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    DC in a nutshell - Nov 7th, 2017
    I spent last week in Washington, DC for an academic conference. But as luck would have it, I was able to catch up with several friends whilst I was there, too. This post is about that week, in a nutshell. [more...]

    Fostering love - Aug 14th, 2016
    My life was forever changed six years ago, when I opened up my home—and my heart—to a young girl who needed me. The year that followed was filled with the ups and downs of foster parenting, all while still adjusting to my life as a widow. [more...]

    Pride to the power of 10 - Sep 24th, 2014
    My friend, LA, introduced me to The Bliss Scandal so I decided I’d sign up and see what it was all about. To be completely honest, I wasn’t interested in taking most of the challenges. But that’s OK because I think that’s part of finding your bliss: Knowing when to say “no”! Anyhow, today’s challenge was one I was excited about because it was one I needed. And I needed it because it gave me an opportunity to think positively about myself. (Something I’m struggling with right now.) [more...]

    So long, 30s! - Feb 20th, 2014
    Today is my last day of my 30s, so it seems appropriate to reflect on the decade in preparation for the start of my 40s. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    Dissertation month update; Part 2 - Jul 7th, 2012
    Dissertation month continues! As does my progress. The biggest part of this week’s work has been transcribing and re-reading interview materials, but I’ve also managed to complete my methodology section and to expand upon my literature review. [more...]

    Quiet-ness - May 26th, 2012
    I’ve been quiet again. (Still?) So I feel that I should pop in and say hello, since so often I’m quiet when life is hard and I’m feeling down. But that’s not the case right now. Well, mostly not the case. [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...]

    Chalk it up to intelligence - Oct 16th, 2011
    Since the beginning of June, I’ve been a bit remiss about organising my digital files. I think I got a bit crazy with my foster daughter moving, followed by quitting my job, leaving my house, moving to Scotland, starting school, and well, just life in general! [more...]

    I’ve got spirit, yes I do! - Jun 24th, 2011
    Today I had lunch with a couple of ladies from the state’s foster care office—one was the woman who licenced me and Paul nearly three years ago and the other was the social worker for my now-former foster daughter. [more...]

    Subtracted - Jun 21st, 2011
    Last August I wrote a post titled Plus One, and for the months between then and now my life was thrown into this weird world of foster mommyhood, with a side of grief and widowhood for good measure. It was a time filled with so many mixed emotions. [more...]

    Music lessons; take three - Jun 19th, 2011
    When my foster daughter first came to stay with me, we fell into a habit of listening to the radio on the drives to and from town, about 30 miles away. We both liked country, so it worked for us. Then in the evenings I would put some jazz or a bit of Christy Moore or Mary Black on the Bose. [more...]

    Waiting - Jun 17th, 2011
    I’m waiting—we’re waiting that is—for a flight to take off in Denver so that we can head to the airport to pick up one of the flight’s passengers. You see, my time as a foster mom is quickly coming to an end as my lovely foster daughter prepares to move with family back east. [more...]

    Horsin’ around - Jun 11th, 2011
    Like many girls her age, my foster daughter is a horse freak. I mean, she gets really, really, really, excited about the idea of horses. Me? I’m not really into them so much. I mean, I like them and all, but I don’t get excited about them. [more...]

    Who am I really talking to? - Jun 1st, 2011
    My lovely foster daughter is getting ready for a major life change and I’m amazed at how well she’s handling it. (Or how well she’s pretending to handle it?) After living with me since mid-August, she is now preparing to move on to her permanent home—far, far away from where she grew up. [more...]

    The homeland half - May 29th, 2011
    Today was the Inaugural Homeland Memorial Weekend Half Marathon and I came in first place! No, really, I did! [more...]

    Monday swirls - May 23rd, 2011
    It has been an emotionally and physically exhausting couple of days. From an out-of-the-blue emotional crash on Friday, to marking the anniversary of my marriage on Saturday, to a long day of preparing for The Big Move on Sunday, I’ve just been feeling battered. [more...]

    The dressing room - May 15th, 2011
    The thing I hate most about buying clothes (second only to parting with money) is trying on clothes. I hate trying on clothes. I hate it so much that if I don’t have success with my first trip to the dressing room, I will often call off my shopping trip and leave. [more...]

    For the last time - May 2nd, 2011
    Well folks, the Bloomsday 12K results are in. But I’m going to get all melancholy for a bit before I get to that part. [more...]

    A bloomin’ recap - May 1st, 2011
    Bloomsday 2011 is over and I’m alive to tell the story! And after little-to-no training, that is a success in itself. Yay! [more...]

    13295 + 48065 = Team Awesome - Apr 30th, 2011
    OK, I admit that I’m generally pretty rubbish at math[s], but I think I’ve done the calculations right this time! [more...]

    Sudoku and swords - Apr 7th, 2011
    People bond over the strangest things. Take, for example, my foster daughter and my ANT* Elizabeth (AE) who met for the first time on Sunday. The night AE arrived with my cousin, Carson, the two of them sat at the dining room table pouring over the kid’s artwork (which really is good). [more...]

    Growing up - Apr 3rd, 2011
    Well, it’s been a week since my foster daughter planted her fairy garden and I have to say I was sceptical as to if anything would grow. But it’s looking pretty good I think. [more...]

    The fairy’s new digs - Mar 31st, 2011
    My foster daughter got a fairy garden set for Christmas that included a little fairy cottage and toadstools for her to decorate along with loads of other sparkly and wonderful things to make the fairy’s home and surrounding garden a place of wonderment. [more...]

    Dinner for grownups - Mar 17th, 2011
    Sometimes things are so crazy when I first get home from work that I can’t really sit down for dinner. [more...]

    On beating children - Mar 12th, 2011
    I beat two children today. I didn’t plan to do it. I mean, I expected to beat one, but the other just happened. I also beat two adults. Sadly, I was beaten by a child, too. [more...]

    Sans pancakes - Mar 9th, 2011
    Well, it’s Pancake Day and I’ve managed to remember and forget and remember and forget and remember all since I woke up. Of course, by the time I had my final remembering moment it was too late to plan for a pancake dinner. [more...]

    It’s done! - Feb 25th, 2011
    When I began stitching my foster daughter’s Christmas afghan back in October, I really thought I would be able to finish it. But with the holidays came a bit of depression, which—added to the fact that I could only stitch when she was sleeping—meant that the project was slow going. [more...]

    Passing the baton - Feb 20th, 2011
    I think that one of the saddest things about not having children is the knowledge that there’s no one to pass on your traditions to. Paul and I were so excited about adopting and that was one of the exciting things for us: Passing on our knowledge, love, and traditions to future generations. [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    Different views - Feb 12th, 2011
    My foster daughter and I hiked up to the vista at Kamiak Butte this morning where we sat on a bench with our sketch books and pencils and got to work capturing the view on paper. [more...]

    Pick a card - Feb 12th, 2011
    I’m in clutter-clearing mode and today’s task is my stationery drawer. The drawer is well-past its clear-out date, especially since it’s been difficult to close for nearly two years! [more...]

    Catch a falling star - Feb 9th, 2011
    I was standing in the kitchen making dinner when my foster daughter asked me if I’d ever heard the song “Catch a Grenade” which prompted me to ask if it went something like this. [more...]

    Friendship bracelets - Feb 5th, 2011
    My foster daughter was given a friendship bracelet making kit for Christmas. I remember thinking it was a silly thing to sell as a kit. I mean, all you need is a bit of embroidery floss and a safety pin, right? But she seemed happy about the gift, so I wasn’t about to tell her what a silly thing it was. [more...]

    Ripples - Feb 4th, 2011
    So, this is my foster daughter’s Christmas present. Not for next Christmas but for the one just past. Can you believe that I’m still working on it? I seem to be a bit slow in making these ripples. [more...]

    Fannies and haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” weekend is officially over and I think it was a great success! There were 18 of us for dinner all together and everyone seemed to enjoy the haggis! [more...]

    Insanity descends - Jan 22nd, 2011
    Oh my, oh my, oh my! My normally quiet home has transcended into a mad house! But it’s a happy mad house. [more...]

    I’m [not] Scottish - Jan 5th, 2011
    I am American, born and bred to American parents. My ancestors are Germans from Russia. This means that I am not, contrary to the insistence of some, Scottish. (But I hope to be one day!) [more...]

    Saving cash; depleting clutter - Jan 3rd, 2011
    Like many of you, I have a habit of taking home soaps and other toiletries from hotels. And, like I’m sure some of you, I never actually use them. Yet, still, I take them. [more...]

    No sleep for the artist - Dec 24th, 2010
    My foster daughter has just brought me a lovely drawing that she made last night when she couldn’t sleep. She proudly proclaimed that she hid her signature underneath some of the sketching so that I could scan it and share it online (because she knows I won’t use her name on my blog). [more...]

    Not finished! - Dec 18th, 2010
    Yesterday I shared the finished scarf for my foster daughter’s Christmas present. Today, I’m sharing the unfinished afghan! [more...]

    Finished! - Dec 18th, 2010
    Yay! It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally finished the purple scarf I was crocheting for my foster daughter’s Christmas present. The afghan may not be ready in time, but better late than never. Right? [more...]

    2010 Christmas card and letter - Dec 16th, 2010
    I sent out my Christmas cards on Monday and, as promised, am sharing the card and letter with all of you. After all, just because you’re not on my mailing list doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the fun of a Christmas card and letter. Right? So, without further ado … [more...]

    Tree time - Dec 13th, 2010
    With less than two weeks before Christmas, I am trying to get into the spirit. I’ll admit it’s difficult, but I am trying. [more...]

    Twee tweety tenement - Dec 9th, 2010
    I was give a little bird house the other day by my foster daughter. She came home and rather unceremoniously handed it to me on her way to her room, whilst I was in the middle of a conversation with the woman who’d driven her home. [more...]

    I can do it! [So says The Kid] - Dec 7th, 2010
    My foster daughter is pretty excited about my plans to run a marathon. She thinks I’m an amazing runner and that I’ll do really well. In fact, she is convinced that I will be in the top 10. [more...]

    It’s all about the unicorns - Dec 7th, 2010
    My foster daughter has this habit of saying “Guess what?” without giving any further clues or context. In the beginning, I would ask for hints or detail, but she would just demand that I guess. And there is no way I’d ever come close so I started to just make up guesses. [more...]

    Tearful but thankful - Nov 26th, 2010
    Well, it would seem that I wasn’t meant to have a proper Thanksgiving this year. I wished for one, and even invited family and friends to join me, but no one was able to come. So instead, I decided that I would make the trip to my homeland to share a traditional turkey dinner with my parents and one of my sisters and her family. [more...]

    I have awesome neighbours! - Nov 24th, 2010
    I have awesome neighbours! After last night’s blizzard I decided to work from home so that I didn’t have to deal with the roads. [more...]

    When you’re responsible for another life - Nov 13th, 2010
    When you’re responsible for another life, you have to think of that life’s needs. And sometimes, you have to put that life’s needs ahead of yours. [more...]

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