MelW - Yes! I'd love to do that! Or even somewhere more rural on Vancouver Island. Or here, if you'd like a little trip to America (well, almost America).
JayGee - I have big windows too that are west facing and the sun can just be blinding coming through. We found these at Lowes thinking it would be a temporary fix but they work so well and are really quite attractive that I think we'll keep them (they are also the only option I found for windows that large for anywhere close to the price- I'd been astonished at what regular blinds cost). We've since bought two more sets for other windows and I'll probably get another pair before the downstairs is done.
Penelope - Good job woman! I'm so proud of you for holding your dh accountable. That's so hard to do but so important.
Gaye! That cake is precious! How do you do it? You are just such a rock star! Mom, Triathlete, Star Student, Hottie. Damn!
Jennie! Yay! Congrats and yes, now for the Homemaking part. Have you read Radical Homemakers? It's nothing we don't already know about how sick it is that the economics we're meant to support is all about consuming consuming consuming and are meant to to work every minute of the day for $ so we can buy the things we all once either didn't need in the first place or things we could make for ourselves if we weren't handcuffed to a timeclock. But I love the term since it's basically what dh and I are working towards, as are many in MDC, but never had such a succinct title before. Anyway, it makes me think of you.
Megan - The Miles Circuit! I love it! That is so cool and you should be proud! And I can get how it feels somehow fraudulent to take credit for what is sort of ancient wisdom that at some point women learned from their mothers and grandmothers but that's not how the world works these days (see above re: Radical Homemakers) and in order for you to use your time to help reclaim our birthright of using our intuition and birthing our babies the way we know we can in the depths of our souls, you need some sort of credit. So, in lieu of a barter system wherein a midwife would trade her knowledge for goods or services she needs, you trade your knowledge for professional cred that you can use to widen your circle of clients, and thereby widen the circle of women who have a more comfortable understanding of what is possible.
So, wish me luck and any gardeners in the cafe please send me extra strong vibes today. Dh built a hoop house and tilled out about 1/3 of an acre and started about 10,000 seeds, and today is moving day for most of the starts to go into the ground. I have 0 confidence in my ability to garden, let alone farm, but (see above re: Radical Homemakers ) I want to start getting it right. That will probably count for exercise too, right?