Friday Finds

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  1. Things you can find in the woods.
  2. These are clever. (I think the Netflix one is my favorite.)
  3. Speaking of Netflix, between losing THIS and The Office, is it worth keeping?
  4. Has your facebook account been hacked?
  5. A plastic eating mushroom?!?
  6. Things not to put in a dishwasher.
  7. This one thing will change your life. (Or not.)
  8. 50 Memoirs from the Past 50 Years.
  9. The energy you send out is the energy you get back. (Thinking on this a lot this week.)
  10. 2019’s Top 50 Restaurants
  11. BarleyBoy is a cutie.
  12. Yes, please.
  13. We need to stop talking about the teacher shortage.
  14. Clean your laptop.
  15. This bracelet is a gift to myself as I’m trying to tackle some personal goals.
  16. I can see how this would become a thing. Also that it would be annoying/dangerous.
  17. What if we stopped pretending. Both immensely depressing and hopeful.
  18. I’m definitely checking these books out.
  19. Some tips for talking to your kids about the news.
  20. Lions are matrilineal.
  21. Intimacy and the internet. I think about this a lot.
  22. Some of my sketchbook inspiration.

Have a happy weekend!!!

Tuesday Things

Hi all!! I’m headed to the big Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN today to try and get some answers on a weird angioedema issue that I’ve had for years but has recently become pretty bothersome. Prayers, good juju, happy thoughts are all appreciated!

Knitting: I’m still working on my pretty yellow gift socks. School days, sports practices and games, and a decent bedtime have all conspired to keep me about 45 rows away from the finish. Hopefully this week as I already have yarn waiting on the swift for the next pair.

Reading: I’ve been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird over this last week. I picked it up *ages* ago for a writing class that I never finished and I’m finding so much life inspiration in it. And a few chuckles. I’m definitely going to have to find more of her writing because I’m enjoying it immensely. Also read: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center and The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger. I wasn’t overly impressed with either of them enough to recommend them.

Watching: I watched Chapelle’s Sticks and Stones special. I had a lot of thoughts and then I found this great review that said everything I would have said but more eloquently but I managed to save the link wrong so…It’s not always funny. It’s often uncomfortable. I definitely think it’s worth watching.

Making: Lists. Plans. Dreams. Goals. And then bed. It just feels so good when I make the bed every morning I don’t know WHY I get out of the habit. (Do you have one of those habits that really doesn’t take any time at all, feels so good when you do it and still always find yourself slipping out of the habit of it?!?)

So that’s me! What are you reading, making, watching lately? Anything good to share?

Tuesday Things

Fall temperatures have started just as we are finishing up the last official week of summer vacation which is perfect for fall sport practices. Violet decided against another year of cross country and is trying tennis despite my many, many attempts to bribe sway her. Abram (and I) are starting soccer. (His team didn’t have an assistant coach, so even though I know next to nothing about soccer, I offered to be a “second adult”).

This summer has been a hard one for me. I feel like I keep saying that. This month has been hard. This year has been hard. I haven’t written because things have been hard. And they have. But they also…haven’t been. Things are hard because I’m a walking ball of rage that really, really misses being fun.

I used to love talking politics. For hours. How to best allocate resources to shape the future is an absolutely fascinating conversation – especially with someone you passionately disagree. (I get that not everyone agrees with me that this good conversation material, but their loss.) Today political conversations can be boiled down to one {not fun} central question: are you a decent human being who is paying attention and heartbroken/pissed off, are you a kinda questionable human willing to trade decency for money/political advantage, or are you a straight up garbage person. That’s it. There are zero other categories.

We’ve absolutely devastated the earth in the last 100 years – fully aware of the poor choices we were making for the last 50 – because…consumerism, laziness, and a willingness to turn a blind eye. Now drastic action is necessary but taking drastic action is HARD and will get you labeled a crack pot because lazy, blind-eyed, consumers don’t want to feel guilty and/or inconvenienced. (P.S. I’m totally a lazy, blind eyed consumer too.)

We have two Supreme Court justices who at the very least behaved horribly toward women and a president who has a whole list of sexist, racist, idiotic, maniacal, heartbreaking, concerning issues.

And as the cherry on top, our government locks kids in cages and ignores their medical, nutritional, educational, pick an -al needs. (If I need to explain why this behavior is a really horrible thing, you need to find another blog to read.)

Still there are people who want to pretend:

1) It’s just politics as usual, folks. Nothing to see here.
2) There is not a thing that can be done about it. (AKA do NOT expect me to call, write, march, whatever.)
3) The reduction in taxes is worth the dystopian novel level cost in human decency.

I miss being fun but just beneath the surface of my genuine concern for how your weekend went is my sincere fear that we’d be better off just unplugging the whole human experiment and starting over from the point at which people lived in caves. (Seriously, doomsday preppers do not seem crazy to me. At all. They seem like people with…foresight.)

And while I wish I could just turn a blind eye to all of this because I know I’m not going to be able to fix it all, I also have this idealistic heart that believes just maybe if I call and write my representatives, and vote, and march, and explain to you why I feel and think the way I feel and think and inspire you to do the same – we could make things so much better. Or at least elect a president who comprehends the institution of government. Then I could go back to thinking doomsday preppers need to find a more useful hobby and…being fun.

As for the not hard? Pretty much everything else. Except screen battling. That shit does not stop.

My Tuesday Things post got a little derailed.

Knitting: a pair of pretty yellow socks that I think will end up going in the gift pile but yellow is my favorite color so…maybe not. I’ve *almost* finished with the second one of the pair. I bought the yarn from junkyarn ages ago and have lost the band so I can’t tell you anything more about it. I’m meshing my usual vanilla sock pattern with a modified eye of partridge heel and I really like how the three garter stitches work on the edges of the heel. I wonder if that would work with just a standard heel flap? (I realize that means nothing to non-sock knitters. Sorry.)

Reading: I just finished The Whisper Man by Alex North (★★★★★) The five stars comes with caveats. It gave me goosebumps and squeamies and was not great literary fiction. It is dark and creepy and an absolutely perfect quick and spooky story for curling up with on an (almost) fall night. I also read The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (★★★★☆). Are not spooky ghost stories a literary thing right now? I feel like I keep bumping into them (I’m thinking A Clockmaker’s Daughter). Anyway, I picked this up and read the first quarter than put it down for awhile and then finished the remainder over two nights. It took me awhile to really get into the rhythm of the story, but when I finished I thought it was lovely and full. I love using Goodreads to keep track of my reads (and my TBR pile) throughout the year. Come find me if it suits you!

Watching: I rewatched the whole Twilight movie series. Violet’s been DEVOURING the books. She told me today that she thinks the books are so fun but that Bella is stupid and clingy. (This made me laugh and so proud.) FYI: I am and always will be Team Jacob. I need to start rewatching Downton to prepare for the movie. (Mom, we’re going.) Speaking of favorite characters: the Dowager Countess, of course.

Making: Random art things in my sketchbook. It’s been helping me with a “embrace imperfection” thing. When I sit down to play in the morning, Abram will usually join me without any prompting. I’m wondering if he’ll be interested when he heads back to school. Maybe I’ll play with the schedule and see about having art time in the mornings or as something to do before bed. Back to school season means I’m also (finally) in the kitchen more often. Beans and rice, sweet potato quesadillas, egg roll in a bowl, and a frittata this week.

So that’s me. What are you reading, watching, making? And if you’re angry like me, what are you doing to keep it from poisoning your every day?

Tuesday Things

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted. I backdated my Michigan post because 1) I can and 2) I wanted it posted when it happened for my own future reference. July was filled with vacation, camps of every persuasion, school supply shopping, dentist and doctor appointments, knitting, card games, shooting hoops, crafting, and an ENDLESS BATTLE OF SCREEN POLICING.

Moving on:

Knitting: Always socks. And very slowly a sweater for Jesse. But mostly socks. I’m trying to complete at least a pair a month. I managed to get a pair and a sock done in July and after this weekend I’ve almost finished the second sock.

Watching: I jumped on the bandwagon and watched both seasons of Fleabag on Prime. Not for the faint of heart or even slightly prudish, but I found it hilariously funny and absolutely heartbreaking. I’ve also watched the first few episodes of Dear White People which I’m loving.

Reading: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (★★★☆☆) – super dark and unsettling for me. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (★★★★★) – great beach read. Sadie by Courtney Summers (★★★★☆) – not what I was expecting; well written but zero let up. Also read Ani Di Franco’s memoir. I love her music and was so excited to get the book, but wasn’t as inspired by it as by her song writing.

And that’s me…what have you been reading, watching, making, keeping yourself busy with this summer?