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How to (finally) start going to the gym.

How to (finally) start going to the gym.

A few weekends ago, I went to a baby shower. One of the baby shower games, because you can't go to a baby shower and not be forced to play baby shower games, involved cutting a piece of yarn to the size you thought the mother-to-be's belly was. Jokingly, I wrapped the yarn around my stomach and cut it to my exact size. I won. All of my weight goes to my stomach. OK, that's not true...

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Sixteen Candles at Joe's on Weed

April is the cruellest month.

Last time I checked in I told you that while my blogging has been down, my gym attendance has been up. I'm both happy and sad to report that that's still the case. I still have so many things I want to write about, so many half-written posts or unwritten ideas floating around the head. But I'm embracing this newfound dedication towards actually taking advantage of my gym membership. Honestly, I've also been kind of enjoying pretending...

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Margie's Candies Strawberry Milkshake

That thing I call balance…

Back in January, I made a promise to myself that I was going to write two blog posts a week, every week, all year, no matter what. I needed to get back into writing. I needed to sit down and just do it already. I needed to push myself to have some discipline. For a while I was doing amazing with that goal, posting twice, every week, no matter what it took. There were times I'd...

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Growing a fig - Week 1

First fig.

The sun had moved, just enough, to start flooding though my living room window again. It gave the whole room the same glow that made me fall in love with the apartment in the first place. My fig tree noticed too and started blooming to life again. Translucent lime sprouts, the first new growth I'd seen amongst the stale deep leaves that had held strong all winter, and something different, a little green bulb. My first...

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Taste of Aruba

Like a March Twig.

Sometimes I step back and think, "where did the time go?" OK, so by sometimes I mean often, and by often I mean at least monthly, here, in this end-of-month blog-post recap. Every month I look back and think, "where did the month go?" "Where did the time go?" But this month I've been feeling it even more, not just thinking where did the time go from March 1 to March 31, but where did the time...

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Pretty in Pink Bathroom - Owl Candle Holder

All my owls.

I have my collection of owls from around the world. But those aren't the only owls in my apartment. Somehow that little souvenir collection that started in Thailand morphed into a running theme throughout all aspects of my apartment...

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Every book on my bookshelf. - SHELF 1

Every book on my bookshelf.

I got rid of a lot of things before I left to travel. It was a nice feeling to purge everything unnecessary, everything unneeded, from my life. In the end I sold, threw out, or donated over two-thirds of my belongings. Still, I kept many things, a couple of boxes of books included. (Plus a few more boxes dedicated entirely to The Baby-Sitters Club...

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My collection of Lonely Planet guidebooks.

My bookcase.

  I've had this bookcase forever. OK, not forever, but probably close to ten years. It's actually just from Target. For a few years in the mid 2000s they used to hold an annual "Global Bazaar" event featuring worldly-inspired limited-edition furniture and accessories. It's a hard-wood piece and, even though one of the sidebars is loose and falls out when I stuff too many books on the shelf, is pretty solid. It's another one of those...

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St. Patrick's Day Pudding Shots - frozen mint and vanilla cream pudding shots with crème de menthe, vanilla vodka, vanilla pudding, and cool whip

St. Patrick’s Day Pudding Shots

  If you ask me to bring food for something, I'll probably bring pudding. And that pudding will probably contain alcohol. And by probably I mean definitely. Just sayin. We're having a St. Patrick's Day pot luck today at work and my co-workers are bringing corned beef or cabbage or soda bread. My contribution is a box full of bright-green mint-flavored pudding shots made with crème de menthe, vanilla vodka, vanilla pudding, and cool whip and frozen so they're...

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Collected: Owl Souvenirs from Around the World

Collected: Owl Souvenirs from Around the World

  Thai superstition says that the owl is a cursed, evil, symbol: if one lands on your roof, horrible things will happen. In most other countries the owl is much brighter figure, representing intelligence, perspective, wisdom, protection, mystery, power, fortune. It seems that only in Thailand does the fowl bring misfortune. So, maybe, it's kind of ironic that my owl collection began in Thailand. I never meant to start a collection of owl souvenirs. I didn't. I simply walked...

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