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My modus operandi for knit and crochet projects seems to be biting off more than I can chew, usually in the form of enormous blankets that take me months, or even years, to finish. I decided that I should maybe take a different approach and try a few smaller scale projects here and there, especially stash-busting efforts that would slowly nibble away at my modest stockpile of odds and ends.

Way back in June, I mentioned that my goal for the month was to try some amigurumi toward this end. I don’t know if there is a specific definition of amigurumi, but I take it to mean the crocheting of cute, small, and sometimes eclectic items, particularly animals and sometimes objects. I don’t know how small amigurumi is technically supposed to be, but I fell in love with this adorable giraffe, which claims to be amigurumi but is a bit large. Amigurumi or no, I decided I wanted to try my hand at whipping up a stuffed animal in crochet, starting with this one.

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June is already here, and it is already shaping up to be a busy and eventful month. May went slowly and quickly at the same time. Initially, I didn’t have a grand plan for a May monthly challenge, but it ended up being a month for wrapping up a ton of projects that we’ve had on our agenda for quite a while. From putting the final touch on our room renovation to installing a spice rack, we made significant and satisfying progress on our to-do list. It’s still half a mile long, but progress nonetheless.

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As I stated here on the blog a year ago, I really do not care for April Fools Day. I appreciate a clever prank or some witty playfulness now and again, but I feel that some jokes go a little far on this day. Rather than focusing on a negative, however, I’ve decided to take today to begin a new monthly challenge for April, one that I believe is wise and not at all foolish.

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I don’t do New Years Resolutions. By now, from reading my blog, you can tell that I’m all about resolving to do new things and setting goals for myself. However, the stigma attached to goals that have to start on January 1 and typically are failed by January 10 makes me unexcited to jump on that bandwagon.

Who doesn’t want to eat better, or get in shape, or get organized, or finally accomplish this thing or that? Those are all great, but most resolutions are begun in haste when January creeps up quickly after Christmas; with little or no planning or preparation before starting these goals, they are bound to fail when they hit the first snag. I prefer to be thoughtful and make a plan with a high chance of success.

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Today I have a buffet of topics that are cooking at the Taylors’ house this week (and they all, ironically, happen to be food related), so grab a fork and spoon and let’s dive in.
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Last night, Bart and I ventured out to find our local movie theater. We only see a movie every month or two in the theater, yet having a theater that we normally go to is, strangely, something that makes me feel really settled in a place.
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I was surprised to ¬†find myself hankering for eating out today. Not just hankering for restaurant food, but mostly interested in the experience of going out and having fun. But we’re still in our Eat-Out Challenge for November, so I’m soldiering on by cooking some great home-cooked meals and trying out some new recipes.

What better way to completely forget about ho-hum hamburgers or burritos than to whip up your own, savory chicken pot pie from scratch? I’ve been thinking about making this since before we moved but haven’t had the opportunity yet. Coincidentally, when I asked Bart what he’d like for me to cook this week, he also suggested chicken pot pie. Well, the people have spoken, so here we go.

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