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JennyAnn
Olympia, WA
word herder, apron mistress, baking ninja, CEO of casa de Wheeler
Interests: gardening, napping, cooking, sewing, baking, decorating, creating art, reading cookbooks and historical fiction, spending time with my lovely family (my man Scott, my girly, Megan and my darling boy,Henry), drinking tea with cream and sugar, parenting education, grad school in fall of 2010, fighting depression and anxiety (and winning), shlocky tv, my two cats and pup, being an in-your-face liberal, and many many other things.
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I'm sitting at my computer, listening to Lady Gaga and the raucous noise of two nine year old boys playing in the living room. Megan is sitting on the extra big chair, playing with her i-phone, and I just finished making graham crackers. I'm fixin' to make a pot of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Little Twigs
An almost imperceptible shift has occurred in the last 2 weeks or so; I find myself increasingly agitated, aimless and crying at the drop of a blueberry. Anxiety up and resilience down, so goes the tide, and with it, my ability to track things like appointments, important meetings, even play... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Happy 4th of July! Henry hates fireworks. Rather, Henry hates fireworks that make big noises. He has always been wary of loud things, and like his mom (that's me, of course), he hates loud-flushing public toilets, motorcycles and when Scott sneezes (he sneezes as loud as a 2.1 second-long rock... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at Little Twigs
That is really intense, Carrie. I suddenly had this image of you as a little girl, dressed in circus garb, balancing an enormous "bundle" wrapped poorly in brown paper, of multiple families on the top of your head, with startled faces and feet and elbows sticking out of the fray, even a chair leg or lamp stuck up there too, in the middle of a big top tent. What a weight. hugs.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2010 on Ghost Town at Little Twigs
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Me, Age 3 or 4? Not a lot of people comment on my blog. Mostly because readership is relatively small, and I don't post every day. Of course, there are a zillion blogs out there. I don't kid myself that I am in any way making a dent in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2010 at Little Twigs
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I LOVE planning birthday parties. I Love love love making theme cakes, and have made one for just about every year of Henry's life! Here are a few: first birthday: Bee cake Second birthday: a doggy that I copied from an invitation I made (being held by Megan, my other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Little Twigs
I tell myself stories. I do this not because I feel creative, but because I question my own legitimacy; I fear that someday, someone will see me for who I "am": a fraud. That is my fear, that the tiny, needling voice in my head that criticizes and denigrates me,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Little Twigs
I stumbled across a quote from Starhawk, on Wikiquote and was captivated by her description of community. She articulated exactly how I feel, what I desire, what I yearn for. Here are her wise words: We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been —... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Really? Rain again? <sigh>. It seems like we can only have one or two relatively nice days before a total deluge. Honestly, warm, rainy days are kind of romantic and charming...once I actually walked in the warm rain with a new boyfriend, at dusk, and picked flowers from other people's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2010 at Little Twigs
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I had Tracy, Eric and Emma over for dinner the other night. The best part was the homemade caramel with salted peanuts on vanilla ice-cream. The kids loved it, but the adults gorged on it! Tracy holding pure love. Emma and Henry, laughing it up. It's been a while since... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at Little Twigs
I am so excited to see you showing at LAND! They make my t-shirts (this is how I roll, etc). I am thinking of maybe a road trip to see your amazing work! :) JennyAnn
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2010 on Lastly, Some Little Pieces at (Inside A Black Apple)
I'm so excited that you are showing at LAND! They make my tshirts- "this is how I roll" etc. I am thinking road trip from Olympia to see your amazing work :) JennyAnn
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2010 on Lastly, Some Little Pieces at (Inside A Black Apple)
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Cake walk, cake pan, piece of cake, take the cake, let them eat cake....so many interesting things to say about cake. All I say is, YUM. Honestly, I am not a big fan of dense, homemade cake. Like Amy at Angry Chicken, I long for light and fluffy cake layers,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Today is our 10th anniversary. 10 years ago today, Scott and I exchanged meaningful words and a vision for our future, while Henry swam blissfully in the watery bassinet of his amniotic sac. I was 7 months pregnant. Sometimes Scott and I think that the reason the universe brought us... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Henry, 6 months My boy is almost 10. My tiny, beautiful, sweet, amazing boy is almost 10! I have really strong feelings about how boys are raised in our culture. I see boys being taught to stuff their feelings, avoid showing any vulnerability, sadness, fear, loneliness, grief, pain, or any... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Boden shirt, before deconstruction. Scott is taking this week off of work. Although it sometimes messes up my routine to have him home during the day, I think this will be a good week together. Our 10th anniversary is on Wed and we have a lunch date to celebrate! Very... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Sometimes, I need sweets in a hurry. That's when I make these no bake cookies. Recipe follows. + + + + = No-Bake Cookies 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup milk 3 cups quick oats (must be quick, not old fashioned oats!) 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 cups sugar 1 tsp... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Little Twigs
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It's monday. Yesterday was so busy, I felt like I was on a freight train of activity and really, I wanted to step right off. When the summer gets going, I realize that I have a ton of gardening to do. My entire front yard needs constant maintenance, and the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at Little Twigs
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I've been sewing a dress for Emma, shown here with her mama Tracy, my oldest and dearest friend (she's even wearing the corsage I made her for mother's day!). I made up a pattern, which is really just two tubes sewn together. I did some pin-tucking on the skirt portion,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2010 at Little Twigs
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I woke up this morning to a super clean house, with hot coffee waiting, and the computer on and ready, even though today is "no screen time day" (like every sunday- although usually by about 2 or 3, we all find ourselves plugged in somehow). Henry made me a lovely... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at Little Twigs
Insults, that is. You know, I am thankful for people who challenge my value system, who differ in their beliefs and who remind me why I communicate the way I do. There was once a time when I thought I was right about everything. And by everything, I mean everything.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Little Twigs
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There we are. Out on one of our first dates.To be fair, it's been 11 years since we met, but 10 years since we married, this month. So, It's been 11 years since I had AOL, and the only reason I confess this is that you need to know that... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Keri Smith, over at Wish Jar, has inspired the hell out of me. Her "Rebel's Manifesto" is the most inspiring thing I've read in a long time. I am taking it to heart. Keri, you're my new hero! Here's the list: I am often wary of writing what is true... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at Little Twigs
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You know, I have smoked for a long, long time. Cigarettes, that is. I started when I was 14, stealing single, menthol, Benson and Hedges lights 100's from my mother. That is what she smoked, of course. Soon, she began to give me my own pack, when I needed it.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2010 at Little Twigs
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Scott and I had a little mini-date, going to the grocery and then to the market for a spell. On a whim I asked Scott to turn into the local scrapbook store, with the intention of getting some papers to make thank you cards from my birthday. It's already May... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at Little Twigs