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    Mother, Writer, Teacher, Gardener, Explorer, Nomad
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    where pines tower and cranberries float
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    reading, writing, gardening, scientific experiments, history, Americana music, flights of fancy
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    making beautiful things

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  1. Bonus for the Myths and Legends. One of the first I listen to when it's available. Fall of Civilizations Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Ologies with Allie Ward Twenty Thousand Hertz
  2. Nearby town has added some lighted displays along the park roads the last few years. This year they set a time and did fireworks. While cars waited in line to enter, you could watch the fireworks and listen to recorded Christmas music.
  3. My youngest son is going through growth hormone treatments. Standard procedure is to get a referral to an endocrinologist from your primary care doctor. They'll do blood tests and maybe a bone age scan. If his bones read younger, they may chose to revisit the issue in a year or two. If he's closer to puberty, they may do a trial test run with growth hormone to see how his body reacts. If he reacts positively they may offer hormone injections. The injections are daily, but are subcutaneous so it's not at all like getting blood drawn (my son doesn't like blood draws but will do these).
  4. Given: I gave dh Tiny Towns, a game where you collect resources to build buildings on a card grid. It has a great puzzle aspect to it because each of the buildings has special powers you can maximise. We gave dniece Fauxcabulary because she loves it. Received: DH gave me Islebound (Ryan Laukat!), Bosk, Terraforming Mars, the Feast of Odin expansion, and Mystery of the Abbey. I guess he got a good deal and didn't think he could otherwise get them in the house. 🤨 Played: We played Bosk. DH described it as a less 'take-that!' version of Photosynthesis. Both are forest games with stand-
  5. Thirding or fourthing In Our Time. Fall of Civilizations Tides of History (end of the Roman empire and up through the middle ages right now...I was really curious about the time period and enjoyed this take) History of Ancient Egypt and History of England are both individual place/people podcasts that I enjoy. The hosts are personable and good instructors. A Brief History of Mathematics (bbc) Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is excellent, but definitely hardcore. Minimum 4 hours for an episode. Sometimes multiple parts (4+ hours each!). Great for longer drives/p
  6. The Upward Spiral...brain chemistry and depression with small, positive, evidence-based changes you can make Wild Swans: Three Women of China...late 19th century-the Cultural Revolution history of China following one family of women Color: a Natural History of the Palette...history of engineering color for art/craft, focuses more outside of Europe than in The Little Book of Talent...great grad book with short chapters focusing on productive habits for life Forest Forensics: a Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape...very short but interesting look at how to read the ground
  7. Not super unusual, but I like to theme gift for my nieces and nephew. This year it's udon noodle bowls...a patterned bowl with space to rest chopsticks (a divot and a hole at the top).
  8. Honestly, we get the biggest bang for Monikers, which is a Charades style game, but each round uses the same cards with less communication (1st round-everything but words, 2nd round-1 word, 3rd round-only gesture, etc.). The funny thing is that the limited pool of words means you're creating in-joke kind of communication with later rounds building on what came before. Some not safe for children material and pop culture stuff but it's easy to remove things before play.
  9. A bit more off the beaten path: Josh Garrels Waterdeep Jonathan Rundman Rue Royale
  10. I really enjoy The Republic of Tea's Chamomile Lemon. Most people who try it like it.
  11. Possibly. I did an image search on Google a few minutes ago and it looks a lot like (Boye's?) Diana circular needle, but since I don't like Boye's cable I wonder why I like this one? 🤷‍♀️ If you do like the Addis, it tends to be cheaper to buy them either from Europe or Asia (Hong Kong importers get them from Germany and will sell in lots on ebay). For some reason the North American prices for Addi are really high.
  12. My collection is pretty random as well. There seems to be a lot of trial and error involved. Some things seem to work better than others for my lifestyle or certain projects. I'm not particularly fond of interchangeables (I seem to unwind the locking mechanism or get stuck on it) or straight needles. I break small-sized wooden needles and the beautiful acetate ones, so I limit buying them. I'm pretty comfortable with Addi, Chiagoo, HiyaHiya, and even a few Clover bamboos were fine until the cats chewed on them. 😄 I have an old aluminum needle from Goodwill that I like too, but it doesn
  13. Thank you so much! I'm loving the Monty Don. I do love gardening and renovation shows in general, but I can't think of much beyond local PBS shows and what I think was Ground Force (if that is the one like extreme home makeover, but with gardens).
  14. Second soprano. Played the violin but love cello, french horn, bassoon, and oboe the best.
  15. As a private contractor can't you ask one of your former clients to write you a reference? If you have a regular client, or someone you're friendly with, even if they are themselves self-employed they should have form letters or titles or banners to use on the reference. I say do that anyway, even if they don't have "a letterhead" because once the reference is in they're probably not going to throw it out. The world does not run on letterheads anymore.
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