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am i just weird, or what?

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at a recent doctor’s appointment for adam, rechecking his ears after a double ear infection, our pediatrician told us that health insurances were now requesting that 2 1/2-year-olds be given a well-child check-up. so, we scheduled ours for adam (just under the time limit, as he’s 2 3/4-years-old next week!) this morning. it was a very easy appointment. since a lot of development happens between the ages of 2 and 3, they wanted to make sure their patients’ developments are still on track. of course, one can argue that all…read more

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7 Quick Takes Friday

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1. i just completed a “100 books” meme at facebook and although i’ve read more than 50% of the books listed, I still feel quite illiterate looking at that list. i was an english literature major in college and i managed to not read Moby Dick. on purpose. i think i skipped out on any american literature class and i have to admit that i regret that. i do like a good nathaniel hawthorne short story these days, so i think i’d enjoy more american literature. maybe even Moby Dick….read more

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happy valentine’s day!

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7 Quick Takes: the [alternative] valentine’s day edition

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find more 7 quick takes every friday at conversion diary…. 1. i’ve always loved valentines day. in high school, i couldn’t wait to receive all the kiss-o-grams that the senior class sold (little construction paper hearts with a hershey kiss stuck to the front. the more you received, the more popular you were. i know…that’s really lame). really, i just loved the chocolate. 2. local animal shelters are asking that you take what you’d normally spend on your significant other and donate to them since they are overwhelmed with animals…read more

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pajama day

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it’s been another sick week here at chez smith. fortunately it’s not the stomach virus. i will take the common cold or the flu or whatever this is over any stomach virus any day.   what is the difference between a bad cold and the flu? can anyone tell me?   here’s a picture of the boys from last week. i think it captures their personalities perfectly. i’m not a great photog, but the boys are great “posers.”   i leave you with a typical “scene” found around our home,…read more

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state bird

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do you know what your state bird is? if it’s a cardinal or a robin, you are one of the fortunate to actually see your state bird on a daily basis. last saturday morning, i was on my way to the gym at dawn. the sky was beginning to lighten, but you couldn’t see the road unless, of course, you had your headlights on. as i was nearing the end of a hill, something appeared in my headlights, LOOKED UP AT ME, and then…well, it was history. if you’ve ever…read more

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the third winter

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we’re well settled into our third winter here. winters here are slightly different than the winters in the city. probably about 12 inches of a difference. we have about 18 inches of ice and snow surrounding our house, and it makes normal outdoor play and chores more difficult. too bad phil saw his shadow again this year (when was the last time he didn’t see his shadow, by the way?). we’re at the peak of hibernation now, and i guess that i’ve naturally fallen into a blog-hibernation. i apologize for…read more

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