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the biggest little city
I'm a life learning mamma living on the road with my little family.
Interests: unschooling, life learning, books, food, walking
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Warning: Dirty word ahead. I have been...busy these last few weeks. I said it: busy. (I know busy is such a controversial word now. And I get that I'm choosing this life and this work and so on. But man...) I feel like I've just been treading water to keep... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
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(This post has many elements. That's just how it goes.) So...when I started this, my goal was to give away three things a week for the rest of the year. But once I start going through things, I can't get rid of just three things at a time. I'm sure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
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More adventures in getting rid of stuff. Stuff that is books. I know I have other stuff, but I have more books than anything else. And many, many of them are still living on my floor right now. Eventually maybe they'll actually be on my shelves. In the meantime, this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
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Oh, I just wrote an entire post on the heaps of stuff I own and how I'm only kind of dealing with those piles...and then I somehow hit a wrong set of keys and lost my post. (Yeah...I should be writing elsewhere and then copy/pasting here, but I'm not. Ah,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
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Here are the three things I've gotten rid of: (What?! Is this a picture?! And excessive punctuation?! But, really, I haven't included a picture in so very long. I would have included a picture of my now-gone high heels in my last post, but I learned that I can no... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I am feeling seriously overwhelmed by all the stuff in my life. I own oh-so-much stuff. No matter how much I send out of my home, there's always more. Part of that is me buying more stuff (or, hello, just emptying the mailbox), but even more of it is me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Sometimes I'm made aware of just how unaware of my privilege I am. I was listening to a recent episode of Awesome Etiquette, and Daniel and Lizzie Post addressed Pokémon GO. They discussed, in part, people of color playing the game; people of (certain) color(s) have less ability to freely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Have recently finally gotten around to unsubscribing to plenty of sites that send me regular email. Yes, I am apparently very lazy. How hard it is to click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of an email? Not very. :P I have not idea why I didn't do this earlier with Facebook*,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I'll be fully embracing some screen time November 25!*: * !!! Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
(Two language things and then a random thing.) I think I'm pretty thoughtful (ha), especially when it comes to areas I'm already interested in. One of those areas is language, so I'm sometimes surprised at myself and what I just didn't know. I'm reading Verbatim: Fron the Bawdy to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I've mined my to read-list and have now got eleven books checked out from the library and nine on hold. Ah, how I always wish I could read faster and sleep less. I found three duplicates on that to-read list and weeded them out. I didn't get very far down,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I was recently checking out how much of my computer memory I've used, and, well, it's a lot. Most of that is thanks to the podcasts I have downloaded here. Ah, my podcasts. I use iTunes as my podcast/mp3 library. And I'm one of those crotchety old people who just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Walked over to get lunch, and on my way back a couple pulled their car over next to me to ask me where they could find an ice cream place. I told them I didn't know (I'm not at home), and that I don't eat ice cream.* The guy tells... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
C is playing a soccer video game right now. I'm sitting on the couch next to him. I look up from scrolling through Pinterest and unsuccessfully finding doctors on my insurance plan in my area (huh). The images on the screen look a little off. I ask, "Is it raining?"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I'm just psyching myself up for digging into organizing my books. It's been close to a year since they've been sitting on the shelves here, just waiting for me to get around to them. I think I've found software for cataloguing my books.* I think. We'll see. As I catalogue,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Sitting here working in a public (yes, expensive*) coffeehouse. Listening to a (loud**) guy talking to another patron about buying a second home or a retirement home in various places (Moab, UT; Steamboat Springs, CO; the right beaches in Florida). He says, "I'm not talking rich. $450,000 cash. Not rich."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Now that I do have a few moments (or, really, a whole bunch of them) to breathe, I'm finally ready to clean off my desk at home. This thing is a major mess. C found a new (to us) desk about ten months ago; it's a lot longer than our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I've reached the point in the year when I've actually got some time to do things that aren't work and homeschooling and not really anything else. Lest I let this time slip away in an unsatisfying marathon of mindless teevee and half-hearted email sorting, I'm working on ways to fill... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Taking a brief break from work. Because, as I was working, I was looking up Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going? Where Have You Been?" to find the newspaper article about the actual serial killer Oates might have been inspired by, and in searches related to my search the... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Have again been seriously contemplating giving up work to read, read, read all of the time. (At least all of the time that I'm not walking.) Actually asked C today if I could just have some me-time in a few weeks - hours and hours of it in a row.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
I like to notice those weird coincidences. Like the whole Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon - learn something and start seeing it everywhere. So I'm working and listening to this week's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and the first caller is Leah Koch. And I just saw her in April's issue of O. She... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Went on actual vacation. Ok, so we mainly drove and the first day-and-a-half of not driving consisted of mainly being in the hotel room with one long walk outside of the hotel room. But then actual vacation! Haven't worked much (considering I'm on vacation, I probably shouldn't feel as guilty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
The last few weeks (months, but whatever) have been particularly difficult. Each day I've just been getting through. Last week, after I'd starting drinking too much caffeinated tea and hadn't been sleeping well at all, my heart started doing this really fun hiccupping thing. I cut the caffeine, but not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
This past weekend, I expected myself to get a ridiculous amount of work done. (Didn't get to all of it, so I'm actually taking a break from more work right now to write this. I am hoping for a nap tomorrow night. Or just a good night's sleep. Anyhow....) Instead... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)
Dear Word - Please work consistently. I'm having enough mini-breakdowns for everyone here; I do not need you to join me in this. Dear Daylight Saving - Ugh. I know you get that a lot, but really. Dear Outside - I am trying as hard as I can to not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at stagno per anitre (the duck pond)