2.03.2011

today peter pan walked around all day with a q-tip stuck in his beard


i don't think he minded it a bit.

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  1. Im one of the newbies, and I think you're GREAT! All of you that is, husband and sweet sweet baby too.
    I think its the difference in life that has me reading yours and other women like you blogs.
    But maybe we are all more similar than what it seems, and thats why im reading them? I mean, I like hambhurgers too!
    So thanks Natalie - thanks for sharing your life/home with us and thanks for making me laugh.
    You're a damn good blogger lady.
    xo

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  2. Okay, so I have a confession to make. I have spent the last three days going back in your archives and reading every post you've written from August 2010 to now. Embarrassing? Flattering? I think your writing is clever and funny and I just love reading your posts. You are just delightful. We should totally be friends.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I hope you weren't bothered by the feisty comments that some people left about "career bloggers" and such. I want you to know that I don't place you in that category at all! I think you're fabulous, and what's more, you honestly seem very genuine. I like that your blog is cute and funny while still being very real. Anyway, loved your comment - especially the part about Twilight... I TOTALLY know what you're talking about! Hahaha.

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  3. Ha, I have another confession to make - I wrote that first comment before reading the post I was commenting on. Funny how appropriate it was to the actual post! ;)

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  4. Happy to be here! Love it. Came with the blogger 'Blog of Note' and stayed for like EVER it seems. Love it here.

    The the Holbs dude should lighten up. This is often comedy gold. :oP

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  5. i am a newbie too. i just want to tell you i came across your blog bc of the mormon mom blog article. i'm a purebred atheist and only clicked as a joke to myself. i dont know what i was expecting. but you have wowed me. i love everything you write. you currently live in an area i love, near an apartment my great aunt used to live in (thats now for sale! on 70th and central park w but no dogs allowed! damned co-op) and even the pictures of the street brings me back to a place i call my home away from home. thank you for surprising me and i'll always be reading.

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  6. Well I'm a newbie......'cept I'm old. But anywayz, please tell the holbsauce that you're never gonna start using the shift key. There's only so many hours in a day and you really shouldn't be expected to use it.

    It's cute blog and you make me laugh a lot!

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  7. Haha, I am a newbie too and I love your blog, too! I think you are an excellent writer! And your baby is adorable.

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  8. Hahaha, that's a Terrier for you!

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  9. Bah! The shift key it totally overrated.. so overrated that I use it, but only out of habit. Honestly, you are a bright spot in my day.. thank you!

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  10. Hmm, it would be interesting to see how people found you. I'm assuming a lot of the newbies came via the Salon article or one that responded to it, but how did the oldies get here? I'm not one for a call-and-respond post, but now that there's so much hype around you and other Mormon bloggers, it'd be fun to see how we all landed here (and never left).

    I'm picturing potential development of flow charts and VIN diagrams from the results...

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  11. I am totally loving your blog, it's clever, entertaining and random!!

    And I'm totally one of those people that found your blog because others were talking about the Mormon mommy blogger thing.

    Whatev......you rock :))

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  12. Hello! I'm new here too, because my girl Gala Darling mentioned 'Mormon Housewife Blogs'. And I have been reading your archives, too. (Up to November 09 at the moment.) I'm so pleased I'm reading your story backwards, because I KNOW you have a baby! (I mean, honestly, WHEW!!) Love your work, love that you write so fantastically well about home and husbands and family and everything that so many of us deal every single day, Mormon or not. (I'm not.) X! and also O!

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  13. I've commented once or twice, but have been reading your blog faithfully for a while now. It makes me happy. Thank you!

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  14. I'm new, too, bc a Mormon friend/ cousin (I have a surprising number of these) posted the salon article, just for a laugh, and I love love love this blog. Probably mostly because your pics of your baby are so cute.

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  15. Nat-
    I cannot believe I've gone this long without your blog. It is charming, I love how you write and that I can just think of some of your posts and laugh all day. You are like a modern, witty, Anne Frank, for real. I love you!

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  16. My dear niece-in-law (isn't that what i should call the dearest girl who married by dearest nephew?) recommended your blog and i've been "lurking" and enjoying myself for a week or so now. LOVE your blog. Thank YOU for all this!

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  17. psh, pushing the shift key is a waste of a calorie. i found your blog because of the article too, but i'm actually a mormon too. what up? i think its fun here too, and i actually think your blog is refreshing (in the mormon mommy blog arena, anyways). also, that sounds like something that my husband would say (about the post being ok...hahaha)

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  18. so...we just moved to UT (Layton area) from TX and I had to spend a gift card to get a pedicure tonight and the girl who did it is planning to move to NY with a bunch of friends. I told her -- you should check this blog and read the comments about good places to live in NY. I'm a horrible writer, love to read blogs though!
    steff
    osteff@gmail.com

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  19. Been reading since your blog was on Blogger Blogs of Note. Mostly because we have the same first name, and as a woman once told me, "All Natalies are pretty," hopefully meaning, pretty awesome.

    I do like me some shift key though. Especially when I capitalize randomly, i.e. "Thoughts of the Day," "Best Thing Ever," and "really good Cheese."

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  20. All this talk about hamburgers makes me want to start a blog about eating hamburgers. Actually, there is probably already a blog about that. Yup, google tells me there are lots of hamburger blogs.

    Anyway, you have a wonderfully entertaining AND real blog. I think I'll stick around, hamburgers or no.

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  21. I'm a newbie and I literally laugh out loud while reading your blog. Most of the time I have to read out loud to my hubby when he asks what I'm giggling about. Thanks for the giggles and entertainment. The q-tip is hilarious.

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  22. Oh, I've been reading for ages and I think I creep my husband out because I will mention things you did as if we are family members or something. "Natalie went to the Met today!" Okay, it actually scares me a little too. I love love love your blog and never miss it.

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  23. honestly, i hadn't even noticed you weren't capitalizing things until you mentioned so... is that bad? maybe you're posts are just so good that you don't NEED to follow grammatical rules!

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  24. by the way,
    bumbo = amazing

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  25. Been around since the Moscow days. Been around since the I'm never gonna have a baby days. Congrats again by the way. And if there is one thing or two about you and the Holbsmate that is clear to me, it's that you are real, not fake, and 3. lie is such an ugly word isn't it. For what it's worth, this is where I come to get a quick laugh before I choke down my Tazo Chai and hit the rack. Keep doin' what you're doin' Holbsrodent, we faithful will keep coming back.

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  26. I would be one of those noobs. I am a mormon (LDS), almost a mommy, and I blog frequently about random things. Is that the criteria for a Mormon Mommy Blogger? Oh crap... After reading the interesting article I spent the remainder of the evening, laughing until I cried going through your archives. Especially at any posts about dogs, we have two golden retriever children. Then I did actually cry, the sad, understanding kind at your journey to motherhood. Because that was me for the last three years... now expecting... FINALLY!!! So I suppose cheers to you for your creativity and willingness to share. The dream is real and achievable.

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  27. ladies and gentlemen, thank your.
    you are awesome.

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  28. Natalie!

    This post makes me so feel special because I am one of the newbies that you emailed today! Thank you so much for the response, it made my day, really it did.

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  29. It was driving me nuts cause I couldn't remember what "Thank your" was from until I read the above comment and suddenly it came to me . . . aaaahhh. What a relief.

    Nat, I feel a little more justified in lurking because I knew you when you (and I) were shorter. But I admit that I have to catch myself sometimes in conversation and make sure I say, "I was reading a FRIEND'S blog" instead of, "I was reading this blog I follow" because it makes me feel less like a stalker.

    I took offense when people said that Mormon mommy blogs were fake. I don't think they seem fake OR perfect. So what if people take pictures of their house when it's clean? If I were to take a picture of my apartment, I would probably choose to do it when it was clean (which is about 65% of the time . . . right now is not in that 65%).

    Anyway, I like reading your blog so thank you.

    Also, in my latest post I started a list of must see old movies. I'd love any input as I know I've missed a ton.

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  30. Thank your.

    Is she sweating? She's touching herself. She's sweating.

    As am I because I am in Adelaide and it's about 120 degrees, I'm 9 months pregnant and the evaporative cooling just isn't cutting the mustard! Thank your for your ever entertaining blog about cue tips and other such nonsense. And your lovely cooling pictures of snow!

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  31. I haven’t ever posted before but I stumbled upon your blog a little over a year ago (still don’t remember exactly how). I was going through an incredibly rough time and the first blog that I read of yours made me laugh, I spent the next 3 hours reading more of your material and it made a huge difference in my attitude about things. Your writing was a bright spot at a very low point and I have been coming back ever since. I always love seeing new posts and they still brighten up my day even though things have turned around completely and I’m happier than I have ever been before. Thank you for sharing your life with us, your stories make a difference, YOU make a difference.

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  32. I'm not exactly new, I started reading after C.Jane blogged about your cute onesie, but I haven't ever commented on your blog (a resolution for the new year I am trying to change!). One of the reasons I love to read your blog is because I never know what I'm going to get when I click on your page!

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  33. Hey Natalie, I've been lurking around here for quite a while now...could it be a year? i guess it must be. Maybe even longer. I found you cause i clicked on the BON archive and i thought the name of your blog sounded funny so i opened it and then i just HAD TO stick around. You know you shouldn't thank anyone...we're here not as some kind of favour to you but because we want to, so actually i think it should be the other way around: I thank YOU for sharing, for all the witty writing, also for the nonsensical and the occasional insightful. Thank YOU. You even taught me some new words so cheers! oh and I don't see why some people have to make such a fuss about your blog and others like it, you know calling them names (i.e. fake and such) like mean kids in kindergarten...at first when i started reading your blog i had no idea you were a Mormon, actually i had no idea what a Mormon was, i never even heard the word (don't blame me here,I don't think Mormonism is all that popular in Italy). Then as i kept on reading your blog you'd sporadically mention something about your faith so i found out you were a Mormon (more like i found out the whole concept if you get what i mean). But what's that to do with anything? Your blog is about who you are, and your faith is part of who you are, it seems only natural that you should talk about it at times. And why should one call your blog fake because it's all shiny and happy? and so are the other blogs of Mormon ladies? Maybe they ARE all shiny and happy...ever thought of that? I'm all shiny and happy most of the time and if i decide to write a post (too bad it's very rarely) i'd rather do it when i am (all shiny and happy i mean)...what's wrong with that? how's that fake? Anyone who really read your blog would know it from fake, i don't think it could get any more real: dog-poop? hamburgers? struggling with infertility? married life? cute baby Huck? come on you even talked about his 'gassy nature' in here...i'd say that is just life. Your life. And it is about as real as it gets. Thanks again. :-)

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  34. I've got to be honest with you- your blog is the reason I am not all that productive at work (thankfully i have access to your blog while there!). I read post after post after post- it could go on for hours really. It saves me in the time of sheer boredom. so thank YOU. Your blog really is "inspiring" and "uplifting" It makes me smile out loud when i read. I look forward to your new posts daily :) wow i sound like a creeper haha. anyways I think you have a great little family and your so great at writing

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  36. check out all of us newbies coming out of the woodwork! I too adore your blog - Your adventures in NYC inspire me and make me want to live in the big city!
    My hubby does the same critiquing of my posts so I totally relate. They love them and they know it!
    Thanks for sharing your life!

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  37. I really like your blog! I (probably like a few other people) saw that article in Salon. I recently started mommy blogging myself, which is why I was sent the article. I super like your style and voice, and look forwarded to reading you every day! :o)

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  38. No, thank your! (nice 'you've got mail' reference)
    I'm a newbie and am really enjoying your blog!

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  39. I should tell you, a combination of desperately missing my spring/summer/fall walks and being inspired by your posts about wrestling a stroller over snow mounds gave me the energy to go for a long (cold) errand walk with my daughter in stroller yesterday! so, thanks! we both needed it.

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  40. I randomly landed on your blog a couple of months ago. Maybe through a link somewhere. That would require long-term memory, so moving on. You have a great sense of humor, and no, reading about your life does not make me depressed. Unless we live in opposite world. I come here because it makes me laugh, and let's face it, your baby is so darn cute. Who would not want to see him dressed up in suspenders and a wooly cap?

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  41. I discovered your blog by way of the Salon article...and then proceeded to spend much of last week like a creepy stalker, reading through the entirety of your archives.

    I've read Nie Nie and CJane previously, but never really got hooked. I do follow one other LDS blogger and have definitely added you to the list.

    Thank your, ladies and gentlemen!

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  42. Ah, the q-tip in the beard... my dog has a beard but nothing survives for more than a millisecond that close to his jaw without getting eaten.. including q-tips. He gobbles them down so fast with a panicked look in his eye as if he thinks if he pauses too long to contemplate exactly what he's eating I will eat them first. yummy.

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  43. I have been reading since the beginning. I'm a big fan! I just like to see what kind of crazy things you are going to say, because they make me laugh. You are such a good writer and are able to bring to life the mundane and everyday. Keep up the good work. New York is lucky to have you.

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  44. I live on the edge of nowhere in the Mojave Desert. Some people think it's the middle of nowhere, but that is a little further east of us. I love hearing about your life in the big city. It feels a littl vicarious. Don't get me wrong, I love the vast vistas of the calico mountains around us and being marveled by the miracle of living things in the desert. But living in the city sounds so romantic. LOL You're a great writer.

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  45. I'm an oldbie, and I have been reading since you made Blogs of Note. And I agreed. This IS a 'blog that should be noted. Reading you makes me happy--for you and yours and for me and mine and for us, all.

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  46. My husband always likes my blog posts, maybe that's my problem. I need to write blog posts husband just finds "okay" and I'll have more readers/comments, lol.

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  47. no, thank your, dear heart! you write such fabulous musings- i love it when i see a new post by you on my blogroll. and i too share your anersion to the shift key ;)its overrated, right?! keep it comin' chica, and put up some moccasin pics cause i love those.

    xo
    lindsey
    www.lindseyandorlando.blogspot.com

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  48. anersion? AVERSION. haha. i obviously can't spell either.

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  49. ha, for all the people who think this blog is "fake, lies, and not real" Then you obviously just do not know Nat. This is Natalie to a T! I think the reason it cracks me up so much is because all the words she says I can see her saying in normal conversation.
    I miss you cuz sorry we couldnt get together when you were in town, I was looking really forward to it.

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  50. What a beautiful dog! Even with that q-tip in his beard, he's still such a handsome dog.
    Reminds me of my half mini schnauzer... she gets random things stuck in her beard all the time. She can never hide where she's been because evidence will get stuck in her pretty little beard!

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  51. This was one of my favorite posts for some reason. I'm a newbie, too, from the salon article. I haven't been able to sit down and read AlL your archives but I've sure loved what I've read! You are witty and refreshing. And you are short. Have I mentioned I feel better knowing you are short? Without realizing it, I had pictured you as being tall. Have I ever mentioned that my father-in-law admitted to me that he has to think of me as an elf, which is how I get away with being short AND cool at the same time?

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  52. Nat, I think you are sunshine.

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  53. I'm a newbie, linked to your blog by the "infamous" article about Mormon mommy bloggers. Love you, love your stuff, wanna squish Huck's cheeks.

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  54. thanks for reminding me that blogging can be fun. i was introduced to your blog from the salon article. before then, i felt like the blogs i read were very much what the author said they were -arts and crafts and flower arranging- not that i dislike those things but they do get a bit monotonous. your blog is very different though, i appreciate the authenticity. you are funny and fun but you also struggle in a relatable way. i love your blog and i am too lazy to use the shift key, too. just thought you should know that you are awesome. thanks for the posts.

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  55. I'm a newbie too! Also from that one article.
    I love your writing style and the way you make everyday things sound so adventurous. It makes me feel like maybe my life is interesting too.
    Keep up the good work!
    -M

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  56. how is it that a q-tip in peter's beard makes him even more stoic and poetic? he truly is an artistic genius :)

    maybe you could find a doggy beret for him? i think it's the finishing touch!

    xo, em

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  57. I am also a recent follower-thanks to the salon.com article:) My husband thinks I am slightly crazy that I read people's blogs when I don't even know them. I love reading your posts and think we would totally be friends if we lived close:) I feel like I can relate to so much that you write about-i have been having fertility issues for a couple of years (with my second), my husband will be starting law school this fall to go for his second graduate degree and Anthropologie is my weakness. Thanks for sharing and I hope its okay if I follow along on your adventures...

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  58. So I know that I was one of those emails that you got, but still....

    I wish that I lived in the city so we could be silly friends together....cause i'm pretty sure that if we were in the same place, we would be GREAT friends.

    My dog wishes he and Peter Pan could be best friends. I told him that he wasn't civilized enough for him....

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  59. I, like several others, came across your blog through Blogs of Note and have been stopping by ever since! Thanks so much for your witty, charming commentary on life's big and little events. It is truly a gift :-)

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  60. Thank you for all of your lovely posts. They seem very real to me. Maybe that is because I am also a short silly girl and I am pretty sure that my husband would not really enjoy my posts if I had a blog! I can't remember how I found you, think it was the cjane onesie but I can't be sure.

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  61. We say Thank Your all the time. Very few people get it. I love it when I have a fun joke with people I don't know.

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  62. Newbie here. Came upon your blog after the Salon article and wished that I'd been here all along! Your writing is so much fun to read! In my dreams I'm as funny and witty as you are. Keep it comin'!

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  63. Another newbie here too. I enjoy your blog and find it immensely comforting that I'm not the only one with a complimenting constipated husband.

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  64. I LOVE your blog!!! You are hilarious and funny and sweet and smart and beautiful and have the most adorable Huck and husband ever!! I look forward to what you write. Peter Pan had been curious I guess what with his q-tip giving him away. What is Barnaby up to? He has to be getting into mischief!
    Eileen

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  65. I am also an addict! I found you by searching the name Natalie. I think I've been following you for two years? I also have a son named Henry. He's 3 now. :)

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  66. Yet another salonewbie here! I don't feel so bad reading some of the other comments on how instantly addicting your blog was! Always a good time up in here. And this is super weird but I am obsessed with how chubsy your Huck is. I love it! Thanks for sharing bits of your life with us.
    And on the subject of whether all these blogs are real or not {my $$ is on real} I guess at the end of the day the only one who truly knows is the writer but who cares? Half the world is even more obsessed with celebrity tabloids which are certainly not real so keep on truckin Nat. We'll still be here.

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  67. Nat I just found your blog from the salon article. I have to tell you I really love your blog! Life is a little too serious for me right now and I need to laugh more than ever right now. Thank you for giving me a good laugh, you are so funny, and real, and random........I LOVE how random you are. It made me sad that people are saying mean things about you, I bet they are just jealous because you are happy! Thanks for being a little ray of REAL sunshine.

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  68. shift key, schmift key. caps are lame.

    :)

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  69. i just found your blog too, and i have to say i LOVE the pictures of your dog here. hilarious! ahh the joy of animals... :P

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  70. Did you know? You are the one who got me to start commenting on strangers' blogs. Maybe because you didn't seem like a stranger to me. :-)

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  71. So I read the Salon article this morning, and it made me happy that you're getting the attention you deserve. And I feel a bit awkward commenting as I don't really know you, but I feel like I know you. Anyhow, keep up the good work! You are uplifting! That's why I'm a fan.

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  72. I've been reading forever but just now commenting. You are my bloggy inspiration. Thanks.

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  73. Hello. I too came here from the salon.com article about hamburger bloggers. I have to admit that I have been reading through your archives and am enamoured with the way you write. Thank you for sharing little bits of your life with us including the delicious husband and baby! M xx

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