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Friday Video: Mirror Mirror

I’ve been holding this video ever since Maine just to show you guys because: cute.

Lately I have felt like this blog is a little Gabe heavy, and this video is not helping things. So if you’re over babytimesUSA up in here, I apologize in advance, but toddlers in mirrors slay me and this was too good not to share.

Happy Friday Everyone!


The UnAmericans: A Review

I think I feel like I’m supposed to like books of short stories because I have a literary background more than I generally do. Or, maybe short stories are actually way harder to write successfully than most writers think and so the majority or meh at best? Probably a little bit of both. Thankfully Molly Antopol is one of the really really talented short story writers because The UnAmericans made me late getting back for lunch, it made me look up after a story and want to find someone else who had read it just to say, “Can you BELIEVE it?!” The stories did not feel too short or too long, I didn’t wish for more (like...


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The Inevitable Woes

I was supposed to write about writing today – well it was supposed to happen yesterday, but I was tired and… life so anyways – I was supposed to write about my writing season, but instead I’m writing about this. I feel so dumb even admitting this. I am really having a hard time turning 30. And I’m not even turning 30 until April!! Which means I’m not even half way through my 29th year! Gah, Dupuis, get a freaking grip. But there it is. I’m having a hard time with it. I don’t want to get older. I want to stay a young grown up forever. I want to have all the time in the world. I don’t want...


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This weekend was extra lazy. With a side of movies in the living room. Kamel has been working a lot, as it is the busy season, and this weekend he worked on Saturday afternoon and then on Sunday morning/afternoon. There was a lot of quiet, me hanging with Gabe time, a lot of Nemo and Bugs Life. We had another successful swim lesson, enjoyed true October weather, and made nachos while watching football on Sunday. It was good, you guys… it was real good. (Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittnes!) (Squirrel!) (What happens to wading pools in October.) (This is what trouble looks like) (This was a big...


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The Power of The Phase

It’s a phase, a phase, a phase, a phase. During the hard parts of parenting – the tantrums, the swatting, the throwing food on the floor, the defiance, the ear infections, and on and on – I use this mantra as a reminder. Because it’s true. Everything about parenting is a phase, even the good stuff. There will be many confusing, frustrating, trying times as Gabe grows up. There will be times where I just don’t get him. There will be many times where he just doesn’t get himself. But I’m writing this to remind myself that there are also really amazing times and this happens to be one of them. So far the...


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Better Than Real Life Advice: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chaaaaanges

Dear BIRL, Just between you and me (and you internet strangers, hi!) my husband and I are trying for a kid.  It feels like the right time, and I am happy and getting excited!! Here’s the thing; as a childless person, every time I offer an opinion on raising a child (i.e. crying it out, cobedding, wanting to go back to work, time outs, etc) I get the verbal equivalent of a pat on the head and told “Oh, you’ll change your mind when it’s your child.” I’ve ignored it for years but now that a baby is an actual possibility I am beginning to become more and more afraid that this will in fact happen.  The problem is, I don’t WANT...


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Brought To You By Fun

Lack of posting brought to you by Monday Night Football and the Seattle Seahawks win over Washington [name removed for incredibly racist content]. Thank you Seahawks Facebook Page.  What are you choosing to indulge in this week? (I also had a giant pre-packaged rice krispie treat yesterday and it was sooooo delicious.)


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Who the hell is she?


I am a writer living in Seattle and I believe that life is a grand adventure and only boring if you believe it to be. Plus! You don't need money to have fun.

I live with my husband, a photographer by education and a maker-of-video-games by trade, and a baby named gabe in an apartment on the hill.

I am romantic about most things and I cry... about almost anything. I tell stories to entertain you, I spread stories to keep you in the loop. I am not a grammar freak, but I do know how to spell it. I am exceedingly proud of my scrambled eggs and I really could eat an entire pan of cupcakes. If I met me, I would be my best friend. I tend to be irreverent.

If you would like to chat with me or see what else I'm up to you can follow me on Twitter (betterinrealife), on facebook, or email me at betterinrealife at gmail.