Friday Finds

  1. Creative people’s brains really do work differently.
  2. I found this long read about the criminalization of the midwife fascinating.
  3. The days are getting longer. (Science is cool.)
  4. This makes me smile.
  5. I wish I had this kind of talent.
  6. I love a good pen round up.
  7. Ramona Quimby was one of my first literary heroes.
  8. The artistry in these pieces is amazing. (I’ve started following some of the artists listed in the article, and WOW.)
  9. This makes me want a piece of land with a log over a creek.
  10. Knit portraits.
  11. Making friends like a grown up. (I’ve probably posted this before. I like friend making articles.)
  12. Earth has two moons. (For now.)
  13. Seriously cute pictures of a feather and fur friendship.
  14. Will you subscribe? (I’m a no. My attention span is short enough.)
  15. I love all the color in this house.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday Things

Happy Tuesday!! Last weekend was absolutely beautiful (almost 60° degrees) but NOTHING went as planned so I had myself a bit of a pout and then opened windows and did some spring cleaning and read some good books and knit and had a game night with Abram while Violet and Jesse went to see Violet’s friend perform in a play. Friends warned me that I would enter the stage where 90% of my social life would be made up of attending kids’ activities and we are 100% there.

We also had Abram’s middle school open house last week which has left me all kinds of weepy and wistful which was not to be helped by Violet’s exclamation, “This time next year I’ll be touring high school.” Where did it go? And why does it keep getting faster? And if you know…you know there just aren’t words. It’s…how can something that can feel like such a slog also feel so heartbreakingly brief?

Moving on…

Watching: The Hulu docu-series Hillary – which is definitely a pro Hillary/pro-Clinton doc but got me thinking about how much has changed and how much hasn’t. I don’t know that watching it the same week that we were left with three. old. white. men. as options for President was a good idea, but it certainly beat watching anything that is passing for news. Violet and I are also slowly making it through the Hunger Games. She finished the book series awhile ago and as we stumble on “girl time” we watch the movies. This week we watched the third.

Reading: I finished a couple of books this week. Inside Out by Demi Moore and Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. Catch and Kill was such a good read but a real punch to the gut. I’m still boggled at what power looks like in this country. I just picked up Boys and Sex by Peggy Orenstein. Some friends and I discussed this Atlantic article over coffee about a month ago and agreed to read the book. The ones who have read it/are reading it say it’s a hard but enlightening read. Once I’m done reading that, I’m finding a light-hearted bodice ripper (or five).

Knitting: I got almost to the end of the foot on the first sock and realized I didn’t like the length of the leg so ripped it back and started over. I’m currently on the gusset (I loved how all those stitches looked on the inside of the heel flap so I had to take a picture). The yarn is Campfire (I think is the name?) by Must Stash Yarns. It’s sport weight so the knitting is flying which is good because I have a lot of yarn for socks and I wound the yarn for the bobble pillow but haven’t started that yet.

So that’s me. How are things in your world? What are you making, reading, watching, listening to?

Tuesday Things

I love that picture of Abram and his cousin. We were having a lot more fun ice skating and tubing than their expressions belie.

And that magnetic poetry expression caught my eye as I was running out the door and it made me laugh so I had to take a picture.

It smells like spring. It’s Wisconsin so odds are that we’ll see snow and cold again, but on the flip, it’s Wisconsin so it could mean spring. We haven’t had a harsh winter but I’m loving the longer days and the early morning sunshine.

Watching: Lots of The West Wing this week. A wistfulness for reasonability and civility in politics, perhaps? Schitt’s Creek. I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Hulu subscription so I could watch this season. I’m so sad it’s ending. Knives Out is on my list for this weekend.

Reading: I have a huge list to pick up at the library today. Since we last chatted, I’ve read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. (Mixed feelings) Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. (Fun, super fluff, romance) Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do by Eve Rodsky. (Almost skipped it because this is already a hot button for me lately. Should have.) When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald. (Liked it. Didn’t love it.) Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. (This was my favorite read.)

Knitting: I finished the blanket and need to get the socks finished. My next project is this pillow I’ve had in my project stash for quite awhile. I feel like my home needs it.

Listening to: V’s playlist. Because the twelve year old girl in me relates. Greg Brown. And whatever Spotify cleaning playlist I can find as I’ve been on a real organizing streak lately! (Just one more reason I’m thinking spring is right around the corner!)

So that’s me. Good boring stuff. What are you watching, listening to, making, reading lately?

Vacation Diary

This week is chock full of reality: laundry, conferences, school work, basketball practice, snow. Last week we were visiting with Jesse’s parents in Grand Cayman.

We had many adventures. Violet and Abram tried scuba for the first time with Jesse; my FIL and I snorkeled above them. We swam on a moonless night in a bay filled with bioluminescent plankton. We snorkeled. We ate great food. I had a giant cockroach run over my foot at a restaurant during dinner. I didn’t take as many pictures as I could have because there were a great many times when I just didn’t feel like having my phone. And if you give me an opportunity to float in the ocean or stay on dry land and take pictures – I will most always choose the water.

Stayed: South Bay Beach Club
Memorable Eats: Sunshine Grill, Chicken Chicken, Grand Old House
Activities: Captain Marvin’s (snorkel), Ambassador’s Diving (scuba/snorkel), Cayman SeaElements (bioluminescence)

It wasn’t perfect but it was good.

And this is definitely Violet’s year of the peace sign.

Tuesday Things

It’s sunny. Cold. Snowy. I voted today in a state election. Our primary isn’t until April and I’m grateful. I’m still working on a blanket and socks. Last week we were on vacation and my kids found HGTV and now they are begging me for cable. I’ve accomplished absolutely nothing since the last time I dropped by, but I wanted to say hello. So…hello. Also…I’m stealing the twenty questions I found at The Spectacled Bean and giving them an answer.

Your most memorable fancy dress costume?

My favorite “fancy dress” dress ever was for my eight grade graduation and I wish I could have a grown up version. It had black tank top with a just above the knee skirt. The skirt was black with a print of huge bright tropical flowers and black crinoline underneath. The waist was cinched with a really wide belt in the same fabric as the skirt. It was very late eighties-early nineties dress and I wore it with black nylons, a pair of (small) black heels, and a necklace and earrings that matched the bright colors of the flowered print. My mom picked it out for me and when it was hanging in the closet, I didn’t think I’d like it, but I absolutely LOVED it once I put it on. I’ve had some other pretty great “fancy” dresses but none surpass that dress that I didn’t even pick out!!

Which social media platform do you use the most?

Instagram, probably. Unless you count my blog reader.

Favourite season?

Maybe winter? I love them all. That’s why I live where I do.

If you had to choose the beach or mountains, which would it be?

Beach. Every single time.

What can you play very well?

Scrabble. I’m not the best of the best (my mom can really whomp on me) but I’ve had my share of 300 point games.

What kind of cheese do you like?

Not a huge cheese fan. Though in high school I had dinner at a friend’s and his parents had brought back a cheese from a European vacation and they served it with apples for dessert. It was kind of brown and it was caramel-ly and nutty flavored and the best cheese I’ve ever tasted. I don’t remember what they called it and I’ve tried lots of different ones hoping to find it…but it remains a mystery.

Life goal?

To raise healthy, happy, hardworking kids.

How many cities have you lived in?

Four. Plenty more small towns and villages.

What language do you wish you could speak?

All of them.

What can’t you stand?

Oh, the answer to this is too long and that makes me sad.

If you have an hour to kill on your hands, what would you do?

Read or knit or organize something.

Your favorite routine?

I love my Sunday morning “reset” where I water my plants, and count out my medicine into my handy-dandy pill container, and write down my plans/intentions/to-do list for the week.

When do you become hyperactive?

When I’ve had too much coffee, when I’m on prednisone, when I don’t feel like I’m being heard.

Text message or phone call?

Depends, but I mostly prefer phone calls (I know, I’m a dying breed.)

Your most precious treasure?

I have a few things that I really cherish. The kitchen table my grandfather made. A card catalog from Hackley Public Library. A clock. A yellow post it with a note from Violet. A picture from Abram. I couldn’t pick a most precious.

Your latest foreign language mistake?

No idea. I speak French and Spanish only well enough to ask that we speak in English.

What’s the best therapy for you?

Actual therapy.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?

I don’t know that I want to be any of the characters I’ve read, but I have a real soft spot for Scarlett O’Hara. She’s a real monster – selfish and short sighted – but also doggedly loyal and hardworking.

Where would you like to travel?

So many places. My quick and dirty list: Alaska, Antarctica, Ireland, the Netherlands (I have *always* wanted to see the Anne Frank home), Iceland, on a sailboat trip on Lake Superior, Cuba

Where did you meet your spouse/partner?

We were introduced to each other by a woman I worked with at a bar.

And as every Tuesday, I’ll end with a question of my own: what are you making, reading, listening to, watching, or whatever -ing is striking your fancy right now?