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Blogging Married Life, Faith, and the Pursuit of All Things Crafty

The Man and I take pride in keeping our home looking nice.  We don't have many decorations to distract the eyes from dust and dirt, so we have to keep up on the cleaning.  Thankfully we're both (usually) keen to clean.  We both take part, and while we can each do all of the chores, there is a mostly understood division o

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But wait, Jaggy, I’ve talked with you. You have social skills. You have a normal job and are married, went to college, have friends, and spend lots of time with your family!  You don't have Asperger Syndrome, you're just antisocial.  So right and yet so wrong.  I do have a job, but I have my own office where I contro

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The point and purpose of my posts over the last week and a half have been to introduce a new topic here: Asperger Syndrome. You can read all about it on Wikipedia, then come back here for more information. Based on everything I’ve read on the vast Internet and in books, I probably had AS as a child and still struggle wi

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There are so many ways that I relate to the Sheldon character in The Big Bang Theory that I cannot possibly enumerate them all. Sheldon has his favorite spot on the couch, and I have my favorite spot at the dining table. Woe to the person that sits in my spot. It is both conveniently located such that I am able to easily

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I get overwhelmed easily. Not in the “this is too much work, I’ll never catch up” kind of way, but in the “get me out of here, I can’t handle this music, the crowd, the smell of the pumpkins, the ringing of the checkstand” sort of overwhelmed. I can’t handle concerts. Crowded shopping malls? No way. Listen

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You know those sheets of paper that have faces on them, the ones that ask, “how are you feeling today?” I have never understood those. Part of the problem is that my facial expressions don’t always match what is going on inside, and I can’t see other people’s expressions and relate them to emotions. The other p

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Every year, those award shows roll around, and actors and actresses are lauded for their ability to suspend reality if only for a moment. They get fancy statuettes, get to give lengthy speeches, get the recognition for a job well done. I don’t get it. Acting isn’t hard. I do it every day. Despite my ability to be p

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Do you ever have people burst your personal bubble? Someone will lean in too close to tell you a secret, but they accidentally (or purposefully) bump a bit more than you’d like, and then you have to awkwardly step away to restore the balance. There are different levels of closeness as well, for a stranger should certain

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While I’m on the topic of JAG and that librarian who patiently listened to me, I have one more thing to add: I monologue. It is so embarrassing, but it’s a part of me that I’ve come to accept. Sometimes, especially when I meet someone new or have a new thought or idea that needs to explode out of me, I’ll “downl

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I have been accused of being “obsessed” about different things so many times in my life that one might think I need professional help. I didn’t get the nickname “Jaggy” by chance. For ten years, my Tuesday nights were wholly dedicated to the TV show JAG. I know show trivia, character arcs, and storylines better

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Elementary school was both a blessing and sheer torture. I have always loved learning, and I had exceptional teachers for the most part. I was either at the top of every class or nearly so, PE being the notable exception. I never understood why I was picked last for games in PE: I was the tallest girl, easily the most fl

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When I was little, my dad used to call me his “little encyclopedia.” He might be in a conversation with someone, usually a family member, and say something like, “oh, that happened a few weeks ago.” I’d pipe up with all the authority I could muster, “no, Dad, that happened five weekends ago on Saturday, and we

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This is one of many now-famous lines spoken by Sheldon on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory. I am a fan of the show, to perhaps more of a level than The Man would like. Sheldon is a flawed character, highly eccentric, and socially awkward. I saw a backstage interview with the actor who plays Sheldon, and he said the

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It has been eight years since I started this blog, so I'm here with another annual retrospective.  For as much as this blog mirrors my own life, this past year has been altogether different.  While I've wanted so much to share my whole life on this blog, both propriety and privacy dictate that I not share everything.  I'

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The Man and I had a discussion last night about how to honor someone for their work.  We realized there are different views about and approaches to rewarding an employee or helpful person. My thoughts drifted back to former bosses and how I've been thanked for doing a good job on a difficult project or task outside of my

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The Man and I celebrated our 4th anniversary last week.  We didn't "celebrate," exactly, we simply marked the occasion, and we're going out to dinner tonight instead.  I have a hard time remembering it has been that long, but it has.  Our 4th year of marriage was pretty awesome.  Life is good, friends and fami

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So... yeah.  I kind of took a break from blogging for a while.  I've been [insert excuse here].  The truth is, I just haven't felt like writing.  I have been papercrafting lately, though, and I can blog all about that.  Rather, I can share pictures!  Click on any picture below to see the huge (apologize for cell-phone

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The Man and I have reached another milestone: we purchased our first clothing from L.L. Bean.  We have officially joined the White Suburbia Club, or at least that's what we're calling it.  Though we have often shopped at Columbia and Eddie Bauer, stores most would consider "northwest" in fashion, we got a great

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The Man and I went camping. That's the short story, anyway, a very short story of what amounted to a three-week endeavor.  We didn't go camping for three weeks, oh no, and we didn't exactly go off any beaten paths.  What we did do was learn things.  We also bought things.  And there was a hefty pile of cleaning, pac

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The Man and I are both now holders of Minecraft accounts.  We pretty much haven't done a thing since we got them.  No real crafting, no movies, no chores... it's kind of an unhealthy disaster in our house right now (which is basically saying our house has finally degraded to "normal people live like this" status

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After nearly four months on a break from quilting, I think the bug is back.  I finished a mammoth king-sized quilt in March, and I quickly hid all forms of fabric and thread from myself.  I just couldn't bear to look at my sewing machine for one more second.  While the quilt turned out beautifully, I needed a break.  I

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Our 11-month-old cats have gotten so big!  Annie was enjoying some cuddle time with The Man this weekend.  She must have missed him when he was gone on his business trip last week because she snuggled with him as much as she could.  The Man was holding her and insisted I take their picture.  I wish I knew what was going

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I read this article recently and couldn't agree more with every point. While on the topic of appropriate footwear, I found myself wearing sandals (way more strappy, less floppy, and no evil toe-post) to the beach this weekend.  Once we arrived on the sand, I opted for nature's best pedicure and went barefoot.  All I hav

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Last weekend, as I was sorting and organizing my ever-growing pile of craft supplies, The Man asked if I had a bone folder.  He had some paper and wanted to fold it "like you do."  My non-crafty husband, the one who takes absolutely no interest in the other (crafty) half of our office, requested a specific tool

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The Man and I bought a window-mounted air conditioner when we lived in our first apartment, and it worked beautifully there and in our second apartment.  When we bought a house, however, not only is our unit not large enough for more than the master bedroom, but our HOA doesn't allow window units (though we've seen a few h

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For the first time in eight months, my husband and I aren't expecting someone else for dinner.  It feels so weird, so incredibly empty in our house now, and yet... we're pretty okay with it. My sister and her husband moved in with us in October, just two months after we bought our house.  We offered to let them have our

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To the asshats who ate my strawberries right off the plants on my front porch, I hope you enjoyed them.  Those are the very first fruit-bearing plants I have ever grown, and those were the first berries from those plants.  I was going to eat them today or tomorrow after they were fully ripe, but you beat me to the fruit.

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I have phobias.  Phobias are not simply fears.  I am afraid of dogs.  I am afraid of mustard.  I realize that both of these items are generally harmless and, when left alone, are unlikely to hurt me.  I avoid dogs when I can, but if in the presence of an otherwise tame dog, I tolerate its existence.  I have even come

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I've been participating in some rebellious behavior lately, and I have to say, I could get used to this. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I made some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  I've made them countless times, enough to have the recipe memorized.  Everything was going according to plan until I got to the chocolate chi

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Two weeks?! I haven't blogged in two weeks!?  I apologize for the break, but I've been so busy lately with our yard, family and friends, and living life that I haven't had a chance to sit still. Our cats are healthy and back to normal.  Well, sort of.  I've been working on training them to obey commands, and they do a p

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