Big Difference

One big difference between growing up in West Texas and growing up in Far North Queensland, Australia is snakes. Or rather the size of the snakes. Sure we have lost a lot of dogs to rattlesnakes in my extended family. But we never watched the family dog get eaten by a 110lb python that had been stalking the dog for days. But that could all change.

As climate change warms the nation, giant Burmese pythons could colonize one-third of the USA, from San Francisco across the Southwest, Texas and the South and up north along the Virginia coast, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps released Wednesday.

Just your cheery thought for the day. Who wants to help me turn this into a Sci-fi Channel Saturday night movie?

Things I Do to Avoid Washing Dishes


Things I Do to Avoid Washing Dishes

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Yes, Callie has burrowed under the blanket. I swear I do not keep it that cold in here.

work from home day


work from home day

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My assistants are less than helpful. But I get to do laundry while technically being at work so life is good. The freezing rain outside isn’t good but I don’t plan on going outside today.

Contractor Swag


contractor swag

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One of our contractors brought by stress balls and bamboo plants in half pots. The backside of the pot has velcro so that you could stick it to the wall and the company’s name is on the front but I deliberately cropped that out of the shot. I wanted to round up all the plants and create some elaborate design on a blank wall in the hopes the bamboo would grow into some intricate knot. But energy level did not equal my ambition. And then there was a client issue to deal with. So the plant sits in my window.

Hey DC!

It is gorgeous outside.  Let’s ditch work and meet at the zoo at 2:30.  Our bosses don’t know each other.  They will never make the connection of people becoming suddenly ill on the Friday before a three day weekend.

Hmmm, maybe it will look a tad suspicious.

JAPAN! culture + hyperculture at the Kennedy Center

This is a marvelous festival and everyone local should take the time to stop by before it closes on the 17th. The Kennedy Center is open till 10pm each night so it is easy to stop by after work. You can’t stop getting a big grin when you walk into a yellow room with black polka dots.

Unfortunately the play I saw Saturday afternoon, Shintoku-Maru, was only for this weeked which is a shame as it was absolutely insane to watch. Ninety minutes in a language I don’t understand with no subtitles but yet I loved every minute. Any play/musical/modernized Noh that starts and ends with men using belt sanders against metal plates to rain sparks down on the stage is a good time. The visuals were amazing and between the synopsis and the classic nature of the plot is was easy to follow.

JAPAN! culture + hyperculture Festival at the Kennedy Center

The Murder at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

Hey local folks – anyone interested in doing this scavenger hunt?

Saturday, February 16, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, pride, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multimillion-dollar purchase of a Rembrandt. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s up to you to learn what he knew and discover what drove one of four suspects to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code left in the victim’s appointment calendar. Can you figure out who dunnit? Be prepared for our most challenging hunt. Price: $22.50 per person. Advance payment required, and space is limited. Buy tickets.