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I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.
― Jeanette Winterson

It's a magical world, and I am exploring. (to paraphrase Calvin)
I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.
― Jeanette Winterson

It's a magical world, and I am exploring. (to paraphrase Calvin)

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_UMAMI_ Fall is nigh! I noticed the change in the angle of light this morning....
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 Pounds lost: 12.0 

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Member Since: 11/25/2005

My Goals:
I want a sexier driver's license photo to replace my decade-old one, and to lose the "baby weight" before my eldest starts high school in 2014.

I may sound vain, but I'm actually not vain enough, and I think that, by being moreso, I will also be healthier. ;-)

My Program:
Regular walks and hikes, indoor biking, rowing and yoga.

Personal Information:
I'm a brainy bibliophile lucky to have married a Geek with great hair. I have two kids and three formerly stray cats, and every one of us has our own computer. Or litter box.

My husband and I love to cook and eat good food---in fact, we'd often prefer to cook at home, rather than eat out.

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I'm only five foot ten.

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Member Comments:
8/31/2014 5:55:07 PM

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your wallpaper.
I don't live in front of a mirror and, in fact, the only mirror in this house is a very small utilitarian one in the bathroom--just big enough for a man to shave.

Be well!

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8/31/2014 8:40:43 AM

"For someone who lives mostly in my brain, and not in front of a mirror, it's hard for me to tackle it as a "real" thing, KWIM?"

I know exactly what you mean. I used to take pride in my identity as an intellectual and everything was secondary -- but lately I have begun to desire balance in my life, including valuing the body as well as the mind. Mindfulness and yoga -- blending it all into one calm entity.

How many "smart" girls made this choice and became fat lumps with dorky glasses?? I am done with that excuse. It's not that black & white!

Hey, you CAN have it all!!!

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8/24/2014 9:04:39 PM

OOooo Happy Back to School! Fun days. I still want a pencil case with a slidey plastic top like a rolltop desk...
Umami, dear, what phrase did you look up? I read your post three times trying to figure it out (maybe I just missed it). I think it's totally great that your son's interested in Latin. I love word origins. Also words that are fun to say, like cardamom and ubiquitous.
I hope your family has a wonderful First Day Back. Try not to weep when they go out the door...haha.
I don't have students until Sept 3rd but my school loves red tape and trainings, so tomorrow begins the second of two full-time weeks of workshops (heavy sigh). I wish I could have a murder mystery piped into my ear. (omg baaad attitude!)

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8/23/2014 2:34:19 AM

Jeez louise, what kind of monsters close the pool when temps are still in the 90's?? It ain't right, it just ain't right.
Hey, did you get an invite to join "Bahama Mama's"? It's a 12-week challenge. I asked the leader to invite you and JaneDoe, in case you were interested. It just started today..
Stay cool, man!

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8/18/2014 6:17:38 PM

Yoga does get out the kinks, both physical and mental. Thanks for the reminder - I'll be going there this evening.
Five Good Things: cooler weather (still beautiful), adult offspring who still like me and seek out my company, friends and support online, a job, safety, drinking water, good food, absence of fear (more than five but if you even glance at the news, you find yourself grateful for soo many things)..
Thank you very much for commenting on my blog. Excellent suggestions. The one you mentioned, listing things you really like - an old buddy of mine used to call that the "Bliss Break" list. It's really fun - you just break it out when you need and BAM you're off to the movies (me) or soaking in a bubble bath..
Hope your trip was fabulous! Sorry this is so long...

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