Engine update, and the utter enticement of the Race to Alaska, and….a snail.

Last night I went to a meeting of the Puget Sound Cruising Club, a group I’ve known about for a couple of years but just never got the chance to connect with. I happened to check their event schedule a couple weeks ago, and lo and behold: they were doing a talk on the Race to…

Outboard engine progress, part 2. (Thanks, Elaine!) Also, engines aren’t so bad.

This is a follow-up to this post about my outboard not working right. You know, I was a little too hard on my engine. Literally and figuratively. First I didn’t take good care of it, and then I used its inevitable malfunction as a demonstration of its insolence and made it an illustration of why engines…

We will grasp our desires soon by the nape

That photo above is of my husband and daughter at the Seattle women’s march. The one below is me with both my kids. I was grateful to greet the marchers at Seattle Center, though I wasn’t able to walk the 3+ miles due to pain. The plodding, mechanical unfolding of Trump’s agenda is now seeping…

I’ve decided to let Marie Kondo change my life

I bought her book when it first came out, and I loved it. She said all the right things. When I imagined being done with the Konmar process, and my house looking serene and zen-like, I got the same feeling I get when I look at small boats or tiny houses or a well-organized backpack.…

Week #2 (2017) Personal Goals Update

I’m going to write this update differently than the last because I’m still learning how I want to do this. Both how I want to personally accomplish things this year, and how I want to write about them publicly. My first week was writing topic/comment, where I’d name a change and talk about my progress. What…

Progress on new year’s plans, week 1

I’m trying out resolutions this year. Sort of. It’s more that I’m trying out using the energy of the new year as a push to start making some changes. I know that probably sounds exactly like “new year’s resolutions”, but whether it’s torture or productive is all in how I phrase it to myself. I have…