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Ten simple things…

… that I’m thankful for right now…

1. More financial security thanks to my husband’s new job.

2. That Chloe and I visited OMSI and the Children’s Museum for free this month.

3. Delicious dinners with friends.

4. That the two fruit trees (1) (2) we purchased to replace this and this are beginning to bud.

5. That this bed exists, even though I’ll never be able to afford it.

6. That there is a covered play structure and park only a short drive away that Chloe can play on even when it rains (which is fairly often in the Pacific Northwest!). The photo above was taken there.

7. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate After Dinner Mint Thins, which I am addicted to right now.

8. A lovely package from Slovenia, sent by Pina.

9. That I’ve been able to leave Chloe in day care twice now.

10. That a photo of mine was selected for this, and that this photo is being considered by a transit authority as a window graphic for buses.

Thanks Sarah Jane for asking!


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Flickr Collage Meme


(1) Emily (2) Comfort Food (3) JEB Stuart (4) Blue
(5) Angelina Jolie (6) Chocolate Malts (7) Anywhere Relaxing with Warm Clear Water (8 ) Creme Brulee
(9) Content (10) Happiness (11) Introspective (12) Paperseed

I was reading this post on Pina’s blog about making a collage of Flickr photos that correspond to the answers below. Seeing as I’ve never made a collage before (that I can recall) I thought I’d give it a try.

The Questions
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name

The Concept
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).

Photo credits can be found here.


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Stuff About Me


Speaking of random, I thought this photo would be suitable here. It is only a portion of a sea of shopping carts all stacked together one morning on a visit to Ikea. This was as many as I could fit in my camera frame, but there were lots more.

Well, I’ve been tagged by Pina to share 7 random things about myself. I think its been long enough since the last one, so I’ll give it a try. I find these pretty hard to do, partially because I don’t want to repeat myself (which I’m sure I’ll do anyway) and partially because I have a hard time coming up with anything very interesting. But anyway, here goes…

1. I am so bad at remembering to water the household plants. I have a small potted gardenia on the window sill by my computer and I won’t notice how badly it needs water until it becomes so wilted and sad that I’ll think I’ve killed it this time for sure. But somehow, it always perks back up almost good as new (except for the handful of inevitable brown and yellow leaves).

2. My favorite kinds of flowers are happy and showy, usually richly colored with one main bloom per stalk – like dahlias, gerbera daisies, ranunculas, and the like. The very opposite of my husband who likes dainty little flowers that come in tiny sprays or clusters.

3. I love chocolate milkshakes. Even better are chocolate malts. There was a time where I absolutely could not leave a restaurant without ordering a chocolate malt if it was on the menu, even if I wasn’t really hungry. My current favorite shake is from a nearby chocolatier called Moonstruck who makes an amazing Chocolate Old Fashioned, complete with a dark chocolate coin garnishing the top of the whipped cream. Delicious!

4.I am 5′ 3″. It used to really bother me when I was a kid, but now I never think about it. I come from a very short family. My mom is 5′ and my dad is 5’4″. I’m not sure about my sister, but I think she is somewhere around 4′ 10″.

5. I do not like to exercise, although I enjoy walking. Actually, its not that I don’t like to exercise, but I find going to the gym boring and I’m not good at motivating myself to do things that I like more, like riding my bike, especially when its so cold outside.

6. I still have problems telling left from right, too. I still make the “L” shapes with my thumb and index finger of each hand and look down to see which actually makes a true “L” for “Left.”

7. My first real pet (as in, given to me by my parents, not found in the backyard or caught in a stream somewhere) was a hamster. I named her Lady, and she was a pale golden beige with white on her chest. I could watch her for hours. My favorite was when she’d clean her face and fur with her dainty little paws.

Wow, I actually thought of 7. Whew! Forgive me, but I’m not going to tag anyone else, for now, but I’ll send out a random tag to anyone who is interested in sharing. I’ll certainly be interested in reading, so let me know!


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7 random and weird

About a month ago Denise of Bellis tagged me to share seven random/weird facts about myself and I am just now following through. I wish I could say I see rainbows in my sleep or that I keep pet ants, but I don’t (yet!). Here’s what I came up with:

1. I am allergic to alcohol.

2. I don’t like practicing, especially when it comes to sewing. I just want to dive in and do it.

3. I wake up every morning with some form of a mohawk.

4. I rarely ever wear a bra around the house. Sometimes there are piles that form near my computer or on the sofa.

5. I have purchased St. Ives apricot scrub ever since my first year of college, in 1993. I was bummed when they changed the scent of it last year.

6. I never leave the library without weighing down my tote – never with just a book or two. David often asks me when I plan on returning the library (i.e. my considerable stack of borrowed books).

7. The last time I went karaoke-ing (this past summer) I sang two songs: “Falling Down” and “My Happy Ending” both by Avril Lavigne. Can you imagine!? I don’t even have the benefit of claiming drunk (see #1).

Here are a couple random photos, too:

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