Day Off, Day One

A real time report of things I’m happy about right at the moment: So You Think You Can Dance starts up this month, I have a book contract and a book to work on, I have a purring cat on me as I type this, it’s not hot out, I can hear birds and trucks (I find truck noises calming) and most of all, I’M NOT RUSHING OFF TO WORK. I would have been gone for a half an hour already normally!!

I’m also happy about this very clean window. I couldn’t afford to have the windows cleaned this spring, but the one I sit in front of every day was particularly dirty and it was depressing me. So I bought a squeegee with a long-ish handle to try to clean it myself. If I wasn’t afraid of heights this would be less of a deal, but I can’t hang out the window. Or step on the fire escape which is right there and would make this job so easy.

I had to really contort myself in order to reach every corner of the glass without hanging out the window except a little bit. But voila! A mostly clean window. It makes me happy.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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