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GinBaby
...passing into the epiphanic stream...
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Normally, we're not busy people in the sense of having stuff to do outside the house. My husband works and has a two-hour commute, so he's out of the house a lot, but because we only have one car and also just because of the sort of people we are,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
I meant to write about something else tonight, but instead I'm going to talk about my dad and my childhood. See, my husband and I started talking about my dad and my childhood tonight while our son was playing, and in talking about it, I came to think that my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
It's Veterans Day! How are you going to honor the veterans today? I really don't think anything I could do personally would be relevant given how shabbily so many of our vets are being treated by the government. One thing I'd like to do to honor them is get inside... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
I have to tell you people something. Or, I have to tell someone, and you people seem safe enough. Ha! The last few weeks have been hellish. Here, at the tail-end of our garden season (the whole thing has frozen, but the hardy Brassicas survive), I cannot stomach the sight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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What’s the biggest challenge parents currently face when raising their children? Sponsored by Blogs.com. To me, this seems like an easy one. I think the single biggest challenge parents currently face when raising their children is the overabundance of "experts" on the subject offering totally conflicting "advice" on everything from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
Would you rather give away your money or give away your time? Submitted by Ross Am I the only one who finds this question odd? I mean, the normal course of events is that we give away our time to get money. Perhaps you are one of the lucky few... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
What is something that can always make you feel better? Submitted by meehshell Well, I suppose there are several things, but the one thing that's really working right now is the Stoddard Creek Campground. Some days, I just can't stand any more time in the kitchen, and I have to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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Ah, yes, and we've reached the time in the summer when my husband and I look at each other pitifully and wonder why the fuck we keep doing this. It happens. Over the next month and a half or so, until the growing season really goes kaput, we'll groan and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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What question do you wish you'd never asked. Submitted by cha0tic. Christ, that's an easy one. Maybe I shouldn't talk about it. Oh, what the hey. I deeply regret having ever asked about my grandmother's love life. Seriously. The chippie. The harlot. The tramp. I don't entirely remember how the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
The other day we were watching an interview with the singer Jewel about her life growing up in Alaska, and she said that basically up there you spend all summer getting ready for winter. We don't live in Alaska anymore, but Idaho is close enough (actually, according to the USDA... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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What's the closest thing you have to a time machine? Submitted by Verisimilitude. I'm not sure if I understand the question correctly, but I guess my son, since he has reintroduced me to the wonders the world holds when your mind has youthful curiosity. I mean, to take an example,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
Yesterday was the summer solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. How did you celebrate the arrival of summer and the longest day of the year? By shaking my fist at the heavens. This is some fucked-up weather we're having. Spring, very cold this year and extraordinarily damp... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
Today was a shockingly perfect day. We went to Jackson, Wyoming today. The main reason we went was that I have to order my spelt flour from a store there. I order it in 50-pound (which would be 23 kg, roughly) sacks and only buy it a couple of times... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
What does your flag mean to you? It means it's my birthday. Well, Flag Day means that anyway. Seriously, what has Betsy Ross done for anyone lately? Flag Day is all about me. This year: 34. White cake filled with peach jam and frosted with an almond buttercream (I made... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
Son, You've reached the age where you're figuring out how to manipulate people by hurting them. Specifically, when you're angry at me, you tell me you want to live with Grandma, and you want me to go away and so forth. I will admit that the first few times, this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
There is no garden news of note this week. There are two reasons for that: One is that I was out of town, so even though T did some work out there, it is as of yet mysterious to me and I know not what to say about it, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
Holy swizzle sticks. Last week it snowed. Seriously. Not a lot, but it did snow. Today it was 85 degrees F (let's call it 30 degrees C, for you foreign communist types). I shake my fist at the heavens. Oh, oh, first some good news: I don't think I told... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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What is your deepest, darkest fear? Submitted by [Susan]. That one day, my husband will turn to me and say, "JESUS CHRIST, WOMAN, JUST SHUT UP FOR A MINUTE." In truth the deepest, darkest fear for me is probably exactly the same as for every other mother, and it is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
How are your Saturday nights different now than they were five years ago? In about every way possible. Let's see...5 years ago...I was 28, my boyfriend (now husband) was 22. We didn't live together yet, and he was still in the Jieitai (Japan Ground Self-Defense Force). We only really saw... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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I don't know what you were doing last week, but, me, I had a baby. A 9-pound, 6-ounce baby (our first one was a mere 8 pounds, 9 ounces and didn't achieve his 95th percentile [size] status until his 1-month checkup). It's another sturdy, although considerably more mellow, boy for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
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A conversation in the car today: Son: Do Liopleurodons have gills? Me: No, honey. Liopleurodons aren't fish. Son: I know that. They do, however, have gills. Me (trying hard not to laugh): Well, no, you know they're reptiles. They have to breathe. Son: Yes. But they have gills. Well, only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
My two sons are very different. I know, the second one is not quite 3 weeks old, but he's already so different from his older brother. My first son was active, impatient, ambitious, strong-willed, and dramatic right from birth (later, we could add verbal and argumentative to that list--I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at GinBaby
Show us a good time. If you're ever in Idaho, I will. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2022 at GinBaby
Which person from your past, who you've lost touch with, do you wonder about the most? Submitted by ancora impara. Hmm. It's hard to choose between two. The first one was my best friend in my first high school (I went to two different high schools--we moved the summer between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2022 at GinBaby
OMG! Yesterday was awesome! A while back, I Googled a girl I knew in college because I had just written a post about her and wondered what the hell she might be up to. We had worked in catering together, which means she has now, unbeknownst to her, appeared on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2022 at GinBaby