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Mar.17.2014
Things are pretty quiet these days, so not much to write about.  The kitchen floor and bit of tile in front of the front door are both freshly mopped; I'm recovering from that and then heading to the gym.  (Scootching around the floor on a towel makes me a little dizzy.) Several weeks ago...
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Mar.09.2014
  Last week, I found out I’m cis (cisgender), which got me to thinking about gender identify and sexuality and how much more my children know and understand than I ever did. KidTwo has a transgender friend (they met in preschool) who is doing so much to educate me and others like me, people...
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Feb.11.2014
BabyGirl's Soda Cup of Milk
BabyGirl and I had a date today to go to the zoo.  Not the big zoo here in town, but the little animal sancturary in the town half an hour east of here. First thing this morning, it seemed we might not be able to go because BabyGirl awoke with a fever.  I still was needed for childcare,...
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Feb.09.2014
BabyGirl licking a beater
Sometimes I think I'll never read my own books again, because library books keep getting in the way.  I'll read about a book and look it up on the library website to reserve it, then see something else and reserve that, ending up with ten reserves coming in all on the same day. Right now, I'm...
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Feb.09.2014
My brother-in-law, then age 10, said to me when I was pregnant with KidOne, "Susie, if that baby's a girl, I won't play with it."  I asked why and he said, "I don't know how to play with girls." I sent him a note that he can play with this one. BabyBoy, due this July.  What fun! A
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Feb.08.2014
KidFour!
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Feb.03.2014
Go on you tube and enter Garrity Sacramento Basketball Throw and watch. Wow. A
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Feb.02.2014
Yesterday I took my car in to get it a tune-up (the big 30,000 mile one) and to learn what else it might need.  As I sat there reading a biography of Norman Rockwell ("American Mirror"), I got to thinking how lucky we were to have found that shop and how serendipitous the finding of it was....
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Feb.01.2014
About three Sundays a month, Sweetie and I are there, at the big farmers' market under the freeway.  We get up, walk the dog, fix our coffee in to-go cups, and head out to get our fruits and veggies for the week.   We go in next to the Ugly Apple seller who has the one table labeled "ugly...
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Jan.27.2014
BabyGirl and her birthday helmet
BabyGirl graced us with her presence three years ago today, brightening all our lives beyond measure.  She was quite a bit earlier than expected, but that just gave us an extra two months to love her in person, rather than in the abstract. Being her grandmother is joy beyond imagining,...
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Jan.26.2014
  The changes, they just keep coming.  KidOne is pregnant again, so BabyGirl will have a sibling this summer; KidTwo moved from upstate New York to Pennsylvania, this to work in a program that will give her a degree in her chosen field (education for developmentally disabled children);...
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Jan.18.2014
  Well, it's gotten worse.   I'm still working 24-hour shifts, by choice, but they may end up costing me more than I thought. In my last blog entry, I wrote about the four one-hour breaks that someone doing 24's is supposed to get.  I don't get them, as the reason I'm taking care of...
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Jan.13.2014
AB241 is a law here in California that is supposed to protect in-home workers, a group that includes me; it took effect 01/01/2014.  It does things like mandate overtime and breaks, things I can generally support, but then it contains a provision that I don't understand at all and that has...
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