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When you're dog gives you serious side eye because you dared pack up her favorite toy and blankey.

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Cutest.

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The best reason to be friends with all the 5 yr olds is that they will unabashedly share their excitement with you, and make you a cake of their favorite things. And then cry when you tell them you're moving. And then give you the longest biggest hug their little arms can give! Gonna miss my little Star Wars loving buddy!!

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As if I didn't have enough to deal with today, I was playing with my dog and ran my head right into the corner of the wall, and knocked myself out. There is blood. And a goose egg. It hurts. A lot. #thatsgonnaleaveamark

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Happy #nationaldogday from this cute little pup. #dogstagram

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Did I mention he loves me?

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Fairy Godmother Day in progress. Taking my goddaughters (and their mother) out for lunch, book shopping, Fiiz, and mani/pedis before school starts.

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This dog has claimed me as his new human. Little does he know I will be leaving tomorrow. And he will be stuck with his regular humans. Poor little man. He's going to miss me when I'm gone. #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #siriusblackdog #helovesme

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It was Take Your Shorter Goddaughter to 7-11 Day. (Also known as bring your own cup day.) (ignore the odd reflection giving me a giant chin thing.) @greenie_from_the_glade

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Brought this pasta all the way from Italy to Utah with me to make dinner for the Caldwell Chix. @juli.caldwell and @bread.l.k liked it. @greenie_from_the_glade avoided all ingredients except the pasta (no vegetables). It had chicken, artichokes, sundries tomatoes, bell peppers, olives, and parm in it. Most came from their garden!

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Goddaughter @bread.l.k doing her first dumpster dive. So proud.

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Yesterday. Yesterday seems so far away...

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Humidity hair. 1 hour apart before and after. Not seen- how the back is a huge poofy puff ball.

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KayaDog is unimpressed with your Tangela. #pokemongo

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How humid is it? It's sunny, hot (90 degrees), and simultaneously raining.

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Stalking 1917

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Today I did something a little bit unusual. I stalked someone from 1917.
Let me explain.
About one year ago, maybe two, I discovered Family History Indexing. I set the goal then to index 10,000 names a year. As it turns out, that was a completely over the top goal, and I've never actually reached it. (Here's a little video for those of you who have no idea what indexing is.)


I try to index about 100 names a week, primarily on Sundays. Sometimes I make my goal, sometimes I don't. But the point is, I really enjoy indexing, and I'm becoming pretty good at it. (Sidenote for other indexers- I easily reach 100 a week by primarily focusing on ship manifests. You can do 20 names in 5 minutes with ship manifests.)
This week I worked on a batch of draft records from Virginia for WWI. When you do enough indexing you start to pick up on little trends in the batches. Sometimes you will get 20 people with the same last name. Or 20 people from the same zip code. Things like that. In…

A little before and later action of my beautiful "little" cousins. (They're all taller than me now.) Taken 6 years apart to the day. @kiersten.tucker and Ariana in top pic. Adding Shenandoah in the bottom picture. My little beauties!!

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Summer freckles out in full force. Why fight it?

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Whatchu mean I has bed head?

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Today in Virginia weather... You can't see the mountain I live on because the clouds are covering it.

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It might be time to cut 6 or ten inches off my hair. This is getting crazy.

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DC Midsingles Conference! Sept 16-18, 2016

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The 2016 DC Midsingles Conference is coming! I was part of the co-chairs that planned it in 2014, and I'm doing my part to help support the co-chairs of 2016. They have an amazing event planned out. Party at the Hard Rock Cafe, Saturday activities, the annual formal dress night will be at the Institute of Peace (one of the more beautiful venues in DC), music, Sunday services, and more. This conference has been bringing in about 500 people for the last 3 years and this year they are hoping to take it even bigger. Registration starts at $115-135 depending on when you register. Check out their Facebook event or group, and/or visit dcmidsinglesconference.com to register. If I still live on the East Coast on Sept 16, I can guarantee I will be there! (If I live in Utah by then, we'll have to wait and see.)

Pretty much said this in my head every day while I was in France. No one else spoke French in the group, and I only barely speak it. But I still took every chance to say Allons-y! And silently added the Alonzo. One person did ask if I knew the Whovian reference. And so we became friends. Yes, I'm a nerd even in France. #doctorwho #allonsywhovians #francophile

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So I lost a few pounds!

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I haven't mentioned it here in a while, but hey, guess what? I lost some weight! Since December I'm down thirty pounds, but I'm still working on it. I've hit a plateau that seems rather hard to break. But hopefully I'll be back to losing soon. 
This picture surprised me a bit this week. You can really see the difference if you don't look at my awful hair and notice my waist instead. I actually look like I've lost some weight. (Woohoo!) And I owe it all to taking Contrave. I've tried for years to lose weight and nothing worked until I was prescribed Contrave by my doctor. 

But here's the thing. This picture was taken just 10 days ago. I love travel, but it is so hard on my body. I did a good job of not overeating (easier said than done when in France and Italy and surrounded by gelato). But the second my body is put under a new stress, like sleeping on a less than comfortable bed, or just traveling in general, I bloat up like a balloon! 
There is so…

My European Adventure As Told By My Travel Pillow

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Do people read blogs anymore? The analytics say yes, the engagement says no.
But for you remaining readers, hello! I'm home! By now you've probably noticed I was in Europe for the last few weeks. And what a crazy few weeks it was.
I was on tour with Clog America again. Some may question the wisdom in going on a European tour whilst unemployed. But for me it was a logical thing to do. I get to network, clear my mind, find new creativity, and more importantly, do some marketing for a worthy non-profit. I took over 2,000 photos and videos while on tour, and will soon have them turned into a few articles, and a few videos they can use for fundraising and recruiting purposes.
It's always an interesting adjustment going from solo and bored to living in close quarters with 40+ people to back to solo and bored. (And coming home to less than enjoyable circumstances.) I've been home 8 days and I'm still adjusting back to civilian life.
But adjusting I am.
You've seen th…

Just found this on my phone. I miss that crazy girl! @kyliecoffman19 you make me laugh!!

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Only took about 10 days to get back to my completely natural hair state. #frizzy

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