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  • The Making of a Home
    family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Thursday December 20 2007 By Sarah Grave of the fruitflies A few weeks ago we had a major outbreak of fruitflies and it was really gross I scrubbed the sink and the counters with my new favorite magical cleaning and laundry product to no avail So to the internet I went copying some search terms from Defective Yeti s similar battle back in August Though I enjoyed the hostile tone of the first fruitfly trap listed on this page Crush each fruitfly with your fingertips I ended up going with the extremely popular on google and less hands on funnel trap Basically you take a jar and put some apple cider vinegar and a few drops of soap in it The soap apparently breaks the surface tension of the vinegar to make it easier to fall into Create a cone out of paper and tape it closed Put the cone in the jar cutting off its

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  • The Making of a Home
    category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Monday November 19 2007 By Sarah Surprise Brunch Last weekend I threw Sandy an extremely tiny surprise party to augment his birthday celebrations Since I am an unbelievably bad liar I wanted to do something as simple as possible I decided that it would be easier to have people just show up at our house rather than trying to get Sandy to someplace at a certain time We used to do this in college all the time it would be your birthday and then over the course of an hour all your friends would just happen to drop by and your roommates would just happen to have a mini fridge full of beer and some chips Surprise Until of course we d done it so many times that it wasn t surprising at all The only trick was that I needed to be absolutely sure that Sandy wouldn t just decide to go to a coffeeshop or take a run at exactly the time our friends were expected Matthew offered to be my shill Are you all booked up this weekend Wanna geek out with our MacBooks Say around 10 30 tomorrow I m trying to get mine all cool and set up for work I would also like to ask you some questions as I begin to navigate my way around CMSs mySQL and PHP if you wouldn t mind Matthew worried that perhaps the email was over the top Would

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  • The Making of a Home
    neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday November 7 2007 By Sarah Making stuff I like to make stuff as you may have gathered Here s what I ve been working on lately 1 The sweater that will never be finished that I ll still be knitting when I m very very old It started out as one of these though charcoal grey not red but then I hated the way the bottom looked hated the elbow length sleeves and set it down for almost a year Then I ripped half of it out Now it s got full length sleeves and a straight body But it needs a collar I m running out of yarn and the thought of knitting those 500 stitch rows all the up and down the front is giving me carpal tunnel syndrome of the brain So I m taking a break In happier craft news 2 The sweater that I finished very quickly I broke the curse of some 15 year old red wool by turning it into a sweater for a Red Sox loving little guy I even got it to him before the Sox had finished sweeping the series Hey I sewed a zipper into a knit sweater That s kind of cool 3 A hat that I finished even quicker Like almost on a single plane ride to San Francisco Knitting baby hats is the key to easy satisfaction 4 Freezer paper stencils Everyone else in the craft world caught onto this a while ago It took some doing to track down freezer paper of all places I found it at the strange supermarket next to the JoAnn s on Elston

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  • The Making of a Home
    category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Tuesday October 30 2007 By Sandy Don t tell Mom the babysitter s dead tired Our friends with kids don t seem to believe it when we offer to babysit A task usually reserved for surly teenagers and here we are offering to give up our perfectly pleasant non diaper filled night for it That apparently borders on insanity Not for us Maybe it s because our friends have produced the most delightful progeny imaginable It s their fault for making it so damn appealing Last night we babysat for little Henry the First We know of two baby Henrys and Jill and Brian s arrived first I m proud to say that the kid had a blast with us and vice versa So much in fact that despite exhausting himself in the first half hour from all the running around he forced himself to stay up well beyond his bedtime in order to continue playing with us This combustible decision resulted in a riotous hour of kiddie bipolarity swinging from giddy playfulness to wailing and back again within a matter of minutes Note for next time don t ingratiate ourselves so much Fourteen months is a great age Active enough to play with toys and engage in simple games but too young to understand curse words He seemed to take to the computer when we brought it out which bodes well for his prospects as either an international superstar multimedia artist

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  • The Making of a Home
    have found your blog I Send us a note Search the site View by category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding

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    category The city The cooking The crafts The emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Wednesday October 3 2007 By Sarah Another post about being thirty something I spent some time tonight searching through old books trying to track down a reference Levi and I discussed last week I didn t find the reference but I did find a strange record of myself ten years ago Ten years ago if the carefully underlined passages in my books are to be believed I was really really lonely From Anita Brookner s Providence She saw her life all physical geography removed as an inexorable progress toward further loneliness From Doris Lessing s The Golden Notebook Alone frightened to be alone without resources running from an exciting city because I haven t the moral energy to ring up any one of a dozen people who would be pleased if I did or at least might turn out to be pleased

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  • The Making of a Home
    emotions The engagement The entertaining The family The food The games the history The home The kids the letters The life The neighborhood The neighbors the new tricks The obsessions the parenthood The pets The photography The possessions the pregnancies The relationship the talking The travelling The wedding RSS Atom Tuesday October 2 2007 By Sandy She knits he bikes When I ran into my cousins at the end of the Apple Cider Century this weekend and told them about how I was riding with Luke and Levi while all of our better halves were spending the weekend knitting in a rented house in Saugatuk they summed it up nicely What a thirty something thing to do It s true we ve reached that part of our lives where the wives are running off together for the weekend while the men spend our bachelor time doing something athletic Except in our case it was Saugatuk and knitting instead of Vegas and gambling and it was biking 62 miles around the local streets of southwestern Michigan not heading to the Northwoods to fish Our Sundays Nor did we men spend the whole weekend engaged in a marathon of male bonding We didn t even see each other until Sunday With all of women gone each of us did very close to the same thing on Saturday but separately read watch movies write on our computers and generally stay out of society That in itself is very thirty something behavior or at least being comfortable with it is and I for one welcome our Saturdays of peace Because both parties were in Michigan Sunday we arranged to meet at dinnertime in New Buffalo for some tasty Redamak s cheeseburgers As the men parked the car and got out we saw the ladies

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  • The Making of a Home
    the kayak trip they gave us as a wedding present done There was some practical advice for life Go visit Jeremy and Catherine Morse presumably from Jeremy and Catherine Morse Next time you have 7 4 offsuit go all in with it Trust me from Secho May Sarah never again purchase a skein of yarn that may only be wound by hand from Donna It s a long story interesting only to knitters suffice it to say that it s good advice Eat cheesecake lollipops on all of your anniversaries from Jill Man I wish we could take this advice One of my youth program grads who was manning the kids area had some advice about dealing with family which well it s possible she was projecting I thought it would be nice to remind you because family and friends can be frustrating at times that you are incredibly fortunate to have a bevy of people who adore you even if it seems like they re being difficult I just wanted to remind you to be patient and forgiving toward anyone who might be driving you up the wall right now An anonymous note probably from Warner gave this valuable if confusing advice Like Bob and Tom sing about Sex cures it There s no such thing as too much just take it one at a time Take what one at a time Never mind Don t answer that And important wishes and plans for our future Here s hoping you have the longest road and the largest army Or at least a monopoly on ore from Lucas H Conrad s map took on more detail There were lovely memories of the wedding and sweet words about our love Asya my college roomate said I will never forget how you

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