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Jill

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October 19, 2009

Editor-At-Large

A term I've heard before, but not thought much of, came up tonight and I started laughing at it.  Editor-at-large.  Really?  Wondering what it meant, I Googled it and was surprised I found very little information on it except it seems to be described as a writer who doesn't have assignments but can write or edit articles of their choice…
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October 12, 2009

Matt Shares…

Okay, to preface this, it's just nice that he even offered.  That part must be said. Matt kindly offered to share his scone with me (at Panera).  I was really excited, but had to laugh when I saw the part he gave me was inexplicably missing most of its frosting!  Thanks Matt.  You're the best.
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October 12, 2009

Snow? Seriously?

Normally the first real snow of the season is magical for me (not the Harry Potter magical, more like the living in a glittery snow globe kind of magical).  I'm usually like a little kid, twirling around in it and sticking my tongue out so I can catch flakes on it! But this time...  I'm feeling resistant. Maybe I'd be…
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October 10, 2009

Treasure?

I opened a fortune cookie and on it was written: "You will discover an unexpected treasure." What's the protocol on this sort of thing?  I mean, now I'm expecting it, so... do I not get the treasure?
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October 9, 2009

Thready or Not

Have you seen those ads for threading rather waxing eyebrows?  I can't tell you how many times I've seen them and either cringed or laughed at them. Well, a great friend of mine (who shall remain nameless), had it done.  She told me it didn't hurt very much, and on a recent stop at the Mall of America, she paid…
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September 26, 2009

Now I’m Confused.

Okay.  I could follow the 'gray is the new black', I even vaguely understood that orange was the new pink which was the new gray which was the new black.  Uh, sure.  Whatever.  I even understood 40 being the new 30 (but always wondered if 30 was the new 20...).  But just now I saw Diana Pierce on Kare 11…
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August 31, 2009

What gives, CP?

I find it strange that though I can not say Circus Peanuts have changed at all since I was a kid (and I LOVED them!), but now they seem completely disgusting to me.  They smell the same, look the same, taste the same, and tempt me to eat them just as they ever did.  But when I put one in…
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August 14, 2009

Sneaky Caffeine

Sleep ten minutes, shift uncomfortably, roll over, go back to sleep. Sleep ten minutes, move hair off of damp sweaty neck, roll over, go back to sleep. When will I learn my lesson? It is 2:52AM, and I am awake. How hard is it to remember to get decaf? Or at least half calf?  If only I had thought about…
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August 12, 2009

Noah and the Whale

I forget sometimes how much I love this band. They're not your typical sound and I think that's why I love listening to them. I love so many different genres of music, but Noah and the Whale (and come on, who hasn't accidentally said Noah instead of Jonah a time or two?) has this cool contemplative indie folk sound. This…
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August 9, 2009

Specialist

Okay, I know specialist and specialest are different from each other when it comes to spelling, but 'specialist' just sounds funny to me.  If you're a specialist it just sounds like, "This guy may be special, and that woman might be special, but I'm the specialest!"  But what do I know?  I'm no specialist.
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August 6, 2009

Hat’s Off To You -er- Or On…

Lonni has this sweet knit hat in her car -even in the middle of summer.  I guess that's what so much time spent in Texas will do to a Minnesota girl! While hanging with some of my girls at camp, I thought it would be fun -in spite of the heat of the day- to put the hat on.  I'm…
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July 14, 2009

Liquid Paper? Cool!

In life there are a few things that I wish really were what they say they are.  When they say someone is a dog person, it would be cool to actually see a dog-person. Today I wished that Liquid Paper was true to its claim.  Wouldn't it be cool to dump it out or brush it onto a surface and…
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July 13, 2009

Those Elves…

What are those elves called who come into places and move things around?  Because I think we have some in our cabin.  About ten minutes ago I walked into the 2nd bedroom in our cabin, which holds Matt's guitar, our swim-ware, and extra bedding (along with two unused bunk beds).  I was more than a little surprised when I saw…
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July 5, 2009

Lake Geneva!

Even though Matt had to work for quite a bit of the weekend, we still had a lot of fun the past couple of days.  Charlie and Shannon (with little Parker -who's ALMOST getting the 'crawling' technique down -if only he could stop going backwards) came to hang with us. It's a bit of a tradition of ours, and a…
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July 2, 2009

Totally Hooked

I know this drives some people nuts, but when I get hooked on a song it's like a drug and I MUST hear it all the time and when I can't listen to it, it runs through my head. Right now I'm at work with Matt (entering HUNDREDS of camper registration forms) and will leave tomorrow for Alexandria -and a…
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June 26, 2009

Purse Acclamation

Along with its owner, it seems my purse is not quite acclamated to being home yet.  So far, in it, I have my check card, I.D., and a roll of toilet paper!  You don't know how useless it is here, but how necessary it was in Nicaragua!  I guess I haven't quite adjust to being home.  Still, you never really…
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June 25, 2009

Mmm… Peanuts… (Nicaragua Style)

Okay, on our Nicaragua trip we were introduced to these "caramelized Peanuts" by some of the Master's Commission people we were working with (little shout out here to John, George, and Suzy).  I bought a few bags of them at a gas station stop (and though I'm usually pretty generous and this will surprise a lot of you who know…
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June 23, 2009

Back from Nicaragua

We're home and it doesn't feel quite like home.  I think I left part of me, part of home, in Nicaragua with those we befriended.  It hardly seems real I'm home (maybe I just fell asleep on the bus again -between programs- and will wake up to "you know we are ferocious"), and it hardly seems real that the faces…
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June 14, 2009

Nicaragua

Yikes!  Can't believe the time is already upon us!  We leave early tomorrow for our missions trip to Nicaragua!  We have been feeling like it will be more restful for us than the last month of 'house work' has been! Seriously we're really looking forward to seeing the things that God has planned for us and for the people we'll…
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June 11, 2009

Peanut Buster!

Of the three kids I nanny for, you may not be surprised to hear that it is Barrett (AKA Buster Brown) who today smeared peanut butter all over his head -hair included.  It was snack time, and it was hilarious!  We called his dad in, from doing yard work outside, and took pictures. Everyone laughed, and Barrett most of all…
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May 25, 2009

A Year Ago Today

What's sometimes fun about the "a year ago today" is that even though you might not be doing that fabulous thing again, it's nice remembering that you've done it.  It feels a little more real the very day you did it, only a year later. A year ago, on Memorial Day, Matt and I (with Matt's sister Beth) went sky…
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May 15, 2009

Graduation Day!!

Here's the info for graduation day.  I hope you all can come.  It will be fun to have family and friends there! 2009 Graduation Ceremony You are invited to attend MCTC's 2009 Graduation Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota
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May 6, 2009

Too Close?

Okay, I've come to the conclusion that we are situated too close to our current neighbors.  If I wanted to, and I don't, I could easily leap from our living room window onto their house.  If I wanted to, and I don't, I could see into every window of their house that faces us.  I feel this is too close. …
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April 20, 2009

Graduation

For those who don't know, I am graduating on May 19th -wanna come? Okay, so I've had this strange color curse involving schools I attend.  I was an orange and black Oriole when I was in junior high and high school.  I was at North Central back in the day when they were the Flames.  I think the colors were…
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