#MicroblogMondays: the source

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So I bought Pioneer Girl: the Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I bought it because after waiting months for it on hold at the library I checked it out and realized it is a tome. It is a history and reference book and much to dense to read in the three-week checkout period. And also the type of book I can see myself re-reading snippets of here and there for many years.

Here I diverge a bit. Stick with me.

When I was pregnant with Simon I bought only a handful of things for him. One thing was the complete set of Little House on the Prairie. My books were loved and lost over the years, but much of my childhood was spent playing pioneers in our house and around the farm. This book was just something I needed to own.

My grandma was a first grade teacher for around 40 years. When I was in elementary school, she taught me this poem. Twenty froggies went to school. Down beside a rushy pool… She taught me lots of stories and poems but for whatever reason this one really stuck with me. So much so that in college I illustrated it for a children’s literature class. At the time I was asked who wrote it, and I had no idea. We had the Internet and I did my best, to no avail. The Internet in the early 2000s was NOT the Internet of today – or even five years ago. I’ve searched on and off over the years for the source of this poem. Not recently.

So back to the book. I was reading over the weekend and there at the bottom of page 71 are THE WORDS TO THIS POEM! And an annotation number with the source of the anthology it was printed in. What are the chances?!?! So I’ve learned that the Internet doesn’t know everything* and sometimes you just need to read a book.

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*I just did an Internet search and the poem is now on the Internet including a YouTube video where it was set to music.

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#MicroblogMondays: knitting circle

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Learning to knit is something I’ve toyed around with on and off over several years. My grandma taught me to crochet, but I’ve never been very good at it. Quilting is more my style. Knitting is different from crocheting and alleviates my biggest frustration with crochet (I can’t find the stitches) and is portable in a way that quilting and sewing are not. Generally when I’ve asked around about learning to knit, I’ve been directed to YouTube. And YouTube is very good – but it doesn’t replace learning in person from an expert.

Our church recently renovated office space in our neighborhood (previous office was in a nearby neighborhood – we meet in an elementary school) with the goal of allowing community groups to meet there. When the idea of a knitting circle was floated last winter I jumped on it as the church member who would be keeper of the keys. I open and close the office each month and learn to knit.

The group is wonderful and there have been four to twenty women show up. A few I know from the neighborhood, but many others I likely never would have met outside of this group. We are a wide range of ages and are at many different stages of life, family, and career. A couple of ladies used to teach knitting at the local Michael’s. They share needles and yarn, offer advice on where to buy and help is given when someone is stuck. In the future we might make winter hats or baby blankets to donate. I love being part of this community and learning something new. Connecting to real live people, it feels good.

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Simon says: at the drugstore

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Simon: Look mom we are next to the band-aids.
Me: Yes, you can pick a new box.
Simon: I want Engine (Ninja) Turtles and Hello Kitty.
Me: You may pick only ONE box.
Simon: Aww. Ok. I want… oh look it’s Minecraft.
Me: How do you know what Minecraft it?
Simon: Mom. I know Minecraft.

[okay then] (They weren’t actually Minecraft, but Army digi camo, I can see where the mistakes could be made) He went with the pink and purple hearts. (I think, he might have switched back to Ninja Turtles, I wasn’t actually paying all that much attention)



#MicroblogMondays: the podcast

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Rob has watched video podcasts for years, and there were a few I watched with him, but I didn’t have my own podcasts until I heard about Serial last fall. Thank you Twitter. I downloaded the podcast app and we listened to the entire series on our drive from NYC to Indiana and back over Christmas. I have a few others I listen to, one about kids and tech, On Being (spiritual), and the Gilmore Guys.

Gilmore Guys is a podcast where two guys (in their 20s) are watching every episode of Gilmore Girls (one of my all time favorite shows) and talking about them. I binge listened through the first couple of seasons to get caught up and honestly, I think it was ok that I skipped a few of the first season episodes as they were still finding their stride. Overall I like listening, they make me laugh. Sometimes they make me hate the show a little as I never watched it critically to talk about. And I always want to respond to something they say either because I agree completely or that I had such a totally different take on a scene or situation.

Then they did a live show in LA. Then at the ATX Festival in Texas. And tonight, tonight is the first of three live shows in NYC and I have a ticket. I’m going by myself (some social anxiety about that) and am totally excited.

If you had a chance to go see a podcast recording live, what would it be?

Also, if you like Gilmore Girls, you should listen to the Gilmore Guys.

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