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Friday, May 06, 2016

Take 195

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I got a new camera! I got a new camera!  Canon 70D. And yes, I'll admit it. I have a lot to learn... because most shots I've taken are out of focus...
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I made this awesome pasta dish last weekend. Umm, egg yolk. Wow. That's the best alfredo I've ever made.
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Apparently Facebook changed their algorithm (again). I'm guessing their desired outcome was not for their customer (me) to feel like an addict who is bored and needs to quit their habit, but yes. That was the result. I've chosen "Most Recent" on my sidebar, but I'm still seeing posts at the top of my feed for at least 24 hours at a time. It makes me want to give up the habit all together.
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Both Brian and I have moved a lot as kids. And both of us moved between states, too. I was chatting with my Dad about our moves this past month and he reminded me that during one of our "executive moves" where a company moved us, the movers put out kitchen trash right into a kitchen trash-sized box and drove it to the new state. Hah! Totally unreal. That box you just opened? Yeah. It's trash. All of it.
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I'm still actively looking for my new job. It's not exactly what I would call a fun process, and probably my first time ever really doing it. I did mission work out of college and never job searched for either of my past jobs. I have found it hilarious that I desire to brush my teeth before a phone interview. It just seemed... Right. Even though I'm in sneakers and jeans. Because even I have my limits.

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Rules of the Apple TV: Brian and I have discovered that any time you turn the Apple TV off after watching "Monkey George", you must back out entirely from that screen... So that the next person to turn on the TV doesn't suddenly flash Curious George in front of our George. It's vital.
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We have a signed contract! The agreed upon work will be done on our house and the boxes need to be packed. Somebody pinch me. This is crazy. Oh, and I'm fairly certain I have a sinus infection... So no boxes for me today. Just not happening.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Eleven years!

Happy Birthday to me my blog!


I have been writing to you for eleven years. Can you believe it? It's kind of crazy. I think of myself as this analytically minded woman who isn't a writer. And it's true: I'm not sure I ever got an "A" on a paper in high school. And you know what? I'm ok with that. I love to write to you. Whoever you are, my friend-- Thanks for being there.

Thank you for reading when...
Feel free to enjoy the archives, and I apologize in advance for the stupid move of changing some backroom html only to find out that all my archived photos are shot in the resolution department. (Or was that blogger's fault? I can't remember.) Some day I'll fix it?. (She said confidently... It's 11 years worth!)

Happy Tuesday to you. Happy Eleven Years.

Thanks for reading with me and commenting. You're my favorite!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Take 194

7 Quick Takes Friday
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I really couldn't help myself. I've enjoyed gardening so much in the past four years that I decided to go for it, despite moving sometime in June or July. Lettuce, kale and beets went in earlier this week and I hope to see some fruit to my labor before we hand over the keys. Maybe the new owners will appreciate it? Or, maybe it just solidifies the fact that sometimes I'm very bad at prioritizing. :)
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We moved forward and sold/donated a lot of items in the past few months. We're downsizing in a major way and I finally admitted that maybe I should move on from owning a kitchen item that has only one use. So, I parted with my whirley-pop. I will say this: I've made my first batch of popcorn in a pot and we did just fine. And, I will not miss cleaning oil off of all the nooks and crannies of that popcorn maker.
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Another thing I'm constantly doing is organizing my spice drawer. We use a lot of spices when we cook, especially since I often make my own "fajita spice packet" type mixes from scratch. This week I discovered, despite my best organizing efforts, that I had three (nearly full) containers of chipotle powder. Yes, this is in addition to actual chipotle peppers in adobo sauce sitting in my fridge, too. Feel free to comment with your favorite recipes... because we've got some chipotle in our future!
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George is a sports nut. Seriously, anything with a ball is his jam. And he's not very picky, either! He likes golf, football, soccer, basketball, etc, etc, etc. He runs around the basement, falling to catch a ball, yelling, "I DOVED!" His Marmie is a Cubbies fan to the max, and yesterday I heard him seamlessly call "Baseball", "Baseball Cubbies", as if the sport necessitated both nouns. Feel free to enjoy watching him, as he figures out all the ins and outs of the game:
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Another thing George is figuring out is earbuds. I found him putting these in his ears yesterday and saying, "No music?!" with his hands in the air in that "huh?" type gesture.

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I went for a Couch to 5k run last night. I haven't gone for a run since before I was pregnant with Rowan... So, that's probably a year and a half? A long time. I had a few thoughts: 1. I still hate running with glasses and I still no longer have contacts. I run blind and pray I won't see anyone I know. 2. I saw two darting bunnies in the almost pitch dark last night. They outpace me by at least double my speed. I was proud of myself for not jumping/screaming in terror--you know, the whole blind/no glasses thing. 3. My Pandora station (created from the song Sugar from Maroon5) seriously failed me when in mid-stride it attempted to play "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed. Hello very fast thumbs down. Cardio, yo. Not sobbing in my pre-teen years.
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Everytime I type "VM" for voicemail into my iPhone, it corrects it to BM... Sometimes in that sneaky just-as-you-press-send way instead of while-you're-proofreading way. Stop it, Siri, just stop it. You (and I) are way too old for potty humor.

Happy Friday!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Take 193

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Sad news: my Canon DSLR is broken. It's been broken since late February... And the word broken is in bold because that's basically how I feel about it. Sad. Sad. Sad. I'm trying to be just a diligent with Rowan as I was with George when it comes to weekly photos... but this hiccup has really taken a toll on documenting our sweet Rowan. Sorry, second child of mine. I promise I love you just as much!! And no. weekly iPhone photos are not as beautiful, though I still think you're tres cute!
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I learned from my Dad this past week that cardinals (the bird that always reminds me of HIS Dad) like to eat off the ground. It's true, we have this fantastic bird feeder, but the cardinals always hang out underneath it. Very rarely does one land on the feeder for breakfast!
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I will never understand why anyone closes a condiment or salad dressing in a buffet line. Everyone behind you will simply have to put their plate... somewhere?! And open it back up.
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My Aunt Dolly turned 90 this week! Boy, do I love that lady! Here she is at our wedding, dancing with her sister, my Grandma Ginger:
If only I grow up to be like them... I'll be one lucky lady! In celebration, a bunch of my family enjoyed a Yankees baseball game in New York. What a fabulous treat!
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I have started to really enjoy how George is communicating stories, talking through events, and also randomly thinking of things. This week, while driving home, he said, "Nice driving!" out of the blue. I almost busted a gut! Thanks, buddy! Then, a little while later, he said what he often says while we're riding in a car, "Ride bike... Someday!" He says this when he sees adults riding on big-kid bikes. And then after a brief pause (of imagining himself on a bike), he always says, "Awesome..." 

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I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I get more than a few emails from people regarding Craigslist posting asking, "Is this still available??" And, "Where are you??" Both are answered by just visiting the page, right?! It's posted (ie- still available) and there's a map on the side bar, right? I feel like I'm going crazy. (Need a high chair? I got one to give.)
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We're selling our home. We're moving. I'm tired. And cry a little at random moments (good tears!). And I just simply don't really have a 7th take because... exhaustion. So, I give you a beautiful tree in my in-laws' beautiful yard (with their camera):

Happy Friday!