5 random things and a squirrel

5 Random Things About Nothing in Particular

When nothing particularly notable happens to distinguish one day from the next, it’s easy to understand why blogs go quiet. I have learned that it’s all too easy to let a blog go from hiatus to hibernation. Waking it can be harder than getting a teenager out of bed in time for school. And since I really am trying to keep this one from dozing off again, here are

Five Random Things (February Edition)

My busiest times at work fall during the second and third weeks of each month. I officially have Presidents’ Day off, but will work a few hours on some reports that are due the day after. I don’t really begrudge working during a three-day weekend, though, since I don’t feel like I’m losing out on “weekend” itself. Assuming there’s even a difference between weekend and weekday anymore, that is…


I make that unfunny joke, but I do still have a full-time job with a pretty conventional schedule, so time does continue to have some meaning. I’m living with someone who doesn’t have that, though, and I know time feels different for him. (He is actively looking to put his talents as an experienced graphic designer/illustrator/photographer back to work and has updated his website to showcase them.)


I’m hoping to finish my current book this weekend– I’m about 80% finished with Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom. I am also into my second audiobook of the year, The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power. Power was US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration. I’ve had her memoir in my Audible library for a few months. It felt like the right choice to follow up my listen to A Promised Land.


We are very late to jump on the Schitt’s Creek bandwagon, but we are so loving the ride! We’re already into Season 4 since we tend to watch at least three episodes at a time. It’s hilarious and smart and unexpectedly heartwarming.


You may recall that PATIENCE is my #OneWord for 2021. Six weeks later, I continue to reflect on it daily and work to practice it. Maybe it’s not the greatest thing to need to do that, but I think it reinforces that I picked the right word for this particular time of my life.


BONUS Random Thing!

I loved having pen pals when I was younger. I feel like many of the online friendships I’ve made are a variation on those text-based relationships. You can still make those connections the old-fashioned way, though. Email isn’t dead...and letter-writing to pen pals may add some life to old-school snail mail.

And Happy Valentine’s Day, with lots of love!

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Does anyone else remember the predictions that email was dying, or reports that it was dead already? (That first link is from 2011, y’all!) I really think those rumors may have been greatly exaggerated. I’m making a serious effort to come back to blogging. (I hope you’ve noticed.) That means not just posting, but reading blogs too. And I’m noticing that my feed reader isn’t nearly as busy as it once was. I’m excited to […]

The Same, but Different…

The Same, but Different…

Wednesday morning felt different after a restless, silent, very dark night. We had lost power at 3 PM the day before as Southern California was slammed with extremely high winds, and we had no idea how long we’d be without it. It was obvious that I wouldn’t be working remotely that morning, though. As it happened, we were powerless for a total of roughly 21 hours. And we were without cable, internet, and WiFi for […]

#OneWord Ahead and Bingo Back

#OneWord Ahead and Bingo Back

(NOTE: This is the post I did not post on Sunday.) I was going to pass up #OneWord for 2021 but Sheila sucked me into it. I still like the concept of the one-word resolution. But I didn’t have one in 2020, and odds are it wouldn’t have survived if I had (because…2020). But having thought about it some more, I think I can embrace this #OneWord for 2021. I think we’re all going to […]

The Year That Wasn’t: 5 Random Things

The Year That Wasn’t: 5 Random Things

Time was weird and often meaningless in the Year of Our Coronavirus, 2020. It felt endlessly stretched, recklessly rushed, and sometimes both at once. So many Big Things happened–pandemic, politics, protests–that the news never let up. At the same time, daily life was so consumed with risk-management strategies–six feet apart, wear a mask, #stayhome–that it all became a blur. Crawling toward the finish line of 2020, a few random observations come into focus… The last […]

#OneWord for The New Year

#OneWord for The New Year

And A Few Words About Last Year’s #OneWord My #OneWord for 2018 was ACCEPT I thought it was a good choice at the time, and in retrospect, I think I appreciate it even more. I approached it like this: I’m working on what I’d call “active acceptance.” For me, that means taking things as they come, but with intention. Most of what I can change is in how I respond to what I accept. I’m trying to figure out how that […]

A Mid-Year Check-In: Shiny Sparkly Things

A Mid-Year Check-In: Shiny Sparkly Things

Sparkly Shiny Things: Odds & Ends & Random Bits I’m continuing my Mid-Year Check-In with a short-attention-span set of updates. If there are any unifying themes here, it’s not necessarily by design. I was winding down a week off from work when I drafted this. We had planned a few days away but called off the trip earlier this month so we could focus on arranging for Paul’s mom’s upcoming move into assisted living. On […]

ACCEPT: One Word for 2018

ACCEPT: One Word for 2018

I wasn’t sure I wanted to ACCEPT my One Word for 2018, I’ve never needed to be in recovery, but the Serenity Prayer has always resonated with me: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference I’ve always felt like the key here is the third line, but in pondering my One Word I was drawn to the […]

Readings for the Resistance, February 2017 (Part 2) [Links]

Readings for the Resistance, February 2017 (Part 2) [Links]

I had hoped to get Readings for the Resistance, February 2017 (Part 2) up last week, but job transitioning took precedence. (On that note, today is officially my first day as Chief Financial Officer at Aviva Family and Childen’s Services.) The delay just gave me more time to collect links! Is resistance happening near you? Check out The Resistance Calendar. It’s That Guy. The Resistible One. President Trump is a ‘world-class narcissist,’ but he’s not mentally […]

Readings for the Resistance No. 3 [February 5. 2017]

Readings for the Resistance No. 3 [February 5. 2017]

I have several different, but not opposing, goals for these “Readings for the Resistance” roundups. Some of the posts and articles I’ll share are practical–they advise or offer support. Some are analytical–they provide background and context for recent events. They’re stories I found thought-provoking, or provocative (not necessarily the same thing), or perspective-shifting. I collect more links over the course of a week than I include in these posts. And there are links I don’t save […]

Readings for the Resistance [Link Roundup], 1/29/2017

Readings for the Resistance [Link Roundup], 1/29/2017

The “Readings for the Resistance” link roundup will be a recurring feature here at The 3 R’s Blog for as long as conditions make it necessary. It may be a while, folks. My Facebook feed is even more political now than it was before the election. This is definitely not normal. Readings for the Resistance: Volume 2 of who knows how many Lifehacker | How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics Between Elections (…and start getting ready […]

Reading for the Resistance: Links 1-20-2017

Reading for the Resistance: Links 1-20-2017

Reading for The Resistance The times they are a-changin’. I just thought I’d share a few think pieces today as we enter this new era. theSkimm‘s Guide to Going Through the Change: The Presidential Transition and the Inauguration [Washington Post] A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump. (The real news about dealing with the upcoming fake-news avalanche) [LA Times] Trump’s approach might seem new, but Arnold Schwarzenegger tried it first (California’s been […]