Girls wearing bikinis.

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competing.  one of FEW bikini-clad moments. It was the summer after senior year of high school and the start of those months where I lived at home under parent-rules, yet knew I'd soon be gone and creating my own. I can't remember why I involved my mom in the bathing suit shopping (typical teen wanting to wrangle her into paying? honestly looking for an opinion?), but decades after that ... Continue Reading

12 hours of YES!

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YES! It's a donut eaten with a spoon. About two years ago I came up with the idea of gifting my Child 12 hours of YES! (If by "came up with" you mean I'm sure other parents do this which I do. The older I get the more I realize there's nothing new under the sun.) Our initial YES! Day was born out of the realization I'd been on a NO-rampage. Some NO's! stemmed from a desire to keep her ... Continue Reading

Creating community through CRAPPY dinners.

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When I first discovered Friday Night Meatballs I was heading back to Oakland from Austin. I was in-flight, clicking around on spotty wifi, when I stumbled upon Sarah Grey's article. My first reaction was: This is brilliant! I am SO doing this when we move back to Texas! It was August '14. I knew we were returning to the ATX. I wasn't (yet) allowed to widely share. As a result, ... Continue Reading

My four types of friends.

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My funky friend fun shoes! The musings below came to me attending at conference for women. The event focus was on social media but, ever the misfit, attending prompted me to step back my greater social experience. To consider my introvert status against the backdrop of meeting so many new people at once. To realize I'm dependent on different varieties of friends for different ... Continue Reading

Dance, Doodle Dance!

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Life is too short to not STOP, UNPLUG, and DOODLE DANCE for a DAY. A video posted by Carla Birnberg (@carlabirnberg) on Mar 12, 2015 at 4:43am PDT I need this. The Child always thinks she needs this. This how we will fill our HOTHOT Wednesday. And you know us--we shall call it cardio. ... Continue Reading

4 questions I ask my daughter each day.

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summer walks = best time for talks. I'm not one to assume people by nature are duplicitous. I'm am, however, consistently surprised how transparent people are when offered opportunity to reveal themselves. When one is silent and listens kids will people will share everything. Everything which, at times, includes "turning themselves in." Allow me to back up and bring you into my misfit ... Continue Reading

Who is your safe person?

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What feels like a lifetime ago, Austin was the land of unflagging sun. During our first stint living here I rarely checked the weather forecast as it was always the same. Sunny. Sunny. Hot. Hot. (To that end I donated my rain boots when we left the Bay Area.  I'm a moron that way.) It seems I've either become Rain-Elsa (a thought which intrigues me) or the climate of the ATX has shifted ... Continue Reading

I exercise intuitively.

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My exercise routine has gone through many changes over the years. I started out a more traditional weight lifter. I explored yoga and other non-weighted options. I discovered my love of balance work: I found my calm through walking:  Ive realized, more than anything, my body craves movement in the same fashion I live the rest of my life: INTUITIVELY. It knows ... Continue Reading

What if it all went away?

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Gratitude is a tremendous part of our duo's day-to-day living. A constant focus. It's not so much the Child has gone through an ungrateful stage (yet?)----I just believe in focusing before the potential fall. On prophylactic gratitude if you will. We have a lot for which to be grateful. A lot. An embarrassment of riches with regards to opportunities and experiences. Because of ... Continue Reading