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another snow day in omaha

Another snow day in Omaha.

This morning I received an automated call from the Omaha Public School district letting me know that school was canceled today.

A) I don’t have any children.

B) When the call came in at 6am, it hadn’t even started snowing!

The flurries began to fall less than an hour ago, and I fear that by 1pm, when I’m supposed to head down to Trocadero in the Old Market, driving conditions will be BAD. Right now, however, it’s awfully pretty outside.

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the return of J

If plans don’t change, J is scheduled to return home from his deployment in just under a week. I’ve been thinking about what I can do to celebrate his homecoming. Last time we were living in an apartment, so I taped a handmade “Welcome Home!” poster to the outside of our front door and had a big balloon waiting for him inside. What should I now that we’re in a house?

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blogging hiatus

Beginning on February 15, Somewhere in Middle America will be offline for a couple of weeks getting a facelift. When we return on March 1, we’ll have a new URL (SomewhereinMiddleAmerica.com) and a new look. The blog’s focus will be changing just a teensy bit so the categories will be different, but other than that, it’ll be the same blog you’ve grown to love.

That said, now’s the time to buy some advertising! Send me an email for more information.

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craft night

This evening I’m hosting my first ever Craft Night. I’ve invited my most crafty friends to bring whatever projects they’re working on — be it knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, beading, etc — so we can craft together. I find that doing things in groups helps motivate me and inspire me to be more creative. I’m so excited to see what results we produce tonight! If all goes well, this may be the beginning of a monthly tradition at my house.

I’m trying to decide what project I’m going to work on. I could practice my knitting and purling for a scarf I want to make. I could sew another sweater toy for Briscoe. Or I could make the beaded earrings I promised my mother-in-law I’d give her for Hannukah — and then forgot all about. Oops. They were meant to match a necklace I made her for her birthday over the summer. Yes, maybe that’s what I’ll make tonight. Sorry, Mom #2!

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square-1

On March 1, Somewhere in Middle America will have a fresh new look with some special features and will begin accepting advertising. Rates start at a very reasonable $15/month for a 125 x 125 ad. This is a fabulous opportunity for other lifestyle blogs to promote themselves and for independent designers and small businesses to advertise their goods and services.

If you are interested in advertising on the new Somewhere in Middle America, which is read by lovers of photography, fashion, books and design, please contact me for more information: pamelajaye [at] gmail [dot] com.

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do you use bookplates?

When I worked in publishing, many of the books I acquired were first editions and/or signed by the author. After reading them I immediately placed them in my bookcase to avoid any additional damage to the cover or the spine. To preserve their integrity, I very rarely let friends borrow them.

Now I usually get my books from the public library. If I’m not checking them out, I’m buying them used at their book sales. Sometimes I’ll get new ones online from Amazon. Since these books are not first editions, I’m not as over protective of them and am OK lending them out… but I am concerned about getting them back!

Perhaps bookplates are the way to go with my non-first edition books. What do you think? Do you use bookplates in your books? What are some of your favorites?

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more office art

I found another photograph that would look fantastic in my office thanks to the art savvy Holly Becker of Decor8. This print, called Solitude, is by the very talented Yvette Inufio of Miami.