Category Archives: Jenika’s Journal

Spiderwebs, Boiled Caramel, and Grabbing the Camera Anyway

I’m so busy stringing spiderwebs over bookcases, arranging skeleton hands in the popcorn bowl, and cutting the tags off of glitter pumpkins that I almost don’t hear the oven timer shrill from the kitchen.  Running to pull open the silver door (where did I just set the oven mitts?) I yank out the pork apple […]

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New York City

I still remember the first time I went to New York by myself.  I couldn’t point to the date on the calendar, but I remember jumping on Metro North in New Haven on a day so humid you could chew the air, and waiting while the train rattled its way through Connecticut, past dizzyingly tall […]

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Snow Cocoa & Tradition

What started out as a graduate school revolt against the dreariness of the Illinois winter has now become an annual McDavitt tradition – a night of hot chocolate and good company.  Never mind that I used the same decorations as last time, or that I only had about ten seconds to snap a few photos […]

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Halloween 2012: The Baltimore Ravens. No, Really.

So there I was on Halloween afternoon, working alone, with no one here to even notice that I’m wearing my cool skeleton socks (*sniffle), feeling bummed that I didn’t carve a pumpkin or get out my bat chandelier this year. But then. You know how when you’re working “in the zone” you’re only peripherally aware […]

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The One-Arm Rule

Much like an uncouth household might have a “one foot on the floor at the dinner table” rule (to prevent chaos while food is being served), I recently instituted a “one arm” rule at the library. That is, I only allow myself to check out as many books as I can hold with one arm.  […]

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