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Shannon
My favorite place is still probably Szimplakert in Budapest.
Reformed vagabond and newish mom. Traveler, not tourist. Love my husband and babies.
Interests: I'm endlessly curious - this list could be so long. my kids, conversations with very old people, conversations with very young people, sustainable design, laughing til it hurts, film, my husband's voice, learning, books! books! books!
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This post is dedicated to my friend Jackie, who I have known for many years and who writes about her life history on her own blog. I probably won’t make a habit of it, but it was nice to get lost in a little nostalgia this week. It’s been almost... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at mighty messy mama
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I can’t explain myself, I’m afraid, sir’ said Alice, ‘because I’m not myself, you see.’ –Alice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I write over here on my little blog from time to time. Mostly, I write about my children because I love them to the moon and back and I want... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at mighty messy mama
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My son is starting preschool tomorrow and it is hard to let him go. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at mighty messy mama
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You know how conventional wisdom suggests the second child in a family gets less – les time, less attention, less (dare I say it) love from parents? Well, now that we have a little perspective I can confirm that the second child definitely does get less focused attention. I’m not... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at mighty messy mama
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I was walking in my neighborhood the other day and I stumbled upon six large boxes overflowing with signs. Signs that were just sitting on the curb minding their own business but their business was decidedly curious. Panhandling signs. More to the point, it was a bit like stumbling upon... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at mighty messy mama
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I haven't been writing at all for a few months. Many reasons have contributed but at the top of the list has been my desire to spend more free time with the family. I have a lot on my plate at the moment, but want to share a few things... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2014 at mighty messy mama
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Big changes in the air over here but they are causing me to be a bit MIA on the blog. Only so many hours in the day and all. I've always been an adventurer though, so that's part of what I am working on presently. More news very soon. Hope... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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As I have mentioned previously, I’ve always been someone who openly questions authority. Even though I never really had a punk rock phase, there is an aggro part of me that gets riled pretty easily when someone else tries to impose their will. I didn’t like it in school and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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Hi tiny readership! Apologies for neglecting the story of my spiritual odyssey for the past couple of days. I'll be back to it tomorrow. I am tending to some personal bidness. Thanks for your patience and thanks also for all of the public and private messages you have been sending.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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You guys. Did you know that you don’t even need to believe in God to be a Buddhist? It’s true. See that pile of rocks over there? You can make that little pile you’re your own personal Jesus. Well, not really. But isn’t that something? No need to believe in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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So, to pick up where we left off yesterday in my little spiritual disco dance away from Catholicism, I pretty much went through the motions until I graduated from high school. And what exactly did that look like? It was mostly fun, actually! One of the ways in which Catholic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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The next few posts are a bit of a departure for me because I don’t usually talk about spiritual matters here (or anywhere, really). Both Tim and I grew up in very religious families, but neither of us identify with any particular religion today. Now that we have Daisy and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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I am a maker of lists. I love ‘em. Now that I’ve started a mega-positive creative project, I just need to purge the ugly so to speak. So here goes. Read at your own peril. I know a couple of people who could write this better than I ever could... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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As in Git Fit Fool a 90 Day Project I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some sort of online project – inspired by very personal and creative projects such as the forty days of dating project and the 52 photos project. I was thinking my own contribution to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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Have a great weekend! I really needed a little levity this week for sure. These links are laugh out loud hilarious. Not LOL hilarious. LAUGH OUT LOUD. Oh man. So funny Crappy pictures and narwhals. Cannot lose. I mean. This has been round and round the internet a million times... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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Hi kids, It’s the middle of the year in 2013 and as happens sometimes, I am feeling sort of reflective about where we have been so far and where our family is going. I have a few thoughts for your older selves to read someday. These are just random thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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photo credit: shane pangburn 36 things I like about you (a somewhat serious list for Tim) You don’t exaggerate. You have great hair. You have a seemingly unlimited capacity for patience no matter how much the kids or I try it. The wheat penny. That one time when I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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A few weeks ago while we were on vacation, I was out to breakfast alone with the kids in Buffalo. I noticed Townes peering intently at the next table over, with somewhat wide eyes. This is not at all unusual for Townes. He is endlessly curious and observant. After a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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photos by Mayra Ramirez Daisy. DJ. Little Day. Snuggle bug. Big girl. Spitfire. Hollerer. All heart. Champion stomper. Big hug giver. Shoulder burrower. Mighty mini. Quick to anger, easy laugher. Tummy patter. Eyeball poker (her own, yours, the rocking horse “donkey.”) Shoe taker-offer. Tutu wearer. Daddy’s girl. Twinkle twinkle little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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Dropped Tim and the kids off at the airport today. I won’t be seeing them until Saturday morning when I fly into Buffalo myself for a family wedding. I thought I was going to be more of an emotional basket case, but since we were (of course) running late for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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When Tim and I got together, we had one friend in Los Angeles with a child. One. And now, everything is coming up babies. It seems like on an almost weekly basis people we know are suddenly shopping for ridiculously overpriced baby gear. Previously ecstatic-to- not-have-procreated couples are (seemingly overnight!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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It’s been a rough couple of weeks over here. Daisy and Townes both caught a doozie of a bug after our amazing time at the indoor playground a few weeks ago. In fact, I’m pretty sure if this so-called bug has a name it is Mothra. I’m pretty sure if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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We like you daddy. And we love you daddy. Thanks for taking care of us every day and teaching us the things we need to know. Thank you for taking us to the zoo and making Townes feel better when he has the yucky burps. Thank you for letting us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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Oh, Warby Parker. I adore you. I love that you bring fashionable specs to the masses and you make it so easy and fun to try out your frames for free before buying. I love that you’re reasonably priced – hello $95 sunnies! And I love, love, love the fact... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2013 at mighty messy mama
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It's been a while. Lots of changes at work over here have me thinking about my priorities and what I really want for my family. More later on that. I started a pretty serious workout/healthy eating regime a couple of weeks ago because I just don't recognize myself when I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2013 at mighty messy mama