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"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." --Maya Angelou I love traveling....

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(I realize that I'm taking forever to get my trip recap finished. While numerous things have happened around here--Mothers Day! I got a job! We're in the middle of construction for our new carport!--I'm determined not to interrupt my recaps,...

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If the thought of doing a road trip without a mobile phone seems impossible, I can assure you that it is not. It's true, we weren't totally without communication. Andrea had a phone that we could use to call. And...

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From the early stages of our trip planning, Andrea and I knew we wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher. No matter what we were going to see, that had to make the list. Considering the limited amount of time...

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If someone was going to do Belfast in a day, then I would suggest doing the Titanic Museum, walking around downtown a bit, and doing a mural tour. We didn't have a full day to spend in Belfast, so we...

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My apologies for the trip-posting delay. I had to take a bit of a pause there in the ole' travel blogging because we had nice weather. If you've lived in the Pacific Northwest then you know. Nice weather in April...

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No April Fool's day joke here. We got through winter, people. Sunshine is coming.

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: 1 : We heard back from the insurance adjuster about the replacement of the carport, and although my parents didn't have replacement insurance on the carport, they'll still get a small chunk of change to help offset the cost...

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The thing about home disasters is that replacing them--while expensive--often gives you something better than you had before. Replacing the furnace was expensive and not glamorous (hey everyone! look at our beautiful heat pump!), but the covering for the replacement...

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We had a bit of wind storm here on Thursday. I always get nervous with windstorms because our house is surrounded by tall trees that would easily smash our place to bits if they fell. On Thursday no trees fell....

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For some reason, I did not realize until this afternoon that March Soup Night was the same night as the Oscars. I suppose if I had been thinking in terms of Oscar Soups then maybe I would have created a...

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Well, another February has come and gone. How about a wrap up of what happened around here? : 1 : I turned 38. I celebrated by going to the Oregon Gardens with Megan, and then enjoyed the extra icing on...

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She went on vacation, some place warm, no doubt. But no one, not even Sunshine herself, can stay away from here forever. She brought sparkly toys from her journeys and shared them with each of us. We held them in...

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Happy Friday! What's been going on around here? : 1 : We were driving home the other day and Addie said to me, "I wish we had a bigger house." It struck me as the oddest thing to say because...

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Yesterday, Addie had her (belated) well-child check up. She was actually pretty excited to go; she even got dressed up in a super fancy dress. In Addie-adorable fashion, she smiled at everyone and answered all the questions that were asked...

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Last night I got a Facebook invite to a page announcing my 20-year high school reunion. Although I don't spend much time thinking about my high school experiences, I really have nothing but fond memories of those days. I only...

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: 1 : Because we didn't have ridiculously cold weather sweeping through town forcing People in Charge to cancel school, we got back into our regular schedule this week. Jason was off to his school; Jules was off to her...

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: 1 : Though I cannot guarantee it, I'm pretty sure I can make you smile--even giggle perhaps--in 15 seconds. Ready. Set. Go. (Thanks to Heather Plett who linked this up on FB.) : 2 : The girls have recently...

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First of all, thank you for your kind words in welcoming me back to blogging. Second of all, although I've been away from blogging the last several months, I have not been away from capturing events through photography, specifically iPhonography...

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In a few weeks, I will be singing at Aunt Jane's wedding. I won't be singing by myself--my cousin Brad will sing with me. And I won't be singing without the words in front of me--I do not trust my...

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: 1 : This week is Operation House Fall Apart, which has just been a real kick in the pants. First, there was the plumbing incident. Well, actually, no. First, there was what we thought was a dead mouse in...

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It's spring! Really, honest-to-goodness spring. With real sunshine. And warmth! (Unless you live in Colorado or Minnesota or one of those other states that spring has forgotten. In which case, I just want to cry for you. Snow on the...

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Last week our kitchen sink started draining slowly. Very. Slowly. ACT I Tuesday night I walked out to the kitchen to discover Jason under the kitchen sink, removing pipes. "It's not draining. Clog somewhere." And then he pulled off a...

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This afternoon I received an email. It was a statement put out by the Eugene Marathon, which Jason and I are running in at the end of the month. We are only running the half marathon, but the marathoners and...

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I missed linking up with Jen's Quick Takes Friday, but Friday is gone and Saturday is here. And so I adapt to the days like a blogging chameleon. (Please allow that imagery to linger for a moment until it seems...

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As much as we do love pink, I ultimately decided that we better switch our house back to gray. Goodbye, pink house. You were fun for a day! The pink house photo managed to momentarily confuse my sister, who thought...

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A few facts about our household: 1. 80% of our household is female 2. 80% of our household loves pink That being said, this was bound to happen eventually. It was a hard sell to Jason, but he was outnumbered....

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While it is not uncommon to have nice weather on Easter, today we had exceptionally nice weather. Ridiculously nice weather. Seventy-five degrees/blue skies for miles/if we're lucky we get a day like this in June kind of weather. This is...

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails....

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Ready for some island living today? Before you start dreaming of tropical weather and warm sandy beaches, let me remind you that we are in Scotland! Island living around here means ferries, one lane roads, and expansive watery views. Friday,...

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