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Laughter and embarrassment

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Today's theme is laughter.

We laugh a lot. One of my favorite things about our family is that we have so much fun and laugh so much. And I can be a little, um, intense at times, and I would say the best tool Pat has for balancing and diffusing my bitchiness intensity is bringing humor to pretty much any situation.

Greta has realized she can do the same, and we all just enjoy making each other laugh. One of my proudest moments in Greta's preschool days was during a parent-teacher conference when one of her teachers reported she felt Greta had a sophisticated sense of humor for a four-year-old.

If you haven't seen it, Greta even has her very own Twitter account. I do the documentation, but the words are all hers. Sometimes she's intentionally funny, but I'll admit at this point in the Twitter world she is mostly unintentionally funny.

It's hard to document laughter, but here are a couple recent pictures of my family members attempting (and succeeding at) cracking me up in stores.

And there's that bathrobe again...

And in the super random funny category, Pat and Greta started this ridiculous game where they yell "stripe!" louder and louder in a public place, and whoever yells it the loudest wins. (Pat always wins while I die of embarrassment.)



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Today’s theme is change. For a long time Greta hated going shopping, but lately she’s been wanting to go shopping and even go in the dressing room with me, and she offers surprisingly constructive feedback. I have to say I approve of this change.

I was tempted to get a simpla back dress, but Greta talked me into getting this snazzy little number.

And then I liked this one on the hanger but wasn't sure it looked good on me, but Greta approved, so I went for it.

I have to say I’m really happy about my new personal shopper.



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Today's theme is weather. I was up early enough this morning to find a lovely layer of frost on everything outside. I took a few pictures, and this one is my favorite.

This has been such a good weekend so far. Last night our friends the Johnsons came over for dinner. The girls always play so nicely together, and in case we didn't already like them enough, they brought Cheesy Eddie's carrot cake for dessert because they know how much I like it. We love having them as friends and neighbors.

Then today we got together with our friends the Leshers, Frenches, and Judges. It was perfect sweater weather, and we got to spend a lot of time outside playing with the kids. I don't really have any photos that document the day, which is actually pretty telling. I tend to use picture taking as a distraction, but I was having so much fun I didn't bother stopping to take any pictures, so there you go. I will just say it was the perfect fall day.

Tonight I went to a craft sale called the Wonderful Little Artisan Sale at Gallery Salon. I found lots of good presents for the holidays from Collier Craft, Pure Body Care Essentials, Second Seed in Stitches, and Sunshine Soap Company. So, friends, when you get gifts from these artisans, just act surprised, mmkay?

I also got a little pink robot pin from someone vendor whose name I missed, but Greta approves.


Not jaded (yet)

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Today's theme is inspiration.

I'm too cranky and jaded for inspiration, but you know who isn't? My offspring.

Last week Greta brought this home from school. I was so proud to see her kind words.

That is all.


Family of four

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Today's theme is family. In case you don't already know, Ruby is our eldest. [Editor's note: I was having guilt issues about not mentioning our dearly departed Maynard, so here you go. RIP, Maynardo.]

Some other family members include Pat and Greta. They like to play music together.

And eat pancakes alfresco (yes, Greta is wearing a bathrobe).

All three of us are a little quirky.

One time when Greta had a day off from school I made her walk around our neighborhood and pick up garbage.

'Cause that's how I roll. Would you expect any less?


Forget Jessica Seinfeld; we've got Ms. Food Face

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Today's theme is creativity. Anyone with a picky eater knows sometimes you've got to get creative with food presentation.

We got this Ms. Food Face plate a while back, and it has been great for multiple reasons. One, it encourages me to put things on Greta's plate that I wouldn't have thought to put on her plate before, so she's getting a better variety of foods. Two, it makes things more fun for Greta, so she eats anything I put on the plate.

I'm a little under the weather today and I didn't get around to taking any new pictures, but here are a couple I pulled out of the archives. 

And that's all I have the energy for tonight. Peace and love, peace and love.


Get ready to have your minds blown (just kidding)

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Today's theme is time. People (myself included) are often lamenting the fact that we don't have enough of it. I try to think of the big picture and remind myself that in the grand scheme of things, our days are just a blip on the radar.

When I thought of time, I thought of how rocks represent time. We are just specs, people!

Anyway, Greta and I both have a tendency to pick up things we find in nature. Since I was young I liked finding fossils and cool rocks, and if I was having a good (or sometimes really bad) day, I would grab a rock to remind me of that time. We have so many interesting rocks, pine cones, shells, twigs, etc., we have them displayed in little nooks and crannies all over the house. It's weird to think that the rocks will be in this world way, way longer than any of us will.

At the risk of seeming super duper nerdy, here are some photos of our various collections.

And to appeal to my nerdy and hypochondriac tendencies, I sometimes wonder if I should use a Geiger counter to make sure none of my rock collection is radioactive. But my apathetic tendencies win out on that one, but let me know if you know anyone with access to a Geiger counter.


For those about to rock

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Today's theme is music and, well, that's just easy. We have a pretty musical family, and in case you missed it Greta got a drum set for her birthday this year. She's been taking private lessons for last few months, and we're really happy with her progress.

Here's a video of her playing a beat from "Hard to Handle" (plus a fill and crash at the end for flair).

IMG 1675 from Fran Reed on Vimeo.

And because everybody enjoys bloopers, here's a short video where Greta was rocking so hard the screw thingy (technical term) on the hi-hat flew off.

IMG 1679 from Fran Reed on Vimeo.


Friendship is...sharing a gabage plate at midnight

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Today's theme is friendship. Here is my photo for friendship.

What does a garbage plate have to do with friendship? OK, so it's a stretch, but hear me out. Last night I posted a link on that site This Is Why You're Huge. Pat and I were guffawing at some of the pictures posted and I mentioned that they were making me hungry for a garbage plate, and then Pat offered to get 11:30 at night. I thought it was super nice, and it made me feel lucky to have Pat as my husband and friend. See?! Garbage plates clearly equal friendship.

To anyone who is completely grossed out looking at this picture, I will mention that we put organic mustard on it, so that makes it all OK.

In other news, today we had even nicer weather than yesterday, in the low 70s. Greta had her ice skating lesson at RIT, and we went to RIT early to walk around for a while and enjoy what will probably be the last day for T-shirt weather for quite a while. We went to Global Village and enjoyed sitting on the freakishly green grass.

Here is Greta sitting out the building people affectionately call the toilet bowl.

And here is a potential ad for Java's smoothies. Just sayin'.

By the way, the title of this post cracks me up. Greta's class is currently working on a collection of "concept books." Each one starts with a prompt and then each kid in the class adds some text and a picture. They have prompts like "My favorite snack is..." and "Something pink is..." I like the idea that one could be "Friendship is...sharing a garbage plate at midnight."


Kindness fail

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So yesterday was all serendipitous blah blah blah. was not.

Anyway, today's theme is kindness. I had opportunities to capture kindness but didn't for one reason or another. Today just felt like a battle with myself.

On a positive note, the weather was unseasonably warm today (low 50s) and we finally did most of the big fall cleanup. Over the summer Greta spotted some Chinese Lantern flowers I had never seen in our flower beds before. When we were doing yard work today I found the dried flowers, which was fun. Cool looking, eh?

Tonight Greta and I were planning on going to an owl prowl with Wild Wings at Mendon Ponds. We were running late (something new and different) and I get lost any time I go to Mendon Ponds in the daylight; planning to go at night with a dying cell phone and no proper map was just a disaster. We got super lost and I sort of panicked, so when I finally found a familiar landmark I drove home. Fail. Greta was prepared; too bad I wasn't.

Anyway, the kindness portion of this post is dedicated to Wild Wings and our friends Tim and Shastin who have spent thousands of hours volunteering their time there. They're the real deal. I'm glad there are people like them in the world.

Side note: Apparently Pat had told Greta that if Obama won the election we would get ice cream to celebrate (random, but I like it). We had to do something tonight to recover from the disappointment of missing out on the owl prowl, so we decided to get our celebratory ice cream tonight. I thought the Vermonster was most appropriate choice, but we settled for Cone Head Sundaes from Friendly's.

Why does Greta's sundae (shown right) look like it was made with love but mine (shown left) looks like it was made by a stoner (with love of recreational drugs)?


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