the view from here

  Morning breaks on Christmas Eve. December 24. Just like last year. James and the dogs are still sleeping. The only sounds are the clicking of my keyboard, our whirring refrigerator and seabirds passing overhead. I might also be slurping my coffee a little since no one’s within earshot. Our weather, cold and rainy, reminds me ofContinue reading “the view from here”

too early to start drankin’

So I guess I’ll do an end of the year post instead. Here’s some random shit I noticed this year. When you see your people after a long time apart, it almost makes your heart explode for the first couple of moments, then it’s like no time has passed and you settle into a delightful groove. When it’sContinue reading “too early to start drankin’”

Jackson’s Index

Number of hours spent in the minivan we rented to drive home for Christmas : 70 Miles driven : 4,309 Least paid for regular unleaded gas : $1.99/gallon (in Texas) Most paid : $2.99/gallon (in California, near the airport) Weather conditions driven through : snow, fog, rain Most fun, yet undocumented, coincidence : passing mile 420 onContinue reading “Jackson’s Index”

the road

You’re driving out of California and trailing a storm, the road still wet from the rain that passed ahead of you. The backroads you take to get from your small town to the big interstate are covered in mud, having recently been under water. You feel lucky you didn’t leave a day earlier when roads might have beenContinue reading “the road”

foundation

Today is Father’s Day. Here’s a picture of my father and his three didn’t-fall-far-from-the-tree offspring. This is a recreation of sorts of a very old picture of Dad carting Mason and me around on his back. We were riding him like a horse in the time before Tohner was born. We were talking about that pictureContinue reading “foundation”

run for your lives–June is here!

James and I celebrated our 11th anniversary last week by going to a fancy (for us) restaurant. You know the place–the tiny meal comes stacked on top of itself so the flavors can all meld together and shit. The service is attentive without being overbearing. Subdued yet tasteful decor. Expensive bill. We typically like more downContinue reading “run for your lives–June is here!”