Finished knitting project: pebbly autumnal cowl. 🧶

Zen, my beloved familiar of 22 years, is gone. 💔 I don’t have my own words for this yet, so I am borrowing Mary Oliver’s.

photo of a tortoiseshell cat with an excerpt of Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods” over it

TFW when your library is literally at the end of the rainbow. 🌈

What? A librarian who knits? I’m shocked. 🧶

Sipping turmeric tea, I remember years ago when my friend Gabriel and I each happened to be visiting PA at the same time. I brought him a big bag of turmeric; it was expensive there, and he swore by it for his daily treatments. G, you’re gone but still with me. 💔

At Portland Nursery.

Happy #LibraryCardSignup Month! 📚 Celebrate by getting your very own library card this September.…

📚 Read: You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann

This is a quick, creepy read that plays with form and language a bit to build tension. I enjoyed that part but thought it could have done more. Still, this was a fun dip into scary-story season!

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎬 Watched: Over the Garden Wall, 2014

This was recommended to me ages ago, and like a fool, I waited this long to watch it. I’m already looking forward to watching it again, each year, around this time of year.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚 Read: Munmun by Jesse Andrews

Brilliantly-written satire that is also truly fun to read? Munmun is funny, heartbreaking, strange, and poignant. Andrews lambastes the absurdity of socioeconomic strata in this YA genre-bender.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Snow affogato at @cafe_sorosoro! 🎥: @ilovemesomesharks

I saw a lamprey at the zoo today. Terrifying. Then when we were passing by a second time, my friend helpfully said, “Lampreys, don’t look!” And I looked. What is wrong with me? I might never sleep again.