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Pardon the dust

Posted on May 23, 2007

What can I say, we’ve been elbow deep in potting soil and blog guts. See, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it (snort) but I have this dazzlingly talented husband. He and I have been working away at freshening up my beloved Tumble Dry. I hope to have the changes up and working by the weekend. So between tweaking mastheads and fine tuning ads, I’ve neglected blogging. I have so much to tell you. Avery is counting. Seriously, she’s counting. I was putting away groceries this morning after a pre-dawn, yes, pre-dawn, trip to the store, and as I put the milk in the fridge Avery said, “Waahn.” And then as I put the OJ in she said, “Dooo.” One, two. Waahn, doo. Oh…

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It’s happened to meme again.

Posted on May 22, 2007

The wonderful Slouching Mom has tagged me for a meme. The instructions are to write several statements beginning with “I am”; this, by the way, is not unlike one of the most widely used personality tests known as the “sentence completion” task. I’d recommend not drawing conclusions about personality on the basis of the sentence completion task, because as an assessment tool it is neither valid nor reliable. And with that I’d like to conclude today’s lecture on personality testing. I am soothed by a well stocked cabinet of toilet paper.(Soothed and delighted.) I am an incurable cuticle biter. (My own.) I am unable to name more than 10 US Presidents or identify states that are not on the coasts of the US.(I fear…

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Is it cheating?

Posted on May 19, 2007

I have a confession to make. I’m a little embarrassed, I probably should have shared this with you all sooner. I’ve made no secret that I have second blog called Tumble Dry, but there is another place. Another blog. I’s not permanent, just a place that I go to from time time. It happened innocently enough, a quick email, ego boosting compliments, and then a phone call. I hadn’t realized how much I needed this. The blog I’m talking about? It’s for The 30 Day Challenge. I’m over there a couple of times a week chronicling my experience working with a life coach. In classic Amanda Ask me if I could make that up fashion, the life coach I was assigned is on vacation.…

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Not Yet

Posted on May 19, 2007

You are a little over a year old. You can’t know how that knocks the wind out of me. Yesterday you were in my belly kicking your sister while I read her stories. I loved you for those kicks, for the spirit you were declaring before we ever heard your voice. After the house would slip into an evening slumber I’d caress you, gentle circles on my tummy and whispered promises to love you. Forever. A year has passed, and oh how I’ve loved you, from dark, silky tendrils catching in eyelashes to those dimpled little paddle feet poking out. Each night I’ve come to you, on some you’ve been waiting, others I’ve gently gathered you in my arms and held you to me.…

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The Three of You

Posted on May 18, 2007

I like to check my email in the morning. I’m one of those people who gleefully approaches the mailbox and inbox as if there will be some wonderful surprise, somewhere between Publisher’s Clearing House good and a 1/2 price car wash coupon good. When I checked this morning it was with a distracted mind as I was much too challenged for hoping in earnest. Engaged in the full contact, high aerobic activity that is feeding Avery a banana, while attempting to drink my coffee before it either slushed out or became so cold that I would have to abandon it, I hoped for nothing more than to check for new messages. The program opened as I managed the odd sip, Avery stamping shiny, sticky…

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