Stuff I’ve Been Reading

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One of our bookshelves…

I’ve read some good books since January, and I haven’t had the time to review them all! SB encouraged me to keep a list of the books I’m reading, so here’s my first attempt,  with a few words beside about the mood/tone/topic of the book.

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler: funny, poignant, surprising

All the Light I Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: page-turner, historical fiction, beautiful wording

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor: thoughtful, deep, not over-spiritual

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Laurin Winner: thoughtful, challenging

Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson: light, funny, Southern

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin: page-turner, historical fiction, interesting

Saving Grace by Jane Green: beach-read, light, read-in-2-days

Reading Currently: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Coming Up:

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans

The Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline

Also, I’m looking for a good beach read. Any recommendations? What have you been reading?

The Mundane and the Magical

On a whim this past Saturday, Campbell and I went to see Cinderella at the movies. It was her first experience at the theater, and she sat in my lap the whole time, mesmerized/kinda scared by the sheer size of things. It was really, really good. The costumes and setting were beautiful. And the themes were spot on. “Have courage and be kind.” Both of us loved the lullaby “Lavender’s Blue” that was sung in the beginning.

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The seemingly mundane activities can be so exciting as a parent of a younger child. And that keeps taking me by surprise. Taking her to her first movie, giving a her first soccer ball, teaching her how to use scissors (open-close-open-close). Sometimes these moments don’t live up to my expectations, and sometimes they do. When they are magical, I find myself feeling the need to share with others, but then I realize that I can count on 3 fingers the people who would care about Campbell singing her lungs out at the park as if she was a Disney Princess.

Deep thoughts on a Tuesday. Go see Cinderella if you’re on the fence about it. You won’t regret it!

xo

 

Around the web….

Happy Sunday!

We’ve had a busy, but great, few weeks. Life has been full.  I’m relieved for warm weather and happy to have lots to look forward to over the next weeks and months. Here are some links from around the web that have caught my eye and warmed my heart.

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As a Feeler myself, I found this post comforting.

For days that are “long and hard and kind of heavy.”

I’m just starting this book–it’s been on my wish-list for a while. This one is up next, thanks to this great list via Modern Mrs. Darcy.

On my spring wardrobe wishlist: these shoes, this shirt.

Last night, I started watching The Honourable Woman on Netflix. It’s great so far.

SB pointed me toward these, which seem so neat and are on sale right now!

We’ve made these butter cookies twice–they’re yummy and easy to for toddler help.

 

 

Some Updates

I’m posting less frequently these days. My routine tends to be work-school pick up- dinner – bath-bedtime-paperwork. Long days.  My writing itch is usually scratched-a-plenty by progress notes/assessments/treatment plans for work. But! I love documenting the mundane. In that vein, are some things of note.

1. I recently finished All the Light You Cannot See. It was beautifully written. More to come.

2. Two weekends ago, I spent the weekend in Birmingham. It was lovely. Highlights: family time, Galentines day with friends, pedicure + massage + alone time, and my fave restaurants. We returned to DC in time to run to the grocery and then straight home. We were snowed in the next day, which wasn’t too bad at all.

3. Campbell started a new school this week. Long story short, I felt like we needed a change and happened upon an open spot in a preschool literally around the corner (2 blocks!) from our house. Most importantly, she’s now wearing a uniform and looking like a sweet English schoolgirl. See below. Just keeping things deep around here. You’re welcome.

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4. Podcasts keep my home life interesting and stimulating. I’ve written about this before, but listening to discussions and talks lifts my mood and keeps me informed. I’ve discovered some new ones recently on the iPhone podcast app (the best!). But I’m also fiercely loyal to Diane Rehm and NPR. I listen to NPR’s 5-minute daily newscast each morning after I get out of the shower.

5. I’m sad to say goodbye to Downton Abbey. (SPOILER ALERT, read at your own risk.) In my opinion, the season started out slow but really improved toward the end.I thoroughly enjoyed the season finale and am left with some calming resolutions and happy questions. First, Edith: No more anguish about how the heck she could watch her baby being raised by other people right next door. Mary: What’s next for her love life?! Sparks are flying with the tall/dark/handsome/mysterious car-loving gentleman.   Anna: She’s reunited with her fellow jailbird husband. Tom: Feeling warm and fuzzy about the Crawley’s but headed in his own, independent direction. And the Dowager & Mrs. Crawley: besties. Finally, Carson and Ms. Hughes: engaged!

6. I’ve told you about my obsession with Madewell jeans. I’ve been thrilled to hear that flare/bootcut/wide leg jeans are back this season. So these are on my wish list. (Check out Madewell’s denim donation deal for a discount.)

Around the web…

Happy Saturday! Here are some interesting things from around the web.

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SB swears by these pants, and I ordered a pair in black this week (on sale). Spring, come on!

For weary moms, some simple tips.

Great ideas for staying sane online.

My parents saw Selma, and now I’m wanting to, as well.

I loved this list of Kristin’s lessons learned over 40 years.

SB sent me this recipe, and it looks yum.

A moving, and realistic, picture of love at 2 in the a.m.

Tricks for avoiding small talk and how to exit a conversation gracefully.

My new breakfast obsession.

Love these jeans and this dress for spring. White!

Fun print for a little girl’s room.

My friend Josie’s sweet and hilarious ode to her brother John on the occasion of his wedding.

New Dr. Seuss book? Yes, please. (But only if I can keep skipping half the lines and getting away with it. Those books are lengthy!)

 

Some Tidbits

Hello out there. I don’t have the fortitude to write a succinct post on a single topic, only tidbits of life strung together. I will say that I am so very over this winter weather. We’ve only had a few serious snowfalls (for me, a few inches), and I’m done. I’ve done my part this season: I’ve sprinkled some salt on the stairs when need be, left the faucets dripping to avoid freezing pipes, defrosted and warmed the car in advance. All this still feels foreign for this Alabama girl, and I will not be sad to say goodbye to winter. Tomorrow, it’s supposed to get up to 50 degrees, and I’m thrilled about wearing flats instead of boots. Woop woop!

On the toddler front, I’m continuing to reinforce nights slept in the toddler bed with stickers. 5 days of stickers = a new (small) toy. This seems to be working for now, knock on wood. We had a major set-back last week due to a cold/fever that lasted a few days and resulted in bed sharing for 5 nights. Ugghh. But so far this week, I’m celebrating 2 consecutive nights of sleep separation. Hallelujah. (I’m all set to use this neat alarm clock to help me in my quest, but I need to obtain some AA batteries. Details.)

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There are many TV shows I would like to watch and have the time to watch, but I can’t seem to break out of my routine of watching reruns of The Office, with occasional Gilmore Girls and Downton mixed in. (Lady Edith’s plight is really getting to me, btw.) On my to-watch list: last season Parks and Recreation, last 2 seasons of Homeland, and the past season Parenthood. With some Mindy Project and Modern Family mixed in.

I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See, along with How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. I love both, for different reasons. But I also like the balance of the serious novel and the very accessible parenting book.

Still going strong hanging in with my aforementioned 25-day detox. I’ve cheated on a few occasions, mostly involving social situations that I’d rather enjoy with normal food and drink. But– I’ve liked the way it’s forced me to eat and plan healthy meals. I am also addicted to the chocolate-almond protein shake involved….

This may be the lamest post ever. If you’re still reading, you’re probably either my mom or very kind/curious/in need of a distraction. Thank you, whatever it is!

A Few Things

So, a few things. First, happy MLK day and SOTU week. Camps and I enjoyed a restful and fun long weekend with her B and Poppy. There was ballet dancing, museum touring, and lots of singing/running/hiding/refusing to hold hands. And thankfully, babysitters and evenings out.

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Onto more trivial matters…

  • I’ve gone off my indulgent tendencies for 25 days to do a cleanse. Don’t worry, it’s not what it sounds. It’s basically a structured way to eat healthier for a while–eliminating dairy, refined sugar (gah!), and most gluten. Oh, and caffeine and alcohol. I’ve struggled with cooking for the past two weeks, and having these parameters has, so far, been kinda helpful. Mom helped me make made a batch of turkey chili. Last night, we ate a veggie/chicken stir fry with brown rice. And tonight, we ate Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers with avocado and brussels sprouts. I’m missing my tea in the morning and diet coke in the afternoon, but I know that taking a break from caffeine is probably good for me. Blah Blah. And taking a break from wine is never a bad thing either. I know this is riveting information, so I’ll be sure and report back.
  • Baggu is having a sale–40% off leather bags and backpacks. I love their stuff and am eyeing this clutch. Only 3 days left!
  • Camps has developed a once-a-week habit of waking at 3:30 am and refusing to go back to sleep in her bed. She screams until I take her back to bed with me. And then she usually stays awake, wants to chat, or sleep with her head (literally) on top of my head. Not good for anyone. These are dark times, people. I know I should probably just take a stand one night and let her scream/cry it out, but we have rowhouse neighbors, and it’s hard for me to put them through that. Any thoughts? This week, I’m attempting a sticker chart if she stays in her bed all night. New Valentines stickers from Target!
  • I know I’ve told you, but I’m re-watching The Office. It makes me feel like I’m hanging with my old friends, Jim and Pam. I know that’s lame. But it’s a nice background for doing paperwork and other stuff at the same time. I am also watching Gilmore Girls on some nights.