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  16.    <subtitle type="html">I can see my house from here...</subtitle>
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  24.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/12/31/563-Family-project-Laundry-center.html" rel="alternate" title="Family project: Laundry center" />
  25.        <author>
  26.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  27.                    </author>
  28.    
  29.        <published>2011-12-31T19:02:00Z</published>
  30.        <updated>2011-12-31T19:23:53Z</updated>
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  39.        <title type="html">Family project: Laundry center</title>
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  42.                <p>From the title you might assume that we have remodeled the house to streamline our laundry workflow, and, while you could be forgiven, you would be wrong.  Instead we took the amount of time it would normally take to do laundry and assembled a toy which Bettie received for Christmas.  It is called &#8220;My Very Own Laundry Center&#8221;, made by American Plastic Toys and it requires some very specific skills and tools to assemble, specifically the skills and tools of an assembly line style toy maker.</p><br />
  43. <br />
  44. <p>Here is what it should look like when it is completed:</p><br />
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  46. <br />
  47. <p>And, remarkably, it does look like that once we managed to get it assembled, except that nothing in our house is as unnaturally white as that background.  I can&#8217;t blame the toy company for either the lighting in our house or for the &#8220;pile gnome&#8221; who feels that clear and open space is an abomination and piles large quantities of anything handy on top of every inch of free space imaginable.  I own that, since all my traps have so far failed.</p><br />
  48. <br />
  49. <p>I can say that the toy maker, in this case, ships the product completely unassembled, in that the &#8220;assembly&#8221; required of the owners of this product (or owners parents, hopefully) starts at the step immediately after the injection molded plastic parts are cool enough to place in a box and ship to a store.  Specifically, the non-professional assembler of this product will need to de-gate, trim, and then screw together all of the pieces, before applying the enclosed sticker kit.  This added work is only a problem if you have a small child (say age &#8220;2+&#8221;) who knows nothing of the manufacturing process and has visions, based on the picture on the box, of entire vistas of laundry landscapes in which they can play.</p><br />
  50. <br />
  51. <p>This misinterpretation of &#8220;assembly&#8221; resulted in Angie and I cutting and assembling a small purple and pink plastic nightmare at the same time we were trying to cook dinner, all the time trying to fend off requests to play with various jagged, untrimmed plastic pieces.  Fortunately, the instructions are well written and labeled well enough that Alphie was able to follow along with which steps we were on and provide helpful advice, like &#8220;Is part &#8216;Z&#8217; part of an iron?  Does this come with an iron!?!?  That is crazy!!&#8221;</p><br />
  52. <br />
  53. <p>Both girls love it, though, and immediately began washing doll cloths.  And the advanced understanding of assembly which they soaked up in the process isn&#8217;t bad, either, even if it has led to the occasional interruption in play punctuated by calls of &#8220;Mom!  Part &#8216;R&#8217; came off!&#8221;</p>
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  56.        <dc:subject>alphie</dc:subject>
  57. <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  58. <dc:subject>engineering</dc:subject>
  59. <dc:subject>laundry</dc:subject>
  60. <dc:subject>toys</dc:subject>
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  62.    </entry>
  63.    <entry>
  64.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/12/20/562-Youve-apparently-learned-plurality....html" rel="alternate" title="You've apparently learned plurality..." />
  65.        <author>
  66.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  67.                    </author>
  68.    
  69.        <published>2011-12-20T18:34:00Z</published>
  70.        <updated>2011-12-31T16:49:21Z</updated>
  71.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=562</wfw:comment>
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  75.    
  76.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/28-To-Bettie" label="To Bettie" term="To Bettie" />
  77.    
  78.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/12/20/562-guid.html</id>
  79.        <title type="html">You've apparently learned plurality...</title>
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  82.                <p>Bettie, for a while now you have notified your mother and I (and perhaps anyone else within &#8220;announcement&#8221; distance) that you have &#8220;poopy diapers&#8221; any time your require that your diaper be changed.</p><br />
  83. <p>We have acquiesced to this improper use of language in day to day communication since correcting a two year old on grammar seems a little cruel and a lot pointless.  It isn&#8217;t that we don&#8217;t want you to have the best start in lifeā€¦ it is more that we are exhausted, you are imbued with a supply of boundless energy and we are pretty sure you are a genius and will figure it out anyway.</p><br />
  84. <p>So, upon catching a small whiff of a smell that I have become too familiar with over the last six years, I casually asked you &#8220;Bettie, do you have poopy diapers?&#8221;  And this time, rather than responding with your usual &#8220;yes!&#8221; you spun around, looked me straight in the eyes, raised one little finger and said:</p><br />
  85. <blockquote>No!  I only have one poopy diaper!</blockquote><br />
  86. <p>And then you smiled at me.</p>
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  88.        </content>
  89.        <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  90. <dc:subject>cute</dc:subject>
  91. <dc:subject>diapers</dc:subject>
  92. <dc:subject>plurality</dc:subject>
  93.  
  94.    </entry>
  95.    <entry>
  96.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/12/17/561-Sibling-Rivalry.html" rel="alternate" title="Sibling Rivalry" />
  97.        <author>
  98.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  99.                    </author>
  100.    
  101.        <published>2011-12-17T18:12:18Z</published>
  102.        <updated>2011-12-17T18:33:54Z</updated>
  103.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=561</wfw:comment>
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  107.    
  108.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/3-Family" label="Family" term="Family" />
  109.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/12-To-Alphie" label="To Alphie" term="To Alphie" />
  110.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/28-To-Bettie" label="To Bettie" term="To Bettie" />
  111.    
  112.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/12/17/561-guid.html</id>
  113.        <title type="html">Sibling Rivalry</title>
  114.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  115.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  116.                <p>I had no idea sibling rivalry would extend so far... I guess I should have known, but for some reason it never occurred to me.</p><br />
  117. <p>You two dear, sweet, and adorable girls struggled through three rounds of a matching game this morning and were, by and large, very good.  Sure, we had some whining, some cheating, some yelling and some cards thrown around, but I seem to remember that family is like that, even when you are too young to drink.</p><br />
  118. <p>Eventually, however, we petered out to a point where it was no longer possible to have any kind of organized game and, Bettie, you devolved into a tearful mess stretched out faced down on the floor.  And you, Alphie, (while trying to either be supportive or steal her super important role as &#8220;sad-sack McPouty&#8221;) laid down next to her.</p><br />
  119. <p>And it was at this point that you, Bettie,  started yelling, because up until this moment you were quite comfortable that your tantrum was the only tantrum that mattered.  And what were you yelling?  You were yelling &#8220;No sissy, I have tantrum!  I have tantrum!&#8221;</p>
  120.            </div>
  121.        </content>
  122.        <dc:subject>alphie</dc:subject>
  123. <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  124. <dc:subject>sisters</dc:subject>
  125. <dc:subject>tantrum</dc:subject>
  126.  
  127.    </entry>
  128.    <entry>
  129.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/09/14/560-I-heart-math.html" rel="alternate" title="I heart math" />
  130.        <author>
  131.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  132.                    </author>
  133.    
  134.        <published>2011-09-14T05:59:31Z</published>
  135.        <updated>2011-12-31T16:50:14Z</updated>
  136.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=560</wfw:comment>
  137.    
  138.        <slash:comments>1</slash:comments>
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  140.    
  141.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/15-Alphie-News" label="Alphie News" term="Alphie News" />
  142.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/20-Alphie-Pictures" label="Alphie Pictures" term="Alphie Pictures" />
  143.    
  144.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/09/14/560-guid.html</id>
  145.        <title type="html">I heart math</title>
  146.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
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  148.                <div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Alphie/i_heart_math2.JPG' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Alphie/i_heart_math2.JPG','Zoom','height=495,width=655,top=300,left=640,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1951 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='380'   src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Alphie/i_heart_math2.JPG"  alt="" /></a></div><br />
  149. <p>Even though I do heart math and that looks like my handwriting, I didn&#8217;t write it.</p><br />
  150. <p>Alphie has recently taken to requesting that we either give her math problems to do or that we talk about math.  I can&#8217;t really complain about it, since I could pretty much talk about mathematics endlessly.</p> <a class="block_level" href="http://theledge.net/2011/09/14/560-I-heart-math.html#extended">Continue reading "I heart math"</a>
  151.            </div>
  152.        </content>
  153.        <dc:subject>alphie</dc:subject>
  154. <dc:subject>math</dc:subject>
  155. <dc:subject>pictures</dc:subject>
  156. <dc:subject>whiteboard</dc:subject>
  157.  
  158.    </entry>
  159.    <entry>
  160.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/08/11/559-Mystery-Matt.html" rel="alternate" title="Mystery Matt" />
  161.        <author>
  162.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  163.                    </author>
  164.    
  165.        <published>2011-08-11T16:33:00Z</published>
  166.        <updated>2011-12-31T16:50:52Z</updated>
  167.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=559</wfw:comment>
  168.    
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  171.    
  172.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/22-Photography" label="Photography" term="Photography" />
  173.    
  174.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/08/11/559-guid.html</id>
  175.        <title type="html">Mystery Matt</title>
  176.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
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  178.                <div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"> <a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/mystery_matt.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Photography/mystery_matt.jpg','Zoom','height=444,width=655,top=325.5,left=640,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1948 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='380' src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/mystery_matt.jpg"  alt="" /></a></div><br />
  179. <br />
  180. <p>Sometimes I do whimsey... but rarely on demand.</p><br />
  181. <br />
  182.            </div>
  183.        </content>
  184.        <dc:subject>funny</dc:subject>
  185. <dc:subject>glasses</dc:subject>
  186. <dc:subject>groucho</dc:subject>
  187. <dc:subject>matt</dc:subject>
  188. <dc:subject>nose</dc:subject>
  189.  
  190.    </entry>
  191.    <entry>
  192.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/08/09/558-Bubbles-should-make-everyone-smile.html" rel="alternate" title="Bubbles should make everyone smile" />
  193.        <author>
  194.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  195.                    </author>
  196.    
  197.        <published>2011-08-09T16:32:00Z</published>
  198.        <updated>2011-12-31T16:51:07Z</updated>
  199.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=558</wfw:comment>
  200.    
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  203.    
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  205.    
  206.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/08/09/558-guid.html</id>
  207.        <title type="html">Bubbles should make everyone smile</title>
  208.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  209.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  210.                <div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/bubble-n-grass.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Photography/bubble-n-grass.jpg','Zoom','height=444,width=655,top=325.5,left=640,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1949 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='380'  src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/bubble-n-grass.jpg"  alt="" /></a></div><br />
  211. <br />
  212. <br />
  213.  
  214.            </div>
  215.        </content>
  216.        <dc:subject>bubble</dc:subject>
  217. <dc:subject>grass</dc:subject>
  218. <dc:subject>photography</dc:subject>
  219.  
  220.    </entry>
  221.    <entry>
  222.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/08/07/557-Your-song!.html" rel="alternate" title="Your song!" />
  223.        <author>
  224.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  225.                    </author>
  226.    
  227.        <published>2011-08-07T16:24:00Z</published>
  228.        <updated>2011-08-12T03:20:05Z</updated>
  229.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=557</wfw:comment>
  230.    
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  233.    
  234.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/28-To-Bettie" label="To Bettie" term="To Bettie" />
  235.    
  236.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/08/07/557-guid.html</id>
  237.        <title type="html">Your song!</title>
  238.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  239.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  240.                <p>I am sorry, little bear, but you have a favorite song.</p><br />
  241. <p>And I am sorry that I am sorry you have a favorite song, but I don&#8217;t think we should stumble in that direction right now, since that way lies monsters.</p><br />
  242. <p>So anyway, you have a favorite song.  And you love this song so much that anytime I play this song you shout &#8220;My song!&#8221; after hearing just the first few bars.</p><br />
  243. <p>Unfortunately, the song is Border Reiver from Mark Knopfler's Get Lucky album.  And I say &#8220;unfortunately&#8221; with only the greatest respect to Mr. Knopfler since I love both the song and his work in general.  Your mother actually walked down the aisle to one of his songs when we were married.</p><br />
  244. <p>(For the record, I stood like a dork at the front of the room doing what I do best: Looking tall, gangley and unworthy of your mother&#8217;s interests.  Meanwhile, your mother just looked beautiful.)</p><br />
  245. <p>So why am I sorry that you have a favorite song?  Well, mostly because it is a song about a truck... Or perhaps a truck driver. But mostly it is about a truck.  A really <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackPageview', '/extlink/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_Motors']);"  href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albion_Motors">beloved truck</a>, but a truck just the same.</p><br />
  246. <p>And I am sorry because it is my fault, since it is rarely played on the radio but is often found emanating from whatever device I am using to play music.</p><br />
  247. <p>I just want to tell you now that, while I will fully support you if (based on this early indication of music preference) you decide to drive a truck, I think the world has more in store for you than sitting in a cramped cab watching lines fly by.</p><br />
  248. <p>Though with your sense of humor I think you would do wonders on a CB.</p>
  249.            </div>
  250.        </content>
  251.        <dc:subject>albion</dc:subject>
  252. <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  253. <dc:subject>border reiver</dc:subject>
  254. <dc:subject>mark knofler</dc:subject>
  255. <dc:subject>truck</dc:subject>
  256.  
  257.    </entry>
  258.    <entry>
  259.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/08/06/556-Manly-pink.html" rel="alternate" title="Manly pink" />
  260.        <author>
  261.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  262.                    </author>
  263.    
  264.        <published>2011-08-06T04:47:46Z</published>
  265.        <updated>2011-08-06T04:53:46Z</updated>
  266.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=556</wfw:comment>
  267.    
  268.        <slash:comments>0</slash:comments>
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  270.    
  271.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/26-Bettie-Pictures" label="Bettie Pictures" term="Bettie Pictures" />
  272.    
  273.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/08/06/556-guid.html</id>
  274.        <title type="html">Manly pink</title>
  275.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  276.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  277.                <p>I haven&#8217;t found a manly shade of pink yet.<br />
  278. <div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><br />
  279. <a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Bettie/leaving-in-pink.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Bettie/leaving-in-pink.jpg','Zoom','height=655,width=495,top=80,left=400,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1947 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Bettie/leaving-in-pink.jpg"  alt="" /></a></div><br />
  280. But then again, I haven&#8217;t found anything manlier than being a father.</p>
  281.            </div>
  282.        </content>
  283.        <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  284. <dc:subject>fatherhood</dc:subject>
  285. <dc:subject>picture</dc:subject>
  286. <dc:subject>pink</dc:subject>
  287.  
  288.    </entry>
  289.    <entry>
  290.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/05/01/555-Bunny-is-gone.html" rel="alternate" title="Bunny is gone" />
  291.        <author>
  292.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  293.                    </author>
  294.    
  295.        <published>2011-05-01T06:45:00Z</published>
  296.        <updated>2011-12-31T16:52:37Z</updated>
  297.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=555</wfw:comment>
  298.    
  299.        <slash:comments>2</slash:comments>
  300.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=555</wfw:commentRss>
  301.    
  302.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/15-Alphie-News" label="Alphie News" term="Alphie News" />
  303.    
  304.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/05/01/555-guid.html</id>
  305.        <title type="html">Bunny is gone</title>
  306.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  307.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  308.                <p>Bunny failed to make it home from an outing several weeks ago.  His loss went unnoticed until bedtime, by which point it was impossible to effectively identify where he went missing.</p><br />
  309. <br />
  310. <p>To make matters worse, he went missing on a Friday which meant the usual places to search were closed for the weekend.  Despite our best attempts, we were unable to locate him the following Monday (and putting up flyers in the most likely places has yielded nothing) and we have had to concede that he has been lost.</p><br />
  311. <div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/bunny-poster-pub.JPG' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/bunny-poster-pub.JPG','Zoom','height=655,width=495,top=220,left=720,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1940 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="480" height="640"  src="http://theledge.net/uploads/bunny-poster-pub.JPG"  alt="" /></a></div><br />
  312. <br />
  313. <br />
  314. <p>Alphie has taken it incredibly well, with only momentary bouts of sadness and longing.  She pines for him quietly, though, and his absence sits close to her heart.  She recently colored this page in a coloring book, which is the first drawing of Bunny she has ever felt compelled to draw:</p><br />
  315. <div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/bunny-drawing_pub.JPG' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/bunny-drawing_pub.JPG','Zoom','height=655,width=495,top=220,left=720,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1941 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="480" height="640"  src="http://theledge.net/uploads/bunny-drawing_pub.JPG"  alt="" /></a></div>
  316.            </div>
  317.        </content>
  318.        <dc:subject>bunny</dc:subject>
  319. <dc:subject>drawing</dc:subject>
  320. <dc:subject>lost</dc:subject>
  321. <dc:subject>sadness</dc:subject>
  322.  
  323.    </entry>
  324.    <entry>
  325.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/02/05/554-Together.html" rel="alternate" title="Together" />
  326.        <author>
  327.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  328.                    </author>
  329.    
  330.        <published>2011-02-05T18:23:32Z</published>
  331.        <updated>2011-02-05T18:29:00Z</updated>
  332.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=554</wfw:comment>
  333.    
  334.        <slash:comments>0</slash:comments>
  335.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=554</wfw:commentRss>
  336.    
  337.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/22-Photography" label="Photography" term="Photography" />
  338.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/29-To-the-girls" label="To the girls" term="To the girls" />
  339.    
  340.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/02/05/554-guid.html</id>
  341.        <title type="html">Together</title>
  342.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  343.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  344.                <p><div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link" title="anb_together.jpg" href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/anb_together.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Photography/anb_together.jpg','Zoom','height=444,width=655,top=325.5,left=640,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1939 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='380' src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/anb_together.jpg" title="anb_together.jpg" alt="" /></a></div></p><br />
  345. <br />
  346. <p>This post is for posterity.  Hopefully sometime in the future it will show you both that even at a young age your were able to play together and have fun.</p>
  347.            </div>
  348.        </content>
  349.        <dc:subject>alphie</dc:subject>
  350. <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  351. <dc:subject>photography</dc:subject>
  352.  
  353.    </entry>
  354.    <entry>
  355.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2011/01/17/553-Facing-away.html" rel="alternate" title="Facing away" />
  356.        <author>
  357.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  358.                    </author>
  359.    
  360.        <published>2011-01-17T09:39:31Z</published>
  361.        <updated>2011-01-17T09:41:38Z</updated>
  362.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=553</wfw:comment>
  363.    
  364.        <slash:comments>0</slash:comments>
  365.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=553</wfw:commentRss>
  366.    
  367.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/22-Photography" label="Photography" term="Photography" />
  368.    
  369.        <id>http://theledge.net/2011/01/17/553-guid.html</id>
  370.        <title type="html">Facing away</title>
  371.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  372.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  373.                <p><div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/Hockey_facing.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Photography/Hockey_facing.jpg','Zoom','height=444,width=655,top=185.5,left=320,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:1938 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='380' style="border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/Hockey_facing.serendipityThumb.jpg"  alt="" /></a></div></p>
  374.            </div>
  375.        </content>
  376.        <dc:subject>photography;hockey</dc:subject>
  377.  
  378.    </entry>
  379.    <entry>
  380.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2010/09/29/552-Happy-Birthday,-Bettie.html" rel="alternate" title="Happy Birthday, Bettie" />
  381.        <author>
  382.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  383.                    </author>
  384.    
  385.        <published>2010-09-29T04:29:00Z</published>
  386.        <updated>2010-11-28T16:42:36Z</updated>
  387.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=552</wfw:comment>
  388.    
  389.        <slash:comments>2</slash:comments>
  390.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=552</wfw:commentRss>
  391.    
  392.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/25-Bettie-News" label="Bettie News" term="Bettie News" />
  393.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/26-Bettie-Pictures" label="Bettie Pictures" term="Bettie Pictures" />
  394.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/28-To-Bettie" label="To Bettie" term="To Bettie" />
  395.    
  396.        <id>http://theledge.net/2010/09/29/552-guid.html</id>
  397.        <title type="html">Happy Birthday, Bettie</title>
  398.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  399.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  400.                <p>Happy Birthday, Bettie.</p><br />
  401. <p><div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link"  href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Bettie/bsmile-oney.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Bettie/bsmile-oney.jpg','Zoom','height=655,width=444,top=80,left=425.5,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:763 --><img class="serendipity_image_left" width="429" height="640"  style="border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Bettie/bsmile-oney.jpg"  alt="" /></a></div></p><br />
  402. <p>I know I don&#8217;t write much here for you, but please don&#8217;t take that as neglect.  I don&#8217;t get to post here much because you are one of the funniest, most energetic one-year olds I have ever seen, and you keep your mom, your sister and I extremely busy.</p><br />
  403. <p>And we love you with all our hearts.</p>
  404.            </div>
  405.        </content>
  406.        <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  407. <dc:subject>birthday</dc:subject>
  408.  
  409.    </entry>
  410.    <entry>
  411.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2010/09/08/551-Boulder-Fire.html" rel="alternate" title="Boulder Fire" />
  412.        <author>
  413.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  414.                    </author>
  415.    
  416.        <published>2010-09-08T06:31:15Z</published>
  417.        <updated>2010-11-28T16:42:11Z</updated>
  418.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=551</wfw:comment>
  419.    
  420.        <slash:comments>1</slash:comments>
  421.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=551</wfw:commentRss>
  422.    
  423.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/22-Photography" label="Photography" term="Photography" />
  424.    
  425.        <id>http://theledge.net/2010/09/08/551-guid.html</id>
  426.        <title type="html">Boulder Fire</title>
  427.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  428.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  429.                <p>The fire in Boulder seems pretty serious, having destroyed a number of structures and rapidly outpaced local efforts to control it.  My thoughts are with anyone who lives in the affected area.</p><br />
  430. <br />
  431. <p><div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class="serendipity_image_link" title="boulder_fire_four.jpg" href='http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/boulder_fire_four.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/Photography/boulder_fire_four.jpg','Zoom','height=655,width=444,top=80,left=425.5,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:757 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="429" height="640" style="border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://theledge.net/uploads/Photography/boulder_fire_four.jpg" title="boulder_fire_four.jpg" alt="" /></a></div></p> <a class="block_level" href="http://theledge.net/2010/09/08/551-Boulder-Fire.html#extended">Continue reading "Boulder Fire"</a>
  432.            </div>
  433.        </content>
  434.        <dc:subject>boulder</dc:subject>
  435. <dc:subject>forest fire</dc:subject>
  436. <dc:subject>sun</dc:subject>
  437.  
  438.    </entry>
  439.    <entry>
  440.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2010/08/07/550-Are-you-sure-it-is-a-new-part.html" rel="alternate" title="Are you sure it is a new part?" />
  441.        <author>
  442.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  443.                    </author>
  444.    
  445.        <published>2010-08-07T05:10:42Z</published>
  446.        <updated>2010-08-07T21:41:26Z</updated>
  447.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=550</wfw:comment>
  448.    
  449.        <slash:comments>1</slash:comments>
  450.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=550</wfw:commentRss>
  451.    
  452.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/18-A-Matt-Story" label="A &quot;Matt&quot; Story" term="A &quot;Matt&quot; Story" />
  453.    
  454.        <id>http://theledge.net/2010/08/07/550-guid.html</id>
  455.        <title type="html">Are you sure it is a new part?</title>
  456.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  457.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  458.                <p><div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class='serendipity_image_link' href='http://theledge.net/uploads/raidcard.JPG' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/raidcard.JPG','Zoom','height=510,width=680,top=300,left=640,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:756 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='380' style="border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://theledge.net/uploads/raidcard.serendipityThumb.JPG" alt="" /></a></div></p><br />
  459. <br />
  460. <p>This was sent to me at work as a replacement part from a vendor.  Still sealed in the bag...</p>
  461.            </div>
  462.        </content>
  463.        
  464.    </entry>
  465.    <entry>
  466.        <link href="http://theledge.net/2010/05/18/548-Mom-is-way-cool.html" rel="alternate" title="Mom is way cool" />
  467.        <author>
  468.            <name>Matthew Groeninger</name>
  469.                    </author>
  470.    
  471.        <published>2010-05-18T16:06:00Z</published>
  472.        <updated>2010-05-18T19:03:58Z</updated>
  473.        <wfw:comment>http://theledge.net/wfwcomment.php?cid=548</wfw:comment>
  474.    
  475.        <slash:comments>1</slash:comments>
  476.        <wfw:commentRss>http://theledge.net/rss.php?version=atom1.0&amp;type=comments&amp;cid=548</wfw:commentRss>
  477.    
  478.            <category scheme="http://theledge.net/categories/13-To-Angie" label="To Angie" term="To Angie" />
  479.    
  480.        <id>http://theledge.net/2010/05/18/548-guid.html</id>
  481.        <title type="html">Mom is way cool</title>
  482.        <content type="xhtml" xml:base="http://theledge.net/">
  483.            <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  484.                <p><div style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; border: 3px; padding: 2px 8px 2px 8px; font-size: small; text-align: center;"><a class='serendipity_image_link' href='http://theledge.net/uploads/mom_is_cool.jpg' onclick="F1 = window.open('/uploads/mom_is_cool.jpg','Zoom','height=456,width=668,top=325.5,left=640,toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,resize=1,resizable=1,scrollbars=yes'); return false;"><!-- s9ymdb:753 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width='551' height='369' style="border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;" src="http://theledge.net/uploads/mom_is_cool.jpg" alt="" /></a> </div></p><br />
  485. <p>You are adored, Angie.  Bettie adores you, Alphie adores you, and I adore you.</p><br />
  486. <p>(Buddy adores you too, but the way he shows it is to come and lie on the floor next to you when he doesn&#8217;t feel well.  This is why some days you feel like he is chasing you around just to fart next to you.)</p><br />
  487. <p>There is a saying that tells us you can learn a lot about a person from the enemies they have.  When applied to you, I think it shows that you are the kind of person who has never left anyone a reason to hate you. You are fair, and honest, you are kind and compassionate.</p><br />
  488. <p>You are extremely special to those who know you.</p><br />
  489. <p>And to me, you are one of the reasons I get up every morning.</p><br />
  490. <p>I love you.</p>
  491.            </div>
  492.        </content>
  493.        <dc:subject>alphie</dc:subject>
  494. <dc:subject>angie</dc:subject>
  495. <dc:subject>bettie</dc:subject>
  496. <dc:subject>my love</dc:subject>
  497.  
  498.    </entry>
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