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Yesterday Squawk was questioning me about ambulances. She knows they're for treating sick people, and whenever she sees one she'll put on her face of earnest sympathy and proclaim "Someone's feeling sick!" — but yesterday she wanted to know why this imaginary person was feeling sick. (We've been in the "…whyyyyyy?" phase of toddlerhood for […]

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her self-esteem is through the roof

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Squawk has figured out her dad's first name, and when she wants his attention I'll hear this wistful little "Stuieeeee….!" Often she'll get stuck in a loop, repeating his name over and over, but this time she immediately got distracted by Nanna. Who is currently over a thousand kilometres away, so I've no idea why […]

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duhalar reindeer herders

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anthrocology: Duhalar reindeer herders by Hamid Sardar-Afkhami The Duhalar reindeer people live in Hovsgol — the land of the blue lake — a territory of about 65,000 sq. km in Northwestern Mongolia bordering the tiny Russian Republic of Tuva. The Duhalar are the guardians of this hidden realm, patrolling a maze of evergreen forests and […]

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August 23, 2013 at 05:20PM

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      Red Panda is my totem animal (we’re both boofheaded creatures who really like to sleep…), and I’m thinking it might also be Squawk’s, because this is exactly what she does to my breakfast bowl every morning. via deborahkalin.tumblr.com

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totally the big issues here, people

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I have a love-hate relationship with chewing gum. One of the guys at work always has these strange brands of gum, with highbrow flavours. He particularly favours minty orange, which I'll grant you is surprising at first, but delicious. And every now and then I steal some off him because, well, for example, lunch needs […]