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1. I want a lion. 2. I've wanted a lion for as long as I can remember. 3. "Born Free" convinced me that you can have a lion. (No, I would not actually consider doing this, as a practical matter.) 4. Someone explains to Lucy, in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," that Aslan is not the kind of lion whose mane you can just stroke. 5. Seeing the lion perform at the circus last week made me want my own lion all over again.
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I Am Naturally: Stubborn Curious Creative Interested Unfocused Optimistic A memory-keeper Musical Affectionate
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My favorite fictional couple right now is David and Elise (Matt Damon and Emily Blunt) in the movie, "The Adjustment Bureau." It's love at first conversation, and after that they just know that they know. And they fight SO HARD to be together. Touching!
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1. Diamonds or pearls? Yes 2. What do you usually have for breakfast? cereal 3. What food do you dislike? black licorice (or anything tasting like it: fennel, anise), turnips 4. Favorite item of clothing? shoes. 5. Are you a morning person or a night person? morning 6. Favorite soft drink? none 7. Summer or winter? Summer 8. Hugs or kisses? hugs 9. Chocolate or Vanilla? dark Chocolate 10. Salty or sweet? both 11. Road Trip or Commercial Flight? both 12. Bare foot or shoes? bare foot 13. Action or Comedy? Comedy 14. Muscles or Brains? Brains 15. Early or fashionably late? late
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1. My mother corrected our English until her last day. 2. She collected recipes, partly because she loved to cook and try new things, and partly just because. We still find little stacks of recipes in unexpected places... cleaning out drawers, opening old books, etc. 3. She was an excellent artist and could draw really well, although she rarely did after becoming an adult.
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Leftover photos I put in a photo holder in my son's room. Leftover MM scraps I use on other scrapbook pages. Actually, when I use a MM page kit, there's not much left over (they're tidy that way!), so usually I just make a card or two with them.
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A - amiable, analytical M - mousy (hair color), memory-rich Y - yellow (fearful), youthful I have a short name, too :)
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My heart lives in Tucson! Definitely. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, met my husband and had our son in Southern Calif (where I lived for almost 7 yrs), but my heart is here where we live now. Why? 1. Family. I have an aunt and uncle here, plus nearly 30 cousins of all ages (baby through 50s) and more arriving every year. They are a warm, close, loud and loving bunch! 2. The desert. I've been in love with our desert from the first time I laid eyes on it in 1989. I love the light. I love the dense jungle of vegetation. I love love love the way it smells, especially after a rain. I used to walk out of the airport (when I was a visitor) here and just inhale deeply. 3. I feel at home here. In some weird way, even many years before I came to live here, it felt deep down like home. 4. The community. It's a big enough city to have some city-life amenities, but small enough that you constantly run into people you know. The same story is on everyone's mind. And it's a caring place -- people readily chip in and help out when it's needed. 5. Its character. For a Western place, Tucson has plenty of history, new and old. It has charming places to visit, its own set of unique words, quirky customs and traditions that set it apart. Working on a scrapbook page about Tucson!
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1. The first time I saw Matt (my husband) I thought he was pretty cute! Loved those broad shoulders and blue eyes :) I was dating someone else at the time, so it was all sort of abstract and academic then. 2. The first time I saw Joshua (my son) after he was born was very short! Then the Drs whisked him away to check his heart. I was alone but felt more euphoric than I'd ever felt before. I did it! I had a baby! (plus all those hormones) 3. The first time I heard about our house, Matt told me he'd found the perfect house on his way home from work -- just right but with an extra-big yard. He was right! 4. The first time I saw a picture of our puppy, I just had to have him. It took driving 45 mins three times, but we got him!
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1. I can't resist photographing the flowers as they come out. Wait two weeks and something different is blooming, then something different, then somehting different again. I try try try not to make the same flower layouts every year! :) 2. For us, spring is the time for all the fairs, so we go -- and take lots of pictures! So colorful, so much action, so many smiles! 3. This is the time we are outdoors the most (before our blazing summer heat arrives) so there are trips to the zoo, baseball games, and that first dip in someone's pool to photograph!
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1. A couple of years after I finished college, my father persuaded me to give up sugar in my coffee. (I still drink it with no sugar.) He said if I made a small change like that, and did it daily, I would lose my extra weight. Um, no. 2. A couple of years ago I suddenly stopped reading the comics in the newspaper. Not sure what that was all about, but I went with it. Think of all the time I've saved! 3. I used to wear stockings (pantyhose) to work; then it was only to weddings and job interviews; now not even then!
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As a kid, I certainly cared most about our dog: a dachshund named Clarissa who we doted on for all of her 8 years. We also had a pet squirrel for a spring and summer until he grew up and we released him. He'd come back to visit every so often. Apart from that, I'm amazed to remember how many pets our parents let us have! Hamsters, gerbils, a white mouse, canaries, finches, fish, a turtle... I don't remember any of their names.
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1. How far it is between where I live (Tucson) and where I grew up (Cambridge, MA). 2. How far it is from here to the ocean. Nearest is San Diego. We used to say it was Rocky Point, Mexico, but no one goes there anymore because of all the violence in Mexico. And we never went before all that started; have yet to visit there. 3. How I felt my mother kept me at arm’s length throughout our relationship. 4. How far society has come in its treatment and marginalization of certain groups – women, people with disabilities like Down syndrome, former enemies (Germans, Japanese, Russians), black people – and how far we still have to go. 5. How far it is between here and Heaven. My musical association with "distance" is Dave Matthews Band's "Space Between": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H67uEgRZs2Y
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I often think about doing a scrapbook layout about My Three Aunts, with a companion page about a fourth (really my great aunt). I had grandparents, but I actually have had much more special, personal relationships with my three aunts. (One is gone now.) One of my aunts was an attendant in my wedding!
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1. Definitely the blooming trees. I had favorite spots, as a kid, defined by blooming apple trees and cherry trees. Oh, the scents! 2. Now, here in Tucson, the spring trees mostly bloom yellow, no matter what type of tree it is. Only a few smell good. Then in May the Ironwood trees bloom pale pink against their gray trunks. 3. Waking up when it's light out is a big plus! 4. Switching to sandals!
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1. Clean the garage. (If I move it up to #1 on the list, does that mean it will really happen this week?) 2. Get my father transferred to a better hospital. 3. Finish some pages from CKC classes. 4. Pick up March photos from developer and update Project Life book. 5. Assemble new deck box and store outdoor play equipment in it.
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1. Literally just came back from buying washer/dryer! It won't be delivered for another three weeks. Dryer started needing two cycles to dry anything. Washer was never big enough to wash our queen-sized comforters. 2. Thinking about replacing dishwasher... 3. Fixed innumerable toys! 4. Replaced lights in kitchen/family room -- phew! Had been waiting to do that for 8 yrs. 5. Need to fix drip irrigation system that the dog chewed up.
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I have a favorite snapshot of my father and my sister sitting at the kitchen table (where we always ate) in our old house -- the house I grew up in, sold in 1996. My father still has the kitchen table, and the wall clock that's in the background. My sister's hair is long and straight -- a la 1960s/70s -- and my father's hair is longish, with his 1970s moustache (no gray yet). Behind them is wallpaper, which makes me think of how they were "before their time" in so many ways... the wallpaper is on one wall only -- an accent wall long before anyone else had such things in their homes.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2012 on Snapshots - Friday, April 20 at What was I thinkin?
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Still "before kids" then, so: Coach College Football MLB baseball Olympics Crocodile Hunter NBC Today Show Emergency Vets Dr Who Life Goes On Northern Exposure ER Touched by an Angel Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Veronica’s Closet Will and Grace West Wing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Live with Regis and Kathy/Kelly Wings Friends Mad About You Drew Carey Show Seinfeld Did none of you watch "Friends"? I was not the hugest of fans, but I certainly watched it.
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1. In Star Market – I was little (4? 6?) and panicked, and Mum never even noticed 2. After bowling with Marijke and her father – for hours because we were too young to know where to go, and he was apparently too stubborn to ask anyone 3. Lost Joshua in WalMart that time – quickly asked several employees to help; found him myself chatting up the pharmacist
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1. I remember playing with trolls. My sister and I collected them for a while. Each one had different colored hair. I don't think there were very many other props or accessories. 2. We made a "kingdom" of little Steiff (sp?) bears and bunnies -- they were about 3" or 4" tall and had arms/legs/heads that moved like Barbies. My father built four houses, and we built trains and a bank and store and post office. We bought or made furniture, food, money, etc. Recently we unearthed the whole thing and played with it again! 3. I played jax and mumblety-peg with friends. It must have been another world, because we were allowed to bring Swiss Army knives to school to play mumblety-peg. 4. Outdoors we played four-square and "ghost" -- a local version of dodgeball.
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Spring tools in Tucson include: 1. Dog-park shoes so our regular shoes don't get ruined 2. Garden clogs so I don't get ant bites 3. Sprinklers of every description 4. Baseball mitt, and practice gear like bases for the back yard 5. New 128-oz bottle of bubble goo 6. Windex 7. Fertilizer and gypsum and yard-waste bags 8. New deck box 9. Potting soil 10. Garden envy!
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1. Revel and delight in unpacking what I brought home from CKC Mesa. 2. Finish one of the scrapbooking projects I started in a class there, as a baby-shower gift. 3. Watch Dancing with the Stars -- maybe vote this week. 4. Keep working on using up what's in my freezer. 5. Start working on cleaning out what's accumulated in my garage this winter. 6. Pick up sewing machine from repair shop... and use it???
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My desk is shared since my husband and my son use the same computer that I do. 1. Dell PC monitor and keyboard 2. Speakers and switch and mouse 3. Qwest Q1000 DSL modem 4. Red Sox 2004 World Champions mouse pad 5. Lamp 6. Pencil/pen holder 7. Corded telephone (yes, really!) That's it. See, if it were really my desk, it would have piles of paper and little yellow sticky notes all over the place.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2012 on Your desk - Saturday April 14 at What was I thinkin?
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Hunh... wish I could find Tami's kits! I was at CKC Mesa today, too! Going back tomorrow! So, my take on today is that I was surprised how busy the convention was today (Friday), especially considering that down in Tucson, all the local scrapbook stores have gone out of business. Also I took four (4!) very good classes and learned a lot! :)
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