I met a tiny snake on the trail today! And it held still long enough for me to take a picture!

First day of working from home! At least I have my assistant on the job with me.

But the best thing is that I finally got to use my snowshoes! Took a two-hour walk in the woods this afternoon, and came home tired but happy.

Now that I am detangled, Cat has returned to sitting on me.

In happier news, I got home from the conference to see that my friends had mailed me the most amazing possible Jewish cat lady equivalent of a tacky Christmas sweater. I clearly have to wear this to next year's latke party.

Anyone want a ring? My estranged mother gave it to me, and for various reasons it was easiest to just accept it. I don't want to keep it, but I also don't like things going to waste. So if anyone here wants a ring, let me know and I'll mail it to you. First person to ask for it can have it. I'll even pay postage!

My friend Isaac says that this paper mache head looks like @nindokag

Normally I go through a pair of shoes about every 12 months (Converse are not the most durable, but they're affordable and work well with my sensory issues). But I've been doing a LOT of walking and hiking lately, so I had to get new ones early. I wore right through the soles!

A friend asked for pictures of Aurora, and also for her height. I tried to combine the two and ended up taking mugshots of my cat

It also has a place called Second Dam, which might even be prettier. You have to hike to it, but it's a pretty gentle hike, except at the end.

Ithaca has a place called First Dam, which is a very pretty waterfall next to a crumbling building. It's easy to reach, right by the road.

Got up early so that I could walk along Cascadilla Gorge before work and it was very much worth it.

I've been in Ithaca for a month! I'm really liking it so far. It's so amazingly pretty here. There are so many little trails and giant waterfalls just a short walk from my house. I like my job so far too. It's early yet, but so far things are going better than I expected.

I pushed it several times, but alas, it doesn't seem to have taken.

We were starting to make The Shining jokes about Creepy Dorm when I spotted this sign:

It's amazing how much Aurora's interest in sitting on my lap increases after I've packed a suitcase.

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