Having baby means all sorts of decisions. Where do you want to give birth? How do you want to raise the child? Religion? School? Number of siblings? One of the first decisions we were faced with was how much of our daughter we want to put online. Internet histories are currently pretty much forever, she’s a person who deserves to create her own public record. This is why I haven’t posted anything about her yet. (I realize I haven’t posted much of anything at all for a while, but the baby stuff was a decision, not laziness, promise.) For the moment the decision I’ve made is that we will post photos of her in a “secret” Facebook group, and I will keep a journal of her life, but won’t be making it public at this point. And on Facebook I will rarely refer to her by her actual name. For now. It’s not that I don’t want to brag about her, believe me. She’s awesome.

But I have realized that I do a lot of research into baby related things, and I come across some interesting stuff. I thought I could share some of that and give a little information about why I was interested in that thing at that moment. I found a browser extension that sends links I like directly to my blog, so I’m going to try that, and then I can go to the blog and add my thoughts.

I love that I get to be home with Baby B most of the time. It’s a nice lifestyle right now because she’s taking lots of naps*, which leaves me time to get a few things done and sometimes even grab a nap of my own. One of the biggest challenges, though, is figuring out what to do with her when she’s awake. I try to hit a happy medium and not make every moment about her, because I figure she learns a lot by seeing how life goes… going to the post office, the quilt store, the grocery store, Target, etc. But that leaves the rest of the day, and once she’s spent time on the playmat, we’ve read a few books, and we’ve done any necessary grooming, well, what then? So this page is a good reference:



* Kind of, more on that later


Have you heard of SuperBetter? It’s an online game that is designed to improve your life by developing/strengthening four areas, emotional, physical, social, and mental. It was created by Jane McGonigal, a game designer, who designed it to help her recover from a brain injury.

Today a colleague pointed out her TED talk, which I really enjoyed.


Autumn comes to us, enfin

October 12, 2012

Autumn came to the mountains in late August, and they have been brilliantly yellow and red for a while, which has been stunning, but slow to come down to the valley. I’m not complaining. We drove up to Oktoberfest twice this year, and even though we didn’t attend any festivities the first time, the drive […]

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Jacoby Fingerless gloves. Finished.

September 13, 2012

Kaffe Fassett is a madman. My next door neighbor, MadQuilterBritt, is a huge fan of his, so when I shamlessly adopted her hobby, I paid extra attention to his fabrics and quilting books. They generally range from “vibrant” to “eye-achingly busy.” I was looking at one of his books at Elaine’s Quilt Block and one […]

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Hawaiian quilting

February 15, 2012

My start at Hawaiian quilting came from… Hawaii! Yeah, I dedicated a whole afternoon to shopping. I went to Kamuki Dry Goods, which was a funny shop. It very much brings to mind what I imagine quilt shops looked like in the 70s. That said they had more Kona Cotton colors than I’ve ever seen […]

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30 days of lists – I’m proud of myself for…

September 30, 2011

I’m proud of myself for… Doing all but one list this month Writing every day this month Doing some cleaning today Making my goal of hanging out with friends once a week this month Remembering to start my Christmas list early so that I don’t fill it with silly things

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30 days of lists – My overused words and phrases

September 27, 2011

I’m sure I have more of these, but I didn’t really want to ask anyone, because they might tell me. My overused words and phrases: No worries A plus (this is French, pronounced “ah ploos” and it means “later”, as in a lazy version of “see you later”.)

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30 days of lists – Things I like to to when I’m sick

September 24, 2011

Things I like to to when I’m sick: Sleep Drink herbal teas Drink Sprite Read Catch up on TV shows Put 4-5 blankets on

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30 days of lists – If I won the lottery

September 23, 2011

If I won the lottery: I’d buy a house in France Take an around-the-world cruise Start a charity that would buy books for school libraries Start a ┬ácharity that would provide patient care for people who can’t get health insurance I’d buy a cabin in the woods I’d buy Mike a houseboat

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30 days of lists – My dreamspace would include…

September 20, 2011

I find when I think about my absolute dreamspace it’s a combination craft room and yoga studio with lots of room to dance around, to exercise, to meditate, and to craft. My dreamspace would include Filtered water (the kind that doesn’t give me reflux) Bright but soothing colors, probably white walls Jewel tones? All of […]

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