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The Great Cricket Caper

This is Cricket. I’ve known him since he was a few hours old. For the past 5 years ago, he’s been my #1 boo (sorry Conrad).


Act I. The Beginning

I never planned on adopting a kitten. I knew I wanted a cat eventually, but I always thought I’d adopt a full-grown feline. Then my friend’s boyfriend took in a very pregnant street cat who later had 5 beautiful babies and my plans went out the window. I fell in love with all of them and went to visit pretty regularly. When they were old enough to be weaned, I knew I had to take one home.

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Each Morning, I Rise

each morning I riseMy grandmother passed away on Thursday. Yesterday we hosted Bruce’s final memorial service. Last night, I picked up my pen to process what I’ve been feeling and this was the result. I call it, “Each Morning, I Rise.”

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In Between Grief, The Practicalities of Death

Bruce passed away on Saturday.  His health continued to rollercoaster in the weeks since my last post and then everything suddenly took a turn for the worse on Thursday. In the end we had to make the difficult decision to take him off of life support.

His passing was peaceful. He was surrounded by love. It was the right decision. Still, it was incredibly hard.

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Our wedding day, exactly a year ago yesterday. Bruce is on the right. So much can change so quickly.

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Discovering a Family of Writers

Last week I unexpectedly got to cross off one of the items on my summer bucketlist when I had the chance to go to Maine with my dad and my sisters, Libby and Arlene.

August 8th would’ve been my grandmother’s 93rd birthday and we had the opportunity to spend that weekend at her house in Lovell. It was great and very sad and heavy and grief is such a strange thing, isn’t it?

This trip is bittersweet, but Maine will forever be my happy place.

A photo posted by Michelle. (@thatgrandmalife) on

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Summer So Far

I am incredibly terrible at keeping track of passing time. I rarely know what month it is without undertaking some serious mental gymnastics and when I say that something happened just last week, chances are it was actually a month and a half ago.

Yeah, it’s pretty bad.

And so I have a web of coping mechanism and solutions that work to varying degrees of success, but I often find myself making judgements of where we’re at in the calendar year based on what the weather’s been like.

This is probably one of my more flawed coping mechanisms.

If you have any idea of how all-over-the-map Maryland weather has been this past year, you’ll understand why I am often COMPLETELY wrong about where I’m at in the year.

Case in point: A couple of nights ago it just FELT like September. There were a few days in a row where it didn’t get over 70some degrees and it was foggy and heavy with rain and everything about the way the air smelled and the breeze gently lingered against my face filled me with that unique nostalgia that comes at the very very tail end of a long summer.

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Get it? Tail’s end? </dadjokes>

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Life Lately: An Infographic

Life latelyLife lately has been just a little bit of a doozie. Like, to the point where it feels like I have completely lost track of time and I seem to blink and suddenly 3 weeks have gone by and I’m not quite sure how I’ve entered this mysterious fugue state, but it looks like it’s going to just be my life for at least a little while longer.

So I decided to make an infographic about it. Okay actually that’s not quite how it happened: Really, I’ve just been wanting to learn how to make infographics because they’re a marketable marketing skill, but I was stumped on what to choose as a topic. I was originally gonna make something feministy about how few women have ever been elected to the senate, but my brain could not process how to represent those (incredibly depressing) numbers in a visual way so I quickly gave up. I realized for my first go around, I needed to choose an easy topic that would be a breeze to write about. What could be easier than

Here’s a rundown of what’s been taking up my brainspace lately.

Life lately

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