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Things, April

I am really tired and I am really sore. I have no entered the third trimester of pregnancy and I am slow and big and have throbbing pain down my left side and everything is hard and the worst. I am very tired because I keep waking up at 5am. It hurts to flip over, I have to pee, there is nature or homeless people being loud out side – there is always something. I am still trying not to throw up. That’s depressing news. In non-depressing (sort of non-depressing because it is mostly a relief but financially depressing news) next Thursday is my last day at work. And then on to new horizons/unemployment/writing a book and having a baby/the great unknown. I am relieved to wear sweats more often and have to worry about the “proper shoes for office life” a lot less.

April 20th was my final day in my completely silly and self imposed Seattle Weather Tally! Overall I counted for 186 days. Below are my findings.


So for anyone who complains about the Seattle weather – yes the days get shorter, yes we have greyness, yes winter happens. But we also have a lot of opportunities to go outside during the day, the clouds part and the sun emerges.*

Being a contract worker with no access to any of the perks of being actually hired (like the company discount, or parking, or vacation time, or sick leave, or paid federal holidays!) has made me very entitled about the small things. Like not putting my used cups in the dishwasher. Someone who gets paid more than me can take care of that. Or feeling bad for wasting tea or Swiss Miss packets. I HAVE NO GUILT OR SHAME! Or using extra company kleenex. Yeah, that’s right. I’m gonna use up this box and another and another. Whattya gonna do about it? Small victories against The Man.

I am finally, after many many months getting new glasses with an updated prescription. I’m really excited about it. I tried on a bunch via Warby Parker and then sort of liked some, sort of didn’t. So it took me a long time to decide and then once I did decide it took me a long time to order. Why is pulling the trigger on things like this take me so long? Hi, I need new glasses… but let’s think on it for a YEAR shall we? Don’t want to rush into improved eyesight and updated fashion!

Today is Earth Day! And all of my fears about climate change are becoming ever more pressing. But today I’ll leave you with this: Bottled water is not just about generating a shit ton of waste, it’s about WATER DISPLACEMENT. And if you would like to do 1 easy thing that could make a big impact: Stop buying Arrowhead brand bottled water immediately, or any other Nestle product. 


*The talling rules: To be partly cloudy the sun had to be around by 1pm that day. It had to be enough break in the clouds for normal working folk to be able to enjoy a bit of nice weather on their lunch breaks. 4pm sunbreaks doesn’t do anybody any good.


Weekending 34

This weekend felt like 3 in the best way possible. There was all the usual stuff, complete with getting things back on track from my time away, plus extra fun Birthday celebrations, cuddling a newborn and dropping off chili and cornbread for my recently un-pregnant friend Maggie, a solo pedicure where I sat quietly for an hour (reading two magazines! HEAVEN!), and a lot of park time. Gabe was out sorts this weekend, refusing food, being extra grumpy and sleepy, just difficult overall. He even spiked a random fever on Saturday afternoon. Toddlers are mysteries. We only made it through half the dance class because Gabe was tired...


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City of Flour and Sawdust

I looked up nicknames for Minneapolis and this was the first one, coined in 1883. So shout out! The Twin Cities are the midwest hub of publishing right now, which is fascinating. One might think its Chicago, but you’d be wrong. There is quite the scene in Minneapolis/St. Paul and I got to experience a tiny taste of it last week. (At the sculpture garden, Margaret checking out an exhibit) It also rain/snowed and then snow/snowed, which was magical and (admittedly) a little bizarre in mid-April. Then it became warm and beautiful and I wore a dress and sandals. But mostly I was at a conference or spending hours chatting with Margaret...


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The Last Year of my 20s, Being 29

This is a yearly tradition started when I was 21. Some of those posts have been lost, but if you would like to catch up, please check out 28, 27, 26, 25, and 24 (with photos missing, unfortunately).    I look back on last year’s birthday post and see so much travel, so much activity, so much transition! This year was more about growing roots, which is actually a very big process. Who knew? I’ve never really gotten the opportunity to cultivate a community, a village, and figure out a lot of the adult life stuff heading our way. The year I was 29 was mostly about that. Just a few weeks after I turned 29 I started a new job...


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Weekending 33

This weekend I was bound and determined to get back on the weekending horse. And then I half failed. It was an overall super great, chill, busy, productive weekend. And I completely failed to bring the camera to our big dinner out with out of town friends at a Bavarian-style beer hall AND our Easter brunch with two very hungry bebes. But I promise, sometimes we do get to do grown up things and our entire lives do not revolve around Gabriel. Photo evidence to the contrary. On Saturdays we go to baby break dancing class. For mom version Lauren it is stressful and nerve wracking. I want Gabe to have fun, I want him to feel like this...


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It is April today. No fools to be had in my neck of the woods and no fooling either. This is the month I turn 30 and start a new decade. This is the month I end my current job after a year and go into a bit of an unknown/new beginning phase that will last quite a while. New human, new job, new commute? new schedule? What is in store for me? I jump off the dock this month. This month I will be traveling solo without a kid and without a husband for the first time since spring of 2013. It will be the longest I’ve been away from my child ever. It might be too long. But it means I get to do a lot of ME things. And I get to visit with the...


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Who the hell is she?


Seattle/Writer/Adventurer/Married to Kamel/Maker of many mistakes/Mom of 1 Gabriel and 1 TBD/Baker of things/Roaster of Vegetables/Maker of videos/Normal life photographer/Romantic/Irreverent/Honest

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