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Happy Dinah 2012

Having a lovely Monday. Slept in until 9, tasty bagel+hummus, nice ride on J trolley, happy coaching, lovely walk, now Chili Cha Cha lunch.

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM in mundania, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

sweet return 2012

Weekend adventures are lovely, but home, O home sweet home!

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 11:16 PM in mundania, travel, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

recharging with routine 2012

After an an intensely social/eventful (& lovely) weekend, falling gratefully into mundane routines. Ready for comfort of order restoration.

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 07:58 AM in Dinah - preferences, mundania, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

pausing for breath 2012

Quiet Sunday morning in the wake of a wake. May we all be blessed by such excellent friends!

Posted on May 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM in mundania, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

swingin' 2012

It's Saturday night, we're finally feeling better, & what's our ideal activity? Sitting in the living room listening to Mel Torme. Really.

Without seeing my tweet, Joe impulsively switches to The New Pornographers. I love my eclectic sweetheart!

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 09:31 PM in am I a freak?, mundania, music, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Double blargh 2012

Warning: this cold that's going around is a doozy. Commence evasive action: frequent handwashing, waving instead of hugging, etc.

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 09:01 AM in health, mundania, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

sweet relief 2012

Fellow cold/scratchy throat sufferers! Take an orange & put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Cut into 8ths. Eat the cold tart bliss

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 08:16 PM in Food and Drink, health, mundania, tweets | Permalink | Comments (0)

Blargh 2012

Turns out even freelancers have a boss that drops surprise projects. New plan: work on this slight fever, weakness, & scratchy throat.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 01:16 PM in mundania, tweets, work | Permalink | Comments (0)

Not by any stretch actually an early morning person 2012

Mercifully, "morning of Joe's 5am alarm" & "morning of pre-6am start of helicopter noise" coinciding. Wouldn't want this for days in a row.

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 06:16 AM in Dinah - preferences, mundania, tweets, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

favorite snacks these days 2012


Posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM in Food and Drink, mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

nibbles and notes 2012


Posted on April 23, 2012 at 05:55 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Triumphant moment in the inbox 2012


Posted on April 23, 2012 at 09:11 AM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tying off loose ends before launch 2011

Today I'm proofing the print version of my book Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff in hopes of being able to approve it for sale.

I'm still hoping Apple will come through with activating the ebook for purchase through iTunes/iBookstore, but it's starting to look as though I may have to launch without it there. Bit baffling since I uploaded it over nine days ago, but I've written to support and am hopeful that will shake it loose from wherever its stalled out in the review process. Seems to be a side effect of their quality control for new books and apps and I know I'm far from the first content creator to be impatiently reloading that status screen.

Amazon has obligingly reactivated their Associates program just in time for me to use those links and make a little extra per copy. ( is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to There. That's that participation requirement covered.)

Hey ho, the glamorous life.

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 02:43 PM in Books, mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Notes from last week 2010

Things you can do with no internet:

Have a cup of tea. Tidy up the house. Laundry. Listen to music. Clean the nasty stuff out of the fridge. Carry out the trash / recycling / compost. Write postcards. Read books. Walk on the treadmill. Watch some of your backlog of video podcasts. Do dishes. Take a nap.

Things you could do with no internet but actually didn't get around to:

Draft blog posts. Hand wash delicates. Sort through old stuff and take pictures or scan things and add to the Goodwill box / recycling / trash. Sweep the front steps. Sweep the back porch. Make soup stock.

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 02:09 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (1)

Experimenting with movies 2009

Here's a little diary post which I whipped together mostly thinking about the pecha-kucha ideas.

Warning: It's a two minute diary not a one minute diary as titled, oops, and the audio came out a trifle louder than I expected thanks to a better microphone than I'm used to.

My process was to record the slideshow in Keynote, then export to Quicktime, then upload that to Vimeo. Ideas on improved approaches are appreciated in the comments; I decided to go for "imperfect and up today" rather than making it a big project that might get bogged down.

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 09:52 PM in Discardia, movies & tv, mundania, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

3 generations 2008

Three little videos of a gathering with my Grandma Susie to celebrate her 92nd birthday. I'm on camera with her (Joe filming) and my mother, her daughter, on her other side. You can also hear my uncle Larry, her son.

Nothing special here, just cadences of speech and that other stuff that tugs at the heartstrings with its familiarity. Probably of no interest to anyone but family.

Download video 1

Download video 2

Download video 3

[posted December 6, 2012]

Posted on April 13, 2008 at 04:19 PM in friends & family, mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

bubbles on lemon peel 2007


Wanted to try out my new Zyliss channel knife but didn't feel like a cocktail tonight, so I just put a tightly wound twist in my glass of water. Over an hour or so it unwound and ended up like this. Love those air bubbles! They remind me of these silver sugar balls my Mum had for cookie decorating when I was a kid.

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Posted on December 1, 2007 at 11:48 PM in Food and Drink, mundania, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

loot 2007

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The fruit of my errands and the mail.

2 used sweaters from Held Over

new longsleeve undershirt that had been on backorder from J.Jill

2 new longsleeve undershirts from American Apparel

freebies from the dentist: toothpaste, floss, and a cute pink toothbrush

used Combustible Edison cd, Schizophonic!, from Amoeba Records

new channel knife/zester from Sur La Table (this has become my favorite zester)

2 more of my favorite undershirt from American Apparel

one more of my favorite pair of long johns from American Apparel

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Posted on November 28, 2007 at 09:25 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

screwing around with the new camera 2007


Joe has some really nice new shirts.

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continued messing about with the new camera

[pics uploaded to Flickr on 11/27/2007]

Posted on November 26, 2007 at 09:41 PM in mundania, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

another project basically done 2007


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Posted on November 4, 2007 at 03:31 PM in mundania, travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

a project done 2 2007


Dishes washed, fridge water jug refilling.

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Posted on November 4, 2007 at 12:29 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

The glamour of Sunday morning. 2007


Woo! Clean dishes!

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Posted on October 28, 2007 at 12:00 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

Detox/Recharge project 2007

step 1: reduce visual clutter


Gotta get the bedroom nice so I wake up to a non-stressful environment.

clutter reduction continued



Someday we'll get a coat rack instead of piling our hoodies on the library stair/chair, but it works for now.


step 2: stage things for next activities


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step 3: optimize for relaxed housemate


windowseat primed with New York Times, Wired & New Yorker for Joe to recline with when he gets back from day 2 (of 3) of his class for work

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step 4: get clean


I even shaved my legs, a hassle I confess to frequently putting off...

step 5: good dinner & scratch some things off the general shopping list



Step 6 not photographed: Sleep as long as I want, which turned out to be over 10 hours.

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Posted on October 13, 2007 at 12:00 PM in Dinah - preferences, Discardia, health, mundania, worry vs. clarity | Permalink | Comments (0)

Banking Caveat 2007

Lest you think there is any such thing as a reliable float anymore, I wish to report that the check which I presented at the counter at 5:55pm yesterday at Bank of America cleared my account at Wells Fargo yesterday and that news plus the scan of the check appeared in my online access late in the evening.


Posted on August 4, 2007 at 12:27 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (1)

Smuggery in the birthday season 2007

It's truly gratifying to be carded - in New Orleans no less - when you're got double the necessary years to go into a place.

(My jealous friends remarked "Well, you noticed that lady did have very thick glasses", but I found the security person quite perceptive).

Posted on July 17, 2007 at 12:41 PM in mundania | Permalink | Comments (0)

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