Author Archives: Amanda

About Amanda

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

Quarantine Diaries – Weeks 81-82

Because I was on vacation for most of Week 81, I didn’t hear a lot of news – I kinda avoided it on purpose, tbh – and have combined these two weeks together. And really, with things settling down again, … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – Hikes of 2021, #47-51 (Vacation!)

As promised, today’s hike post will be completely different. Jason and I just got back from a nine-day road trip through TX and NM, hitting different state and national parks along the way. There were six areas that we explored, … Continue reading

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September 2021 in Review (Except Vacation)

September was divided into two very distinct sections. There were the first three weeks, filled with a whole lot of malaise and depression, and the last week, which began Jason’s and my nine-day road-trip vacation. I’m keeping the vacation portion … Continue reading

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Sunday Coffee – Culling Social Media

It’s time. I first got on social media in early 2006, when I was a stay at home mom to three boys aged five and under. My job was 24/7 and I had no way of meeting people, living in … Continue reading

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Subscription Review: Hello Fresh

Over the summer, my family had a lot of crap going on: car accidents, foster kittens, colitis issues, finding out Laurence is allergic to milk and eggs, etc. It made for a lot of fraught mealtimes and far more eating … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – Hikes of 2021, #41-46

I’ve been sticking mostly to the same parks I always hit. With the heat as bad as it is, and me not wanting to get up super duper early in the morning, I tend to stay at closer locations. But … Continue reading

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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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