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Adios, 2023! Posted on Dec 31, 2023, 5:12 pm
Resolutions and beyond. I plan to keep the blog going, but only twice a week. Stick around if you like!

At Random Posted on Dec 30, 2023, 11:12 pm
My random ornament, a bit of coloring, and some artful silliness.

Year-End Survey Posted on Dec 29, 2023, 10:12 pm
A summation of 2023, in survey form. Feel free to use it if you're running out of steam for Holidailies.

Angelic--OOPS, this is the entry, sorry! Posted on Dec 28, 2023, 9:12 pm
Oops! Sorry, I thought I had copied the entry link, not the YouTube link. My bad!

Angelic Posted on Dec 28, 2023, 8:12 pm
A vintage angel hair ornament, which is nowhere near as creepy as biblically accurate angels.

Two Sizes Too Small Posted on Dec 27, 2023, 8:12 pm
Feelin' Grinchy.

Ex-finity Posted on Dec 26, 2023, 7:12 pm
In which I go full Earp on Xfinity's idiotic voice system.

Myrrhy Christmas! Posted on Dec 25, 2023, 7:12 pm
This year's commemorative ornaments and the Washington State Christmas tree.

To All a Good Night Posted on Dec 24, 2023, 5:12 pm
A haiku, a wish for you, and the Virginia state Christmas tree.

A South Shore Girl Posted on Dec 23, 2023, 9:12 pm
Entenmann's, the Big Duck, LL Cool J, and the New York state Christmas tree.

All Is Calm Posted on Dec 22, 2023, 9:12 pm
A cherished ornament, a moment of angelic peace, and two buddies from New Jersey.

A Snoopy Christmas Posted on Dec 21, 2023, 11:12 pm
Any Snoopy fans? Here are my Snoopy ornaments. Plus the Michigan state tree.

Happy Strategies Posted on Dec 20, 2023, 11:12 pm
Thoughts on creating happiness and well-being. Plus, the Maryland state Christmas tree.

A Postal Christmas Posted on Dec 19, 2023, 7:12 pm
Memories of the USPS and meeting Bugs Bunny. Plus, cool USPS Christmas ornaments and the Maine state Christmas tree.

My Tree, Humble Though It Be Posted on Dec 18, 2023, 10:12 pm
It'll do.

O Christmas Tree, Oops Christmas Tree Posted on Dec 17, 2023, 7:12 pm
The National Tree is a hot mess, but that's okay.

Christmas, Chrersmers Posted on Dec 16, 2023, 10:12 pm
Knitted Christmas trees, fortune cookies, an unofficial landmark, and two way cool sisters I'd love to meet.

California Dreamin' Posted on Dec 15, 2023, 11:12 pm
You know it was a good divorce when you can look back on ridiculous times with your ex and laugh.

I Love Your Smile Posted on Dec 14, 2023, 7:12 pm
Look, Ma, no cavities! And Arizona's state Christmas tree for 2023.

Long on the Finish Posted on Dec 13, 2023, 8:12 pm
Got soft-serve from a food truck while walking with a friend tonight. The aftertaste was not what we expected.

Three Snaps from Z Posted on Dec 12, 2023, 7:12 pm
A few pictures from my phone, and a raunchy mind.

Enough to Cause a Heart Attack Posted on Dec 11, 2023, 1:12 pm
The American health care system is broken beyond all recognition.

Sunday Stealing: Pink Posted on Dec 10, 2023, 1:12 pm
A hodge-podge of questions, from whether you have a guilty conscience to what color your sheets are. Lighter fare after yesterday's hate-fest on Elon Musk.

Oh, Shut Up, Elmo Posted on Dec 9, 2023, 1:12 pm
Elon Musk is an asshat, and here's my Song of the Year for 2023.

My Favorite Christmas Commercials Posted on Dec 8, 2023, 10:12 pm
One of my favorite entries to write. And it comes in handy, as it's one of my own Holidailies traditions to post it.

Holiday Chirp Posted on Dec 7, 2023, 11:12 pm
My December wallpaper. Cute little one, eh?

The One Who Lives Posted on Dec 6, 2023, 10:12 pm
Nearly one in two women who have a heart attack will die within 5 years. Will I be the one who lives?

Purple Christmas Posted on Dec 5, 2023, 6:12 pm
Not the best Christmas memory, but I remain defiant.

Ode to Arlington Posted on Dec 4, 2023, 11:12 pm
Home sweet home. Why do you love where you live? Or do you?

Where's the Tylenol? Posted on Dec 3, 2023, 7:12 pm
This Christmas movie scene hits hard this year.

Hyvää vuodenvaihdetta! Posted on Dec 2, 2023, 10:12 pm
Where would you like to spend the holidays, that you've never been before?

Time and Flight Posted on Dec 1, 2023, 8:12 pm
Kicking off Holidailies. It has been a world-rocking year, let me tell YOU, boy howdy.

I Vant to Hear Your Lecture Posted on Oct 24, 2023, 11:10 pm
A great talk about the history of vampires.

Henlo, Hooded Crow Posted on Oct 23, 2023, 9:10 pm
I saw a few of these stunning birds at Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw.

My Birthday Tarot Spread Posted on Oct 22, 2023, 5:10 pm
A good year is in the cards!

But I Lived to See 57 Posted on Oct 21, 2023, 7:10 pm
A tradition gone awry.

The End of 56 Posted on Oct 20, 2023, 9:10 pm
Birthday eve! And bloody little rose.

Pareidolia Posted on Oct 19, 2023, 8:10 pm
A ghost in the machine.

Smoke and Ash Posted on Oct 18, 2023, 11:10 pm
Humanity's crime.

My Three Posted on Oct 17, 2023, 3:10 pm
The number 3 has different significance for different people---including me.

Hayloween Posted on Oct 16, 2023, 10:10 pm
What do chickens, a fermented pumpkin, and Tom of Finland have in common?

No One Wins Posted on Oct 15, 2023, 9:10 pm

Thanks, Mom! Posted on Oct 14, 2023, 11:10 pm
My love of horror comes from my mother.

The Most Misunderstood Card in Tarot Posted on Oct 13, 2023, 10:10 pm
It was the salmon mousse.

Bricked Posted on Oct 12, 2023, 10:10 pm
Cemetery conversation.

All Day Posted on Oct 11, 2023, 9:10 pm
Cute deco, three-second read.

Crows Know Posted on Oct 10, 2023, 11:10 pm
Crows are great at character assessment. Do you measure up?

A Nod to Subtlety Posted on Oct 9, 2023, 11:10 pm
Sometimes you have to look down.

Sunday Stealing: Autumn Posted on Oct 8, 2023, 10:10 pm
The best things about autumn.

Side By Side Posted on Oct 7, 2023, 9:10 pm
Life renews in a Warsaw cemetery.

Heart at Home Posted on Oct 6, 2023, 7:10 pm
My best friend is still around.

Neuronal Hellscape Posted on Oct 5, 2023, 7:10 pm
A malevolent being. A Union soldier. And one aggravated tenant.

Right There Posted on Oct 4, 2023, 11:10 pm
My soulmate is...close.

Power Booster Posted on Oct 3, 2023, 10:10 pm
They say spirits can drain batteries. But what about recharging them?

Missed Connection Posted on Oct 2, 2023, 11:10 pm
Strange happenings at home, part 1.

With Fangs Atingle Posted on Oct 1, 2023, 10:10 pm
In which the writer returns to that which comforts her: Fright.

Sunday Stealing, December 18, 2022 Posted on Dec 18, 2022, 1:12 pm
Okay, so it's Mostly Daily Holidailies, heh.

A little good luck. Posted on Dec 14, 2022, 10:12 pm
First time that ever happened.

A Blow to Hate Posted on Dec 14, 2022, 12:12 am
Gay and interracial marriage now have federal protection. YAY!

Elon's Henchmen Posted on Dec 12, 2022, 6:12 pm
They're like Bronies.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 11, 2022, 10:12 pm
If loving Daemon Targaryen is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Movie goal. Posted on Dec 8, 2022, 10:12 pm
I didn't realize how many Marvel movies there are. Time to set a goal!

This Year's Holiday Wallpaper Posted on Dec 7, 2022, 11:12 pm
I post an entry like this every year when I am short on time, and yet somehow, it ends up being a little bit more than that.

Exposed. Posted on Dec 6, 2022, 7:12 pm
Fingers crossed I don't get the 'Rona.

All I want for Christmas Posted on Dec 6, 2022, 12:12 am
Not WordPress.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 4, 2022, 10:12 pm
Funny how there are so many questions about grocery-shopping after a question about cannabis. Did someone have the munchies?

Celebrating (the end of) 2022. Posted on Dec 3, 2022, 11:12 pm
A catch-up, "real" entry for long-time readers, as I've been out of the blogosphere for a year.

Paper Flower Posted on Dec 2, 2022, 11:12 pm
A glimpse of glitter.

Holidailies 2022! Posted on Dec 1, 2022, 11:12 pm

A Hard-Boiled Study Posted on Oct 28, 2021, 1:10 pm
Slacked off on Horrordailies, and this is not really horror-themed, but sometimes it's like that.

New Friends Posted on Oct 22, 2021, 9:10 pm
A moment for something cute.

Quiet River Posted on Oct 21, 2021, 10:10 pm
And thus begins the apartment search.

Cloud and Moon Posted on Oct 20, 2021, 11:10 pm
A bit o' meta.

Eternal Night Posted on Oct 19, 2021, 8:10 pm
A playlist. You'll need Spotify to listen to it.

Boo. Posted on Oct 18, 2021, 11:10 pm
Have you ever seen a ghost?

A Final Gift Posted on Oct 17, 2021, 9:10 pm
Rest in peace, David.

Mostly Cloudy Posted on Oct 16, 2021, 11:10 pm
A view Hitchcock might have liked.

Velvet and Cake Posted on Oct 15, 2021, 5:10 pm
Think before you accept the bite, kids.

Happy birthday, Mom. Posted on Oct 14, 2021, 10:10 pm
She loved yellow flowers.

La Cucaracha Posted on Oct 13, 2021, 10:10 pm
Everyone has a fear...

Fragile Ghost Posted on Oct 12, 2021, 8:10 pm
A haiku.

Waiting to Chill Posted on Oct 11, 2021, 9:10 pm
Not quite autumn yet.

Not Yet Posted on Oct 10, 2021, 10:10 pm
Wait your turn, buddy.

Hitchin' a Ride Posted on Oct 9, 2021, 10:10 pm
You never know what you'll see driving down the highway.

Oceans of Time Posted on Oct 8, 2021, 9:10 pm
Movie night! What are you watching?

For Love of Fright Posted on Oct 7, 2021, 2:10 pm
How it all started.

You solved the box. We came. Posted on Oct 6, 2021, 10:10 pm
My birdie, my hellraiser.

A reminder. Posted on Oct 5, 2021, 11:10 am
Life is short.

Blood Moon Posted on Oct 4, 2021, 11:10 pm
A haiku.

Sunday Scenery Posted on Oct 3, 2021, 11:10 pm
I love taking photos of bare trees, especially at night.

Horrifically Funny Posted on Oct 2, 2021, 8:10 pm
Have you ever seen something really dark and just burst out laughing?

Season's Readings Posted on Oct 1, 2021, 10:10 pm
Ah, the deliciously devilish season is upon us! Whatcha readin'?

1.82 Million Posted on Dec 31, 2020, 11:12 pm
In memoriam.

Fellini's Fumes Posted on Dec 29, 2020, 6:12 pm
Pet-death averted.

Year-End Q & A Posted on Dec 28, 2020, 5:12 pm
Some great questions here. Why not give it a go, yourself?

Feathering the Nest Posted on Dec 17, 2020, 10:12 pm
Overstock, Wayfair, Sherwin-Williams, Bed Bath & Beyond. This is my life now.

Sincerely Yours Posted on Dec 14, 2020, 5:12 pm
The holiday letter I dare not send.

Sunday Stealing: Isolation Edition Posted on Dec 13, 2020, 4:12 pm
All by myself, I love to be ALL BY MYSEEEEEEELF.

Christmas Candy Posted on Dec 11, 2020, 8:12 pm
Least favorite holiday food? Yeah, I've got one.

Sunday Stealing Posted on Dec 6, 2020, 3:12 pm
Remember Flo on Alice?

Thomas Posted on Dec 5, 2020, 11:12 pm
A tale of a leopard-spotted bear.

Tarot? Count me in! Posted on Dec 3, 2020, 8:12 pm
Yes, atheists use tarot, too.

And Now for Something Not Necessarily Completely Different Posted on Dec 2, 2020, 9:12 pm
Holidailies asks: What new things did you do, see, or experience this year? I answer: Well, that’s a loaded question!

Moving Into 2021 Posted on Dec 1, 2020, 12:12 pm
Changes are afoot at Chez Zenzalei. A lot of people hate moving, but I rather dig it.

October Rubble Posted on Oct 11, 2020, 9:10 pm
Maybe I should hex my landlord.

Lead Legs Posted on Oct 3, 2020, 12:10 am
Every now and then, I get a weird feeling.

Virulent Parrots and Hooded Goats Posted on Oct 1, 2020, 11:10 pm
It's October, and that can mean only one thing: A failed attempt at Horrordailies.

My little travel trick. Posted on Dec 3, 2019, 11:12 pm
As a lot of people are traveling this time of year, here's my little trick for getting bumped up. (Quick post before I head out.)

Indefinitely Posted on Dec 2, 2019, 11:12 pm
Looking back on my 2018 re-cap, I saw that one thing didn't turn out the way I thought it would--in the very best possible way.

Hi, Holidailies! Posted on Dec 1, 2019, 11:12 pm
The kick-off! You know, because I did SO WELL with Horrordailies!

Vernal watch. Posted on Oct 4, 2019, 11:10 pm
Taken at Congressional Cemetery.

Broken stems. Posted on Oct 3, 2019, 9:10 pm
I wonder what they were for.

Fragile ghost. Posted on Oct 2, 2019, 11:10 pm
She won't let go. (Many of my Horrordailies posts will be haiku set to a photograph, especially during the week. Usually I write the haiku first, and find a picture later.)

A favorite night scene. Posted on Oct 1, 2019, 11:10 pm
A favorite night scene.

2018 Review Posted on Dec 31, 2018, 1:12 am
In which the blogger dedicates herself to her pet's every comfort.

Felled by a winter bug. Posted on Dec 28, 2018, 11:12 pm
In which the blogger was laid low by a microbe.

Fashion asks, I answer. Posted on Dec 17, 2018, 12:12 am
Sunday Stealing. Go on. Judge me for judging.

Roc on. Posted on Dec 9, 2018, 11:12 pm
A fun Sunday Stealing. CAW, CAW!

Well, it IS cold outside! Posted on Dec 8, 2018, 4:12 pm
It wouldn't be the holidays without someone getting offended about SOMEthing.

Christmas ambition. Posted on Dec 5, 2018, 11:12 pm
In which the blogger risks a major hand cramp.

It's officially the holiday season when... Posted on Dec 4, 2018, 11:12 pm
How would you finish that sentence?

Remembrance: George H. W. Bush Posted on Dec 3, 2018, 11:12 pm
A liberal pays tribute to a Republican she voted for.

Little birdie in my tree. Posted on Dec 2, 2018, 10:12 pm
This year's ornament! Awww!

Holidailies 2018! Posted on Dec 1, 2018, 5:12 pm
Should I put up my tree this year?

Yeah, verily, I blew it. Posted on Dec 26, 2016, 10:12 pm
In which the writer discusses future blogging and a raging orange asshat.

Hanukkah and Jewish Christmas Posted on Dec 20, 2016, 7:12 pm
Chinese restaurants brace for economic downturn.

Paging Dexter Morgan Posted on Dec 8, 2016, 5:12 pm
In which the writer and her bird are nearly overcome by toxic fumes.

The Christmas Thunk Posted on Dec 5, 2016, 8:12 pm
It was like we were the Tree Mafia and had stashed our victims severed limbs for transport to the river.

Ahhpting out. Posted on Dec 4, 2016, 12:12 am
In which the writer asks a question about men.

Prettier than pixels. Posted on Dec 3, 2016, 4:12 am
Christmas cards: The original friends lists.

Holidailies 2016! Posted on Dec 1, 2016, 11:12 pm
I'm an atheist, a vegetarian, and I do HIIT workouts, but I don't do Cross-fit so I'm not THAT obnoxious. I hope.

Vampire tunes. Posted on Oct 17, 2016, 11:10 pm
In which the writer briefly touches upon her absence and then depresses you with a dark and forlorn music playlist.

Screen frights. Posted on Oct 8, 2016, 12:10 pm
In which the writer explains why scary movies don't bother her, and what kind of entertainment does.

Blood Moon Posted on Oct 8, 2016, 12:10 am

A scary day. Posted on Oct 6, 2016, 10:10 pm
In which the writer's bird has a health scare. :(

Quiet River Posted on Oct 6, 2016, 1:10 am
Long, tough day, so a short, soft haiku.

31 Halloween Blog Prompts for Adults Posted on Oct 4, 2016, 9:10 pm
I should have thought of this sooner, but here are some ideas in case you get stuck this month.

Handsome devils. Posted on Oct 3, 2016, 11:10 pm
Four tried-and-true Devils, and a gorgeous newcomer to the role.

To bean, or not to bean. Posted on Oct 2, 2016, 11:10 pm
In which the writer confesses to a crime against adulthood.

It's in the cards. Posted on Oct 1, 2016, 8:10 pm
In which the writer does a Tarot spread and RUNS AWAY!

Happy New Year! Posted on Jan 2, 2016, 12:01 am
Happy New Year! With goat pixels!

Resolutions 2016 Posted on Dec 31, 2015, 5:12 pm
I'm not quite ready to hang it up and write monster porn just yet.

Inigo's Best 2015 Posted on Dec 31, 2015, 1:12 am
NEW TRADITION! Dedicating my New Year's Eve eve post to my favorite photo of my birdie this year.

Coquette Mess Posted on Dec 30, 2015, 4:12 am
This is what happens when I've been sitting here for two hours starting and trashing entries.

An entry every day? Posted on Dec 28, 2015, 3:12 pm
What happens after Holidailies? Who said I'm afraid of commitment?

Don't I know you? Posted on Dec 28, 2015, 1:12 am
In which a man who fired me gets a comeuppance.

Summertime 2015 Posted on Dec 27, 2015, 2:12 am
Highlights of an interstate move. Birds in backpacks! A towncar! Russians!

And to all a good night... Posted on Dec 26, 2015, 4:12 am
Just a couple of my favorite call greetings from the mid-60s. They capture the spirit of the holiday season for me.

Letter to Santa Posted on Dec 25, 2015, 8:12 pm
Yikes! I forgot to log in here and post this last night for Christmas Eve. There will be another entry for Christmas Day later tonight.

Christmas Eve Eve Posted on Dec 24, 2015, 4:12 am
Happy Festivus!

The Great Russian Nutcracker Posted on Dec 23, 2015, 3:12 am
A night of rare beauty.

Thank you, Dr. Seuss. Posted on Dec 22, 2015, 2:12 am
In which the writer explains how she came to be a writer.

Sunday Stealing - Christmas Posted on Dec 21, 2015, 1:12 am
In which a Christmas meme veers off on a tangent about Ace Frehley.

Quickie pretty sparkly entry. Posted on Dec 19, 2015, 5:12 pm
*in the key of Homer Simpson* Oooooh, wallpaaaaperrrrssss...

Merry Ouchmas Posted on Dec 19, 2015, 5:12 am
A man, a compass saw, a Christmas tree, and a tetanus shot.

I've gotta be MEEEEEE (whatever that means). Posted on Dec 17, 2015, 4:12 pm
Whoooo, are you? Who, who? Who, who?

Winter White Posted on Dec 16, 2015, 10:12 pm
Poetry break!

Winter Songs Posted on Dec 15, 2015, 2:12 pm
More music. Yay!

Thanks, but no thanks. Posted on Dec 14, 2015, 11:12 pm
Why, yes, I'd rather stay home alone than listen to your racist, homophobic, bigoted asshat family this holiday season.

Silver and Gold Posted on Dec 13, 2015, 10:12 pm
A (horror) tale of two health plans.

Ivy City Wall Posted on Dec 12, 2015, 11:12 pm
Came across some beautiful, and sad, artwork in D.C. today.

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays Posted on Dec 11, 2015, 5:12 pm
I've tried them all. Well, except one.

Busy, busy, busy! Posted on Dec 10, 2015, 11:12 pm
This holiday season, I'm looking forward to...

Holiday songs made hip. Posted on Dec 10, 2015, 12:12 am
I keep posting these just a few minutes after midnight, so pretend I'm in California or something.

Winter climbs Posted on Dec 9, 2015, 12:12 am
Quick break from prompts for a little poem. A very little poem.

If Santa left airline tickets in my stocking... Posted on Dec 8, 2015, 12:12 am
...I'd travel to...

Out with the old. Posted on Dec 6, 2015, 11:12 pm
Sometimes you have to clear physical space to make emotional space for what awaits you.

All I wanted for Christmas (and didn't get). Posted on Dec 5, 2015, 11:12 pm
I just wanted a...

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas Posted on Dec 4, 2015, 10:12 pm
Three scents that remind me of the holidays.

Superpowers from Santa Posted on Dec 3, 2015, 11:12 pm
I'd like to be able to clap my hands and...

The best gift ever. Posted on Dec 2, 2015, 9:12 pm
Ah, Atari...

Hallelujah! Where's the BB gun? Posted on Dec 1, 2015, 12:12 am
It's not the holidays without these two movies.




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