Author Archives: Amanda

About Amanda

Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).

Sunday Coffee – 100 Happy Days, Part 1

I was not doing well mentally over the summer, so I made myself a personal 100-day challenge that began September 1st. My plan was to discuss it here at some point. Honestly, the plan was overly ambitious and stressful, so … Continue reading

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Quarantine Diaries – Week 80

It was a fairly calm week, so let’s get to it. This week’s numbers: Cases: 306,769 (+4,615) Deaths: 4,314 (+152) Seven-day rolling average: 595 (-213/day) Positivity rate: 4.9% (-2.2%) Cases per 100k: 41.7 (-2.8) Hospitalizations: 820 patients; 289 in ICU … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – 100 Days Coffee-Free

One of my primary goals for the year was to cut out coffee. In mid-July, thanks to my hospital stay, I did that. For 19 days, I didn’t drink any coffee. On day 20, I caved and had an iced … Continue reading

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Ghosts of the Tsunami, by Richard Lloyd Parry

Subtitled: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone In March 2011, an enormous earthquake shook Japan. Afterwards, one of the largest earthquake-driven tsunamis swept over communities in the northeast part of the country. In this book, Parry lets the survivors … Continue reading

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Sunday Coffee – My Favorite Smoothie

I shared this recipe on my other social medias, but I love it so much that I decided to put it here too. I’ve made quite a number of different protein smoothies over the years, some better than others. But … Continue reading

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Quarantine Diaries – Week 79

We are in the middle of a worrisome scare here this week. Ambrose’s college just opened up to on-campus students last week. He only has two in-person classes, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Monday, he went to these classes, and by … Continue reading

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The Drowning Kind, by Jennifer McMahon

Jax has distanced herself from her older, bipolar sister, Lexie, and refuses to answer a series of phone calls one night when Lexie is manic. The next day, she discovers that her sister has drowned. Jax travels to her sister’s … Continue reading

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Saturday Coffee – 20 Years

On September 11, 2001, my family consisted of Jason, me, and 10.5-month Morrigan. This photo of us was taken in September that year, though I couldn’t tell you if it was before or after the 9/11 attacks. At that time, … Continue reading

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Quarantine Diaries – Week 78

Let’s get right to it. I don’t have pics for this week, so I’m going to sprinkle this post with lots of cute kitten photos instead. Heh. This week’s numbers: Cases: 295,953 (+8,542) Deaths: 4,017 (+81) Seven-day rolling average: 983 … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – Another Failed Doctor

I had a rather upsetting visit to the doctor last week. I hadn’t wanted to go to this doctor, because my first experience with her in June wasn’t great, but I went. For some context, my PCP referred me to … Continue reading

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