The Tragic Optimist

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Kickstarter thoughts 2: An Introvert’s Guide to Kickstarter

I’ve been thinking about the introvert’s guide to Kickstarter for a while now.  At first, I joked that it would consist of two words, “Just don’t.”  But that’s not true or fair.  My campaign did actually fund, so it would be disingenuous to say that, and even beyond the funding, I am thankful that I …

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Kickstarter Thoughts: Part I, the basics

So for anyone following along from that last post, the Kickstarter for my book was successful (hooray! huge sigh of relief! and thank you, thank you to everyone who supported me, financially or emotionally!) It seems like the thing to do once you’ve run a successful Kickstarter campaign is to write a post with Kickstarter …

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big. round. numbers.

So it’s looking like I’m going to be encountering some big round numbers this month. The first is likely to be my car hitting 100,000 miles.  It’ll probably happen by Monday.  My sweet, little purple toaster car.  It’s a 2005 Scion xB.  The second car I’ve ever owned, and certainly the car I’ve driven the …

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Voting

Voter #633 at my polling place, ballot cast at 9:30 am. Chris went shortly after the polls open and found a long line, but our polling place is pretty efficient and he got through quickly.  We had a conference for Hazel this morning (she’s all good), and I went after that and found no line …

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quick bit of Costco love

Last year, I bought prescription sunglasses for Zoe and I at Costco. On Friday, I wore them out and about while running errands. I couldn’t find them on Saturday. On Sunday, I noticed a crumpled black object by my car’s back tire.  My heart fell before I event picked it up.  I knew immediately what …

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Sweet dreams

Zoe called out for me in the middle of the night last night. I ran up the stairs, bathrobe hastily thrown on to see what was the matter. “I had a dream mommy” she tells me quietly, “a dream about flowers and lots of roses and we could smell them! Was that a good dream? …

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pictures!

I’m not feeling up to writing much (and I’m pretty sure I’ve already lapsed on my post a week attempt), but I have some pictures I want to share from this month. First, Hazel’s baptism – my parents, Chris’s parents, and my brother and sister in law were able to make it, which was great.  …

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lists

On New Year’s day, I mentioned at dinner that people sometimes like to talk about things that they think or hope will happen in the next year.  Since then, Zoe has been going around making lists of things that are to come in 2011.  I should probably put scare quotes around the word “lists” in …

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belated updates

I know I’ve been horrible at keeping this updated, I’m hoping to get back to something like a regular posting routine again.  Until then, here’s some updates: We sold our house!  Well, I guess technically we have a contract for our house.  But!  Buyers!  Who want our house!  Yay! We have a new house!  Although …

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20 years ago

A friend and I were talking the other day, and realized that 1989 was 20 years ago.  (Yeah, the math department may not be too pleased to find out that their librarian is not super fast at the subtraction – luckily mental calculations aren’t really required in librarianship.  We know how to look up the …

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