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Somewhere to Go, Something to Say

Over the weekend, Brooklyn spontaneously decided (quite of her own accord) that water from a sippy cup is a fabulous thing, as is breakfast. I'm not sure what sparked the change, but I'm grateful for it because I was beginning to despair of her ever being interesting in solid food.

She's been looking at her books more thoughtfully of late (perhaps studying up for a birthday trip to the zoo?) She knows when they're upsidedown, because if she wants me to read to her she'll turn the book right way up, but she likes looking at them the other way. She also keeps up a pretty constant commentary - not sure if she's "reading" or just discussing it.

This afternoon we went to order her cake - she enjoys helping with errands (especially there, because the ladies like and recognize her, so they come to talk and admire... actually, that pretty much happens everywhere that we go with any consistency...) especially if there's something that she can carry. For the most part she can be trusted with a list or pick-up slip - but sometimes she gets excited and forgets that she's holding something, and accidentally lets go.

The noises she makes are sounding more and more like talking (there's lots of inflection and intonation), and she's standing up straighter when we help her walk and letting go of things before slowly and carefully sitting down - I'm curious to see which she figures out first!

Mamas of toddlers and older kiddos - did yours talk first, or walk first?


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It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

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Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
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Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…


A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
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