January 28, 2014

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It shouldn’t be this hard

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Long-time readers know that I battle Depression.  Those of you who are new and would like to learn more can catch up on previous posts about that here. I was inspired to write today because Kimberly at All Work and no Play Make Mom Go Something Something is celebrating a mental health awareness day with […]

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January 27, 2014

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Monday Listicles: 10 Names I Would Have Named Myself

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I’m linking up with  Northwest Mommy‘s Monday Listicles.  I’ve previously written about my name here as well. I hope you enjoy! ——————– 10 Names I Would Have Named Myself 1. Venus.  Because being able to take this picture is rad. 2. Venus. Because having to respond a lot to, “Is your brother Uranus?” builds character. […]

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January 23, 2014

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100 Word Song: Take to the Sky

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He loved her.  She was pretty sure he loved her. Yes, he must love her, or he wouldn’t be here now, stroking her hair. as if she were a dog kicked as if she were his dog, then soothed through whimpers What if he left? It seemed she was always getting in his way, bringing […]

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January 21, 2014

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F the Diastasis

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Last night, M and I were in bed.  G was already asleep in his room, and E was zonked out with milk coma, on a breastfeeding pillow on my lap. M and I started having one of the totally random conversations to which we are prone. M: So you know that spot where the river […]

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January 20, 2014

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100 Word Songs: Her Gift To Him

The notes came as she tried to find his eyes.  It was so important that he hear her vulnerability. The words tumbled one after another, the pianist muscling the chords underneath. She began to realize that she was alone in the limelight — holding his hand on this holy stage that they shared — where they […]

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January 20, 2014

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Yup, I had a baby!

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We have gone from a family of three to a family of four — a whole new world, as those of you who’ve been through it before know.  I am so much more ridiculously happy than I could possibly communicate here. And, because I find the whole thing surreal, I’d like to share E’s birth […]

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January 15, 2014

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100 Word Songs: Just Like Starting Over

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**We rejoin Tom at the beach for this 100 Word Song entry.  Catch up on Tom and Shelley here.** Dead?  The word had no meaning, yet, to Tom; death was abstract.  But Shelley was real.  Real, here, in front of him, radiating a palpable, gut-churning fear that made him wish, for the briefest instant, that […]

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January 10, 2014

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Oohhhhh, now I remember what that feels like!

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Ccbvmvjblmgvgffdbycyfggigigihuhkuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. GmncMx ***The above was typed by G when I wasn’t looking. I’ve decided to keep it — it’s his first blog post! ;-)*** But back to me (’cause I’m so vain I thought this blog post was about me). If you know who I am, you know I’ve been gone for quite a while. […]

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January 9, 2014

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Mama Kat: Winter in my neck of the woods…

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Winter in my neck of the woods, eh? Well… rather than post the same pic of the NE blizzards that you’ve seen on the evening news, I thought I’d treat you to a different view of winter at my house. Namely, my dry-ass cracked hand skin. Context: I grew up in the San Francisco Bay […]

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June 14, 2013

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Hooray, I’m tan, sort-of.

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Yup, you heard it here first! I’ve got “reader’s tan”.  It’s like “farmer’s tan,” but totally different. I’m going to take complete credit for making up the name (and I am NOT googling it first to find out how many other millions of people already coined the term, it’s more fun this way). What is […]

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