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Here are some good things that have happened lately, to turn my birthday frown upside down.

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One of the GeekMoms, Natania, got a bunch of us hooked on Ipsy. My first bag came last month, and I just got the email that my February bag is on its way. Happy dance! I loved the goodies in the first bag (that Briogeo deep conditioner was amahzing).

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My first New Year’s Resolution this year was to get organized. I needed to try and find some routine, some system, that would help me juggle the everyday tasks that take up so much of my time in my working life and home life. I feel like I’m horribly inefficient when it comes to the day-to-day stuff, devoting far too little or too much time to them and throwing the rest of my life out of balance a little as a result. I’m also a terrible delegator and kind of a control freak; I can never point Adam at the tasks that would be the most helpful, and some of my systems are so obtuse that it’s impossible for him to figure them out. I’m getting better about that, though. I’m learning to care less about how things are done and just be excited that someone else is doing them.

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So I finally finished our new monogrammed family Christmas stockings. I started thinking about these a while back, knowing that Hannah would need one and wanting to take the opportunity to improve on our old ones with a new coordinated family set. The old ones have been great, but I’m a better sewer 4 years later. And, I can applique things.

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I kind of scheduled a bunch of food posts to publish before Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey coastline. I figured by Halloween we’d all be back up and running, and I just thought I’d get a bit of a head start on a Sunday recipe post.

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It only took till late January to really get here, but finally some of the white stuff landed overnight last night. Yay!

I had a surprisingly good crafting year. In my head I’ve been thinking all through 2011 that I haven’t been nearly as crafty as 2010, but I’ve actually made more quilts this year. Fewer small projects, but that’s because quilts take longer. Plus, let’s not kid ourselves. Pregnancy wore me out, I spent most of the summer asleep. So all in all, it’s been a pretty darn good year.

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Mostly because, well…it snowed yesterday.

This is a sad dusting compared to what north Jersey and NY state got. I mean, schools are closed up there and lots of people have no power. It was a gross storm here yesterday, but we kept power. And this was the extent of our snowfall.

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These are some of the front-runners I’ve found while searching high and low for great wallpaper to jumpstart plans for our nursery. It’s a little easier to narrow down choices now that we know what we’re having, but we’re also steering away from trad, gender-specific possibilities. We really want something a little funkier, a little more us.

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It’s been one heck of a week.

Since we live at the Jersey Shore, we were in the path for Hurricane Irene last weekend. Fortunately we’re not in a flood zone, but after we piled all of our outdoor furniture into the library:

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Check out how incredibly ginormous our daisy bushes have gotten since everything on the patio was planted last summer.

Those roses are no slouch, either. I love it back there!

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