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    Just two minutes - Jan 27th, 2011
    I used to be able to sit in complete silence and just be at peace with myself. I used to be able to curl up with a book and focus on only the story I was reading. I used to be able to listen to music and not think of anything other than the sounds coming from the speakers. [more...]

    The art of rest - Jan 17th, 2011
    I am nearing the end of my second full day of proper rest. It’s really hard because I can’t allow myself to do even one simple task because that will lead me to another and another and another. Giving me a task is kind of like giving a mouse a cookie. [more...]

    Saving cash; depleting clutter - Jan 3rd, 2011
    Like many of you, I have a habit of taking home soaps and other toiletries from hotels. And, like I’m sure some of you, I never actually use them. Yet, still, I take them. [more...]

    Food foibles - Nov 4th, 2010
    So I think I’m a mild food hoarder. Or that I have some weird food obsessions. Or both. I’ve known it for years but mostly lived alone as an adult which made it easier to deal with. [more...]

    Bad desk; good desk - Oct 23rd, 2010
    I don’t know how it happens, but I will go weeks and weeks with my desk being nice and clean then all of the sudden things start to accumulate. It’s not as if I don’t have space to store things. It’s not even as if I have to go far to put things away—I mean, 80 percent of the stuff that ends up on top of my desk actually belongs in one of the desk drawers or on the bookshelves right next to the desk. [more...]

    Hanky panky - Oct 13th, 2010
    A friend from high school mentioned that she’d like to hear more about my collection of vintage handbags and handkerchiefs, so this post is for her! (And it’s about hankies, not handbags.) [more...]

    Coronation candy - Oct 12th, 2010
    Today I had a permanent crown placed on a poorly tooth that’s been bothering me since early May. So, in honour of my coronation, I thought I would share a guilty little secret about what’s in my stash drawer. (Well, I say secret, but I’m sure everyone knows that I have a soft spot for candy.) [more...]

    Punctuate this! - Sep 24th, 2010
    Yay! Today is National Punctuation Day. And if you know me at all you know that this is a day I love to celebrate. [more...]

    Just a quick trip - Aug 27th, 2010
    So there I was in line at the British Airways counter at SeaTac. With me were three of my five sisters and their kids and a wanna-be sister (that’s you, J.D.) and her kids. (For those counting, that’s 13 people.) I was the only one of the group with experience traveling overseas, so I was the spokeswoman for us. [more...]

    Running commentary - Aug 8th, 2010
    When I run I think. Even when I’m listening to my iPod, my mind is racing through one thought after another. It jumps from here to there with silly randomness. I can’t control it; I’ve tried. But I suppose that it does tell a lot about the sorts of things that weigh on my mind... [more...]

    Set in stone - Jul 30th, 2010
    I struggled with how to start this post, or if I would even write it at all because it’s hard to know what how to ‘announce’ that your husband’s headstone has finally arrived to mark his grave. It’s hard to know if it’s something that should be shared with the world, or kept as a silent occasion. [more...]

    To train and listen - Jul 24th, 2010
    I am one of those people who pushes herself a little (a lot?) too hard when there’s a goal to be met. But I’m trying to listen to my body a little more so that I don’t push to the point of illness or injury. [more...]

    Building my library - Jul 18th, 2010
    I posted a while back about my mission to expand my incredibly eclectic music collection, with the goal to fill my iPod Classic to its capacity of 40,000 songs. Since then, I’ve purchased a few CDs and have borrowed CDs from various family and friends. [more...]

    SUBS syndrome - Jul 14th, 2010
    I would like to introduce myself as one who suffers from SUBS syndrome. Well, I guess I don’t really suffer from it, but the people around me sure suffer from my affliction at times. SUBS is a condition first named with the help of my friend more than a decade ago. We’ve had it all our lives; we just never knew what it was. Though our findings are not published, and would likely never be recognized by any professional journals, many people have been self-diagnosed since our first announcement of the condition. [more...]

    What do you feed a hungry ego? Pens! - Jul 13th, 2010
    Blogs are great for the ego. Here on Just Frances I rule the content; it’s all about me and I can say anything I want. (I will always aim for a PG or PG-13/12A rating however.) Those who know me well know that I’m a bit of a megalomaniac. [more...]

    Hail, Caesar! - Jun 27th, 2010
    I’m on a bit of a Caesar salad kick these days. Where I used to be extremely creative with my weekly dinner menus and ate mostly healthy, whole foods, I gave up cooking after Paul died. I just didn’t have the heart for it. But, a few months ago I finally started to use the kitchen again. [more...]

    Re-learning obsessive-compulsive behaviors - Jun 5th, 2010
    Anyone who has known me long knows that I am one of those geeky, overly-organized, slightly obsessive-compulsive, and highly meticulous people. Oh, and I have a great memory and am extremely detail-oriented. Well, I used to be. [more...]

    Egg-tastic! - May 31st, 2010
    Twice a year, an old urban legend is told about the possibility of balancing an egg on end during the spring and autumn equinoxes. It always gives me a giggle because, whilst it is possible to do it, it has nothing to do with the tilt of the Earth’s axis and its positioning to the Sun but rather is possible any day of the year – if someone has enough patience. [more...]

    Solar-powered clothes dryer - May 16th, 2010
    Carrying on with the hippy-granola-freak of a homeowner theme, I’m pleased to announce that I got to use one of my favorite house-hold appliances today for the first time of the year. Yes, I’m talking about my way-awesome solar-powered clothes dryer! [more...]

    Retro mowing - May 12th, 2010
    When Paul and I bought our house two years ago, we decided that we wanted to continue our “hippy-granola-freak” lifestyle in our yard care efforts. So, I picked up the old (and I mean old!) lawn mower from my folks’ house the weekend we moved. [more...]

    Identity crisis - May 9th, 2010
    Since Paul died I’ve really struggled with my identity, which is a bit ironic when I think about the identity struggle I went through as a newlywed. Part of my identity struggle has been my online presence. Paul and I both maintained separate emails (something of an anomaly in my family) and both participated on various online forums without supervision or input from each other. [more...]

    Tulips: Day 1 - Apr 17th, 2010
    Tulips are my favorite flowers. I love how they are so simple that they can bring elegance to even the most basic of vessels. I love the way they seem to dance around after they’ve been placed in pretty vase; the way they reach and stretch and grow after they’ve been cut – as if to tell the world that they are strong and they will survive and adapt to their new environment. [more...]

    Indoor-outdoor cat - Mar 24th, 2010
    Last summer I purchased a slightly-expensive, gadgety cat door for Schrodie. It’s great because it is sensor-activated, meaning that only Schrodie can come and go—eliminating the fears and nightmares of Satan’s evil footmen (that means skunks) entering my home through the door. [more...]

    Very taxing - Mar 23rd, 2010
    I finally filed my taxes. I say finally because I normally have mine completed and filed the first week of February—based on the fact that tax documents generally arrive the last week of January. Yep, a geek to the core I used to love doing my taxes. [more...]

    First bag - Mar 20th, 2010
    A conversation this afternoon reminded me that it’s time to swap out handbags; something I’ve not done since returning from my holidays so it’s really time I get in gear! Of course, what this really means is that I am going to share more useless information with you. Yay! [more...]

    The problem with Seattle* - Feb 23rd, 2010
    It’s Monday night and I’m busy getting ready for my holidays: Doing laundry; packing; cooking up ‘leftover stew’ with the contents of the fridge to put in the freezer (can’t have spoiled food when I return!); and reassuring Schrodie that I really do love her, despite the fact that I’m abandoning her yet again… [more...]

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