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Do you sew?

I do. Kind of, sort of.

I can do easy things, like sew a seam or mend a tear — both by hand and using a machine. That said, if the Singer is involved with my project, you can expect that there will be much cursing, some huffy breaths, and the likelihood I’ll stomp off in a fit of pique.

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Jen’s faves: the body edition

Instead of listing the things that I’m happy with this month, I thought I’d talk about the one thing that I’ve had my whole life that I am grateful for. And that is, of course, my body.

I take my body for granted. I imagine that most of us do. But the fact is that the body is an amazing machine. It carries on dozens (hundreds?) of processes every day — many of them simultaneously.

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Saddle up

Courtesy of Google Images.

In yet another instance of me stumbling across weird and random crapola online, I present to you the Daddy Saddle.

I just




You know what, I really don’t even know what to say about this. My brain is totally locked and cannot form thoughts.

What say you?


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Grace's first day of kindergarten, 2004.

Today is the first day of school. I’m not sure where the summer went, but it’s gone and now we’re back to business.

Here are a few numbers I’m pondering today:

2 – The number of resident teens now in high school.

2 – The number of weeks since Grace got her learner’s permit.

8.5 – The number of months until Grace gets her driver’s license.

2 – The number of times I’ll get to take back to school photos before Grace is off to college.

36 – The number of months until Grace goes to college.

48 – The number of months until Ellie goes to college.

49 – The number of months until Pete turns 50.

57-ish – The number of months until I turn 50.

I’m going to stop now. I don’t know if it’s from all the math I just did or all the realizations that are striking me, but I’m feeling kind of faint and need to go lie down.


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On Friday I mentioned that I’ve been working on another project at home and shared a teaser photo, shown here on the right.

This new project was faster and easier to pull together than our living room. I redid the girls’ bathroom, which sounds like a dull project, but actually it was fun to do and now it’s way more fun for them to use.

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