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Good blogs to check out

If you are looking for something good to read today, you should check out these blogs. Wayward Spark is written by my friend Camille who lives in the area. She is doing a whole week talking about food preservation! Then you should hop over to: An Austin Homestead (Miranda recently relocated here). Miranda is an […]

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Camille - September 20, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Thanks for the boost, Kara!


Hey Friends, We are having tons of fun with family and cousins this week, so I will not be blogging a ton in the next week. We’re just trying to soak up all of the fun we can before school starts! I hope you all are doing the same!

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Amanda N - August 16, 2011 - 8:19 pm

So that’s why I haven’t been able to get a hold of you! Have fun and call me when you can. Unfortunately, I start work tomorrow. Boo hoo.

kara - August 21, 2011 - 4:09 pm

Amanda, I will call you in the next few days!!

You Are Your Garden

A cute little bell pepper.  Our beans are coming on strong.  Oh please don’t tell me it’s another year of a million green tomatoes. We need more sun to ripen those babies. A shot of part of the garden and the chicken coop. Look, we grew our very own cabbage patch doll.  Don’t you just […]

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EmmaJ - July 26, 2011 - 3:50 am

This is funny! My garden would say that I try very hard to be organized and have order, but that there are things in my life that I can’t control (my zucchini, squash, and melons are all just growing wild. I am not sure what the tomato rot says about me, but it sure if frustrating!

Amanda N - July 26, 2011 - 8:37 am

What would you say about those of us who don’t garden?

Sarabeth - July 26, 2011 - 1:16 pm

Mine is pretty organized but way too full…I just want to cram in as much as I possibly can and get the most out of our small garden space. I have tomatos, carrots, green beans, cucumber, peas, and zucchini all in a 13 X 5 raised bed.

Which does translate to real life for me…there’s so much good in life that I just want to experience/have it all (hobbies, fun outings/trips, etc.). Goes back to quality vs. quantity and finding the place where you have a maximum of each. Whoa, that was deep :)

Kara Jimenez - July 26, 2011 - 2:20 pm

I think my garden says “Can’t catch up with everything that needs done.” Because I didn’t plant anything this year. I have my chickens and the perennials that come back on their own. Raspberries, cherries, plums and grapes. I usually use the excuse that I just had a baby a few months ago but you have one too so I guess that doesn’t work lol. Maybe next year.

Kara Jimenez - July 26, 2011 - 2:21 pm

By the way the cabbage patch doll joke was very cute.

kara - July 26, 2011 - 4:52 pm

I think that the rot says you live in a humid place, and nothing more than that :).
It depends on if you don’t garden because you don’t have any interest at all or because you feel like you don’t have extra time. A question for you. Does the idea of sinking your hands into some wet soil sound more fun or more stressful for you. I will give you a free deeper garden analysis the next time we chat on the phone :). Ahh… the perks of being my friend :).
I love your analysis. You are an organized person who maybe puts too much on your plate. I totally agree with the quantity vs. quality. If you give a plant more space, it has more room to grow. Last year we had a properly spaced tomato plant that produced as much as 3 plants that were squished together.
I think that my garden also says that I can’t catch up with everything. Yay for perrinials to make you feel like a gardener… even if you didn’t have to do a bunch of work. That is the best.

Vanity Fair-Proust Questionnaire

My sister  Heather clipped a couple of random “Proust Questionnaires” from the end of her Vanity Fair magazines to give me ideas of questions to use for my interviews. The questions are asked to different famous people each issue. Since I am positive that I will never answer the questions in Vanity Fair magazine, I […]

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Wendy M. - July 12, 2011 - 8:42 am

Good questions! I enjoyed reading your answers. I will jump in and answer a couple…

My greatest extravagance would be my certainly-not-low-flow shower head. Darin is always telling me the powers-that-be in Corvallis are going to come to our house and confiscate it because it is sooo not environmentally friendly! I’m all about good water pressure in the shower and this one is amazing. (In my defense, I gave up paper towels and paper napkins years ago…this is how I can justify it in my mind.)

The words I overuse would be “yeah” and “um”, much to my grandma’s dismay. :-) I really wish I could break the habit, especially so my kids don’t grow up saying those words.

What I value in friends is loyalty and dependability. I’ve had to disconnect myself from people who repeatedly failed in these categories, but I just don’t have time for people I cannot count on. I really try to live by this as well and hope that these are characteristics my friends might use to describe me.

kara - July 12, 2011 - 9:14 am

I definitely would not describe you as an exravagent person Wendy, so I feel good about the shower head :). I forgot one more fancy thing I do for myself is I often buy myself flowers when I am at trader joes. I just love my house with fresh flowers. I’ve never noticed that you say “Yeah” and “um” way too much, so even if you do, it isn’t noticeable (maybe I say them too and that’s why I don’t notice in other people. I like the traits you chose in a friend, because I feel like those two words describe you very well. Maybe we choose traits for other people that we ourselves possess? I’m glad to call you a friend Wendy!

Katrina - July 12, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Lizzy was sitting on my lap as I read this post, so I asked her some of the questions. Her greatest fear is Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, she would love to learn to ice skate, and her perfect happiness is chocolate. I like chocolate, too. :)

Sunny - July 12, 2011 - 3:44 pm

Perfect Happiness: Saturday morning in bed with husband and all three kids. Whispering, laughing, and cuddling. I would second the hour after giving birth too!

juliette - July 12, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Kara, what a great post! I love reading your answers as they seem to genuinely reflect who you are. Also, good job on your run!

kara - July 12, 2011 - 11:17 pm

I love Lizzy’s answers. Can you message me your number so I can call for a bbq sometime soon??
That sounds lovely as well.
I would love to hear your answers. Maybe I will randomly ask you questions the next time that we run!

adrienne w - July 13, 2011 - 5:54 pm

I loved reading this, Kara. I got chills when I read your answer about perfect happiness. I would never have thought about that, but it is so true. There is nothing that compares to that time right after giving birth. Bliss. Complete bliss and contentment. Thank you for putting it so perfectly!
Here’s my 3 answers:
What do you most regret?
I regret not enjoying my teen years more. I wish I would have had more fun in high school. It should have been such a carefree time, but I made life complicated and I didn’t need to. I was naturally a pretty fun person, but I got in the way of that sometimes. I wasted too much time on what I now realize were insignificant relationships.
What is your most treasured possessions?-
I don’t have many physical things I’m attached to, but I’d have to say my piano and my guitar, even though neither of them get much attention these days. My guitar was a gift from my mom in college and I love it. For Christmas one year, Denver made me a leather, sequined guitar strap with the “Superstar” on the back. It was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received!
What is it that you most dislike?-
Extremism. I think it is dangerous.

I can’t wait to hear more answers to these questions in your future interviews.

kara - July 13, 2011 - 7:16 pm

OOohh.. I love your thoughts on extremism… so true!!~!

Modern Family

Chris and I wanted to snuggle and watch a movie last night, so we thought that “Little Fockers” may be a funny movie to watch together. After 25 minutes of watching it and not laughing one time, we turned it off. I can not even describe how dumb it was, and all of the attempted […]

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EmmaJ - July 8, 2011 - 5:03 am

I love Modern Family. I would switch the order of your favorite characters though, because I love Cameron the most, and then Gloria, Jay, and Manny are lumped into the number 2 spot for me.
It isn’t on right now, but we are HUGE fans of Psych. One of the things we love the most are all the cultural references to our childhood.

Michelle - July 8, 2011 - 5:44 am

LOVE the show! Manny is DEf my favorite.

Robyn - July 8, 2011 - 8:41 am

Oh my word – there have been times that Scott and I have laughed so hard we have literally woken the kids up!

Love that Modern Family, yes we do.

Karli - July 8, 2011 - 5:00 pm

I may or may not have peed my pants watching that show. I can’t even pick a favorite character. Depends on the episode. Phil Dunfee makes me laugh so hard… maybe because he hits a little too close to home with my hubby.

Another show about a modern family is “The Middle”, with Patricia Heaton. The humor is a little different than Modern Family, so I can see how some people who like one may not like the other, but we love them both. The Middle started out a little slow, but they’ve found their groove and we find a lot of ourselves in their characters.

christa - July 8, 2011 - 5:52 pm

i love modern family too! cam is by far my favorite and phil.
did you see the show happy endings? it is hilarious…lots of quick wit. i think you’d like it.

Sonia - July 8, 2011 - 7:55 pm

I love Modern Family! All the characters are great, but if pressed I’d have to say that Phil and Manny are my favorites.

kara - July 8, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Jay has grown on me more and more, and Chris loves Manny the most. Never heard of Psych… I’ll have to check it out!
Glad to hear another couple bonds over modern family :).
Oh, I so hope you did pee your pants watching it :). Phil is great too, and he also reminds me of Chris. Okay, so I tried watching “the middle” one time, and I just didn’t think that it was funny. Did you like it immediately , or did it grow on you? I’m willing to give it one more shot :).
I am going to check into Happy Endings on Hulu!

Melissa Knowles - July 9, 2011 - 3:27 pm

Kara, I love Modern Family too! It is my favorite show on TV by far. The half hour goes by way too fast. I would have to say that sometimes I see a little of myself in Claire and Chris is Phil (is that embarassing?!) By the way, Cam is my favorite!

kara - July 9, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Even though I may seem laid back-ish… I see a lot of Claire in myself and Chris does too. I think that only husbands are “privaleged” enough to see the really uptight/stress out side of wives. Chris totally reminds me of Phi too. On one of the last episodes, Phil busted out singing a mo-town song. Chris and I died laughing, because Chris had busted out the exact song the day before while dancing just like Phil :).

juliette - July 9, 2011 - 8:45 pm

I love a funny movie. Let me know if you see any. It’s hard to find good comedies.
I recommend “Lars and the Real Girl” if you haven’t seen it. I loved it.
And, Kara, you don’t seem laid-back-ish.

kara - July 9, 2011 - 9:20 pm

I really liked “Lars and the Real Girl.” I love how loving the brother and sister in law are. Oh no, hopefully I don’t come across as Claire Dunphee, although I suppose she has her good traits too.

Amanda N. - July 16, 2011 - 9:19 pm

love that show…and Cam is my favorite!