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Serena is powerful beyond measure

Our whole weekend was bliss-full in the way I imagine every weekend to be, but few of them truly are. There was a surfeit of sunshine, birthday parties and love. Very few tantrums, none of them thrown by me. There were many long bike rides, and most of my waking hours were spent outdoors lolling in the shade of one tree or another. I spent too much money on silly things, but if $20 misspent dollars is the worst of my troubles, life is pretty fine.

All the photos in this set (taken by our lovely and amazing friend Molly) are beautiful. This one is pure magic.


I’m back at my house, and my computer, after ten days in Maine training to be a Waldorf preschool teacher. The past two weeks have been among the most dense in memory. Since I last posted, in no particular order:

1. I have learned many wonderful and exciting things about caring for and teaching young children. Among them: I do not want to be a Waldorf teacher. Happily for me that was never my plan, and I think I got a lot of good tools that will help me build a nature-based homeschool for my kids and some of their friends.

2. I signed a purchase and sale agreement on my current house this morning, crossing the final and scariest hurdle to my moving plans with and . We are selling the house for a Very Low Price, and I am just holding my breath and praying that we recover financially. The to-do list remains long and daunting, but all systems are go on the move. *huge sigh of relief*

3. My sister gave birth on July 21 to a baby boy, Caden Blake Gleason. He is a charming tiny gnome who looks disturbingly like his daddy. He is also the smallest baby I have ever held, at just over 7 pounds.

4. has taken our two older children to Argentina to visit his family for nearly three weeks. I miss Rio, Ian and Martin terribly, but hear that they are loving the holiday time with their cousins and grandparents and everyone.

5. I turned 30. Right on cue I seem to have sprouted a couple of gray hairs. The day was uneventful, full of classes and classes and more classes. The highlight was a lovely dinner at a quiet Thai restaurant with my oldest and dearest friend. I’m really looking forward to my thirties; I love being alive and just have this calm sense of joy and wonder at what the next decade might bring me.

6. Someone close to me lost a pregnancy. I’m grieving for her and missing the bright spirit I saw moving in her aura for just a few short weeks before it was called on. Looking forward to meeting her children when they do come.

7. My grandmother is very ill and undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. My mother will be flying out to be with her. Energy and prayers much appreciated.

8. Legal drama reared its ugly head in the lives of people I love. Thankfully, it did not directly involve me, but it was sad to watch it eat up their life energy.

9. Ian can haz LJ.

10. In addition to these big things, the past two weeks saw the horrible and untimely demise of my cell phone (since replaced), the breakdown of my Amazing Van (which has yet to be repaired as the mechanic searches for some crazy part), a flare-up of my chronic bronchitis, and all the expected logistical issues that come up when one is traveling for two weeks with young kids.

I am, in other words, very tired. If you see me or speak to me, please be kind and gentle.

and I have been idly entertaining the notion of getting a dog once we’re settled into our new place. We both grew up with dogs, and have a shared sense that dogs and kids go together. Our kids seem to confirm this. Rio in particular adores dogs.

However, as those of you know me at all well probably know, I don’t actually enjoy dogs much as an adult. With few exceptions I find them strange and off-putting. A little scary even. Also, Ian is allergic to dogs. The allergy seems to be lessening as he gets older, but it would suck to have a pet he could not live with. Duh.

So I did a little quizzy thing on-line today to see what type of dog a person like me should get. I said I wanted a dog that would not shed, would not smell bad, and would not trash my house. My dog would be docile with children, gentle with cats, and easy to train. S/he would also defend me if we were threatened. This dog must not jump on things or people in the house, must be satisfied with living indoors and going for one medium-length walk a day. On the other hand, the dog should be fun to play with. It should be long-lived and have few health problems. Also, it must be hypo-allergenic.

I assumed the answer would be “You do not want a dog, lady.”

Instead, to my very great amusement, it suggested I get a poodle.

Can anyone recommend a farm share we could still sign on for this year?

As a follow-up, I took

I posted this poll a few months back, about what people re-use and what they throw away. I didn’t have a big green agenda about it, I was just curious, but the results made me realize I’m not as green as I think.

I was already planning this follow-up post for today, after an awesome day of grocery shopping with 15 cloth tote bags and doing three loads of laundry, but I am also sort of responding to who asked in her LJ what her readers are doing to limit their planetary impact.

washing more, tossing less

In the car on the way home:

“I want to talk about Buffy!”

Me, “OK, what about Buffy?”

“I want there to be a Buffalo, and the Buffalo should be one of Buffy’s friends. Xander can be the Buffalo. Xander turns into a Buffalo. There can be lots of Buffalo, and some of them can be bad guys who eat people and some of them can be friends and some of them can be sick and Xander can be one of the friend Buffalo. Can we make that story about Buffy?”

Um, sure kid. Any fic writers out there want to take the bait?

Stuffwhitepeoplelike got me again

He knows all my dirty little secrets.

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