Monthly Archives: July 2010

Welcome Non-Consumer Advocate Readers

If you’re here following a link from the Non-Consumer Advocate, welcome! (An aside: Today, Katy of The Non-Consumer Advocate posted my piece about uncluttering, very slowly, as a guest post on her wonderful blog.) Just a moment to introduce myself: … Continue reading

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Book review: The Housekeeper and the Professor

My son (known around here as Pumpkin) went to the local bookstore and told them, my mom’s birthday is coming up, she likes to read, do you have any suggestions? Rather enterprising, don’t you think?

Let me tell you about the book he gave me: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.

The Professor has a unique problem. He is unable to make new memories. His memory stops in 1975. As a result of a car accident, he can recall the distant past but his recent memory lasts only 80 minutes. He is a brilliant mathematician, but each day he has to re-learn what he learned the day before. Although it sounds sad, I did not find it depressing. In a way it’s a love story, though not in the traditional sense, about the meaning of family and living in the moment. Continue reading

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Uncluttering, very slowly

Lately I’ve been feeling somewhat overwhelmed by Stuff. You know, all those things that seem to accumulate in the house. Items that sit around requiring organization and taking up space. All that Stuff.

I’d like to get rid of some of my Stuff. I’m not anywhere near the level of hoarding, but I still have waaaaay more Stuff than I need. Clear and open space in my home makes me feel calmer and more relaxed. I’d like to have more relaxed feelings and less Stuff.

With the iterative nature of decluttering in mind, I decided to take a stroll around the main living area of my house to see if there was anything else that suddenly seemed unnecessary. A quick look around (the space is not very big, after all!) and I immediately found 10 objects that I can definitely do without… Continue reading

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Tasty Tuesday: Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Do you like blueberries as much as I do? I love love love blueberries and this time of year is heaven for blueberry lovers like me. I decided to try something different today, and post a recipe. Apparently, across the … Continue reading

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People watching at the swimming hole

We’ve been to lots of swimming holes lately. A pond in a nearby town, the local swimming pool, the beach. I’m often in the water with Monkey, but sometimes she finds friends or ends up jumping off the dock a million times and I have a chance to people watch. People watching is one of my favorite past times. And the pool, pond or beach? The best people watching.

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Happy List

Today I’m happy because:

  • The weather is beautiful, a perfect day for the lake.
  • We have plans to spend the afternoon at the lake, with a bunch of friends. (Note aforementioned weather.)
  • Pumpkin is having an excellent time in Spain. At least, I assume he is, since I’ve barely heard from him. Not that I’m trying to guilt him into writing me, or anything like that…

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Nerdiness

OK, OK, I know, I’m a nerd. I can’t help it. That’s just who I am. Today I’m embracing my inner nerdiness! Today I give you the Top 10 Indicators of my nerdiness. The sad part is how easily I came up with 10 things. And I didn’t even mention my thick glasses, my fascination with N.P.R., or the subscription I used to have to Science Fiction Magazine. Here’s my list… Continue reading

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