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UPDATE:  He’s been found!  We don’t know anything yet, but he is safe.  Thank God.  And all of you for your thoughts and prayers.

My fifteen-year-old cousin is currently missing.  He was last seen by his little brother around 11pm last night.  When my uncle went to get him up for school this morning he was gone.  We have very little to go on.  Searches have been halted for the day due to cold and snow.  Things will resume tomorrow morning and I’ll post updates when we have them.

I’ve posted some of the news links below.  They include the small amount of information we do have.  He could quite possibly be anywhere right now and it can’t hurt to have as many people as possible see his face.


For many reasons Thirty Before 30 just doesn’t fit me anymore.  TTO and I have decided to start a family blog to chronicle the last few weeks of the pregnancy (only 7 left to go and THANK GOODNESS because I am HUGE) and our life post-baby.   

The new blog will be shared with family and will include real names and places as a result the content may be a bit different.  If you’d like to follow us there, please send me an email and I’ll share the link.

Thank you for reading and being part of the TB30 experience.

A long, long walk through the beautiful scenery of an old neighborhood

Fantastic conversation that just didn’t stop

Laughing uncontrollably

A pitcher of top shelf margaritas

More Mexican food than two people should rightfully eat

Continuing to reconnect with an old friend

Thank you, KT!  I had SO much fun.  We will DEFINITELY do it again soon.

Achoo!  Wow, there’s a lot of dust in here, huh?  

I haven’t written a new post (aside from a few guilt-induced Thank Gus’) in a long, long while.  I wish I had a really valid excuse but the the truth of the matter is that lately I’ve been a version of myself that I don’t like very much.  Rather than appreciate all of the good that I know I am very fortunate to have in my life I’ve been choosing to seek out the negative, emphasize every minute thing that irritates me and generally wallow in an overall sense of “woe is me”.  And not in a cute Eeyore way either.  But that ends at midnight.  New month, new outlook.
I feel like I have so much to update.  I’m checking things off of my 108 in 2008 list!  After a year and a half of looking we finally bought a couch!  I had a scary run-in with a well-meaning makeup salesperson!  There is an awkward J encounter to discuss!  We’re taking an awesome trip to Milwaukee in June (yes, I used awesome and Milwaukee in the same sentence – I love cities like Milwaukee, Detroit and Pittsburgh)!  Unfortunately all I can think about right now is the fact that I’m going to be on TV tomorrow. 
That’s right, TV.  One of the local news stations is coming to do a feature on my new company.  I’m not really nervous, just unsure of what to wear.  I doubt I’ll even make it on camera, but it’s still fun and exciting.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

I actually took these pictures last Friday only to have several inches of snow dumped on us on Monday.  Fortunately it melted pretty quickly and we can see grass again.  Is it bad that I am tempted to hit the last remaining snow piles in our yard with a hair dryer so they go away already?

Gus has thoroughly enjoyed sunning himself on the deck

Inspecting the birds, squirrels and rabbits that have reappeared

and killing me with his desperate good looks


Unfortunately spring also means cleaning up all of the messes Gus left in the far reaches of the yard this winter.  Definitely NOT a fun job.

What are Ben, Smalls, Kaya, Rufus, Ted and Zapp finding in their yards?  Go find out!