Friday, December 31, 2021

I'm Good At Tests

Just tested negative for you-know-what.

What does this tell us? That flying while masked-up and boosted is safe? (Which it is probably safer than taking the subway, given the air filtration, but that's not a high bar.)

It tells us nothing, really, except that I can't use covid as the reason I slept in this morning.

A Look Back

I sense a pattern.

Also, can you believe three years ago I didn't even know about the number of wild animals living a few feet from my back door?

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Daniel's Art

The Daniel Johnston exhibit at the Austin Contemporary is wonderful. It’s also closed this week, but you know what they say. You can take the guestlist out of the girl, but you can’t take the girl off the guestlist. Or something.

Anyway, here are some highlights. And just like that, I’m sitting on a runway in Austin.

My apologies for not visiting with Austinites. Next time when we know more about omicron.

An Unexpected Twist

My Covid-anxiety ramped up in the days after Christmas, in that familiar way we all knew from the start of the pandemic. We’d gotten comfortable at understanding how to avoid the illness—get your shots, wear a surgical or cloth mask, whatever is comfortable. Don’t go to crowded, indoor places unless you have to (like a subway, for example). 

In fact, as vaxxed, brainy sorts of people, my colleagues and I felt comfortable enough to have a few meetings back in the autumn months. And as you all know, I was happy enough with my vaxxed-and-masked status to fly to Portugal and Italy earlier in the year, and those mild risks had paid off in empty tourist quarters and bargain rates.

I’d gotten a booster as soon as New Jersey had decided to make them available to all, and that bit of insurance had gotten me through the initial news of omicron.

I barely remembered the paranoid uncertainty of 2020.

Monday, December 27, 2021

All Mine

I just paid off my Jersey City new (less new, at this point) roof!

I guess I get to keep it.

With Apologies to Alice in Wonderland

I'm late, I'm late for

A very important date.

No time to say hello, good-bye,

I'm late, I'm late, I'm late

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Pushing the Envelope

People are testing positive left and right. I thought maybe I could squeak in one last trip before the hammer came down, so I went to my mom's new house for Christmas.

Flew back last night (double-masked), and now I'm ensconced in my little studio, day-wearing my PJs and wondering if I made it through the two airports and car rental counter and two Lyfts unscathed.

I guess I'll find out, but only if I have symptoms, since there seem to be no tests available.

Happy holidays, the 2021 version.


Saturday, December 25, 2021

Holiday Hack

I tried a little experiment at Newark Airport today. Had a Lyft drop me at the Airtrain station at P4, to avoid the traffic on the loop around the terminals.

Massive success. Empty drop-off point, only one stop to Terminal C.

Friday, December 24, 2021

Time Lapse

A day or so of catio action.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Fun to Watch, Though

I had to go into Manhattan on a Tuesday morning, so I got a Blossoming Hot Chocolate. 

The novelty lasts only seconds.

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Cat HOA Approved

I got a fancy new house for the semi-wild cats who live in the convent yard (and by extension, on my patio/catio).

It's basically an insulated barrel with some vents and a doorway. I took out the cushion and replaced it with the straw from one of the DIY Rubbermaid bin houses, so it would at least smell familiar.

The gray cat, Gigi, was instantly on-board. Our orange buddy Jay Garrick is still working it out.

Friday, December 03, 2021


I went to Hoboken CVS to get a Moderna booster based on various articles about what a twice-vaxxed Pfizer gal oughta do.

My main post-booster side effect seems to be a deep desire to eat cookies.