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things i hope the new year brings

January 16, 2012

this is a new year, and if we listen to all the hype (and not actually the scholars or people) then it could be our last. (though technically they all could be our last, for many reasons…. i digress.)

things I want to do or do more of this year…
1 run. alot. and get stronger and get tired less and go farther. get my fitbit up to 5 miles a day…
2 write. at least once a week, but in seriousness and soulfulness at least twice a month (we write, so to taste life twice…)
3 make art that is not functional,

_i interrupt this blog post to eat yummy chicken and go to sleep. tbc._

and we are back.
4 take the dove into the woods for at least an hour, at least 2x a week
5 finish my NARM paper work and submit it by Sept 10


new year.

January 4, 2012

Its a new year. Thats pretty awesome from where I stand, as 2011 was kinda lame. This new year has many promises and much potential.
Some of which include

Its possible that I could finish my paper work this year and sit for the NARM exam in 2013. That is Huge. Possible.

Farmer quit his job and started his own business with an old Co-worker. He has a whole shop full of tools (that he has to go get from florida) a building, and a whole lot of spring in his step. (

We joined a band last fall, and we are loving it still and getting more and more involved. (Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle)

Little Dove is not so little anymore. Infact, she can climb just about anything and then chooses to jump off. She also speaks in complete sentences and wants me to make her lips red, like mine. She uses the word green to indicate favor and loves to dance.

And so much more… By the end of this year we might be self sufficeient. Not in the way that means we dont buy anything, but in the way that means all of our money comes from us, from our own businesses. And that is a pretty impressive step one.

We are getting new housemates, a whole family, and that is exactly what I had been praying for. It is also a direct answer to me begging G-d to tell me why we have this huge house if no one is living with us, and also to the question of wether we are selling and moving to the east side. Nope. Not yet. Sorry guys.

Little Dove and I are taking an art class together at REACH, and thats awesome.

I started running again, and it is so much easier to start again this time than last. SO much that I might actually keep it up.

We stopped eating gluten, and i stopped eating grains. I developed migraines that came with more than just a tiny touch of gluten, so I cut it out. I make exception for beer and pie, just not usually at the same time and in small quantities. We have in general, just cleaned up our diets and we are working on cleaning up Little Doves. I feel a million times better in my daily life.

We are cutting out the computers and phones on fridays as a family experiment.

We are going to try to keep this up. And I am starting a project with my gal Cait over at “thread fast” we are buying no clothes for a year, which is not spectacular for some, but I like clothes alot, just figured out how I like to look, change size constantly and am really really good at thrift store shopping. But this should be awesome.

We will have a proper new years letter out shortly.

September 14, 2011

Day two of the challenge is our first day in the UP. It was amazing. Breakfast at the casino was an all you can eat buffett, full of scrambled eggs and more bacon that I could eat. We fed all t wehree of us for ten bucks including tip. WOW. Spent the rest of the day touring the Bay Mills Indian Community. Went to a fabulous coffeee house, the Dancing Crane, and talked with the owners about selling our soaps ( in their gift area and Dereck toured a wooden geodesic dome and talked about wood and instruments. After that we went to the medical center and had a tour of all the amazing programs they have there. The center is named after an old time midwife in the area and several of the elders were delivered by her. Its a really awesome place with many different specialties all in one place to enable folks without any transportation to receive the best care. They even had a medicine man on staff for a while, funded by a government grant. (How awesome is that!) Carla took us up to a scenic lookout over Spectacle Lake and after many photos and goofing off, right as we were getting in our cars, an immature eagle flew by, right in front of us. It was amazing. Un describable really. We bought some wild rice from Carla’s Uncle and finished the day with a FEAST, grok worthy. Yummy michigan salad, red potatoes and corn for those needing it and amazing ribs and roast for me. The best ribs I have ever tasted.
So all in all a great day two challenge, we could have moved around a little more, but in the AM we will be swimming and sprinting and steam rooming, and sadly/happily moving on to Wisconsin.
Day two goals:
lotsa calorie rich primal food for the semi veg Farmer-check
low carbs and no cheating for me-check
Primal toddler- not the greatest, would only eat fruitloops for brekky, and one peice of bacon. Rest of the day she stole sweets from Auntie, but all regularily scheduled meals were good.

Ps pictures coming later

30 day primal challenge

September 12, 2011

So, some of you know that the Farmer and I have been cutting grains and gluten outof our diet. We started feeling sick a couple months ago and went on a hunt to find the culprit. Since cutting those things, we are feeling TONS better, so we thought we would stick with it. I know that the list of things we cannot eat is starting to out weigh the things we can, but really guys, we are just trying to not feel like crap.

Goals- Me to loose weight and get stronger. Farmer to gain weight and get stronger. Dove to grow.

Today is day one of the Primal 30 day Challenge. We are going to hop on board because
a-We need to spend a little time being strict and while on Vacation (with the temptation to cheat all around) it sounds like a great accountability tool
b-prizes are fun
c-its always easier to do good when you know there are a gazillion other folks out there doing good with you
d- we are going to my Ma’s house, and cheating around folks who dont understand your dietary restrictions just makes you look like you are trying to be a p.i.t.a.

So, strict it is. You can find more info about the Primal Challege here

The primal thing is pretty cool, Mark’s website is full of folks saying things like, “How I lost 130lb and fell in love with Bacon” which is pretty inspiring, but it also features a whole lot of science, with awesome breakdowns of the most current studies and trials that are contrary to conventional wisdom.

We made grain free bannana bread this morning, (nut butter, bannanas, honey, vanilla, baking soada, egg) and zuchinni brownies (a little more complex, and a little less good) and we are stocking up for our vacay with lots of safe and rule abiding foods.
Here’s to a great 30days.

update on schedule-

September 24, 2010

well, this week has been a whole lot of up and down and unsualness. but i still did ok with my schedule.
fails- its morning and i am on the computer.
dog only got one walk
little dove did not spend 10 hours outside.
did not make soap (YET!)
wow the fails are really adding up!
i did take two walks, a hike at fenner, road to school twice (had a test on monday) read my bible, prayed nightly with the farmer.

a real post coming later.

fall. and new rhythm (always)

September 16, 2010

fall is here. it sprung itself on us quite suddenly and i cannot say that i am complaining, just a bit caught off guard. ilove fall weather, and it makes me want to ride my bike everyday and go camping. i know. the things i should be wanting in the spring and summer. i want them then too.

also with fall is the desire to create new rhythm in our household. the farmer mentioned to me that he felt like we didnt have a rhythm, and it bothered him. so i have been giving some thought to it and im trying to fix it.

here are a few things that i will be considering as we explore what this looks like.

1) ive noticed for me that my day does not go well if i start it out on the computer. so while it might seem good in theory for me to get my studying or homework or research done first thing in the morning while the little dove is asleep, in reality, it just leads to sluggishness and procrastination for the rest of the day.

2) i would like to spend more time intentionally out doors with little dove. like 3 hours a day, no matter the weather. this is going to be a CHALLENGE (who wants to be outside while its raining) and i think it will be something we work up to over time as she grows older. but i have been reading alot about forest kindergartens and schools and man, there is just so much goodness to be gleaned from spending regular time outdoors.

3) i would like to have some type of intentional time with her everyday, reading, playing, tickling, dancing and singing (we already do these things, but i want more of it) she is already so so so so big, and i just cant bare to miss anymore of it! i also want to have more time with her with her friends, so we will be hitting storytime and other toddler activities we can find.

4) id like to have more music playing. little dove loves to dance. i long for old town school of music, and the wiggle worm class.

5)winter is coming. in order to stay sane, i need to exercise daily, and see friends at least twice a week. also i will be (hopefully) volunteering in the garden house 4 hours a week, and that will greatly help.

6) the farmer and i have worked out a rotating schedule giving us each a night of free time, a date night, and a family night. we are on week two, and i like it so far.

7) the farmer and i do better if we ride our bikes. it makes our lives happier and our breaths feel like living instead of sustaining. so even though we are strapped for time, we will be riding bikes more often, even in the winter.

8) the dog needs to be walked twice a day, since he has apparently gotten abit portly.

9) on thursday i have class and dove goes to her grandparents.

10) we need to have shabbat. we got rid of it because we were too strapped for time and it is aweful . everything about life is better if we have that day. look to the next post, it will be about what we do for shabbat.
thats all for now, here is what i think it looks like.

645- wake up, help the farmer get off to work, read and pray together, drink coffee (on the porch?)
730-9ish (whenever dove wakes up) – take care of the animals, clean whatever needs to be cleaned, start preperations for supper (ie start beans, thaw dough, whatever) make us both breakfast
9-12 go for a walk, hang out in the garden, visit friends, play in the park, work on the yard, sing songs, play together.
12-1 eat lunch, get ready for a nap.
spend the rest of the afternoon in quiet time, i can study and do my work while she sleeps, and work on handicrafts and supper when she wakes up. we should have music during this afternoon part, and supper should be ready when the farmer gets home.

our evenings vary, but right now its this
monday- we rotate. this week its a date. last week was farmers alone time, he went out on the kayack
tuesday- farmer has class and i have neighborhood group. this will change up as we take on a leadership role and start our own group.
wednesday- we rotate between dinnernight at jim and dannis (YUM) and haivng a night off (NICE)
thursday- is our study night, and we throw in whatever meetings we need to have here sometimes
friday-extra study night if we need it, preperations for shabbat and for me to work on saturday
saturday- i work, farmer and the dove hang out and we have worship, which is when our shabbat starts
sunday- is our shabbat, and sunday night we break it with a meal (with friends?) and then prep for work on monday.

things that need to get done more-
handiwork and mending ( i have a thousand half started projects and lots of mending to do
prepping food- i want more food made and waiting, like burritos and such so there is plenty of grab and go options
outside time.
walking the dog.
sounds good. hold me too it.

a night away

April 13, 2010

The Farmer and I will meet our 3rd anniversary on Thursday, so we celebrated a little early by spending a night in the Raddison Hotel, in downtown here. Little Dove stayed at her grandparents. (her first night away from both of us!)

It was a little hairy- the first thing the Farmer did was break the bed- now hold your thoughts! It was a temperpedic sleep number bed, and we all know how he loves gadgets. So he jumps in the bed and turns the bed all the way down till hes in a puddle of mattress. The bed promptly turns off and stops working. We spent a few minutes trying to fix it and then decided to try and ignore it- bad idea, we ended up both in the puddle. A little shifting of the mattress turn the machine back on just as we were about to sheepishly call the front desk. The rest of our stay was uneventfull (i mean, it was amazing. but in all the ways that dont need to be shared here!) but we have decided to stick with midgrade hotels from now on, i think they just try harder! The Radisson was nice, but now omg nice, and everything was super expensive (outgoing calls cost fifty cents! continental breakfast was ten bucks!) and we were not amazed. But it was nice, and the pool was nice and the room clean and spacious, and the cable worked, so really thats all we went for.

little dove did well her first night away from us, ran her grandparents ragged and ate a ton of food (this is normal) and was mostly very sweet. which surprises me, since her front two teeth are breaking in, and she’s a real beast.