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Nostalgia and New Plans: Birthday Post

Tomorrow is my 27th birthday. It's kind of hard to believe. I feel ridiculously young. I haven't had any shift of self-perceived-maturity or grown-up-ness since I hit about 21 - as many things as have changed, I don't really feel that I'm older than that, but that sure was six years ago. Ancient history. 27… Continue reading Nostalgia and New Plans: Birthday Post

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Vera (not Bradley)

  She's little. She's cute. She's my new niece! I know that I mentioned in passing a couple months ago that my sister had a baby, but I haven't had a chance to extol her many sweet qualities. So here is an unflattering picture I took with her last week:   Truth be told little… Continue reading Vera (not Bradley)

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Hello again…

It seems unreal that the last chance I got to assemble a post was just before Irma hit us. I feel bad that I never resurfaced to say that we were okay, but I'm here to say it now. We didn't get power back for what felt like forever, and internet and phones took even… Continue reading Hello again…

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Baby No More

There are nine of us children in my family. Seven boys, two girls, and a set of twins in that mix. As the second oldest, I was pretty much used to there always being a baby in the family. Or at least a toddler. By the time the toddlers were just "little kids" there was… Continue reading Baby No More

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November 26th

...okay I spoke too soon. My sister was on and off the laboring for over 36 hours and little Castiel still hasn't made an appearance. It seems things are getting going again, so here's hoping for a healthy middle of the night baby! I can't imagine being in labor that long.  Well, actually I can't… Continue reading November 26th

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November 7th

So my BFF Jill ...uh I mean Phil... is 12 days from her birthday and it's time for some brainstorming. What do you get a 24 year old who has one child, one days from being born, and ...I don't even know? It's strange to think of gifts for a person, even one you know… Continue reading November 7th

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I Woke Up 25

Yesterday morning I woke up 25. Amid the shit-storm that has rained down on me in the past week, I am not surprised that upon waking I managed to get half way through the day without realizing that it was my birthday. The realization finally hit as I wrote the date next to my signature… Continue reading I Woke Up 25

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Get Over It, Tess

I've been such a Debbie Downer lately, and I can't stand it. That isn't really me for the most part, and I hate when that is all that I can dish out. Tonight I want to begin to reverse that and begin to put things back upright. I'm so sick of being a person who… Continue reading Get Over It, Tess

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HBD Pappy

My father turned 62 today. We keep telling people he's turning 40 and he rolls his eyes and chuckles almost mirthlessly. Then he makes inappropriate comments about what he'd be doing if he was only turning 40. Then he chuckles mirthfully and we take our turn rolling our eyes and chuckling mirthlessly. I've been realizing… Continue reading HBD Pappy

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She’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Remarkable things have happened on this day in history. In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico. In 1545 Pope Paul III opened the council of Trent. In 1863 Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. In 1969 Apollo 12 touched down on the moon (or so they say). In 1992 Philumina popped outta momma. Yes, this post… Continue reading She’s a Jolly Good Fellow