Tag: Quotidian Life

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Turning Holiday Hell Into a Heavenly Christmas: 25 Days of Disaster

  Christmas is a funny holiday around the Willowsphere. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but there are stages of Christmas in my world that are fraught with their own peculiarities and dangers. This is the typical breakdown (both metaphorically and mentally) of how my holiday season looks. Nov. 28: OHMYGOSHCHRISTMASCHRISTMASCHRISTMASSSSSSSSS!! Nov. 29: Lights…
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13 Things I’ve Done Instead of Blogging

  You may be wondering where I’ve been for the past 2 months. Well, there are literally too many things going on to even begin talking to you about them. That’s why I haven’t been blogging about them. Because I love you, I’m going to give you the blogging-friendly version of the craziness my life…
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Constant Reader: An Open Letter to Stephen King

  Dear SK: I write this letter by hand tonight, not because I am too lazy to turn on my computer at 12am, but because it is the way traditional love letters have always been written. I wish you could be here and smell the paper of my tattered notebook, warped from the atmosphere of…
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The Ballad of the Tweezers: The Dangers of Being Fine

True honesty makes us vulnerable. Most of us spend our whole lives pretending to be the things that we should be. We hide the worst parts of ourselves, hoping that the pretense will somehow overcome the deep-seated secret desires and maladies that lie just out of sight. Most of us won’t tell the truth even…
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Object Lesson: Thrifted

One of the earliest memories I have is of walking through a dusty building that my mother called “The Good Wheel.”  At least that is what I thought she called it.  Little did I know that she was sparking in my tiny frame a muscle memory that would drive my need for secondhand clothing forever.…
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Truths Mirrors Tell

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. When Keats was writing these words, I am sure he was talking about the transcendentalist notion that life is fleeting and so you must eat of the beauty of the moment (since that’s all you really get anyway).…
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Amoebas Riding Dinos

A few nights ago I was getting ready for bed and I had this wonderful thing I wanted to tell you about.  I know it was brilliant because I wrote myself a little note of talking points. I don’t know how much of this you can read, but the word “Amoeba” is definitely included. Nonetheless,…
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Unimportant Things, Like Showers

It is definitely 3:33 in the afternoon.  Halfway to hell. Did you know that showers are a relatively novel idea?  For a long time, the only people who were found putting themselves under running water were mountain men and witches. I suppose that I justify myself, as I have not yet brushed my teeth or…
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The Other Side of the Fruit Roll-Up

As we were driving back from my parents’ house in Coos Bay, I got a couple of fruit roll-ups for my family.  Fruit roll-ups are amazing in that they have almost as many flavors as Jelly Bellies nowadays. Abigail picked hers out, and I picked a few out for me.  As soon as we got…
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