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    (K)impossible - Aug 2nd, 2012
    This is Kim. Kim Possible, to use her full name. She began her life as a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy way back in 2003 and has been serving as my office power back-up since August 2004. [more...]

    We Forgot the Tripod - Jul 29th, 2012
    No tripod? No problem! When there’s no one around to snap a picture, and you want to capture that “Kodak Moment” you get some pretty funny memories! [more...]

    The bestest Daddy - Jun 17th, 2012
    I didn’t have the perfect childhood. I didn’t have perfect parents. I didn’t grow up with money or material possession that caused envy of those around me. But I did have a childhood filled with love and laughter. OK, there were tears and stress, too, but even during the bad times I always felt loved; if not slightly lost and forgotten in such a large family. [more...]

    Seven years - May 22nd, 2012
    I started a post yesterday, but couldn’t bring myself to finish it through the tears. You see, yesterday was my 7th wedding anniversary—and the 4th one I’ve spent as a widow. And it really hurts to realise that, which means that the past couple of days have been filled with tears and sorrow. [more...]

    A mini-reunion and a catch-up - May 15th, 2012
    Oh dear, it’s been more than a week since I last posted. Sorry about that. It’s not that I’ve been sitting at home sulking though. No, I’ve been sitting at home writing essays like a mad woman! So, let me get you up to speed! [more...]

    Heirloom tear drops - Apr 20th, 2012
    Growing up, I always loved to borrow my Mom’s clothing and accessories—the old stuff. I loved her funky dresses and jewellery from the 1960s and 70s, and often dreamed of one day owning it all. [more...]

    Swirls, old and new - Mar 17th, 2012
    Back in August I was finishing up a swirl drawing at my folks’ house. I had left my work-in-progress on the coffee table and whilst I was out, my 14-year-old niece, Ivanna, stopped by to visit her grandparents. [more...]

    The other birthday girl - Feb 27th, 2012
    I share the title of Middle Sister with my younger sister, Celeste; there are two older than me and two younger than her. I also share my birth month with her. I’m nice like that. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Simple pleasures - Feb 26th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 3: List 31 simple pleasures; pick one and write about it. Last year I was challenged to write a list of 30 things that made me smile and I imagine that this list may include a few duplicates, but I will try to keep those to a minimum. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Top 50 no-gos - Feb 10th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 1: List 50 things I’ll never do. [more...]

    Catching up - Jan 10th, 2012
    I can’t believe that it’s been more than a week since I last blogged. I’m not exactly off to the best start this year, am I? So, this post will serve as a quick catch up for everyone—including me! [more...]

    Another year passes - Dec 31st, 2011
    As 2011 winds to an end, I find myself reflecting on the year’s joys (and sorrows). It’s funny the way we do that—the way we compartmentalise our years as if the changing of the date will truly make an impact on our lives. But I suppose we need to have hope that ‘things will be better’ next year—just like we have hope that with each tomorrow life will improve. [more...]

    Home(ish) for Christmas - Dec 28th, 2011
    Well, I suppose now that Christmas is over, I should tell you a bit about my lovely Christmas weekend! And it really was a lovely weekend! I went through to Aberdour with my friend, Rebecca, to spend Christmas with her parents. [more...]

    Christmas 2011; Aberdour, Scotland - Dec 27th, 2011
    I went to Aberdour, Scotland, to spend Christmas with my friend and her parents. And whilst I wasn’t with my own family, I was made to feel like family indeed! [more...]

    Making do; Part 2 - Dec 13th, 2011
    Back in November I talked about the practice of ‘making do’ in my efforts to host a Thanksgiving dinner for friends. I was really pleased that all of that making do worked out, especially since I’ve found myself needing to make do again. [more...]

    Countdown - Nov 23rd, 2011
    As I write this post, people are counting down to Christmas. Really. I mean, it’s not even Thanksgiving and they’re already counting down to Christmas. And I have to say, it makes me a little sad. [more...]

    Sugar and spice - Nov 18th, 2011
    OK, since it’s sort of my thing to tell you all about goodies that I get from home, I suppose I should tell you about yesterday’s parcel. (Yeah, I know you’re excited about this!) [more...]

    Connect the dots - Nov 17th, 2011
    Confession: I have 292 Facebook friends. At least 46 of them are people I’ve never met. 25 or so are people I’ve only met once. 93 are former classmates. 64 are family of one description or another. And (not including family) I’ve only seen 18 of them in real life in the past 12 months. [more...]

    Social conscience - Nov 13th, 2011
    Social lives are interesting things—and hard to define at times. Everyone seems to have one or want one. Or they want a better one or a different one or a less chaotic one. Or they laugh about how their children have better social lives than they do! [more...]

    Times, they are a-changin’ - Oct 30th, 2011
    Ah, yes. It’s that magical time of year when the clocks fall back an hour as you sleep. I always liked clock-changing times as a child, though I don’t really know why. Of course, as an adult it’s been a bit of a pain because it means remembering to run all over the house (and cars changing various clocks. [more...]

    A box of love - Oct 19th, 2011
    You don’t need words to know you’re loved. Not really. Sometimes, a box of stuff says it all. Take, for example, the box that came in the post for me today. [more...]

    Cutting out the middles - Oct 14th, 2011
    So I’m working on a new design project for my parents. Just a little something that will make Mom smile—and me. (Likely others in the family, too, but I can’t be sure yet.) [more...]

    Job done! - Oct 2nd, 2011
    I am now officially a marathon finisher! Can you believe it? No, neither can I. Today’s feat went much, much better than I expected. And now you get to hear all about it! [more...]

    Not quite the answer - Sep 27th, 2011
    Today is my eldest sister’s birthday. Yep. The big something-or-other. I’ll give you a hint: She’s a year shy of being the answer to life, the universe, and everything. (More hints can be found here.) [more...]

    Classy lady - Sep 23rd, 2011
    It’s here! My first week of classes has finally happened! After a long journey of ups and downs and a false start or two, I am finally a postgraduate student. And here’s the promised update on that very topic! [more...]

    Ripples for me - Sep 22nd, 2011
    For the first time in my life, I am crocheting something for me. Yep, I’m making a pretty red ripple afghan throw for the couch in my new flat—with a goal to finish the throw before I move in toward the end of October. [more...]

    Honestly, I’ll keep blogging - Sep 14th, 2011
    It would seem that I’m not very good at this whole blogging thing of late, and I apologise for that. I suppose that it has a lot to do with the fact that I am no longer living in near isolation—meaning I have real life people to talk to—and that I have been running around quite a bit visiting family and friends and getting ready for the start of term. [more...]

    Boxed cat - Sep 5th, 2011
    OK folks, it’s pitch time! So sit back, relax, and get ready to hear all about my new freelance venture and how you can help! [more...]

    Feeling fishy - Aug 31st, 2011
    Today I had a fish pedicure with my sister-in-law, Liz. I had heard about them but was never of the mindset to get one; however from the day I arrived more than two weeks ago, Liz was pretty sure I needed one. And as I’m a pretty curious person, I decided to give it a try—but I made her get one, too! [more...]

    Bit of a wander - Aug 30th, 2011
    Yesterday was a completely new experience for me: Walking through the English countryside. The walk was suggested by Paul’s cousin, Olwen, and I happily accepted the offer. Though if I’m honest, I didn’t really know what to expect for it! [more...]

    Robin Hood’s Bay Walk - Aug 30th, 2011
    I spent the day walking along an old rail bed in North Yorkshire and couldn’t help but take a load of photos so that Mom could see the old train tunnels and arches. [more...]

    Wakey culture - Aug 24th, 2011
    I made my way down to Wakefield, England, yesterday to visit with my sister-in-law, Ann, for a few days. I’ve made several trips here over the past eight+ years and have always enjoyed it. But today was a different sort of day out in Wakefield because I went to my first art museum here—the newly opened Hepworth Wakefield. [more...]

    By the sea - Aug 21st, 2011
    Today has been a seaside day. But not just one seaside—three of them! Or, really, I suppose it was all the same sea, but just three different seaside towns. [more...]

    Home away from home away from home - Aug 16th, 2011
    Today I left my new home in Stirling to take a train journey to Billingham, England—Paul’s hometown and home to some of my in-laws. My sister-in-law, Liz, and niece, Rachel, met me at the train station to bring me to my English ‘weekend’ home. [more...]

    Got there - Aug 13th, 2011
    I suppose this is a good time to give an update on my travels, since I’ve arrived in Stirling, Scotland, and am now out and about enjoying the free WiFi access. So, here we go: [more...]

    In flight - Aug 12th, 2011
    Ah, the modern world. Don’t you love how it’s filled with gadgets and gizmos aplenty and whozits and whatzits galore? After all, it means that I can bring you this blog update from an airplane some 10,000 feet above the ground! [more...]

    Caledonia, I’m going home! - Aug 11th, 2011
    Wow! Can you believe that I’m flying ‘home’ to Scotland tomorrow? Or should I say today, since it’s past midnight in the homeland (why am I still awake!?) and morning time in Scotland. [more...]

    The Doctor is in - Aug 9th, 2011
    Today is the long-awaited Doctor Who Marathon with my 14-year-old niece, Flik; 13-year-old niece, Cassandra; and Flik’s best friend, Hattie. [more...]

    Running goodbyes - Aug 7th, 2011
    A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to run ‘one last race’ with my nephews before I left for Scotland, so I searched out the race that was closest to my departure date. And that race was today. [more...]

    Eggs benny - Aug 7th, 2011
    Last night I drove out to Vantage for Girls’ Weekend at The Beach House—my second ever girls’ weekend, though sadly I was only able to attend one evening. [more...]

    Fun with maths - Aug 4th, 2011
    [Please note that the ‘S’ at the end of maths was intentional, and not an error. It’s part of my attempt to use that funny British English stuff, since that’s (almost) home. However, I’m not quite ready to add the ‘S’ to words such as toward, forward, and backward. [more...]

    An awesome Monday - Aug 1st, 2011
    I’ve had a pretty awesome Monday, if you wondered. It started when I woke up at 6 a.m. and checked my email. That’s when I learned that I’d been awarded a £2,000 Scotland Saltire Scholarship toward my tuition at the University of Stirling. [more...]

    At the beach: A holiday recap - Jul 25th, 2011
    I suppose it’s time for a holiday recap, since my Washington Coast holiday is over. So, here goes! [more...]

    On my holidays - Jul 22nd, 2011
    So here I am at Copalis Beach with my pretty new gadget, LittleGreen. Yes, my holidays have officially begun. Well, that’s if you can have a holiday when you don’t have a job. [more...]

    Playing Make Believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    I met a make believe friend for the first time today in Seattle. Yay! What fun we had wandering around laughing and being silly! [more...]

    Playing make believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    Avid readers of Just Frances will remember that I shared my thankfulness for ‘make believe friends’ this past Thanksgiving. Well, it seems that my sister, Celeste, shared that story with her make believe friends at the same time. [more...]

    An unemployed, homeless transient - Jul 17th, 2011
    Last summer I shared with you my rocky start in life as an illegitimate, homeless transient. Well, it would seem that I’m back to a less-than-ideal lifestyle again. [more...]

    The table - Jul 8th, 2011
    Three weeks before we moved into our house, I found an Art Deco table on CraigsList for $20. I emailed the link to Paul then excitedly picked up the phone to talk to him about it. Looking at the photos, we both agreed that it was battered—after all, all of the four chairs were in pieces and the finish on the rest of the table was horrible at best! [more...]

    Boom! Bang! - Jul 4th, 2011
    Today is the 235th birthday of my beloved America. I always get a bit weepy on Independence Day because my patriotism always gets the better of me. Of course, today I realised that next year I won’t be in America for the big celebration, and whilst I’m happy that I’ll be in my adopted home of Scotland, I’m a bit sad knowing I won’t be here to celebrate my heritage. [more...]

    The last long weekend - Jul 4th, 2011
    I’m in the homeland enjoying a four-day weekend before the start of my final (three-day) work week. And as it happens to be Pioneer Days Weekend (in celebration of Independence Day) there is lots going on! [more...]

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