grief & road trips

Before I lost my mom, I didn’t realize how messy grief was. I knew people were sad after they lost a loved one but I didn’t understand the extent of it. I honestly feel really guilty about that. I think as a culture we could do better about talking about death and helping the grieving

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our homemade zipline!

I’ve got a new video up on my YouTube channel today talking about our homemade zipline! Woo! subscribe to The Dainty Squid on YouTube It’s still incredible to me that we built this bad boy in no time at all. It went from just a silly idea to something tangible reeeeal quick. Honestly, it’s a

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doolan family bus – pt 5

Bus update time! Check out previous bus conversion posts here – 1, 2, 3 & 4. Another Sunday of bus work in the books! My sister in law and I concentrated on making cushions from the original seats. My dad and husband worked installing the water tank and getting it all ready for the toilet

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one year anniversary!

Sunday marked one year since the very best day of my life. June 9th, 2018 at 9am I was standing on top of a crumbling old structure in a ghost town in Arizona exchanging vows with a real handsome dude. I am still so embarrassed to call my wedding day ‘the best day of my

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doolan family bus – part 4

Bus update time! Check out previous bus conversion posts here – 1, 2 & 3. Last week we started tearing apart the old seats to salvage the foam inside. Nevermind the fact they’d been sitting out in the elements for two months. My dad is alllll about recycling materials. Had I written this post the

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doolan family bus – part 3

I’m back again with another bus update! Check out part 1 & part 2. With the brand new floor completely down, last week was for working on building benches! We got a pretty good start on the ones that will be on the left side of the bus. (I say “we” but A LOT of

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I cry over four leaf clovers

Up until last year, I had never found a single four-leaf clover. Over the summer of 2018, I found maybe seven total. That was with me looking constantly. Every patch of grass, nearly every time I went outside. I was happy with that number too! It was exciting. In the past week, I’ve found over

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10 things making me smile

Convincing others to beach comb with me! Took my sister-in-law ninety-eight years to finally get up here and now she wants to come every week! YES! All the tiny treasures from the lake. This plant, still! This weirdo. Yes, he absolutely got in there himself. Hitting the four leaf clover jackpot. Then finding a second

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