Weekend Linky

It's Saturday morning and we are busy preparing for my Dad's birthday party tonight.

Food, lots of it. Friends, lots of those also. And blessedly, this year, family too.

In the midst of the normal pressure points of three generations living together under one roof - kids with their mess and noise, adults with their unique work schedules and comings and goings, dietary preferences and routines - I remember and am grateful for the blessings of family.

And so tonight we celebrate my Dad and another year of his life.

Totally unrelated to that... I want to share a few links with you today before I join my mom in the kitchen.

  • This week I published my Services page in the slow effort to update FIMBY since our move. Little by little the blog is better reflecting where I'm at right now and the direction I plan to take things (hint: I want to earn some money doing what I love).
  • Damien published a post this week about Adventuring on a Budget at Unplugged Sunday. Some of you have asked us over the years how we manage our finances with regards to outdoor pursuits (we love your questions by the way). This post helps answer that.
  • Did you know that you can now subscribe to FIMBY with your Kindle? Our family, Celine specifically, has owned a Kindle since last summer. The main reason for buying it was for Celine to have a way to bring lightweight reading material on our backpacking trips. This girl loves to read and needs books. I find myself borrowing it from time to time to read e-books and other material. I really like this little device.
  • Have you signed up yet for the summer session of 30 Day Vegan? Heather is offering a great limited time Buy One Get One deal. Don't know if you've noticed yet (it's in the course description) but I'm contributing to this course - four posts around the theme of Life Inside a Vegan Kitchen. I've started working on that (spent the day in front of the video camera yesterday) and it's gonna' be good. To say I'm super excited about this opportunity to work with the lovely and talented Heather is an understatement. I hope to see many of you there.

I regularly (most every day) update my blog with links to other blogs under Inspiring Internet on my sidebar. There's some good stuff in there this week. Links to a wickedly good kale recipe (my kids were wanted thirds and fourths), tips for hiking with your kids, how to get up early in the morning without losing sleep and much more in Archived Inspiration.

Next week at FIMBY you can expect "field notes" from our trip out west. Yes, it's here already.

We are being hosted all along the way by people we have met over the internet, reading their blogs and vice versa. Isn't that so cool! I'll be sharing (with permission) the unique places we are staying and visiting.

While we're traveling I will also be posting (hopefully) the follow up to Stop Waiting For The Stars to Align. Thanks for hanging tight friends, it's coming.

These days leading up to our trip are busy with packing and now celebrating my Dad's birthday but there's a little ache inside that even happy bustle cannot mask.

I'm leaving my babies for 2 weeks and as excited as I am about meeting some of you and all the great opportunities we have for business building at OR I'm sad about leaving the children behind (while also feeling excited about this time alone with Damien).

We've never been away from them this long before. Bedtimes have been hard this week as the kids start to stress about us being gone. I know it will be ok. Better than ok. But still, it's hard for this mama's heart to detach a bit and know there might be tears and I won't be there to dry them. Sigh...

On that little note I should close. The kids need lunch. I have salads to make for Dad's birthday celebration.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. See you next week, from the road.


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  • Pamela

    Pamela on July 25, 2011, 5:34 p.m.

    Wow - so many great things going on! I hear you about leaving the kids. It ties my stomach in knots, even when I know they are in good hands and having fun. I hope your trip is fruitful and inspirational!

    I'll be seeing you over at 30-day Vegan. I'm totally psyched about it. My sister-in-law did it the first time and I was soooo jealous. I'm going to try to get my family to do a 90-day vegan kitchen experiment. We've made it to a vegetarian kitchen, with the exception of occasional ham sandwiches. (Milk is the real hang-up -- they are super cereal lovers, which isn't good in and of itself.)

    Keep up the good work!!!


  • Kyce

    Kyce on July 28, 2011, 2:15 a.m.

    Wishing you a splendid journey to our side of the great divide. Sorry you won't be coming down to New Mexico, but confident the Rockies will delight your adventurous spirits. Perhaps you and your children might exchange some small talisman to carry close when you are apart...


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