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Reading goals for 2018

The last couple of years, I’ve set reading goals on Goodreads, and, up until last year, I achieved them. Are you on Goodreads? It’s a pretty cool way to set goals and find good books. Anyway, last year, I set 50 books as my goal (I had read 59 in 2016 and 67 in 2015, so I thought 50 was …

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Happy Birthday, mom!

Today is my mother’s birthday. She’s one of those mothers that’s not only a mother, but a friend. Like, a really good friend. Not an acquaintance-type friend, but one of the main peeps on your favorites list, one of the first people you call when you have a problem or need some clarity. She’s just an all-around awesome person. And …

Hawaii

I just got back from a week in Hawaii with my mother and sister, and let me tell you, re-entry is a cruel and cold reality. Like, literally. It’s so stinking cold here. We had the most dreamy time, at least dipping toes in the ocean every day, but more often than not, floating in the surf. I found a …

Feeding heart and soul with knitting

This is something I posted on Instagram, almost word-for-word, but I need to say it here, too. The news lately has been difficult, and relentless, and I am doing things other than just knitting my way through the pain and the confusion and the stress, but for me, knitting is the highest form of self-care I can do, and socks …

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Also…

It’s so strange how much of a dichotomy we can be. How many different and disparate feelings can exist inside of a single person at the exact same time. I’ve got all of these conflicting emotions going on right now. Let’s start with the good: Joy because my wee lassies are back at school (and loving being back at school). …

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Total eclipse of the sun…

Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of My Heart is on our family road-trip Jammy Jam’s mix, and we all belt it out at the top of our collective voices whenever we hear it. Such a fabulous example of an 80’s rock ballad – an epic song, sung without irony. The music video is even better, because it’s so damned big (and …

Eight (!!)

I am now the mother of an eight-year-old. Wow. How can that be? I feel like it was only a minute (and a lifetime) ago that I found out I was preggers. And then there was the long being-pregnant situation. The newborn fog. Watching her learn to be a person, to crawl, to walk. Experiencing a second pregnancy with a …

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Book it: December 2015

Nine books this month, although many were quite short. They ran the gamut from young adult to end-of-the-world to connection to business. A great way to end my year of reading, and it brought me to a grand total of 66 books for the year! My goal for 2016 is 60 books, and I’m planning on reading my way through …

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Happiness, Thankfulness, & a sale still going strong

First of all, the Happiest of Days to you all. Today is Thanksgiving, which to our family means time with loved ones, lots of food, and appreciation of all that we have. We are hosting this year, so I don’t have much time – lots of party-readiness to do – but I wanted to pop over here and express my …

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A shared obsession

When you have kids, you wonder how much of you is going to transfer to them. You hope that they get your good, and that your bad is skipped over (or, maybe not your BAD, but those parts of yourself that aren’t your favorites – even something as simple as, “I hope my kids don’t have my super dry skin,” …

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Summer Road Trip, part 5 – heading home

And then that was it. It was time to head home. Well, right before we headed home, we celebrated 9 years of marriage. Bonkers! On our way home, we took a small trip down memory lane, in Williams, California, to the place we spent one crazy summer, living at a tomato processing plant, hauling tomatoes from 8pm to 8am every …

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Summer Road Trip, part 4

San Diego was, as San Diego can’t help but be, amazing. We played hard and slept hard in Southern California. Auntie Jill taught Hazel how to sew, and they made an adorable quilt for lovies. (She made one for Astrid, too, but we wisely did NOT allow Astrid anywhere near the sewing machine). Both girls got to ride on a …