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#MicroblogMondays 45: Isolation

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I recently read about the most isolated place on earth: Tristan da Cunha.  It takes a week to reach the island from the closest piece of mainland.  It’s 1000 miles from the nearest town. I […]

Infertility Advice

I recently sent along an episode of Reply All to Noemi because it spoke about money.  I had paused it midway through the episode when I got out of the car in the morning, and returned to it in the afternoon.  In between, I sent the email.  I would have still sent the email, but […]

Her Story Search Terms

So Josh and I are officially obsessed with finding all of the videos in Her Story. There are 271 videos. (I think.) We’ve found most of them, though there is a chunk in the middle that is eluding us, and a few here and there. How do you know how many videos you’ve watched? If […]

552nd Friday Blog Roundup

Tomorrow is the 4th of July in the US.  We’re going to two firework displays this weekend.  That feels incredibly indulgent: two firework displays?  What can I say?  Washingtonians love their fireworks.  What are you doing this weekend? Truman took his last dose of medication about a week ago.  He seemed mostly better.  He […]

A Memorial to Whom You Used to Be

The first month we tried to conceive I thought it had worked.  We went out to a restaurant one night, and I was positive that my abdomen felt bubbly.  Odd.  As if a tiny embryo was digging down deep in my uterus.  I had brought a Your Pregnancy Week by Week book along on the […]

Her Story, the Game, is Like the Podcast Serial…

I’m not a huge fan of murder mysteries in general — I have never, for example, watched CSI — but Josh and I have been sucked into the new game, Her Story, which came out on June 24th.  You can play it on the computer or any device.  Plus you need paper.  Lots and lots […]

#MicroblogMondays 44: Money or Accolades

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Nathan Bransford asked a question a few months ago that comes up again and again and again on the Internet, but it’s a good one: When it comes to your creative work (in this case, […]

Closing Time

Normally on the 28th of the month, I post the new IComLeavWe list.  For over 7 years, we’ve come together to celebrate the almighty comment for one week each month.  But the project has run its course.  I can’t say that this is forever, but for the time being, IComLeavWe is going to go live […]

551st Friday Blog Roundup

Thank you for the blogoversary wishes as well as proving me wrong with the 14 comments statement. It is an accomplishment to write in the same space almost daily for 9 years. And sort of bizarre to think about.  When I started this space, I had no clue that it would continue like this.  But […]

This Blog is 9 Years Old

9 years ago, I started this blog.  I feel like I’m supposed to say something profound to mark the occasion.  Explain how I’ve kept up almost daily writing for 9 straight years without a break.  But I don’t really know how I’ve done it except show up. I show up, every day, at this space.  […]

On Being Likeable

I have spent a chunk of my life attempting to be likeable.  I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, but in general, I try to be helpful and kind and all those other positive adjectives that we apply to “nice” people.  Being liked seems like a good thing to be.  Or, at the very […]

#MicroblogMondays 43: Public Pet Peeves

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Last weekend, we went to the beach for the day.  The experience reminded me why I like to go to the beach mid-week during high season. Beyond how crowded it is on the weekend, there […]

Why We Should Try

A bunch of people have been linking to and discussing the recent New York Times piece on empathy. The assertion is made that while people often state variations of we need to walk a mile in another person’s shoes, we are awful at actually doing so and the task may be impossible in practice. So […]

550th Friday Blog Roundup

I may have been sucked into the hype about Fallout Shelter and downloaded it to the iPad. I’ll admit that I don’t totally get what to do.  This game hasn’t clicked with me like other games where I instantly get it and want to keep playing.  I followed all the steps and set up my […]

The Briefcase

This is the premise of the reality show: two families in need are each given a briefcase containing $100,000.  They have three choices: (1) Keep and use all the money for themselves. (2) Give some of the money to the other family, who is also in need, and keep some of the money.  The first […]

Cherishing Your Stuff

Not a Wasted Word and I share a deep love of talking about decluttering.  I would say we share a deep love of decluttering, but the reality is that I schedule my declutters far more often than I do them. A few weeks ago, she sent me a New York Times article celebrating clutter.  Not […]

It Goes So Fast

Sometimes when we’re driving, I get this feeling like I’m in one of those movie montages at the end of the film where you hear the maudlin, jangly guitar music welling up in the background, and you are reminded of the passing of time and enormity of life and the fact that we are all […]

#MicroblogMondays 42: My Fur Baby

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Truman got a cold.  I was sitting down to a very stressful plate of work when I heard him sneeze several times.  I turned around and snot was coming out of his nose.  He politely […]

Mental Sampler 5

I’ve dubbed this summer the Summer of Mystery.  The twins and I are doing a mystery theme for the summer in regards to what we read.  We’re doing a few books together — The Westing Game and Sherlock Holmes stories — and then they went to the library and raided the mystery section to choose […]

549th Friday Blog Roundup

I have transformed my book purchasing problem into a library problem. In the old days, I bought more books than I had time to read.  I would buy a book, super excited to read it, and then before I could start it, I’d find another book I wanted so I bought that, too.  Maybe the […]

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