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Credit where more than credit is due

I keep telling myself that I have to sit down and write up some proper notes of thanks for so many people who have helped us in the last several months.  But it's not getting done.  It's my own fault.  I'm not going to even pretend to make excuses.  But I don't want those of you who have helped to think for one minute that I don't realize how important, helpful, plainly quite pivotal the various helping gestures have been for us.  So this will be quick, as the girls are asleep and I've not got but a few minutes. I'll type fast and hope it comes out ok. Family: Our family, immediate and extended, has helped us in so many ways I can't even list them.  From assistance with our down payment, to time spent here at the house physically helping, cleaning, painting, watching the kids, to giving generously to the girls.  We wouldn't be here, like geographically in this place, if it weren't for our family.  From the job M has to the fact that we were abl

Sad. Happy. Sick. Relieved

It happened fast. She emailed. She was interested. She asked questions. I answered. She was excited. I was hesitant. She wanted to meet. I offered times. She picked today. We met. She drove. He drove. She handed me the cashier's check. I cried as I drove away. I no longer own my precious Altima. But we have one less payment. Bittersweet. One down. One to go.

Best of: About me

For the next installment of the Best Of... A little refresher course about me, you might say. Some shallow things, some more complicated. Click here and here .

Best of: The beginning

I'm setting up a few scheduled posts to show up in the next couple days. These will be links to a post or a group of posts that I feel have some particular meaning to me or possibly interest to you. Several of you have mentioned to me that you've been going through the archives during my little break, and I can't tell you how honored I am that you would take the time to do so. Thank you. So by request, I'll link to a few highlights, or possibly lowlights, we'll see. Since many of you have joined up with this roller coaster in the more recent past, maybe the last year or so, I'll start from the beginning. Here's where it all began, July 2007 . And remember, I still receive comments on old posts, so feel free to leave one. In fact, I'd love to get a take on how you feel about them since time has passed and even my own perspective may have morphed a little. Enjoy. And thanks for reading.

Amusing Collocation

I'm not one for email forwards, as usually I just delete them before I read them, if I'm being honest.  But this one got my attention because a friend posted it on one of the DS forums I frequent--or used to frequent when I had time.  Since I've got no time to compose my own posts, I'll borrow from cyber-world and share a cute one.  Or maybe it's just fun to me because I like words. (I have not double checked all these, as a disclaimer.) DORMITORY: When you rearrange the letters: DIRTY ROOM PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT THE EYES: ! When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE THE MORSE CODE : When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS SLOT MACHINES: When yo

Daddy's girls


Anybody need a car?

Thanks for all the bits of encouragement and checking in on me.  I'm doing ok.  The girls are good and we're hanging out and hanging in there. For those who have been worried, let me just say that my marriage is intact and I'm not newly sick with some serious disease or anything.  Those seem to be the two big concerns floating around.  So no need to be worried. Honestly, our biggest issue and stress right now is financial, and I know it's taboo to talk of such things.  I don't really mind discussing it at all, but it seems to make people a bit uncomfortable, so I'll spare you the details.  Suffice it to say that we are making some more big changes, I call it Level 4 in our big downsizing that started when we moved last year.  I keep hoping we have no more levels, but we'll do our best to deal as we can. This brings us to the point of this post...we're selling our cars--at least one but probably both--and I thought I'd throw up some info in ca

Bit o' break time

I'm going to do what I dread doing. I'm going to pause on this blog for a while. I don't know how long, hopefully not more than a week or so, but I just can't find the time to write about what's on my mind, and really, it's not appropriate to do so since pretty much everyone I know or interact with reads this. (Thanks for reading, by the way. I can't TELL you how much it means.) But that means that I can't be fully open about some things and keep confidences and/or my dignity sometimes. There are some tough things I need to address at home and with myself. Choices and difficult steps I had hoped I wouldn't have to make again. Nothing's falling apart, but the first little pieces are crumbling, and they're from my foundation. So there's work to be done, and it cannot wait. All the while, I'll continue being mom to these two cuddly girls of mine. That's where my time goes, and hopefully soon I'll get a little mini vacati

Time mismanagement

I have so many things I want to write about. Not so much because YOU want to know as that I need to work through them, and it's very cathartic for me to "write through" things. But I don't have time. Or at least I can't seem to find the time to sit down and write for a couple hours... and that's what I need just to scratch the surface. I am not one who can write for a few minutes and then come back to it later to continue. Not on this kind of stuff. I've debated doing some video blogging, like talking to the camera, because it would be quicker than typing it all out, but I can't get past looking at myself on video. That's a whole different issue. I've debated pulling an all-nighter to get some stuff fleshed out, but I can't imagine missing sleep right now. Again, another issue. So for now, it will have to wait. I don't want to wait too long, though, because Kinlee's getting older, and I have so much I want to get documented about he