The Tragic Optimist

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The blogging bug

I’ve been missing this blog – I’ve been missing blogging in general.  This morning, I had a couple hours all to myself (I’m working the evening shift tonight), and got to do some work on my Little Four Eyes blog.  I got so fired up and remembered how much I love these spaces.   I …

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delurking

So I’ve missed (inter)national delurking week (it was last week) here on this blog.  Seeing all the posts on other people’s blogs got me to realize how often I want to comment, but don’t, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy getting comments.  So I have been trying to do my best to …

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working with an illustrator

The banner for my other blog, little four eyes, had been bothering me for a while.  It had been a lovely picture of Zoe looking out over Lake Superior.  I liked that it showed a toddler looking through her glasses, but it’s a sober picture really, and it didn’t fit with the mood that I …

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review

(I was going to try to come up with a clever or at least original title for a blog post that’s all about reviewing the past year, when I realized that I’m not feeling clever and a blog post about reviewing the past year – written on the first day of the new year – …

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Whoa

Just looked at my dashboard and saw that I’m at 200 posts. Crazy. Seems like I should post something momentous for the 200th post, but nothing’s coming to mind – at least, nothing that seems fitting. So I’ll just regale you all with some pictures. it is definitely winter in Minnesota… which, of course, includes …

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oooh…shiny!

I got my very first blog award from The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie.  SuperPreemie is Shoshanna, Zoe’s big blog sister, and the daughter of very dear friends, who have kept Zoe well-dressed in S’s clothes.  Shoshanna will be 4 in just 2 days and it’s been very wonderful to read her story and watch her …

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things I learned from Zoe’s surgery

My little girl is a hard-core trooper.  If I had just gone through surgery, I would have been on the couch demading that Chris bring me grapes and bon-bons.  Zoe was up and running around and laughing and playing that afternoon.  And demanding grapes.  She is my daughter after all. People rock.  The internet facilitates …

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stuck

I’m trying to write something.  Well, specifically, a guest post for another blog, they asked me to write about young kids and glasses, some of the difficulties they face, and why I started the little four eyes blog.  Nothing big, they said, just a quick post.  When I was asked, I was so excited and …

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why do you blog?

Thank you everyone for all your good thoughts about Z’s upcoming surgery.  I’m feeling much better about it.  Not saying that I’m looking forward to it, but I’m feeling like I’ll survive (her surviving has never been in much question). Sometimes I have an idea for a blog post, and I think it to death …

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an apology

to my friends with blogs – I’m sorry I’ve been so bad at commenting recently. I’ve been reading. I’ve been thinking about your posts. I’ve even been composing comments, but it’s been hard getting them out for some reason. I have a ton of tabs open to posts that I’m still planning to respond to. …

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