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    Margins

    Referring back to this MMD post on organizing and leaving white spaces and borders, I have been thinking about margins and how to establish space in my life to give me room to breathe. Framing out my days and weeks, both personal and professional time with white space. Intellectual, emotional and actual physical spaces with emptiness to decrease anxiety and stress. Margin has basically two definitions, one is a border around text or an image and the other is basically a profit or loss. I use up my margins on pointless social media, web surfing.  Eating crappy food, buying crap. Drinking and not feeling good. I would rather be making…

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    The Best Stories

      Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for  Quick Lit. I am definitely in a memoir phase. I recently read Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I Loved  by Kate Bowler. It has been receiving a lot of buzz, deservedly so.   “Everything happens for a reason,” is one of my favorite platitudes.  I truly believe that our future and past are all woven together with everyone else on the planet to create God’s great story but there is something about that saying that falls a little flat when staring at someone in a desperate straits. What is the reason? A greater good for someone else? Yikes.  No. It is more complicated and…

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    Diets I Have Tried Part 1

    Last weekend was super rainy and I spent all day knitting a sock that turned out way too big. I did “turn the heel” as they say which was satisfying. I promptly started on a new one in a more appropriate size. It is the process not the product I suppose. To entertain myself during the knitting, I watched Escape to the Country.   Imagine a very sedate version of House Hunters in which no one criticizes the paint and people actually think granite counter tops are too much work.  Also, beautiful landscape. Not sure why I live here where it is still not spring. I am reading a trashy book that I may…

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    Currently

    I am currently reading I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Ferrell whose most recent novel, This Must be the Place, I really enjoyed. I am is a memoir about near death experiences.  Several of them are from her young adult years and her telling reminds me how poorly we put things in context in our 20s and how long it takes to learn from our mistakes.  Especially chilling is a story of a brush with a murder and her narrow escape only to find out that she is not able to convince the appropriate parties of the danger until someone else has died. I finished Perfect Little World.  It was forgettable.  The author’s process…

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    Forty-Seven

    After a lovely early spring hike to Van Hook Falls on the Sheltowe Trace yesterday, we awoke to about 6 inches of very wet snow.  Really Kentucky? I don’t even know what to say.  Good thing you are pretty. On Saturday night I watched Precious .  I read the Gabourey Sidibe book last week and have never seen the movie.  It was pretty intense.  To balance all of the heaviness of the movie, I played about 4 hours of Candy Crush and got to level 47 before getting tired and deleting from my iPad.  I need something else to do with my hands. I am going to knit socks. I even bought a…

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    On Style

    I was talking to a friend at work about personal style and dressing professionally. She sent me this link to a YouTube video about a basic wardrobe.  Mind blown. I have always wondered how stylish people learn what to wear. I figured as with so many things like make up, decorating, networking (aka socializing with people I don’t really care about), there is a handbook and I never got it.  It is a distinct possibility that I was just not paying attention during adolescence but how are some girls born knowing how to paint their nails, line their lips and do a smokey eye? In her video (and the riveting sequel)…

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    A Few Things from Last Week

    On Friday I received a text from a fellow NP about a bill in the state house that would further restrict our practice rights and make our prescriptive abilities be subject to the Ky Board of Medicine. Um, no. There are no primary care physicians accepting new patients in our county.  The NPs are doing that. The NPs are making quality healthcare accessible to everyone.  Way to make things harder on people they are already hard for (specifically patients but also APRNs). This bad bill was filed as a way to “help fix the opiate epidemic.” It’s not. It will actually make it harder for addicts in recovery and their…

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    Partially Finished

    While doing “research” the other night (of course I mean scrolling through Pinterest not what I did in grad school) I discovered this website . I was thinking since I hate shopping and cheap clothes so much and feel like I can’t find what I like and what fits me, I should just learn how to SEW! I do sort of know how. I have a 25-year-old machine that I think may need a tune up. It sews a few stitches then freezes up and breaks the needle. It is about as painful to watch as an old dog dragging his hind legs. It hasn’t finished anything in a really long time.…

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    Set up

    After a lot of false starts, I finally got set up with Bluehost.  Nothing is easy but the person on the other end of the help chat took care of things without me having to go into how much I really don’t know about all this. Also, Rory. Big help. I updated my Goodreads. I want to give myself credit for all of the books I read. I still have more to add. I listened to a podcast by Holly Lowery called “Well and Weird” and listened to part of her next one. She talked about recovery from disordered eating in all forms. Some of my takeaways were to know what…

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    Books and Thoughts

    I started out 2018 rereading  Peace Like a River   by Lief Enger. It is a beautifully written story that hovers between reality and the mystical. Next up was a sweet story about a woman reconciling her childhood and her father’s memory loss and aging. I checked out Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong from our library. Maggie O’Farrell seems to by getting a lot of buzz. This Must be the Place was family drama set in Ireland.  I finished it quickly. Throughout January I kept trying to finish Outlander.  Nope. Not going to happen. I think it is super cheesy with gratuitous sex and hokey accents. A few tries and fails…