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It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

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Recent entries from atinygoat
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atinygoatThe Storyteller (Jodi Picoult)

Some friends were reading this, and I decided to join them.

It’s fiction, but still on the heavy side. Plowing through this book at the expense of keeping house has made me realize how much I miss reading on a regular basis. 1 day ago

atinygoatInto the Wild (Jon Krakuer) audiobook

I’ve read this a few times before, and I’ll keep coming back.

Having the book read to me seems to really help me find the time to read – I listen while F and I go for a walk. 1 day ago

atinygoateight months in love

It’s no secret that I love breast feeding, and it should go without saying that I’m in love with my daughter.

She continues to love solid foods, but I think we both enjoy the comfort of cuddling in bed nursing.

Not much else to add; things are great. 2 months ago

atinygoatI got a message today from a fellow 43things'er..

And it makes me want to cry.

Other messages and posts here have made me cry over the years, but this one is different.

I love this site, and though I may be busy in my day to day life, I think about it often and love having it to archive certain facets of my life.

I also love the community that has formed here. So many of you have helped me in ways that are really big, even life changing.

I guess I’ll see you all on the other side.

And so it begins.. 2 months ago

atinygoat 6 months ago

atinygoatready to fly

Earlier this week, F’s passport came in the mail.

She wants only to eat it, but I’m excited to have her receive her first two stamps in the very near future. 2 months ago

atinygoatAllegiant (Veronica Roth)

I have heard from so many people who could not finish this book, or who otherwise greatly disliked it.

Not the best book I have ever read, but I enjoyed this book, and I enjoyed this series. I liked the ending, and found I could relate to it much more than I was expecting to. 3 months ago

atinygoatseven months and I'm holding my breath

I’ve had moments where I’ve thought that this is the beginning of the end, and in a few ways, it is. I may be determined to meet this goal, but if both my child and my body do not cooperate, I don’t think this is possible.

F LOVES solid foods. I hope she always remains so open to trying new foods.

I also severely underestimated the emotional component to breastfeeding. Now that she is a little older and bigger, I feel like I’ve got people asking me every week when I’m going to wean her. And truth be told, I DON’T WANT TO wean her because I love the quiet time we share snuggled together on our bed. The nutritional and health/immunity benefits are great too. 3 months ago

atinygoatI'm one pound away.

On Sunday, F turned 7 months. I weighed in at 136 pounds which means not only have I lost 50 pounds since the day she was born, but also that I only have one more pound to go.

And now that the weather is getting nicer, I’m out and about walking more. I’m feeling pretty good. 3 months ago

atinygoatHe is darling!

And how is it that he is now 21 months!? I feel like he was just born. 3 months ago

atinygoatHummingbirds remind me of my grandma.

They are her favorite bird, and I’ve only ever seen them (in person) when I’m in her presence. 3 months ago

atinygoatI'm happy that this blipped on my radar.

Thanks for mentioning this in a public way. My husband is going to be speaking at TedGlobal in October, and this can be useful in helping him to prepare for his actual speech. 3 months ago

atinygoatWe met with the tax assessor's office.

We met yesterday and talked about our plans to raise laying hens, dairy goats, vegetables, and fruit trees/bushes.

They were more easygoing than I thought they would be; we just need to be able to show proof that, starting this summer, we are working at making our land into a small scale farm (and thus earning our agricultural tax rates). 3 months ago

atinygoatYou made my jaw drop.


I’m totally envious of you.. nicely done! 4 months ago

atinygoatYou are going at the most beautiful time of year!

Poland is very dear to me; I think about it every day.

I hope you and your family have a lovely trip! 4 months ago

atinygoatbaby bok choy

I saw some of this at the market the other day and recalling how it was on a weekly grocery list for a family I used to nanny for, I decided to buy some and take it out for a spin.

I cleaned it, cut it into more manageable pieces, and sauteed it with garlic, ginger, salt, and a little sesame oil. I then combined that with (sauteed) mushrooms, carrots, onion, water chestnuts, and tofu served with a little udon in broth.

I found it to be underwhelming, and I have to wonder what the big deal is. I do admit though that I did no research or reading up on using this ingredient. 4 months ago

atinygoatwe submitted her application today

In 4-6 weeks, we’ll have F’s passport in hand, and this goal will be complete. 4 months ago

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atinygoatdone and done

As of about noon today, The Husband and I are now proud owners of a decent-sized piece of dirt that is just waiting for us to turn it into something that will nourish our lives. 4 months ago


We don’t yet know how things will take shape, but we definitely have plans for:

living quarters
laying hens
dairy goats
a rather large garden
some fruit trees
a fire pit
a nice laundry line
room to grow, breathe, and play

And we’re currently living in a one-bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago, so this will be a tiny bit of a change. Our lease is up in August, so we’ve got a little time to get things figured out, but not much! 4 months ago

atinygoatI've written two posts since January..

So, I’ve got one per month for 2014.. not great, but given the numerous other things we’ve got going on, I’m happy with it. 4 months ago

atinygoatMy Gma turned 80 this week.

And last Friday, The Husband, Baby F, my brother, his wife, and I flew out to surprise her. In AZ, we were joined by all five of my cousins and two of my aunts. It was a great weekend, and Gma and I got some good talks in. 4 months ago

atinygoatWe close on Tuesday.

We’ve got our tall stack of cash, and we will be exchanging it for about 14 acres next Tuesday morning.

We’re all really excited about this.. even our 6 month old daughter and our two cats. I’m even more excited to move into the next phase of this goal. 4 months ago

atinygoat birth certificate and application form obtained

On our walk yesterday, we swung by the post office to get an application and then headed to the Daley Center to get F’s birth certificate.

All that is left to do is fill out the application, walk over to the post office with F and The Husband, and submit our app and fees. Hopefully, this will be happening on Tuesday after we take care of some other important business. 4 months ago

atinygoatsix months and nearly 15lbs

F is happy and healthy and up until last weekend, exclusively breastfed.

Her first taste of solid foods was a mashed up bit of carrot that her uncle fed to her, and since then, she has devoured about half an avocado and tried a bite of banana.

After overcoming a few small hurdles, breast feeding is a piece of cake now. I can’t believe six months have passed since she was born, and that she & I are halfway to reaching this goal! 4 months ago

atinygoatYou ask good questions, viobio!

Thanks for your comments and for raising some good questions!

We haven’t yet submitted her application, so I don’t know if we will have any issues regarding her smile or the fact that her head is turned.

I hope they’d cut us some slack because, like you mentioned, it is not easy to get little ones to sit still, let alone have a blank expression on their faces. Our worm is a smiley creature, so trying to get her to not smile is pretty much impossible. 4 months ago

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