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Census Meme

A lot can change in 10 years! This is where I was living, and with whom, every ten years into the past.

1971: my parents were still in high school, had not yet met
1981: living in Middleton, WI, with my mom & brother (I think my parents separated that year), one cat (Princess)
1991: living in Madison, WI, with my mom and three cats (Princess, Cassie, and Black Pearl)
2001: living in Tewksbury, MA, married, with one child, one dog (Kizzy)
2011: living in Tewksbury, MA, married, three kids, two dogs (Gromit and now Clewe!)
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Seeking Guest Speaker for 5th/6th-graders on Peru, Guatemala, or Zambia

Seth's Social Studies teacher is looking for guest speakers for their unit on "Global Action".  They are studying South America, Central America, and Africa, focusing on Peru, Guatemala, and Zambia.  They are especially looking for people with expertise in those specific countries, but would love to talk to anyone with connections these continents. 

They are also interested in having a guest speaker who has experience with international development or NGOs abroad.

The timeslot for guest speakers is Wednesdays from 12 - 1 pm and 1-2 pm.  You would be speaking to four classes of 5th and 6th graders at the Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA.

Although I have not been to any of these interesting places, I thought there maybe-just-might be someone in my circle of friends (or friends of friends) who has traveled more than I, and would be willing to share their experiences. I would be happy to take you out to lunch before or after :).

You can ask me more questions, or contact Seth's teacher directly -- Sara Krakauer (skrakauer at innovationcharter dot org).
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What Makes Everything Better? Puppies!

Today I visited some of Gromit's relatives -- specifically, a litter of Border Collie puppies from Gromit's mom, Fflur (different dad, so the pups are half-siblings to Gromit).  All the snow and cold lately has made me grouchy, but hanging out with puppies for a few hours really makes me a happy person!  I visited last weekend with Eli in tow -- but forgot my camera.  Today, I had Seth and Julian along, as well as my camera!  

So, without further ado, I present you with Lots of Pictures of Baby Border Collies to brighten your snowbound weekend:

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RIP Kizzy: Nov 1997 - Jan 8, 2011

0981 Kizzy in winter

Dear Kizzy,

When I got you I knew nearly nothing about dogs. You looked like a cute little spaniel-retriever-something mix, and I thought, "Sure, I can handle that." Imagine my surprise when you grew a long nose and a thick coat, and turned out to be a Chow-Border Collie (or maybe Aussie)-something mix.

rachel and kizzy puppy

I have to be truthful! You were a difficult dog. Reactive towards other dogs, and suspicious of strangers, I had to learn a lot about dogs because of you. I probably would not be a dog trainer today if it weren't for you, so I owe you a great debt. Thank you for bearing with me over the years, as I gradually began to understand that you did not enjoy outings or meeting new people, and would be very happy to just stay home. Thank you for taking agility classes with me, even though you really didn't want to. Thank you for tolerating the occasional foster dog, and for (mostly) accepting that Gromit was here to stay.

1758 G and K on playset

1780 G and K romp

You have been a good family dog in many ways. You never needed a lot of attention or work, and were content to hang around the house. You rarely destroyed the boys' Webkinz and other toys, even though they were always lying around everywhere. (I will forgive you your crayon and army guy habit.) You saw us bring home three babies, and somewhere around the time they started tossing food to you from their highchairs, you forgave us. You've taught each of them to Respect the Dog, providing timely (and highly inhibited) (and justly deserved) nips to each of them in their turn.

2254 J trains Kizzy

0573 Henry boys and dogs

We will miss you next summer when we open the pool, and you aren't there to monitor the situation and show us the exit. I'll think of you every time someone walks by the house, and you aren't there to bark.

8589 Kizzy after a dip

2032 B&W Kizzy

One last thing .... I would really love to know, what did you find under the stairs??

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New Knitting Blog: Remily Knits

I've started a new blog of knitterly goodness to promote my knit designs: Remily Knits. If you're one of my knitting friends, please check it out! I plan on posting about three times a week, with pattern & yarn reviews, tips & tricks, and (naturally) sneak peeks at my upcoming patterns.  

If you know someone who knits and think they might like my stuff -- please point them my way! 
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seeking girl aviator/air pirate for knitting photo shoot

I figure either someone I know, or a friend of someone I know, might be able to help me out ... I'd like to photograph my new knitting design in it's natural habitat :). The project is a lacy aviator scarf, in two versions. I'm done with the first (lacier) version -- see photo below. The other (sturdier) version will be done in about a week.

My sketch of the design shows what I'd like for the photo shoot -- perfect world, a woman, in a bomber jacket, with an aviator helmet and goggles. Not willing to be photographed, but willing to loan props?  Still awesome.

I should say up front, this is NOT a professional operation -- the photographer will likely be myself or a photographer friend (to whom I'm trading knitting for her time and skills), and we'll be outdoors somewhere (I'm thinking of a windswept beach).  In payment, I can offer the model/prop owner some knitting, possibly even one of the sample scarves, if you like them.  (They go to the knitting company first, but they'll come back to me in a month or two and can be gifted then.)

Timeline: very tight. I want to do this in the next two weeks.  Must be near-ish to Boston.

So .. any leads, anyone?

1306 aviator scarf (lace weight) aviator scarf sketch