Winter nights

I went home last weekend; crafted the holiday I was talking about. I was amazing to be warm and dry and loved and not have to think about where my next meal was coming from for a few days.

Forrest and I put up the Christmas lights. Dad told us a funny story about one of the people he met on his rounds about town that had us all in paroxysms of mirth. I helped mom make shortbread, and got caught up on all things bike, with my brother in the garage.

Back in the city, I’ve opened the eggnog and have my favorite tunes on a loop, which happily hasn’t resulted in any Grinchy behaviour on the part of my still mysterious neighbours ๐Ÿ™‚

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Diwali

I feel so incredibly privileged today and every day to get to work with some wonderful humans. Today, November 7th, Diwali was celebrated, and I felt warm all over ๐Ÿ™‚

I also have to say that my recent relocation and reduction in technical temptations has done me a world of good so far. The light is welcomed in, not shut out and I am sleeping and eating and feeling so much better than I have been in months. I get to walk to work again, which has so far been 100% enjoyable and stress and tumble free!

Despite being away sick for 3 consecutive days last week — and I would have given almost anything to be well enough to work instead of feeling like I got crushed under 5 pianos — I was able to play some cello, drink a ton of tea, read 3 books, including The original Wizard of Oz, (which I don’t think I’d actually read before and really enjoyed). I made popcorn at all hours, had some good belly-laughs and shed a decent amount of tears watching ‘Up’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Secretariat’. I also caught up with a few friends and family, helped Rube with a bit of her homework and got a few more housekeeping items done! Even though the energy got sucked out of me every 20 minutes, requiring another 2 hour napping period, I did not get discouraged.

Returning to work on Monday, our fearless leader, who was also taken out by a similar illness and away for the same 3 days, welcomed me heartily back to the land of the living ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m at the library now and I think they have the air-conditioning on? It’s freezing, even with a sweater and I think I’ll have to head home now, get dinner and warm up my toes!

Change is good, talking dogs are golden, and light is more than the absence of darkness and lessening of heavy loads.

Thanks for listening,

–Sam

Thursday convo:

This Thursday night was great. We are almost a week into September and that word is almost returned to my vocabulary. I only stumbled twice today in a full day of leaving messages for people, …’Be sure to leave the date and time of your call…’ Ok. Well, then…ย “Hello! This is Sam… Today is Aug– September 6th, 3pm… Please call me back and I would be happy to give you more information. Thank you!” ย –And I’ve got the written and typed portion down pat. Work was good.

After work, the bus driver gave me a lift right up to the front door, which was super nice of him! I had a good chat and a few laughs with Em and then Skyped Mom and Dad and got caught up on all the latest. It was good for the soul to share and be heard and honestly to just have a really good, genuine, relaxed, old-fashioned conversation among friends and family. Rabbit holes were scarce ๐Ÿ™‚ Amen!

–Sam

I killed my plant

My succulent has expired. Kinda ironic ๐Ÿ™‚ Today was very solid otherwise…ย Got everything done/organized for the day at work — Maysome made me a cup of tea, which was just perfect! Made it home on the bus without incident.ย Dinner was amazingly restorative, with the house to myself, clean kitchen, good tunes and fresh food that ultimately ended up as pesto pasta and spinach salad (shout out to my sister who let me borrow herself and her vehicular talents to do some legit grocery shopping on the weekend for the first time in a long time). Listening to Bruce Cockburn with headphones while writing this and then off to watch Black Panther on Netflix and sleep like the dead.

Today was a good one and worth noting!

–Sam

 

 

Vendredi, etc.

Friday was good. It was satisfying, because I got done what needed to get done, including closing some files, prepping information packages, updating data, and getting some paper people ready for archiving. It was just an ordinary, comfortable Friday.

I left work around 6pm and went to check out the New West night market on Front St. It was small but lively ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m home and planning to enjoy some down time. Looking forward to meeting a friend tomorrow afternoon, and also a chance of showers in the forecast!

Not having to go anywhere or do anything for the rest of the evening, plus the fact that it’s Friday,ย andย Outlander, Season 3 has miraculously appeared on Netflix makes me so happy.

Good night, friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Feeling joyful

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

Talking with friends, laughing with family.
Popcorn and movies.
Sunny weekends.
Rainy weekends.
Blankets and books.
Artistry, warmth.
Contentment.
Green spaces, wild places.
Community.
Goodness.

Last but certainly not least: My headphones and fiddle are just too fantastic for words.

Hooray!

I made it through today. Go me. It was uneventful, but very hot, the kind of hot that had me daydreaming about swimming in the ocean even though when Rube and I went last week it was FREEZING — and it has to be pretty freakin’ frigid for me to say that, in my past life I’m sure I was a seal or some sort of ocean-going creature.

After work today, I finally figured out how to make a decent delicious tofu scramble which is absolutely amazing because every once in a while, I REALLY, REALLY would kill for an omlete or a fried egg sandwich. But, due to the fact that I have to carry everything around in a backpack at high-speeds for several hundred metres across varied terrain, bringing my own eggs home is a very bad, and impractical idea (also considering the plight of thousands of nameless, hapless, helpless chickens makes me nervous). Tofu on the other-hand is very Sami- and backpack-friendly, being light-weight, nearly indestructible, vegan, high in protein and with minimal packaging, superb in stir-fry and now an excellent egg stand-in.

The only downside to this discovery is that I am now out of tofu…On the upside, I got a whole pile of other groceries for cheap, including a pint of raspberries for $1.00! Winner, winner (no) chicken dinner! ๐Ÿ˜€

I love raspberries and quiet evenings.

 

Being done early :)

Today:

Woke up early. Watched “Call the Midwife” Ate cinnamon-raisin toast and peanut butter. Missed my bus, but got to work eventually and managed to get everything I wanted to get done, done!!! Left work 30 minutes early with a clear conscience. Had dinner; piece of chocolate for dessert. Bed. Bliss.

Before eight

Ha! I’ve had dinner and it’s not eight yet! Celebrating the weekend and having the all clear to leave things in disarray. Listening to Florence and the Machine on my bed.

Life is good.