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Barbarians at the Gate …

…over the wall, and busting up the joint.

The first incursion came in the form of DH, who also follows an academic calendar, turning in his grades and suddenly being all around the house, almost all of the time.  But then the local schools let out for summer, and the hobbits came home.  The Mind Palace is completely overrun.  Even my canine companion has retreated to a corner, nervously chewing on anything that doesn’t get her in trouble to chew.  I need an alt office, stat.

Update 1: Really, I am not exaggerating.  Mechanical equipment is being used to sand the floor in the room over the kitchen, which has the only open table space big (and clear) enough to manage my work today.  The noise is so loud that it’s drowning out the sound of my teeth grinding.

Update 2: Now the barbarians are mocking me.  DH walks through the kitchen once in a while singing this.

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boticelli abyss

Botticelli, The Abyss of Hell. Pen and brush on vellum (32 x 47 cm), dated c. 1485; Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

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Worst Snow Day Ever

snowYesterday the government, due to threat of inclement weather (my nineteenth-century friends would have said “skeered at the snow”), shut down the joint.  Actually all of the joints, separating me from a gazillion documents I need to read.  On top of that, I am without my dog and there’s no yeast in the house, so normal snow-day activities were impossible.

And in the end, 4″ of fluffy snow fell prettily all over the District and my part of Maryland.  The sun shone and the sky was blue and it was a very pretty, if frustrating and boring, day.


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