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Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life

I have a book to recommend (just in case you haven't heard of it yet although it seems like everyone has). It's called Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. And that's just what it is, it's an encyclopedia of her life. With entries like the following:

Brother
My brother, who grew up with three sisters, was I won’t say how many years old when he finally realized that he did not have to wrap the towel around his chest when he came out of the shower.

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Love
If you really love someone, you want to know what they ate for lunch or dinner without you. Hi, sweetie, how was your day, what did you have for lunch? Or if your mate was out of town on business: How was your trip, did the meeting go well, what did you do for dinner? Jason will stumble home in the wee hours from a bachelor party, and as he crawls into bed I’ll pry myself from sleep long enough to mumble, how was the party, how was the restaurant beforehand? The meal that has no bearing on the relationship appears to be breakfast. I can love you and not know that when you were in Cincinnati last Wednesday you had yogurt and a bagel.


It's a very good read. And it's a book that you can pick up and put down as much as you like. You can read it in order or you can flip through and choose entries at random. I highly recommend at least checking it out at the library.

Many of you know that one of my hobbies is digital scrap booking. What you might not know is that on a lot of digital scrapbook sites people post challenges which are basically jumping off points for creating a scrapbook page. One of the sites that I'm a member of is Scrapbookgraphics.com where one of the designers posted a challenge for 2008 to create our own Encyclopedias of an Ordinary Year. I thought this was a great idea and so I've been working on my Encyclopedia of 2008. Once I'm finished I'm planning to publish all of the pages in a Shutterfly book. I'm trying to stay consistent with the colors and style of my pages so that it will look cohesive at the end.

And now to the point of this long-winded post. I thought I'd post my pages here as I create them. So far I'm only up to "D" so I have some catching up to do but perhaps posting them on the blog will motivate me more. I'll post the ones I've finished now, and then as I finish the others I'll keep posting them and hopefully by the time this baby is born all 26 pages for 2008 will be finished and I can start one for 2009!

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