From troubles of the world, I turn to ducks.

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Hewwo.

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So, my first news is that I've actually knit something! I already crochet, and several times I've tried to pick up knitting but it was always a struggle. About a year ago, I started knitting a simple scarf, which was going pretty well, but I think it was too big for a first project and I never finished it. So I decided to do a bias dishcloth, which I've finished! I just have to weave in the ends. It's not perfect, but I'm super excited about it. I think I finally realized that there wasn't some magical thing that was going to happen to make me knit well. I just had to do it.

We watched Toy Story 3 for the second time tonight. What a great movie - funny, entertaining and very moving. It says important things about our need to be loved and valued, and of course there's a lot about growing up and letting the past go. It made me cry about 50 bazillion times. Kudos to Pixar for coming up with a really original and interesting idea. I think I'd be willing to see a Toy Story 4!

Tabitha got Toy Story 3 as a Christmas present. She's at the age where her favorite word is "mine", so she was soooooo excited about opening her presents and knowing they were hers. She carried the movie around for a few days. She's also so clever, IMO, because she's been doing all this "matching." We have Woody and Buzz Lightyear dolls, so she carried those around with the movie. Also, we love Little Lulu, so we have a ton of books and a vinyl Lulu figurine... so she carries those around together. And she has also paired a Donald Duck stuffed toy with a Donald Duck comic book we have. She figured this out by herself, which I think is cool.

Sebastian told me tonight that he's the best jumper in the world - "no one is gooder than me." He's very proud of his jumping, fighting, etc. abilities. Tonight he was standing on the back or the arm of the couch and jumping onto our little coffee table (which is sturdy). (Technically, he's not supposed to stand on the couch arm, but I let him because he was so proud of himself.) Of course, Mom and Dad were supposed to watch every time. The last time, he pulled his underwear down before jumping, for a little dramatic flair. He is such a boy, haha.

The last thing I want to say right now is that my husband has a blog. We've become fairly avid comic book readers in the past few years, so his blog is about that - upcoming releases, reviews, etc. I don't know if anyone reading this cares about comics (but tyknrxbell's husband is a big comic book fan, right?), but I wanted to share anyway. His blog is The Comics in My Life. If anyone wants to dip their toe in the comic book water, check it out. Also, Weekly Crisis is a great blog that my husband reads a lot.

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I'm gonna start writing in this bad boy again.

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How many baboons could you take in a fight? (armed only with a giant dildo)

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Happy Birthday, Leesha! I know you're having some rough times right now, so I thought I'd offer you some advice from the great Jack White.

Little Acorns

When problems overwhelm us and sadness smothers us, where do we find the will and the courage to continue? Well, the answer may come in the caring voice of a friend, a chance encounter with a book, or from a personal faith.

For Janet help came from her faith, but it also came from a squirrel. Shortly after her divorce, Janet lost her father, then she lost her job. She had mounting money problems.

But Janet not only survived, she worked her way out of despondency and now she says life is good again. How could this happen? She told me that late one autumn day when she was at her lowest she watched a squirrel storing up nuts for the winter - one at a time he would take them to the nest. And she thought, if that squirrel can take care of himself with the harsh winter coming along, then so can I. Once I ripped my problems into small pieces I was able to carry them, just like those acorns, one at a time.

Take all your problems
And rip 'em apart
Carry them off
In a shopping cart

And another thing
You should've known from the start
The problems in hand
Are lighter than at heart

Be like the squirrel, girl
Be like the squirrel
Give it a whirl, girl
Be like the squirrel

And another thing
You have to know in this world
Cut up your hair
Straighten your curls

Well, your problems
Hide in your curls

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Join me in honoring the women of Sudan by participating in the "16 Days" campaign. Check out www.savedarfur.org/16days to learn more.

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"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

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Happy Birthday Jamie!!! In honor of your birthday(somehow...), here's the Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal singing "Danny Boy." I think you should all watch it several times to fully appreciate its genius.

Jamie, I hope this next year is a great one for you. I hope doors will open for you when you need them; I hope you will find people who validate you and make you feel loved; I hope you will see your potential for awesomeness; I hope your feet will find the paths they need to take; I hope you have a year full of love and happiness and fun and challenges and growth. I love you. <3<3<3<3<3

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Michael Jackson is dead.

I probably don't have anything to say that a million people haven't said already, but this has really affected me. I'm shocked that it happened; he was only 50. I'm sad that we lost someone who was so very talented, even if that's just a selfish feeling. I feel like I've lost a piece of my childhood. I wasn't around for all of his music, but I do remember loving his songs and the excitement of new videos like Black or White.

Thinking of him and his journey, I'm sorry he had such a messed up life and became such a caricature of himself. I don't want to make him just a victim - he was certainly less than perfect - but I do hope wherever he is now is a peaceful place where he can make sense of his life's journey and heal.

We don't actually know celebrities - we just know their persona, their public face. I am sad for the loss of Michael Jackson the entertainer (though some would argue we lost him many years ago) and I hope Michael Jackson the person can find answers now that he's left this world.

I think I'm going to be watching MJ videos on YouTube for a while to come...

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Last survivor of 'unsinkable' Titanic dies at 97

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