I met up with a friend and her two young children for breakfast today. We talked favorite colors and Rescue Bots and being nervous/excited for kindergarten. It was a gift. I’ve been crying (often) at the linear nature of time, and wishing that 33-year-old-Kate could have the wisdom of 43-year-old-Kate and that I had an afternoon (or year, or whole lifetime) with the little people who have become bigger people. I know everyone tells you…but like everything else you can’t know until you experience it, and by then it’s too late. I’m not above being a toddler at the unfairness of it all.
We’ve had sleepovers and birthday celebrations and (not enough) time with out of town family. V finished school last week, goes to camp next week, and starts high school swim the week following. A will be at camp a week after V. We started shopping for school. The summer bucket list is half complete, but I doubt we’ll finish much of the remainder. I feel like every year at this time I talk about how the days are lost to laundry and lunch making and this year is no different.
Let’s talk things.
Knitting: I’m in the process of switching over my office/craft space with V’s bedroom and that has involved some inventory taking. I need to knit faster. I’ve almost finished a pair of vanilla socks (I tried a twisted 1-1 rib on the cuff for the first time and really like it). I have my next pair picked out and I’m going to do a hat that I’ve stashed away.
Watching: Ted Lasso (Apple) is back and I’m THRILLED. I watched the final season of Atypical (Netflix) and have been watching Bloom (a florist British Bake Show on HBO) with Violet. It’s very sweet.
Reading: Our 7PM family reading time has gone by the wayside since summer started, and it shows in my list. I’ve read the first two stories in the Agatha Raisin series (Ally, I think you recommended these?). They’re a very sweet British murder mystery. Beach Read by Emily Henry (★★★★★). I think Midnight Library will be next.
Making: Summer = popsicles. These pineapple-orange-banana ones are a bit icy, but good. This week, I made some mango/coconut popsicles but realized I’m not a fan of mango. Abram (who likes mango) thinks they’re really delicious. Next, I’m going to make these blueberry coconut ones. We decided we’re going to try to eat at home for every meal this month. I’d love some simple, good, quick recipes if you have any. Banana bread. This shrimp dish (which never has any leftovers). Salmon salad. (Even my non-salmon lovers enjoy it in this salad. It’s a little bit of work, but worth it so I’m only making one dinner that everyone enjoys.) And I can’t eat nuts right now with the braces, but if you can, make this salad. I’ve been known to use precooked beets (love beets is the brand) from the supermarket in a pinch. It’s my favorite salad.
So that’s me. What have you been -ing since we talked last?