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Lessons of Thanksgiving

Posted by Jason

November 28, 2011 The Present  No comments

It's been awhile since I've blogged, and I'm clearly way overdue.   It's been a great Thanksgiving weekend, and I learned quite a bit.    Here are a few of the lessons I got:

When my little girl is told she is going to run a "parent-teacher-student" meeting, she will get to sit in the big chair and run the meeting.
When hosting Thanksgiving, there's a lot to do.   I guess I could have guessed that, but the first hand experience was more of a way of ascertaining this.
Brining a turkey apparently makes it more moist. (And everyone seemed to love it)...  Kudos to Tracy on a successful bird.   Of course, I don't eat turkey.
I might not eat turkey, but I carve a mean bird.  Thank you to FOOD Network for teaching me the right way to do that.   Particularly the Swedish Chef and his

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Posted by Tracy

November 11, 2011 The Present  No comments

One of the big items on our checklist is to write 25 blog entries for the year. Looks like we have nine so far (10, if this one makes it up). Guess we'd better get cracking!

When brainstorming about topics to write about, I thought about something like the "30 Days of Gratitude" meme I've seen on Facebook and Twitter. In fact, I started to do it on Twitter but forgot after one day. Oops. I don't want to leave it unfinished, so I will do it here. But I'll do the whole month at once, just so I'm sure to get it done. I'll try to keep them short and sweet.

I'm thankful for:

1. Parents who live close by and are happy to share their home when we lose power.

2. Technology that keeps me in the loop, even when the power is out. My smartphone was my link to the
outside world - and is

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25 things (the 1-year-old edition)

Posted by Tracy

September 14, 2010 The Present  No comments

I wrote one of these about Kiki awhile back, and I enjoyed doing it. In honor of my the Boo turning a year old - and because of the fact that I haven't given him nearly enough air time here - I'm going to compile a list of some of my favorite things about him.

I realize these are things a lot of babies do, but he's the only baby I've got (for the moment), so just indulge me.

1. Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in my baby's company is aware that he growls. It started out months ago as a tiny "rrrr" in response to me playing with his lion toy. For awhile, he'd use it to protest: *rrr* "Don't wipe my nose" or *rrr* "Hey, I was playing in that cabinet!" Now I'd say that about half of his talking is in a gutteral tone, whether or not he's happy.

2. Like almost all the

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