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We participated in the Women’s March on Jacksonville yesterday. The march was moving, and diverse;  I was grateful to participate with my partner, daughter, and friends.  The organizers were expecting a few hundred people and 3,000 showed up! The minute we got out of the car Foos started her chants, even though we were waiting for friends and nowhere near the march route.  Her little chants of “women’s rights are super cool!” and “RBG! RBG!” while holding up her “Destroy the Patriarchy” sign had a lot of cars slowing down and many strangers smiling.  This was what I needed after the disappointment of the election, the feeling of having a common goal and the support of so many people.  All the photos were taken by Seth.

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(except for this one! this photo of Foos was taken on my iPhone, ha!)

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Foos admiring a terrarium by my personal succulent whisperer, Stephanie, of Sunshine Succulents.  Can you spot the Bigfoot hanging out in there? Unfortunately these will not stay with me forever, they are center pieces for her upcoming wedding. Our apartment is basically a box with a million widows = we make good foster parents for her succulent babies. These terrariums test my impulse to want to water the shit out of all of my plants daily, so having them around is almost meditative. Plans to go see Kubo and the Two Strings were aborted, so I’m off to making calzones with pizza dough well past its sell by date, and to bake the obligatory pumpkin muffins, because, autumn (these!).

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Apologies for the lack of posts recently.  After 8 faithful years my super mac quit this life, said a prayer, and is currently in purgatory located in a dark corner of our apartment.  She will be there until I figure out how to dispose of her safely.  Not having a computer has been great in many ways.  For example, because we are the kind of assholes who also don’t have cable, I am no longer privy to the minutiae of every day news.  Now I only see something if its really, really important.  Which, though a small boon, has decreased the amount of anxiety unrelated to my personal life significantly.  A new computer will be had soon, in the meantime enjoy this cinemagraph Seth made of me swinging my flintstonesque feet while sitting on our dining room table. You’re welcome.

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Our favorite librarian, Erin, recommended we check Creaturepedia out.  We did and foos loves it! She loves it so much she has to take it with her when she goes for bike rides with her dad; so much she sat on the sofa and read it cover to cover the minute we got home.  I love it too — I want every illustration framed or tattooed on my face.  Creaturepedia manages to be informative, whimsical, and incredibly beautiful.  We don’t own it yet, though we did buy a copy as a gift for someone else, but we added to the amazon wish list pile.  Happy reading!

 

Photos: Seth – www.karmathartic.com

 

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We launched a rocket.  Foos wanted it for her birthday, Seth did all of the work – the whole endeavor was filled with daddy-daughter magic.  But the magic, like most magic, was short lived. Immediately after the launch Foos was bitten by an angry ant, broke out in hives. She spent the rest of her evening reclined on our bed, crying, and fighting the urge to scratch.  At least we will always have this photo.