Author: Melanie

Onconaut

When I received my cancer diagnosis a few weeks back, it felt like I had landed in a different country—a different planet, even. I wasn’t scared of my new surroundings—I was surrounded by kind and caring medical professionals who successfully convinced me that the prognosis with their recommended treatment was good—but I could tell that I was massively unprepared to be in this new place.

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Thoughts on an MRI

NOTE: I realize that most of my readers are here because they subscribed to my blog through CC and are mainly interested in homeschooling resources. This is a big part of who I am but my blog is also a reflection of a lot of other aspects of my life. A couple of weeks ago, I found out that cancer is a part of my story and so you may find that some of my posts—at least for the next little while—have to do with that subject. This is one of those. Yesterday, I took one of those fun...

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Surviving the storm

Last week, we lost our cat, Tina. Not lost as in died, but rather lost as in couldn’t find her. It happened so quickly that none of us really knew what happened, but after piecing together our individual recollections of the last time we remembered seeing her, we were able to figure out that she must have run out of the house at some time on Wednesday, Jan. 18. That afternoon had been a flurry of unexpected phone calls and last-minute changes in my schedule for Thursday plans, so it was easy not to miss her. Only the following...

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Want/Need/Wear/Read gift tags

Last year, I gave away a set of Christmas gift tags: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. Here’s a new set for 2016! I originally designed them with a hole punch at the top, but decided to take that out in case some people wanted to print these on label paper. If you need the hole at the top, you’ll just have to punch it yourself. Or, if you have a cutting machine, you may be able to use this SVG file that has everything set up and ready to go. I’ve also included...

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4 in 7: lessons learned in my first week with the Instant Pot

If you were on social media at all in the days leading up to and immediately after Thanksgiving, chances are very good that you saw something about the Instant Pot. If you didn’t, then the good news is that I’m going to be telling you all about this kitchen lifesaver. The bad news is that it’s probably no longer on sale (depends on when you’re reading this post). But if you really want one of these, keep your eyes peeled for a deal—they seem to go on sale fairly regularly, especially for occasions like Mother’s Day and Christmas. I...

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