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cynthia at the sandwich life
Champaign, IL
Life as a 40, oops 50-something--- juggling work, life, children and a great husband who is a stay-at-home-work-your-head-off Dad and living with cancer, and all the various challenges and joys of life as we live it....
Interests: in no particular order: americana music, gardening, my family, cooking (not baking), old buildings (I tend to like them best before they're restored even though I'm all for historic preservation), antiques...mostly 19th century american, reading (sometimes respectable stuff and sometimes anything set in regency england), roadside architecture, mid-19th century american glass, old roads, hosting parties and house concerts in our slightly ramshackle house, laughing at my boys, admiring my boys, missing those I've lost, loving those I have.
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MAWIS: Middle Aged Woman Invisibility Syndrome OWMAWIS: A more severe condition, the Overweight Middle Aged Woman Invisibility Syndrome MOWMAWIS: The most severe, the Menopausal Overweight Middle Aged Woman Invisibility Syndrome Standard treatment of any of the IS patients includes shrugged... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Sandwich Life
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Next year in Nashville. This year, as I followed along at home, I tried to let the pleasure of reading reviews like those below, and my nightly browsing of videos, outweigh my jealousy. It pretty much worked. From CONCERTHOPPER.COM: David... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Sandwich Life
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Sexiest tasting tomatoes I have ever had. Chopped up the yellow one, and the grizzlier of the red ones, added a dash of red wine vinegar, olive oil, a sprinkle of sugar and salt and let them sit for awhile.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
Thanks Melissa. I am completely biased, of course, but I do think he has a good eye. I asked him about how he got the background that way, and he smiled, and said, "dumb luck!"
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Reasons I'm grumpy: I woke up too early I have to go to another doctor appointment My bedroom is messy Hattie is having more poop issues and we probably need to take her back to the vet but lord we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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Here are the first two shots Leo has shared with me from his recent weekend in Minneapolis. I could not love that boy more. And the train is pretty fantastic too. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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1. I'm trying to take my mind off the School Board's callous and selfish destruction of an important piece of architectural history here in Champaign. Important not just in Champaign, but nationally, even internationally. One of few extant examples of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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I am completely alone right now. Well, me and three cats. This rarely happens for any length of time. Ernie and Leo are out doing errands and driving around for Leo's photography class assignment. Owen is practicing with the band.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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I get up Saturday morning and am told that John Isberg is coming over to interview Owen in a couple of hours. Suddenly, the laundry that is on the dining room table finally gets put away, and the dusty glass... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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Not much time is left, but we are REALLY close. Even a few dollars will make a difference....although she's got some great rewards for slightly larger contributions of support! Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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1. Texts with Owen. 2. Our summer 2018 grilled chicken is dusted with Old Bay seasoning (naturally low FODMAP!), salt, and pepper, and cooked an hour in a covered charcoal grill. Ernie turns the chicken halfway through...not over, but side... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
Me: I KNOW you think you're THIRTY YEARS OLD Owen: Well, I DO Me: But you are SIXTEEN Owen: But people TELL me I'm an old soul Me: But you are SIXTEEN This went on for awhile. Finally we both... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
Please note: I write this blog for the pleasure of retelling portions of my life to friends near and far, known and unknown. As much as I spill so many details of my life, this is edited. If you are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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I must say, I was pretty anxious taking Hattie to the vet yesterday. The good news is that she is doing pretty good. She HAS lost of a lot of weight, and she did have to be liberated of ungodly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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1. I spent a good chunk of yesterday looking at realtor.com for houses in Lubec, Maine. One can dream. 2. Hattie does not seem to be doing well. We are going to see Dr. Mary later this afternoon, but I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
Thanks Kent. That makes me so happy. Love to you. Sent from my iPhone
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Another Taxi Boys gig in the books on Friday night. I thought it was one of their best shows...they seemed confident and like they were having fun. They were missing numerous strings by the end of the set but they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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1. The Taxi Boys will be playing Friday Night Live in downtown Champaign tomorrow evening. They will be performing in front of Exile on Main Street, at 7:00 pm, following the Urbana High A Capello group. Or, as Owen put... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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I adore rainy nights. Despite the spot upstairs where the roof leaks, and our wet basement, I just love them. Ernie and I curled up, watched our latest binge (Succession on Hulu) and listened to the boys talking in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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And with that, I have a college student. I promised Leo this would be the last first day of school picture ever. He agreed, as long as we were fast, because he had to GO. So off he goes to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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Thing Number Two putters off to his junior year. He was stoic, and noted that he'd had a really good summer. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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I'm listening to Owen and Ernie loudly singing along to the Mavericks' All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down in the kitchen. Leo will probably be home for lunch in a while. Rascal has wrapped himself up in his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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The Taxi Boys had a successful stint on WEFT sessions, including a great version of Left in the Dark, by my beloved Vertebrats. Owen thinks they made lots of mistakes...I thought it was great. I suppose it was somewhere in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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I slept over 12 hours last night, and feel like I could go back for more. I will restrain myself. A few pictures. Owen's new boots, heirloom tomatoes with basil, grill chicken thighs with Old Bay seasoning, and a special... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at The Sandwich Life
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1. The other day my therapist asked me what makes me happy, and what gives me peace. I forget which one I was answering specifically, but I said that it is times when all four of us are just sitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at The Sandwich Life