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  • Linzi 10:33 pm on February 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Craft Swap IX: Holiday Cards Recapitulation 

    The final card arrived a month ago! I apologize for posting this so late. Similar to last year, I felt pretty loved over the holiday season and was impressed with everyone’s mad card making skills. This year Chris and I hung a string with two separate sections to make sure all of the cards would fit. Without further ado, here are the 2013 cards in the order I received them (if I can remember correctly):


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    • Sue 8:59 am on February 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great job everyone….thanks so much for making my holiday brighter ♥

    • Nikki 9:18 am on February 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yay! I loved getting these this year and making them was fun too!

  • Linzi 7:54 am on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    2012 Christmas Eleganza 

    I went back and forth on posting all of backlogged Christmas events from this year. On one hand it’s January, I’ve already made New Year’s posts, and on the other I know I’ll come back next year looking for pictures and links from this year and they won’t be there – which would be sad. Long story short – I’m posting! The first party I went to this year was the Yahoo! Holiday Party.

    Dec 1: Yahoo! Holiday Party

    Definitely the more extravagant party I have ever been to. It was held on one of the piers in a giant warehouse. The front of the building was lit up purple and search lights scoured the sky. People were showing up in limos – in gowns! The party was movie themed and the warehouse had been broken up into 5 sections. The first area was the red carpet, you walked down the a path lined with cardboard cutouts of celebrities. The second area was the wild west. It had a saloon, gambling tables (poker, blackjack – you name it), giant photo booths, and cow statues. The third area was Bollywood themed with belly dancers, delicious indian food, and statues of elephants & tigers. The fourth, and coolest section, was japanese anime / sci-fi area. It had giant projection cubes hanging over the bars, an entire wall lined with DDR machines, the main stage (where Train played), and they were serving sushi. The fifth, and tiniest, section was a game room – I have no idea what movie genre it was suppose to be attached to. You could participate in a silent dance party or play pool and old arcade games. All in all pretty amazing.

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    • ... Daddio ... 4:16 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What? No mention of the Lynn (as in “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin, you never come out the same way you went in”) Christmas Eve Parade? Over 75 vehicles tastefully garnished in seasonal decorations and modest audio systems speading the joy of the holiday. OK, OK…it was pickup trucks hauling boats with lobstah shaped Christmas lights, Mustangs with no hoods, a couple school busses, a septic collection truck, about 14 drunk Santas and the inevitable inflatable T-Rex re-enacting a Mr. Bean Christmas. The parade alone was worth the flight!

  • Linzi 7:57 am on June 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Birthday Caitlin! 

    Happy Birthday!

    Your Friends

    • Sue 5:31 pm on June 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday Caitlin!

  • Linzi 8:15 am on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    May in Boston 

    Boston Public Garden Swan

    Boston was quiet cold and foggy compared to the beautiful, hot Burlington Vermont. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for Chris and I the mild temperature and extreme fog reminded us of home. We walked around the Boston Common, Boston Public Garden, and MIT with my parents and then hung out around Harvard Square with my best friends from home Sabrina, Reid, and Tim!

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    • Sue 6:28 pm on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      It was quick but we loved having both of you here to celebrate Zak’s graduation. Sorry the weather wasn’t better!

  • Linzi 8:32 pm on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Sabrina’s Surprise Package 

    The following story and pictures are from Sabrina! – Linzi

    I have a very good friend from college who is living in the Washington DC area participating in Math for America. Since the beginning of the program she has been incredibly stressed out and miserable. There have been numerous things that have happened that were really unfortunate- flooding in her room, her car getting hit by a stolen vehicle- the list goes on.

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    • Linzi 8:33 pm on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That package looks fantastic! I’m sure your friend loved it! :D

    • Sue 7:59 pm on April 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am sure that made her day. What a wonderful thing to do, hope she plays it forward.

  • Linzi 4:26 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    An Infinity Scarf for Sue 

    For Craft Swap VI: Pay It Forward I knitted a seafoam stitch infinity scarf for my mom! My mom, Sue Bergmann, went through a lot last year, and I admire her for being one tough cookie. I chose to make an infinity scarf because my mom loves to go on long treks in the cold woods with her many dog friends. I used 98% alpaca yarn because alpacas and llamas are her favorite farm animal – she’s talked about getting one for years. The yarn made from their wool is super soft when knitted loosely, which is why I chose the lace-like seafoam stitch.

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    • Sue 7:35 pm on April 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      OMG it is absolutely beautiful and soooo soft. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to show it off. Love ya.

    • Daddio 2:55 pm on April 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Rats…I thought it was my birthday present. :-(

  • Linzi 5:49 pm on January 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Craft Swap VI: Pay It Forward 

    Pay It Forward

    Come one, come all – it’s a new year and time for another craft swap! I’m sure everyone is working hard at their resolutions, so this craft swap will be a simple but goodie. Inspired by the 2000 classic movie, Pay It Forward, for this craft swap we will be doing and documenting a good deed.

    XC Craft Swap VI

    Theme: Pay It Forward
    Rules: At some point in February through the end of March, you will do a good, selfless deed for someone. You can make them something, do something with them, or do something for them. It can be someone you know or someone you haven’t met yet. All that’s required is that the person you choose is NOT involved with this craft swap, documentation of the deed, and -for a twist- this act of kindness should come as a surprise to the recipient. Even though a story is all that’s required, it would be even better if you shared pictures as well.

    If you’re interested please write your name below before January 31st. The swap begins on February 1st. Please send me or post your own stories and pictures before March 31st.

    Happy Crafting!

    • Christopher 5:58 pm on January 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in!

    • Tori 6:23 pm on January 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Love it! Count me in too!

    • lauraishere 4:07 pm on January 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply


    • Sabrina 2:48 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply


    • Alicea Cock-Esteb 7:18 pm on January 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in.

    • yarrrsky 7:33 am on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhh just saw yesterday, is it too late to sign up?

      • Linzi 10:51 am on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Not at all! You can sign up whenever for this one. :)

  • Linzi 7:26 pm on December 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Our 2011 Blog Review 

    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

    Click here to see the complete report.

    • Sue 9:09 pm on December 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to all you bloggers!

      • Linzi 4:32 pm on January 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Congratulations to you for being our number 1 commenter!

    • lauraishere 10:25 pm on January 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Woohoo! Glad we don’t have to file income tax reports for the blog! (yay. currently accounting.)

  • Linzi 12:58 pm on December 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Water World 

    A bunch of people who I knew were my co-workers (not my actual co-workers) and I were hanging out at the beach. It was a beautiful day and the beach was crystal clear. I, being my daring self, was one of the first people to run into the water. It was the perfect temperature and as I was about to yell back at them that they should join me when I noticed two huge stingrays in the distance, riding along inside an incoming wave. One black, one grey; they had to be between 8-10 feet in diameter. Panicked, I turned towards land and realized there was already a giant grey one in-between me and the shore. A wave was coming and my land mates screamed at me to move to the side so as not to ram into the spiky spined creature. I swam and ran as hard as I could against the water. As the wave pushed me to shore I barely missed the behemoth.

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    • lauraishere 6:02 pm on December 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      this is….an incredible account. lambic dreams!

    • Dad 9:30 am on December 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Um…OK…I think that’s the last time we eat Thai at Sawasdee Danvers. I’m thinking the Shark & Ray Tank commercials for the Boston Aquarium, the red fabric draft stopper at Sawasdee, and not enough time spent at the beach contributed to this fantastic account. I’m jealous, though, because I can hardly remember what day it is, let alone if I even had a dream the night before.

      • Linzi 6:19 pm on December 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I agree! I totally think the shark and rays were from all those New England Aquarium commercials. I didn’t even think of the red fabric at Sawasdee, but you’re probably right. Lastly, I think the dragon was from a conversation Dave H and I had about the movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ the night before – either that or everybody playing Skyrim.

    • lauraishere 10:23 pm on January 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, this dream came at the end of last night’s dream. I had fallen asleep with my phone next to me, having waited up to text folks at midnight PST…Towards the end of my night’s adventures, I was walking into a room and in the room there was a big frog sitting on the floor. He jumps up into the air, rebounds off the wall and ceiling and then into my jacket and up my sleeve! Gross. I hold completely still so I won’t scare it and make it jump around. At that moment, my cell alarm clock goes off, vibrating against my arm and scaring the sleeping crap out of me. I jumped out of bed and tried to shake the frog out of my PJs!

      I thought it was very coincidental, I certainly was disoriented for a bit. Does that ever happen to you? Do you find that your end-of-sleep dreams somehow weirdly link to the world you’re about to wake up to?

      • Linzi 2:46 am on January 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        That has happened to me on occasion. The two times I specifically remember it was when there was a huge fire and all these sirens were going off (that happened to be my alarm clock) and I frequently fall off cliffs when I’m almost falling off the side of the bed.

        I like that you dreamt about a frog… guess we’re having a reptile dream connection. :3

  • Linzi 5:15 pm on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Reid’s Holiday Card 


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