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Jennifer Sirois
I'm a writer, editor, educator, runner, knitter, urban homesteader, and adventurer loving life gluten-free.
Interests: writing, editing, reading, teaching, knitting, reading, running, exploring the world, urban homesteading, gluten-free living
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The sun is beginning to set on this quiet, reflective day. I discovered an iTunes radio station that has quieted my mind and body, a rare feat these days. The station is under "ambient" and is named "Healing Music Radio." That it is. Even Chloe, normally racing from one end of the apartment to the other and back, has been quietly laying near me as I read. All paths have been guiding me back to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at a girl and her boy
“I loved them (the muses) in the way that one loves at any age, if it’s real at all. Obsessively, painfully, with wild exaltation, with guilt, with conflict. I wrote poems to and about them. I put them into novels, disguised, of course. I brooded upon why they were as they were, so often maddening. I wrote them ridiculous letters. I lived with their faces. I knew their every gesture by heart. I stalked them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at a girl and her boy
It's Friday and it's hot-hot-hot. I made the mistake of going out to J. Pace, not even 50 paces from the door of my building and nearly died in the shade. Ack! I'm living on iced coffee made with honey and coconut milk. What is getting you through the heat? Chloe is beating the heat with lots of naps. Her favorite place right now is the produce basket on the kitchen counter. Kittykins has been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Stone seats carved to look like fish, bronze lobster statues green with age, and the delicate smell of grass and brightly colored flowers. Such are the environs in one of the green spaces in Boston’s Seaport. As I lounged on one of the stone fishes reading and musing a few days ago, the smell of rich soil reminded me of my garden back in Maine with raspberries, blueberries, peppers, tomatoes, and lettuces came to mind.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Good suggestion! Our little girl certainly does blend into the shadows, when she wants to. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2011 on Chloe the Kitten and the Swift at a girl and her boy
This is the video we shot to send to her grandparents. :) And this is why... ... this is necessary. I'm so glad I finally got one! It's made knitting life soooooooo much easier! Speaking of which, the tilting tables Gabe's folks, Chloe's grandparents, gave us for a home warming gifts last summer are perfect for holding patterns and tea. Now, it's time to turn my attention back to The L Word! We're towards the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Every knitter needs two things: a basket of wool and a cat. It's so true it's a cliche. Enter into evidence this postcard from 1911 (the earliest image I could find in a 2-minute Google image search) of a kitty: Gabe and I have big news: We are pregnant with a kitten! Little Chloe, a 2 months old black short-hair with a white diamond on her chest, is living with her Uncle Paul until we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Ahhhh. Friday. It's finally here. I kicked the Friday morning off with one of the hardest trianing sessions I've had so far, and I hit it hard and stayed strong. So proud! I'm in the homestretch of my three-month contract with my personal trainer. I'm so proud of the accomplishments I've made in the last 10-12 weeks: I've lost inches all over, about 8 pounds, and I'm back into my size 10 jeans solidly, for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at a girl and her boy
So, it's time for a little more honesty and to lay some things out on the table. Blogging has been slowed of late, as briefly mentioned last post, because I've been struggling with my depression and related symptoms the last 4-6 weeks. Here's the rest of the story. As some of my long-time readers may or may not know, I've been in and out of psychotherapy since childhood for sexual and physical abuse and through... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Well, Gabe made some and he's a neophyte in the kitchen and it was fantastic, if that is any encouragement to you! Good luck and let me know how it turns out. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2011 on Alive! at a girl and her boy
Seriously, there must be something in the air. I've even gone through my books!! Eep! :)
reversible cable and lace scarf in frog tree alpaca The knitting basket has finally won out as a priority in my evening hours. I pulled out the reversible cable and lace scarf and put some inches on it. I'm nearly done the second of three skeins and it is a little over four feet long and about ten inches wide; I haven't actually measured the width yet, I'm guessing on this. Settling back into knitting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Hi, Serene! It's a shame you haven't had guacamole! Now that I've had it, I want to share it with everyone! I hope you find some on your trip. If not, let me know. I'll see if I can send you some without it going bad.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2011 on Alive! at a girl and her boy
Thanks, Liz! The guac didn't last very long. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2011 on Alive! at a girl and her boy
Apparently I snore. I’m not really surprised at this, though. I come from a long line of snorers that have the reputation of shaking walls. Poor Gabe. When he came to bed last night, I was already conked out and dead to the world. Here is Gabe’s story: Well after Jen tucks into bed, I am usually scurrying about the apartment with little household upkeep matters and my post-braces tooth-care regimen. I light a small... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Has it really been over a month since the last post? Sheesh. Guess I've been busy. :) In the last month, I've been working at a local English language school, knitting, reading, working hard with the trainer, and watching Gabe take a greater role in the kitchen. He made us guacamole just a few minutes ago. And it's fantastic. Now, I should say, though, that it was the first guacamole I've ever had, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Today is Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum. Hello, friends and readers! It's been a bit since last post, but I have quite a bit to share now. =) It's amazing how taking a step back can reinvigorate the creative process and interest in long established habits, like blogging. I started teaching at the English Language Center in Boston again two weeks ago and love being back in the classroom! I have the opportunity to meet... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Luckily, that's what warm showers and tea are for! As my trainer asked, I got two runs in today along the same beautiful coastline in the cold windy rain. The first run I was smart and wore my jacket. The second run I wasn't so smart, as I got warm on the earlier run, and left it home. {source} It's so nice to be back to a regular training schedule. Pushing myself hard and beyond... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at a girl and her boy
It truly is, Erin! It's so nice to be out here spending time with my friend's two adorable kitties and running along the coast. =) I live a life full of blessings.
The point sticking out to the far right was hollowed out during WWII and used to house nuclear missiles! Now it's a park. I love having good friends with kitties in Marblehead. When they travel, I come over and stay with the kitties and enjoy the ocean view from the living room. Thanks, Alison! One of the other wonderful things about the opportunity to kitty-sit is the chance to go on scenic ocean-side runs. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Have you found the cookbook yet, Erin? I'm loving it! I can't wait to share more of my cooking adventures!
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Learning to cook Indian Cuisine: Spicy Almonds, an appetizer or snack, on deck to start. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at a girl and her boy
Oh, so beautiful! I really need to learn to sew, again.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on i sewed something at artsy-crafty babe
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I'll have to follow up on those fabric projects - they look intriguing! What lovely photos of a lovely day. =)
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on ten on ten :: april 2011 at artsy-crafty babe
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