Happy 15th birthday to my best bud, Marjory 💕🐈
I was craving banana cream pie from Urth Caffé, which is much too far of a drive now. This homemade version was not as pretty, but still very tasty!
📷 February Photo Challenge
Daydreaming of sitting in cafe with my favorite morning beverage and some breakfast pie (objectively, the best kind of pie). I miss going places!
📷 Day 2 of the Feb 2021 Photo Challenge
Our first snow day here in the high desert, and my first time getting snow at home since I left Washington State 9 years ago. Peppy loved it.
Another day, another desert landscape. Nice and quiet out there since the campgrounds are closed. Got 3.9 miles in 🥾📍 Joshua Tree NP 📷 iPhone SE
📚 Finished reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin, the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy
I am declaring these three months “THE MOVE” since we moved out of the old place in September and into the new house at the end of October. Even a well-orchestrated move is stressful and distruptive. Spending weeks driving back and forth house hunting then weeks in a hotel was exhausting. I took two days off of work on either end and otherwise worked full time throughout. In hindsight, this was a mistake and I should have taken more time. Live and learn.
I tried to stick with my healthy habits and partially succeeded, at least with reading and spending time outdoors. Here are the slightly condensed results:
📚 Finished reading The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu. I enjoyed his other collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, a bit more. But this collection had a handful of super interesting stories that explore the idea of uploading human conciousness.
More desert exploration this weekend. Loving the extra ground clearance on our new 4Runner. 📍 Mojave National Preserve 📷 iPhone SE
I took a day off of work to do some local gift shopping around my town. It was exhausting, but it felt good to put some money into the local economy instead of just shopping on Amazon. There are a lot of cool places around here, and I hope they survive. My gift boxes are partially assembled!
Also, I got to shower affection on a chonky store cat named Butch. Can’t get that on the Internet 🥰
🌱🌹 doing okay keeping the rose bushes that came with our house alive, considering I have no idea what I’m doing. The soil has pretty poor drainage, but I don’t think I should try to change anything until the spring….
Maybe our small Thanksgiving dinner was too reasonable. We already plowed through all leftovers except for my personal favorite, turkey soup. I might have to make more mashed potatoes for potato pancakes soon!