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We typically do Thanksgiving twice - once with my side of the family (on the actual day) and once with my husband's side (the following Saturday). I like it. Here's why.
  1. Double the pie.
    Or, this year, triple, on account of the fact that my maple-syrup-based pecan pie turned out so well the first time, I made one with pecans (for Thanksgiving #2) and one (for us to horde at home) with walnuts.
  2. Double the family photos.
    My, but it's easier to take family photos when no one in them is a child...
  3. Double the opportunities to do silly things with said family photos.
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He's a rescue with lots of issues, but he's got many positive characteristics too! Sometimes I need a reminder...
  1. He's a retired racing greyhound.
    Watching him run in a yard or dog park is entertainment.
  2. He loves people and other dogs...
    A more extroverted creature I have not met.
  3. ...but if you knock on my door, he'll let out a ferocious bark. It's just his normal bark, but he rarely uses it except to tell us someone is at the door.
    So even the people who haven't seen his 80 lbs body are likely to think twice if they have nefarious intent.
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[*Because I was an English major, which gives me license to invent my own words.]
  1. 1.
    Sorta Awesome with Megan Tietz
    This is where it all started for me. This podcast has truly changed my life, as have the Facebook and Voxer communities that have sprung up in its wake. Megan and her cadre of cohosts talk about all sorts of things, from favorite Netflix binges to the Enneagram, from the nature and practice of friendship to makeup tips, from lifehacks to parenting philosophies, from mindfulness to setting boundaries with family as an adult. It is a fun ride every week, and I always learn something.
  2. 2.
    Lore with Aaron Mahnke
    I love this one so much - a historical exploration of legends, myths, and folklore: their content, their causes and evolution, their reception, and what we can learn about human nature from them. It's sometimes creepy - occasionally quite creepy - but oh so delightful. And Mahnke, a master storyteller, is good at digging up stories you haven't heard.
  3. 3.
    What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel
    Book-talk and literary matchmaking with a delightful, brilliant, winsome host (the blogger also known as the Modern Mrs. Darcy) and a new interesting guest each week.
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I have endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain. So if you think I'm being melodramatic, you're wrong.
  1. I often don't know when it's coming, and my pain can start way in advance and last days after the bleeding stops.
  2. It hurts like hell - sometimes it feels like I've been hit by a train, sometimes it aches, sometimes it feels like I have a giant open wound. My thighs will ache, my belly will feel like it's been stabbed, I get cramps in my lower abdomen and in my back. Sometimes even breathing hurts.
  3. Sometimes the pain is so bad I can't sleep or sit
    Which isn't conducive to a normal life, so I don't have one.
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I love so many books you would think it'd be hard for me to choose a handful of absolute favorites. For some reason, though, I have a place in my soul that certain books just fall into automatically when I read them. They exist on a different plane of belovedness.
  1. Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
    Magical realism. Matriarchy. The nitty-gritty of marriage. Dealing with all that one's heritage means.
  2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Delightful every time, and to me, increasingly hilarious with each read. I adore Austen's prose, and her characters feel so fresh!
  3. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    In a world where appearances and insinuations mean so much, what does it mean to really get to know a person? How can it be done? And what might one uncover?