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A light year for blogging, n’est ce pas? Well, November approaches, NaBloPoMo and all, and I feel like shaking it up a little in anticipation of a return to blogging. Imagine – the address will match the title! I think it’s for the best. (Especially as it often seems no one can spell/pronounce falwyn.)


Yup, so update your feeds and all – I’ll be over there from now on. I’ll leave this blog up, but stripped down to the main page. See you over there.


We’ll see if I can get back to this later tonight and add photos or something. But for now let’s just say – we’re going to the dentist in the City, and then we’ll be visiting a couple friends and probably shopping. So many things to do – and I am NOT good at blowing through a whole bunch of stores in one go, even when I’m not hauling two kiddos along with me. But there is lunch at a Chinese buffet in my not-so-distant future, so yay!

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Remember when we (those of us who grew up in the 80s) were young? Remember how the only animated movies were Disney? Well, and a couple of usually slightly weird Don Bluth ones.

When did that change? And why exactly? Now there are tons of animated movies out there. (Even if most of them are computer animated, an entirely separate issue, perhaps I will go into it another time.) But I’m certainly glad it did change… now we have Pixar, and Kung Fu Panda, Surf’s Up, Ice Age 2, Miyazaki’s films, Madagascar, Shrek …

What’s your favorite? (Disney and non-)

I don’t know yet, what I want to say, what I want to share here about this. Only that I want to put something up, because not to feels like pretending that nothing has changed. And that would be a lie.

My husband’s stepsister Carina died last Tuesday. She was 15. It was a car accident – though late at night, alcohol was apparently not involved – just a stupid mistake that could happen to pretty much anyone – their truck flipped – and they weren’t wearing their seat belts. Please my friends and readers, wear your seat belts. You can never tell what if… but the driver was okay, just from having the steering wheel to hold onto. I think seat belts would have made a difference.

In some ways, I didn’t know her as well as I’d’ve liked, though she came up and spent the weekend with us fairly regularly. She loved to get her picture taken, and it was always either her asking, or me offering. So I had some nice shots to offer – I had some enlargements made for the funeral. I wish I had more. I wish I didn’t have to wish I had more.

I’ve witnessed some remarkable things this past weekend – heard things (good things) said between certain family members I never would’ve expected to hear; maybe most of all been touched by the huge outpouring of grief and food, paper plates and manual labor, flowers, cards, more food, and most of all love in their small town, the town where my husband (and my mother) grew up. I have felt within myself, conflicting feelings of love and faith and perspective, and yet also grief and just feeling so lost and at loose ends sometimes. I know things have really just begun, especially for her mom, her stepdad, her siblings.

Carina — we miss you, your smile and laughter. There’s this Carina-shaped hole in our lives now, and it hurts to see it and feel it. I wish I could hear your laugh again, touch your hair, come up with some crazy photo shoot, maybe another on the roof. I wish you had time to grow out of the occasional teenage sulks and drama, that you could come up here and hang out and be bored at our house, babysit our kiddos again. I wish your little sister and brothers and niece and nephew could hug you and hang on you and drive you crazy. I know you can see it, but I wish you were here to feel your stepdad’s love, and your older brothers’ heartbreak over you. So many things, such depth of feeling, now that you’re gone – I wish there were another way to learn all this.

So I found this cool description thing of INFPs (here is the link, and if you change the letters before the .htm it appears you will get the other type descriptions: http://www.geocities.com/lifexplore/infp.htm), and I wondered if I’m still an INFP, like I was in college. Turns out (according to multiple tests, not just the one below that I found on this board; I also like this test) the answer is YOU CANNOT ESCAPE YOUR DESTINY.

You Are An INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.

Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.

It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.

But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.

In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.

You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.

At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.

You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual

When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak

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For the Sweet Shoppe blog thingie (I am SO getting the discount this month…). I don’t drink coffee, but once upon a time I worked at the coffee bar in a bookstore (I WANTED to work with the books, but…) and knew how to make all these sorts of things.

What Your Latte Says About You

You are interested in only pure and simple pleasures. You don’t like to pollute your body or mind.

You can be quite silly at times, but you know when to buckle down and be serious.

Intense and energetic, you aren’t completely happy unless you are bouncing off the walls.

You have a healthy relationship with caffeine. You’re definitely not dependent on it.

You are responsible, mature, and truly an adult. You’re occasionally playful, but you find it hard to be carefree.

You are deep and thoughtful, but you are never withdrawn.

I do have to figure out how to update it, but hey…

I also found a rocking word count generator, here. Fun fun.

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