Latergram from meeting my sister in Boston Labor Day weekend

My best attempt yet at pepperoni pizza (gluten-free Chebe mix). Ptoley approves.

This is our "Swiss cheese box." I keep the cat toys in it; it's good for the cats to reach in and grab the toy they want. This morning I dropped a few treats in there, as I occasionally do. After all the treats had been retrieved, Copper lay down with his head on the box, just in case.

I was so eager to use my new pocket dip dishes from CB2 that, rather than sprinkling the chicken with sliced almonds, I served them on the side. It was everything I'd hoped it would be; the dip dishes fit perfectly on my gently sloping "restaurant bowl" dishes!

This is love: Alan spent all day Friday helping me tidy the house in preparation for our first dinner party. #augustbreak2014

10pm delivery for my Three-Day Novel competitor

This soft, cuddly guy just jumped up into my lap. #augustbreak2014

Something new: this morning a gas line was run from the street to our house! No more $900.00 deliveries of heating oil for us! #augustbreak2014

Copper in the morning light #augustbreak2014

#augustbreak2014 little = "small", i.e. small steps and small victories. Continuing on my theme from yesterday, I can be an all-or-nothing person. Today I moved a few small stacks of books to the living room. It's a small step towards the calm, orderly home I so desire.

Organizing this cabinet that I just installed last night is bringing back memories of when I used to have things together. Five years ago I got married, started law school, and moved into the house with no closets. It's taken me time to negotiate my relationship with Alan's stuff, and we've moved twice in the last year. Now we're settled, and I'm organizing. I feel like my old self, and it feels wonderful ️#augustbreak2014

Sometimes simple adornment is my fav: ponytail, gold studs, initial "e" necklace. #augustbreak2014