pictures and words

an *adding machine*

Under my desk.

mystery object

I don't know what the black contraption IS.

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I don't know what this button DOES.


What I wore.

map and thermostat

The definition of "temperature controlled."

Look. Every day is thrilling.
It is stunning to be doing this. I am sometimes stunned.

I catch the train here -


and see so many things, so many people, so many sights, that I am overwhelmed with the telling of it by the time I come home.


My life has been, as I have wanted it, very small. Suddenly it is much bigger.


I am drinking it in! Drinking it!


At the end of the day, I run to the station, with fabulous music in my ears, and ride the train
and do the crossword and look at the people and write notes to myself.
I pretend I have been doing this all along - and, for some, it may not be a huge thing, but, for me?
It is large.



how wonderful. :)
Miz S said…
I hoped it would be like this for you. I'm happy.
Mary said…
OK - first of all it is incredible that there are black birds at your train station.

Second of all - your outfit is gorgeous - you are very chic.

Third of all - happiness flows all through this post.

So I too am happy!
Eleanor said…
OH, YOU ARE SO GOOD TO US!!!!! I love this entire post. I kiss the post and hug it because it ROCKS!!

You took us all with you, there, and back, and you even showed us what you are wearing (which is divine).

Thanks bb.

The box around the temperature control looks suspiciously like one I had in my first ever apartment. If they are still made the same way it is possible to slip a ruler through one of the slots on the side and thus move the dial. Not that I ever did such a thing, ahem.
KPB said…
That would be a three-hole hole punch.

That knit looks divine. On me it'd look like a tea-cosy but on you it is classy. Typical.

When I went back to work - as in at an office - I remember that exhileration. The people watching. The wondering if anyone suspected how new it was to me, perhaps due to my goofy smile... and how I tried to perfect my walk so I looked like an old hand at the commuter thang.

funny that you're broadening as I withdraw. Curious.
Badger said…
Looks like a three-hole punch to me, too.

I LOVE the sweater and scarf.

The train station gives me a little bit of an anxiety attack. But I'm glad YOU'RE enjoying it.
Anonymous said…
I think the black thing is a hole punch.

I love your outfit.

And I'm thrilled that you have so many interesting things to see all day. The blackbird tile is great!
Laura Jane said…
Black thing - dunno

Knit - divine

Button - looks connected to a door chime and a release mechanism for said door. Just a guess.

Blackbirds at the train station - kismet.

Happiness and broadening of outlook - pricelss.

Loving the journey - thanks for taking us along.
tut-tut said…
Looks calm in that office. Who knit your sweaterish layer?
Anonymous said…
I think that button thing is an old fashioned mute button that you put inline with the phone. And you already have been enlightened as to the hole punch! That sweater is DIVINE, as is the scarf. Welcome to the razzle dazzle desk job world!
Stomper Girl said…
Those blackbirds are great, as is your stylish knit.
Wendy said…
What a fun post. I hadn't realized how small my world had become. Though because I've had to dress up the past two days everyone I've encountered has asked if I've returned to work.
Anonymous said…
I LOVE that you feel that way and you exude it in your posts.
As usual you are picture perfect.
Stephanie said…
It is large. I love that you're enjoying it all so much and taking it all in.

I had a dream about you last night. Maybe because I wanted to comment here yesterday but never did?! I dunno. Anyways, you were at work and I was there when you got your flowers from those wonderful men in your life. I kissed you on top of the head.

strange, right? but I meant it. :)
Eleanor said…
It just occurred to me that I put the blackbird on the sailboat travelling around the globe, but it really turned out to be a train. You can fit many more people on a train! (I just thought you might like that)
MsCellania said…
This is ALL good!
Especially that outfit.
It is very comforting to know that you've had a top-drawer experience with returning to the work place. It is in so many of our futures...
Poppy Buxom said…
Hey, I think I have that scarf. Except with a red border, as befits a poppy.

I just realized that if I went back to work, I could spend a lot of time listening to my iPod, and nobody would think anything of it.

On the other hand, I'd have to look good, and I don't know whether I'm ready for that yet.

But I'm glad you are!!! How are the boys dealing with things so far? They cool?
That looks like a clean train station! I love the tiles on the wall. Your outfit was A+

We have a similar lock box on the thermostat at work. My boss covered it with paper so no one could comment on the temperature and wrote on it...DO NOT TOUCH THE THERMOSTAT!
RW said…
Oh - the delight in your voice - I can hear it.

I am so very glad for you.
smalltownme said…
I used to use that adding machine.
Anonymous said…
Oh blackbird, I think you might be one of my favorite people in the whole entire world.
Mrs. G. said…
I miss the subway. You are so lucky to have it. I would never drive again.
Amy A. said…
Your sweater. So beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your happiness.
barbra said…
I don't know where that is, but it looks like a pretty station.

Thanks for all the glimpses - of everything!
Anonymous said…
Love the sweater.

The Nutone thing? Maybe turns on/off the alarm for whatever that Nutone thing really is. Have you pushed it?
Anonymous said…
I love that you love it. I love that you are drinking it in, and showing it to us. I wonder how the actual working part is? Because if it's half as fun as the getting there and back, you are in good shape.

The blackbird tiles kill me. How amazing is THAT?

Anonymous said…
Congratulations on a much bigger, busier world!

As for the thermostat locked up like a criminal, I loathe that kind of office crap. I need to be *my* comfy temperature, not what's deemed appropriate by the building people.

So, if you find yourself freezing, or alternatively, having a stroke because it's so hot...I know how to get around that plastic contraption to heat it up or cool it down without resorting to stealing the maintenance man's ginormous ring of keys...

1. Go to the supply cabinet.

2. Get a regular everyday ballpoint pen. Any color will do.

3. Remove the ballpoint and ink stick part from the barrel of the pen.

4. See those little slots rimming the outside of the plastic cover? When no one is looking, stick the ink stick inside the cover and push the regulator either up or down.

I spent years in an office environment infuriating the building manager for upping his a/c and heating bills. On my last day I admitted it was me and he still gave me a hug.

You're very welcome.

p.s. Nutone makes fans. I would guess it has something to do with air circulation. They also make vacuums. I say push it and see whether the cleaning lady comes in...if not, it's probably the air circulation system.
alice c said…
So you are swimming beautifully in the Deep End?
I'm glad.
Very, very glad.
Anonymous said…
Pssssst...(in a whispered voice)I think what you're doing is brave.
Carol said…
I'm so glad that you're so happy. How exciting.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for bringing us along! It was pretty cool.
Caterina said…
Happy. This post sounds happy, you sound happy. Happy for you.

Jan said…
Dear bb, these comments are as delightful as your post. It seems as though you have been taking all of us along for the ride.
islaygirl said…
i love the sweater and the scarf. if i wore that i'd look like a bag lady, and you just look chic.
Anonymous said…
DON'T PUSH THAT BUTTON! That lets the flying monkeys out and you know whay a mess they make!
OK, what do I know?
Glad you had fun at work. I almost always do, even when we're stressed by deadlines. Hey, if you're not having fun, why do it?
That tile in the subway station MUST be a good sign. And look - a food court. Wow. Looks like you can pick up dinner on those nights when no one feels like cooking. I'm jealous.
I wanted to thank you for posting that link to ACME MADE last week. I've been looking for a case for my ipod and they have some really nice ones. I ordered a couple of them today. Thanks!
Anonymous said…
Something kind of beautiful...
Love the blackbirds. Your chicks are fed, now fly, Momma! And so you do. I am bursting with joy over here for you.
We have two thermostats in our office. One has a sticky on it that says, "DO NOT TURN ON". Our witty receptionist added a smaller sticky below: "I never get turned on here anyway".

Also, I enjoy your reader's comments so much. What a great flock you've got, bb.

Hmmmm, is that a lovely Hermes scarf around your neck????? sigh.
Rebecca said…
I love love love your shrug!!
Jennifer said…
I'm sorry that I had to giggle at you not knowing what a three hole punch was. But you know I love you.

That button thing looks scary. Is that music notes on it?

I would not do well travelling by train or subway or whatever like that. I'd be too nervous. But then again I don't like to even go shopping by myself.