Stories of My Life

What is FOSS?

I’m speaking at Utah Open Source conference next weekend. Yes, it will be a geekfest, but to say FOSS is only for geeks is like saying cupcakes are only for bakers. This is a cupcake I made recently. I found a frosting recipe online, tweaked it to my liking, and then shared my changes with […]

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Oh, snap.

There’s a Russian superstition saying it’s terrible luck to step outside without looking in a mirror first. I’m thinking they might be right. This morning, I deliberately put on jeans before rushing the kids to school. I wanted to pick up a few items at the grocery store, but figured with my feral hair, painted […]

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Ashley Judd on looksim

I have newfound respect for Ashely Judd. Ladies, we are so much more than how we look — but how can we, let alone the men in our lives, ever come to believe it when we’re constantly picking apart how other women look, too? Ashely Judd writesthat she tries very hard to not let her […]

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Fitness pep-talk for a friend

When I hear my friends harshly criticizing themselves, I have to ask, “Would you treat a friend that way if they were struggling with the same thing?” Well, I’m going to have to take some of my own advice this time. There’s a girl I know who is absolutely gorgeous — judging by how often […]

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A campaign against Mental Illness?

You might have seen it. It’s an ad where teens have labels stuck on them with various psychiatric disorders. They peel off the labels to reveal their special talents: “20 Million Kids & Adolescents are labeled with “mental disorders” that are based solely on a checklist of behaviors. There are no brain scans, x-rays, genetic or blood […]

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Pi Day Celebration

“It’s Pi-day! Pi-day! Fun fun fun!” Thus began our morning. I told the kids it was 3.14 day; also Albert Einstein’s Birthday. Ethan said it was like the birthday of math and relativity. Mary said, “eh, not exactly.” But both agreed it was a GREAT day to play math games. Try estimating the circumference of […]

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Habit & Character

I found this quote the other day when I was going through moving boxes in the basement: Character cannot be summoned at the moment of crisis if it has been squandered by years of compromise and rationalization. The only testing ground for the heroic is the mundane. The only preparation for that one profound decision […]

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Education: Birth Control & Self Control

Note: I’m just cross posting my facebook status and a few of my comments so my thoughts are easy to find later on. If you’d like to share or comment, please do. You might have heard Utah passed an abstinence-only education bill. Regardless of what you believe schools should be required to teach, I thought […]

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Freeze & Bake with Pyrex?

I’ve been googling my eyes out trying to find out if it’s safe to freeze food in pyrex then put it directly in the oven (still in the pyrex, of course) when I want to warm up the food. I’d think that would make cooking for my little brood much more convenient without having to […]

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I painted my glasses red.

If you know me well, you might have noticed that the ‘tortise shell’ design on my very cheap glasses started to peel long ago. The scratchty/peeling surface left looked something like hard water deposits. Honestly, at first I thought they were hard water deposits. I probably should have taken a before picture… sorry. Sometimes I […]

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Inclusive Dieting

So, I found some of the weight I’d lost last year. Actually, some of that gain was on purpose: as it turns out, it’s rather nice to have something soft to sit on. I’m starting to accept that maybe I should just like myself the size I am, so long as I am healthy and […]

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