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It All Adds Up to Home

29 Jul

SandingSix years ago, we were sanding floors. It was a morning like this, warm with a cool breeze and a clinging dew. Outside, you could feel the quiet beat of a neighborhood, a tune laden with memories of childhood.

We made god-only-knows-how-many trips to Home Depot to get supplies for sanding and the unexpected little projects we uncovered along the way. We wore our layers of sawdust and sweat like a badge of honor. I wouldn’t want to do it again, mind you, but it was oddly satisfying. Continue reading

Lessons in Snorkeling

18 Jan

See what humiliation I’m willing to endure for you, dear readers?

The reason I love snorkeling so much is that it’s always been quite difficult for me. I can’t really swim (pathetic, but true) and no matter how many times I’ve gone snorkeling, I always have to work through a minor panic attack to get accustomed to inhaling with my masked face in the water.

Yet, embarrassing-fish-out-of-water moment notwithstanding (or would that be fish “in” water?), it is far and away my favorite activity.

The experience of floating above and peering into a hidden, technicolor world is awesome, of course, in the truest sense of the word.

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