Dec 11

Tangible

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November was my favorite month of this year.
I rocked Thanksgiving dinner. Like, to the point all those “mmms” were worrying me that my culinary bar was being raised before my eyes. As if I was going to start doing this more than once every 26 years. HA! Joke’s on you, family. I’m not Brett Favring my career in the kitchen.

I’d decided that, no matter what was happening or not happening with a potential writing career, it was time to quit …

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Nov 25

Thanksgiving

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I was worried to write a list of “thankful fors” because it would be too expected. But if one day I woke up in a world where too many people were saying what they were thankful for too many times, I think I’d be okay with that. So…
for a God that loves me when I fail every day,
for a husband that can roll his eyes or kiss my forehead or follow up my movie quote with the next line or …

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Nov 24

The Doctor Finds a Fiancée

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The calm before the storm has arrived. It could be my imagination, but the leaves swirling around the backyard are whispering “Don’t break Thanksgiving. Don’t break Thanksgiving.” I’m a little more than nervous about the menu I’ve planned; could have been too ambitious. But we’ll find out in about 36 hours.
On a less panic attack-inducing note, my dear friend Matthew got engaged Monday night. I wish I could have been there to celebrate with him and his soon-to-be Mrs. Robinson. Matthew …

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Nov 19

Fallishness

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It’s Fall. And I don’t know that just because it happens to be November or because I texted my way into a giant acorn wreath in Target. You know, the way I knew it was “Fall” when I lived in Florida, which has 1 1/2 seasons each year: So Hot I Want to Die and So Hot if I Go Outside I Literally Might Die. No, no. Here in the almost northeast, there is a colorful, vibrant Fall. And it’s been a-blooming.
Now, …

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Nov 13

His Arguments Are Reserved For…Other Things

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I want an honorary Ph.D. in Retail Argumentation. The unfounded but so meticulously organized reasoning that I present to my husband when I want a new pair of whatever is, basically, brilliant. Can I tell you how I talked my way into a new pea coat last weekend? Here’s the argument, more or less:
“Well, I know I bought that coat last year, but it’s teal, and that doesn’t go with everything. Also, it’s short, so I wear it when it’s …

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Oct 11

Nine Months

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It’s approaching the nine month anniversary of our move to Virginia , of the voluntary upheaval of our previous life to chase after an adventure that had seeped into our minds years before. An hour ago, I would not have had many uplifting things to say about this decision. But I grabbed the notebook I always keep by my bed (full disclosure: to write down Halloween costume ideas for Clayton and I), and I began reading the first few pages. …

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Oct 9

Cleverly Using this Post to Avoid Cooking Breakfast. It’s an Art.

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Because I am so efficient and productive working from home on Fridays (future employers, take note), I had some spare time in the afternoon. I’ll find just about any reason not to exercise these days–carpal tunnel, no clean socks, my running shoes still have dog poop on them–so I decided to clean out the refrigerator. I can’t remember exactly when I last cleaned out a refrigerator. Ok, that’s a lie. The last time I cleaned out a refrigerator was when …

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Sep 24

Friday Fun Facts

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Working from home is every bit as delightful as you’d imagine. You should actually be completely jealous of me every Friday.
I had announced (to my husband) boycotts of Walgreen’s and DirecTV after being pissed off by both companies in the same week. But then DirecTV was installed properly, and I. Am. Obsessed.  Walgreens’ photo department can still suck it.
You just can’t not like the Miami Dolphins.
I decided to cancel the event planning because Flip, Flip, Flip-irginia just isn’t as catchy. …

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Sep 17

Should Have Gone with the Hyphen

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Clayton warned me. He made sure that I understood taking on the Noa name was basically painting a giant bulls-eye on your forehead. That ends up being crooked and totally not the colors you requested. I thought the Noas were exaggerating about their trouble with companies and customer service departments. Two years in, I completely get it.
Yes, everyone has issues with installing this, setting that up, having this delivered. But with the Noa surname, it is EVERY installation, EVERY set-up, and …

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Sep 8

Not Exactly Sexting

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Text from her: Hey thanks for pulling the trash cans to the road : (
Text from him: I realized that halfway out of the neighborhood and I was late
Later that day…
Text from him: I have injury clinic tonight 6-7pm. We can eat leftover tacos.
Text from her: Already put chicken out. Strike two, noa.
Text from him: But yesterday I was so good.
Later that night…
Text from him: Sean and some guys want to grab a quick beer if thats ok.
Text from her: …

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