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About Last Week | This WONDERfilled Life

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It’s 9:40 am on a Monday morning and I am on my second cup of coffee after a very long, but exciting, week and weekend…This was the busiest I’ve had in years.   It started Monday with a great rehearsal for an upcoming recording project with my favorite brass ensemble, Millar Brass  (I will be sure to post the fruits of our labor as soon as it’s available!).  Tuesday evening found me at my alma mater, Northwestern University, watching the talented and impossibly funny while also being the nicest human being, Sarah Willis, hold a master class with the current NU Horn studio. I got some really great bits of info that I am very much looking forward to trying out this week in my personal practice.  And we all got to get in the picture at the end! HA!!  Photo Credit: Northwestern University Horn Studio   Wednesday I got to visit with one of my oldest friends, JoAnn! We went to BU together over 20 years ago and always try and see each other when we can.  I love that we can so easily pick up w

The Family MARIO… This WONDERfilled Life

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Super and I joked often pre-pandemic about how life is just various stages of turning pages.  Thanks to COVID this current page turn in our life has moved…e…v…e…r… so … s…l…o…w…l…y.  But it IS happening, like, it’s mostly turned…I think I can even almost read the title of the next chapter…Not completely but pretty darn close. I don’t know if it’s just finally having both kids in the same place (i.e. summer camp) for the first time ever or if it’s the whole “I spent two plus years always having everyone around and catering to all their various needs, thank you global pandemic”…either way…I’ve been soaking in the past three weeks and the few hours I’ve had daily to just breathe and catch up on everything.  Take today, for example, I had about 50 minutes at home kid free after I got home from Rally classes with Zo, and I knocked out a major to do list that involved several phone calls, scheduling many doctor appointments, follow up emails, paying bills and ordering things for the coming f

Hirsut-wha? | This WONDERfilled Life

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Hirsutism (HUR-soot-iz-um) is a condition in women that results in excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern — face, chest and back. (Per the Mayo Clinic ). A few weeks ago, and I was so thankful you couldn’t see my beard in the morning sunlight. Something I’ve had to check my pictures for for years now. I struggled trying to decide whether I wanted to write this post.  On one hand…if you know me IRL (in real life) this description shouldn’t come as a surprise, y’all can see my face.  On the other hand, I’ve managed to sort of ignore the issue publicly and shining this direct light on the issue and therefore my face makes me uncomfortable as well, but I want my kids to know that people are all made differently and choose to deal with those differences differently and so here I am…telling my story in the hopes that in the coming year I have some AMAZING after photos! I’ve struggled to manage the hair on my face for over 10 years now.  It started innocently enough, p

52weeksewingchallenge, weeks 3 & 4 | This WONDERfilled Life

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Wow, by the skin of my teeth I made it.  These last two sewing weeks ended up being me learning about being flexible…I had plans, those plans didn’t happen…I made new plans…some of those didn’t happen…oh well…doesn’t that sum up life in general these days? Okay, so week 3 & 4 of the #52weeksewingchallenge, lets get to it. WEEK 3 - Sew swimwear or outerwear Okay, I know what you’re thinking…swimwear in January! This challenge is worldwide so they try and keep that in mind when planning the weekly themes.  I choose outerwear, for the dog.  Let me say that again…I made my dog a coat…🤦🏼‍♀️ If you didn’t know, we decided to finally, after talking about it for years, to get a puppy.  Lot’s of reasons went into our decision making but in July of last year we brought home Zoey, our purebred, Australian Cattle Dog.  It. Has. Been. A. Ride.  I feel like we’re through the looking glass as far as puppyhood goes…and to be honest this breed doesn’t usually need coats, but I thought why not.  I

Return of the 52 Week Challenge | This WONDERfilled Life

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Remember in 2018 when I started my own challenge, lovingy referred to as #52wonderfilledweeks? That was such a great and creative year for me.  I love challenges. Super always says I’m an “I’ll show you” type person and I’d have to agree that can be a great motivator for me.  The #52wonderfilledweeks challenge was based on creating ANYTHING on a weekly basis and then blogging about it.  Projects ranged from sewing and mending to painting and wood working.  I had a long-ish list of things I wanted to try and so I really had no problem finding things to make that year…half way thru I stumbled across the #52weeksewingchallenge facebook group.  Basically the same concept only it’s sewing only (as described as using needle and thread on fabric) and they (the admins) put together a list of themes for each week.  You can accept the challenge or go rouge, either way you submit your makes and are entered to win all sorts of fun things weekly or at the end of the whole year.  Since I was already