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my ever productive sister has started a new blog.  it’s delicious, like summer tomatoes shot with a holga at the farmers market.  why don’t you go read that while i try to figure out the meaning of my life, and how to style my new flock of seagulls-ish haircut.

as my sister just asked me, isn’t one blog enough?  no.  no apparently it is not.  so in my crypster attempt to secure a firm-ish grasp on social media, i started a tumblr blog.

you could think of it as somewhere between here and twitter, content-wise.  it’s like the bonus features on the dvd of me, and is chock full of easter eggs.  lucky, lucky you.  i’ll add a feed to the sidebar here soon.

follow me on tumblr here.

it’s hard for me to blog wen i’m home from the hospital, have chemo brain and family staying with us to help.  so, this morning i snapped a bunch of garden pics for my twitter feed.  check those out here and follow me on twitter, subscribe to or watch my twitter feed, “tweet, tweet” on the sidebar when you’re waiting for me to blog.


my sister’s one-day sister-in-law (i just know it!) tagged me in a facebook note, “end of year meme.”  it would have been sooo easy to use the majority of her answers because, dude, it’s like she wrote them just for me!  but, alas, she did not, so i’ve crafted my own responses just for you.


  1. what did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
    was diagnosed with and treated for cancer

  3. did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    i don’t make them

  5. did anyone close to you give birth?
    most recently, the greenes welcomed their twin girls

  7. did anyone close to you die?
    i lost an old friend.  he was a great man.

  9. what countries did you visit?
    chemoland.  it sucked.
    walt disney world

  11. what would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
    energy and hair

  13. what date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    june 12th, it was the last time i nursed my daughter before i started chemo

  15. what was your biggest achievement of the year?
    resuming nursing after battling cancer

  17. what was your biggest failure?
    having to stop nursing
    yes,  i realize that was beyond my control, but to me it felt like failure.

  19. did you suffer illness or injury?

  21. what was the best thing you bought?
    our new house

  23. whose behavior merited celebration?
    my mother’s
    my husband’s
    my daughter’s

  25. whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    northern virginia’s drivers

  27. where did most of your money go?
    our new house

  29. what did you get really, really, really excited about?
    taking my daughter to disney for the first time

  31. what song will always remind you of 2008?
    the hot dog song

  33. compared to this time last year, are you:
    happier or sadder?  happier
    thinner or fatter?  fatter
    richer or poorer?  poorer

  35. what do you wish you’d done more of?
    crafted more homemade gifts
    visited more friends
    blogged more
    taken more photos and video of my family and friends

  37. what do you wish you’d done less of?
    had less cancer
    gained less weight

  39. how did you spend christmas?
    at our new house with my husband’s parents, brother, sister-in-law, and my parents, grandparents, aunt & her family and her godparents & their family

  41. did you fall in love in 2008?
    every day

  43. how many one-night stands?
    (seriously?  this one i have to change to something more mommy blog- friendly)
    what changes did you make to “green up” your lifestyle?
    collected more reusable shopping bags and got my mom in the habit of using them, too
    started a compost pile
    chose a tankless hot water heater for the new house

  45. what was your favorite tv show?

  47. do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    hate?  that’s much too strong of a word.

  49. what was the best book you read?
    did i read any books?  i know i started reading anthony bourdain’s the nasty bits, but i can’t even remember if i’ve finished it. 

  51. what was your greatest musical discovery?
    steve burns’ and the flaming lips’ steven drozd’s ” i hog the ground”

  53. what did you want and get?
    to nurse my daughter again

  55. what did you want and not get?
    skinnier faster

  57. what was your favorite film of this year?
    this is the last question i answered because, honestly, i can’t remember watching any movie in its entirety aside from charlie wilson’s war. so i guess that’s it.  though if i’d had opportunity to watch the x-files: i want to believe, i’m sure that would have beat out charlie wilson.

  59. what did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    went to my birthday party, 35

  61. what one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    having more energy and less nausea after chemo

  63. how would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
    chemo casual

  65. what kept you sane?
    prozac and ativan

  67. which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    oh, how i love me some brit-brit.  girl is a spectacular disaster!

  69. what political issue stirred you the most?
    the presidential election, though that was more of a circus then an issue

  71. whom did you miss?
    my friends from orlando

  73. who was the best new person you met?
    my chemo nurse, danna

  75. tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
    this is your life, right now.  this is what you get.  stop preparing for “someday” and start living it the way you want to now.

  77. quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    “it’s a brand new day,  whatcha  waitin’ for?”

  79. tag five people to post their answers to this 2008 wrap-up meme. please link back to this blog from yours.
    non-lucid drivel
    the twinkies

    motherhood and cancer
    life with the moonhils


my little cabbages, i know you must think i’ve forgotten about you.  mais, non!  i think about you day and night.  it’s just that sometimes those pesky chores of life, you know, building a house two and half hours away, raising a toddler, having cancer, having a sister and not one, but two dear friends in town, are using up all my minutes and i haven’t got any rollover.  but fear not, we’re working on something amazing at chez bits as i type.

jenny is on her way over for paninis with nugget, tantie and me.  then there are major plans in the works.  m-a-j-o-r.  you will not be disappointed!

we’re just going to have to take things slow.  i mean, i like you, i really do, i just need some time to myself today.  but tonight, i promise, we’ll have some special time together.  just you and me and some spectacular video footage.  i know, i know, i can hardly wait myself!

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wow!  you all sure are full of questions lately.  so, here you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth – which i’d like to add is one of nugget’s newest words.  she surprised us both this morning while packing away a shot glass from kentucky by pointing to and saying “horse.”

anyhow, it seems i have some ‘splaining to do.  perhaps, gentle reader, we know each very well.  in that case you are likely painfully aware of my penchant for quotes, song, book, movie, tv and advertising-related. 

maybe we’re members of a clique that torture each other regularly with this silly game and you’ve been playing along all the while, giggling with delight. 

lots of you have been googling my post titles to figure out exactly why i came to string those very words together.  i didn’t.  someone else did.  and since i like the way they said it, i used it to set the tone for that specific post, page or this entire blog.  whatever they said, it is stuck in my head and has since become just one more piece of me.  

sometimes i’ll quote a line or two if i really want to drive a point home, or make it a little more obvious where those words came from.  maybe a song was grinding a deep groove in my brain and the only way to unstick the repeat button was to bang it out on a page.  i might have purchased a new book or watched a movie, and the title is fresh in my mind.  we might have had a chat on the phone recently and i thought you’d find it hilarious if i blogged about our conversation’s topic.

there’s also the chance that you’ve had no idea that i’ve been entertaining myself, and perhaps an equally nerdy friend or two, in this manner.  see what fun you’ve been missing?  you’d better make with the googling and catch up!

i think those of you who have been playing along at home need to step it up a notch and call it out when you know it.  in fact, whoever gets the most correct answers each month will win a fabulous prize!  oh, you’re sure to be delighted when you receive a fine packet of seeds, a collection of ugly local postcards, a vintage sewing pattern or my most recent one-of-a-kind crafty obsession project!

you’ve also been asking about sharing my blog with your friends, families, coworker, neighbors and postal carriers.  silly rabbit!  this is a public blog.  i want you to share it with everyone.  i also want you to keep in mind that i won’t censor myself for anyone’s benefit.  if you don’t think grandma wants to hear me drop the occasional f-bomb or that you pastor doesn’t want to see my semi-exposed breast being used as nature and god intended, then perhaps you might want to direct them to a blog about kittens and puppies.  if your sister is thinking about ivf or your milkman wants to read about attachment parenting, this might be the place for them!  your boss has cancer and likes hear someone else’s bitching and moaning about it?  then come on down!  you’re the next contestant on bits of myself!

i hope i’ve sorted things out a bit for you and that you feel confidently informed.  you have your answers now.  now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

rock you like a hurricane.  okay, probably not.  how about i just try to entertain you and every now and then you pretend to be amused?  we’ll be good together like that.

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