Defending November

November’s first magic is the urge to run again. November makes me want to run, emphasis on the want. Longer and more often. October’s lunch hour walks became November’s lunch hour runs. It’s finally cold enough. Although I don’t play with the Flower Girls anymore, I still wear the flowers. Each month I choose a…

A Prayer In The Dark

New moon before Samhain. Ritual bath. Sun setting through my bathroom window. Submerged toes touching the last of the light. Darkness doesn’t come and go. It is always here. It’s the light which moves away and returns. The darkness holds all. Sees all. Knows all. Things not spoken in bright light wait, no matter how…

Made Of Such Things

Yesterday I went for a run in the rain because there are certain ghosts which are only active on rainy days. Certain witchy folk too. Like most of these things, I found out by accident years ago. At a race in another town, far from the finish line, a gentle sprinkle turned into a raging…

Winning By Losing

My employer offers a monthly wellness program with weekly challenges. We earn points toward rewards by completing the challenges. The challenges range from bring your lunch to work to meet a daily step count to go to bed earlier each night. One challenge is to do something creative once per week. Do it more than…

When You Say Living The Dream

Yesterday I celebrated the break in the heat with a hike at Seven Hollows. I always think it should be called Seven Hallows. I took this photo near the trailhead and then put my phone away and turned it off. I decided one would be enough. Most of the hike looks like this. You don’t…

Swamp Monsters

Things I find while out on a run now include a dinosaur, and a boat. At first I thought this boat was abandoned. Although it is tied to a tree it is waterlogged and full of plastic. After a moment’s reflection I decided it made more sense to assume this is a plastic bottle ferry….

Running Down The OT Perks

Wellness wins since we last spoke: Asked for overtime and got it; every week if I want it Found an empty office at the end of the hall for lunch hour yoga Found a nature preserve half a mile from my office; with a river and trails How is overtime a win, other than the…

The One That Got Away

I realized today I missed an opportunity to tell a unique How We Met Story when I neglected to make friends with the man who spit on me. I had the nerve to stand there in the ankle deep angst of awkward silence after the initial exchange. I did not, however, have the wherewithal to…

Another Blogoversary

Sat Nam. WordPress just congratulated me on four years of blogging but it’s actually been twelve years. Many blogs. This one is simply the most recent at four years old. I thought I’d celebrate with one of my TINAS because it’s been so long since I made one. Sat Nam. Because I love them. This…

The Single-Note Warning

Last night I heard a meow in the middle of a dream with no cats in it. I was making a transaction; just Me and a Man. In the background sound, Meow. Man and I looked around us. No cat. I hesitated, then broke out of the dream thinking I must have left my own…

Hard Chargers Need Not Apply

  It’s Saturday. I’m thinking about work. My body is at home without pants, shoes, or brushed teeth. My brain is back at the office. Because I can’t get my work done. Because my work can’t be done. My inner Dwight Schrute can’t stand it. My new boss at my new job advised me yesterday…

Hacking Fatigue, An Epic Fail

I think it’s funny that we try to outsmart exhaustion. With willpower. With coffee. With stubbornness. I didn’t take a break between the end of Old Job and beginning of New Job. Instead of saying no I said yes to a houseful of company for the weekend so I didn’t even get a regular weekend’s…