- Restaurant hunting for an upcoming trip to NYC. (So many places, so little time)
- Roald Dahl was a SPY?!?
- Was JUST having this conversation with a friend: rethinking vo-tech schools.
- Going plastic free is VERY hard,
- But there are ways to reduce usage.
- Helicopter vs. snowplow parents.
- Could you IMAGINE?!?
- The link I promised Rita.
- Do you agree that “Busyness is modern laziness”?
- I don’t know how I’d feel riding in it, but it sure is CUTE.
- The British Bake-Off is one of our family favorites. I’ll be interested to see this.
- Making friends according to science
I can’t believe we’re halfway through March already. Our 52.5″ of February snow is melting and rumor has it that next week will even be in the FIFTIES. It’s still March and I never count out an April (or even May!) snowstorm, but I’m loving this warm up and keeping my fingers crossed that spring sticks around.
Reading: Finished Any Man. Great concept, really unimpressed with the execution. Another book I’d love as a book club book. I’m about half way through A Secret Sisterhood. It’s not a quick read for me. I keep picking it up and putting it down.
Knitting: I’m still working on Jesse’s socks, but Violet found some yarn during one of our adventures that she said the colors reminded her of the universe and asked if I’d make her a cowl. A super quick no real pattern knit – I just cast on 101 stitches and knit a seed stitch in the round until I thought it looked wide enough. After I finished, there was enough yarn left over that I’m knitting up a hat using a pattern I had on file but without the stripes. I bought the yarn at a local yarn store, but it can also be found on Etsy.
Listening: I *finally* finished the Dirty John podcast. Getting over the upspeak in the first few episodes was really hard for me, but the story was compelling/frustrating. Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History was recently recommended so I think I’m going to have to give that a try.
Watching: I’ve been periodically watching Cheers on Netflix. The fourth and final season of Catastrophe has been released on Amazon and I definitely want to watch it but it’s a dark/tragic/funny show and I’m waiting until I’m 100% out of winter blues territory. (If you haven’t watched it, I *highly* recommend it. It’s made me laugh so hard I cry, but it’s also just straight up made me cry.)
Making: Abram and Violet traced their heads/arms and colored them in this week to send “hugs” to a sick family member. I bought the ingredients to make this salad and that is on the agenda tomorrow as well as this crockpot meal but with chicken thighs (because that’s what I have). I need to sit down and do some work on my embroidery (it’s been languishing for months) so hopefully I pick that up this week.
What are you -ing this week?
- Creating an extraordinary life.
- The idea that hard work = success is problematic.
- Tangentially: I wish this was more of a surprise.
- Do you have a standard email sign off?
- I’ve managed to cut most of my social media but I still want to do a better job breaking up with my phone.
- I prefer to do mine in the oven.
- People around you are grieving. Go easy.
- Even as an introvert, I am 99.98% anti self-checkout.
- YES! I love talking ideas with people who see things differently. I hate it when it gets mean spirited or personal.
- I am totally embracing JOMO this year.
- Sketchbook/Art Journal/Bullet journal eye candy inspo.
- Good for them, not for me. (Just looking at the pictures make me itchy!)
- Sometimes I miss life before the Internet. LOL.
- “Art as a weapon for dynamic optimism”
- I’m pretty sure I’ve shared this before, but it deserves repeating: The New Midlife Crisis
Watching: I binged the whole season of You (on Netflix) last Saturday while feeling under the weather. It’s dark and creeptastic but I was really into it. Then I started watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Netflix based on a recommendation. Darren Criss is brilliant as Andrew Cunanan and I love Penelope Cruz as Donatella. As you can tell, my viewing has been REALLY dark the last week and it’s messing with my dreams. I need some fluffy recommendations.
Knitting: I finished the pair of socks that I’ve been working on since January and have just started a pair for Jesse. I received the yarn in my Sleeping Bear Dunes Yarn Club in December and I LOVE it. (I’ve been a member of this yarn club for about three years and I say that about almost every skein of yarn I’ve received!)
Reading: I’ve been doing a lot so this little blurb is going to be long. Getting rid of Facebook and Instagram has freed up a scary amount of time in my life. (I’m actually humbled at the amount of time I’ve wasted!!).
I recently signed up for a three month book of the month subscription and the book from February was called History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. The writing was absolutely gorgeous. The story absolutely baffled me. It seemed like the type of book that would be great for a college level class – lots of symbolism (that I’m not sure I understood), stories that intertwined but not fully. Nothing was ever really CLEAR. I wanted someone smarter than me to say, “This is what this meant, can you see how this ties into this, do you see how this symbolized…”. I can’t decide if I liked it.
I also read The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I would definitely recommend it as a dark beach read.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris was also on my list this month. I definitely think this is worth reading. It was stark (In reading criticisms on Goodreads one of the largest was that there was a lack of ‘prose’ and that the story wasn’t very fleshed out.) but I think that added power to the story. The facts themselves are atrocious and I don’t know that sentimentalizing them would make them feel more atrocious.
I’m just starting this month’s book club pick, Any Man by Amber Tamblyn. The premise seems interesting and unsettling and I’m interested to see how it unfolds.
Listening: I’m late to the party on the Dirty John podcast but I’ve been listening to that when the kids are at school. I’m always collecting podcast ideas so if you know of any good ones, please share! On Spotify, we’ve been listening to a lot of classical piano. It reminds Jesse and me of one of our favorite getaway places because they always have classical music playing in your room when you arrive.
Making: I’ve been playing with some art journaling in a sketchbook and collecting inspiration/ideas on a Pinterest board. It’s calming and fun. In the kitchen I recently tried this pancake recipe and it’s become a weekend staple. The kids appreciate it and I appreciate the fact that I almost always have the ingredients on hand (unlike Martha’s buttermilk recipe which I also love). Jesse eats his with raspberry jam (my mother-in-law makes and it and it’s just the best, but I’m sure store bought would be fine if you don’t have homemade) and the kids eat theirs with maple syrup. If there are any left, I eat mine plain like a piece of toast because I’m an animal. This shrimp, this chicken (I made it without the sesame seeds and didn’t use green beans as the veggie because I didn’t have any) were good. I want to try this salad and these cinnamon rolls (because balance) this week. (To be honest I probably won’t make the cinnamon rolls because I’m in the middle of this health challenge and I have zero willpower.)
So that’s me. What are you reading, watching, listening to and making?