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Are any of y’all done with your Christmas shopping?

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Lawd I know Advent starts today and you have me convinced I was a week behind 😂. The busyness and the stress is ongoing. Going to try hard to slow down a bit. Wish me luck!

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Dame Judi Dench is a lovely actress. "Do what to me with a stick?" The meme about alarms could not be more accurate.

Treasures!

-I found a PCP that will visit me in my own home! What joy! I have never been so excited to get my bloodwork done (says the person who has been living with mental health troubles but very few doctors seem to understand the difficulty that some of us have in just leaving the house.).

-My fiance helped me decorate my family's Christmas tree and anyone who grew up in 90s Evangelical America would appreciate his question about why we have an ornament with grapes to which I responded, "I am the vine and you are the branches." Thanks to Mama Beth for writing a book called 'Chasing Vines' that I want to read to help me recover that imagery!

-I was able to download to a good friend of mine on Wednesday and that helped ever so much.

-It was warm enough yesterday to get out on a walk! I live in the Midwest, so the concept of warmth is subjective.

Have the best weekend available, everyone!

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I’ve seen this about boomer moms raising millennial daughters and I’m like what about gen x!?

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Last night my book club met to discuss Stanley Tucci’s Taste (definitely read this on audio. I’ve done both and audio is twice as good). We don’t usually do food, but the person who picked this book suggested we all bring a family food that means a lot to us. Listening to my friends tell stories I had never heard about where they come from and what their traditions are was an absolute delight. And all the food was delicious.

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Same with the oldest daughter energy. At her parent teacher conference her teacher said she is the best hype girl for the teacher and whole class (even the mean girls). She is amazing.

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That article about the bro code -- outstanding! I recently left a small evangelical Christian university for a large for-profit one, and the culture is better in a hundred ways. I receive respect, am assumed to be competent, am never expected to take notes in a meeting because I'm a female, etc., etc. So sad for a Christian-based organization to treat women and people of color so poorly, but it's a common occurrence, unfortunately. I spoke with a friend last night who still works there, and as she was describing a situation, I just kept shaking my head and silently thanking God that I was not there any longer.

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Wow those treasures are 💯 but all you need to know about me is that bus TikTok. I’m neither kidding nor exaggerating when I say that my one single stipulation for having kids was that they would never have to do that. In hindsight, possibly should not have based my entire adult life around it.

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I was listening to the radio DJ dramatize the birth of Jesus from Mary’s POV this morning as I was driving my kids to school and he said something about her riding on a donkey for six days! I know that she probably rode a donkey but today was the first time I had the realization that the riding of the donkey is probably what kicked her into labor in the first place...and also like divine spiritual stuff...but could you even imagine what that kind of bouncing would do to a 36ish week preggo uterus!?! Mad respect to Mary. Real MVP.

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Hi, it’s been a while since I have commented. ♥️

Everything is so much all the time all at once! I have things to bake and people to hold up and world trauma to grieve.

That being said, I have missed showing up here. I can’t believe it’s been so long!

If you need to buy a gift for someone in your life who is a foodie, might I suggest a print from Laurel Greenfield? laurelgreenfieldart.com Or something from Cold Cream? https://shopcoldcream.com/

As a self proclaimed foodie, I have ordered things from both of those stores and LOVE them.

I have a friendsgiving this week as well as Subbing for Santa for a family in my community! If you’ve wanted to do that but don’t have the time/funds to completely take that on, I am taking contributions! I have a mom, dad, and 10 year old boy who needs some legos that I am shopping for. It hasn’t always been financially feasible for me to take a whole family or even one child so I used to contribute towards others - so I would love to offer that! Venmo me @Shelby-Callihan and I will keep you in the loop with what your funds go towards. ♥️

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It has been a week! I came back from thanksgiving travels to learn that someone had majorly hit my car and didn't acknowledge it at all. I took it in a for a new tire only to realize it had some pretty major damage to the suspension and need to go back in 😭. I was able to find a great local shop and it's taken care of now; I'm just annoyed that I had to pay to fix this bc I drive a cheap car and people are irresponsible!

Thankful my brother and sil have an extra car I could borrow. It's my brothers old car and he's 6'6", I'm 5' 10" and don't often feel short. Nothing has made me feel shorter than trying to drive that car, lol

The rest of the week has been good. I got to make some fun winter decorations for the library. I'm almost done with a big STEM project I've been working on. I'm off today which is really nice! I'm making a fun matching pj set and my friends are coming over tomorrow to help my hang pictures and style bookshelves 😍

Happy weekend friends!

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And so sorry I said the 4th but it’s the 3rd!

My brain can’t remember numbers.

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I read the opening sentence in the second paragraph as “But in butter news,”........ so that tells you how I’m doing. 🧈

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Erin, did you start Advent a week early? Dec. 4th is the first Sunday of Advent. But if you did, I think it’s a good idea with Christmas Eve being the 4th Sunday this year. It feels like we’re getting cheated!

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