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I need to step up my game

For so many years our family room kind of languished in beige-land, but now that we’ve finally started paying more attention to decorating it, I’m noticing something: the Clarkesworld propaganda is multiplying. Sure, Neil, go ahead and put up a couple of posters, I said. Little did I know at the time, Vistaprint was being […]

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Two more weeks down

I finished weeks 9 and 11 (there was no 10) for the Granny Square Sampler. I really, really love these week 9 dimensional flowers. I will admit that I only half-read the instructions while catching up on an old White Collar episode, and so I did them kind of wrong. I realized my mistake after […]

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Pillows for the van

My mother-in-law acquires throw pillows like nobody’s business. And often, when she’s in purge mode, I am the beneficiary of the no-longer-needed ones. This week, I was given two 20-inch squishy down pillows that I thought would be nice in my van. I didn’t much care for the army green covers, but I knew just […]

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Lifestyles of the Faux Rich + Famous

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And Many More: a heart-healthy birthday cake

Today is Neil’s birthday. After the summer he’s had, I wanted to do it up big for his birthday. I think I’m pretty good at providing a festive atmosphere and well-loved gifts for the boys’ birthdays, but Neil’s birthday has never really been as successful for me. Maybe it’s because we don’t usually have a […]

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Thank you so much for all of the great comments and suggestions regarding¬†my teeny tiny shawl! I decided to try a combination of suggestions. First, I re-blocked it. An hours’-worth of stretching and grunting, pinning and re-pinning, won me a precious two extra inches. That’s not a whole lot, but I think it actually helped […]

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The finished shawl

I finished crocheting my shawl on Friday, and blocked it on Saturday. ¬†All along as I was crocheting I was a little concerned about it being too small, but I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would stretch considerably in the blocking. It did stretch, but only by about seven inches across. I was […]

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The topic of grills comes up every year around Memorial Day at our house. Usually the conversation goes like this: Me: Let’s replace our old non-functioning grill. Neil: Why? Me: I love the taste of a grilled hot dog, and I always have to invite myself to my parents’ house when I crave one. Neil: […]

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