Eighteen. Inventory 5


Any big weekend plans?  Jacob has been sick all week, and sick means not sleeping through the night, which means Mama and Dada are tirrrrrred.  I think we’ll be laying low and taking it easy.

Hope your weekend is more exciting than ours!


READING “A Conversation about Ableism” and seriously wondering about my own worldview surrounding this.  And thinking about how to raise my children so that they can help break this “spirit-crushing system.”

INTERESTED IN the fact that the #repealth19th trend seemed to be mostly from people against the idea, but still completely horrified that it’s a thing at all.

TAKING and really enjoying this class on setting up our home Montessori style.

AFTER TALKING with a co-working about mansplaining, I really enjoyed finding this article on the “epidemic of manologues.

FELL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE of Birgitta Sif‘s Instagram page yesterday, and I’m pretty sure I want to be her BFF now.  At the very least, I want to buy her books for Jacob and Libby.


Fourteen. Inventory 4

Hoping you have something fun planned to start Autumn off this weekend!  We have nothing big planned but are hoping to get out and enjoy some cooler weather (and are seriously hoping the gnats disappear.  If you know why they exist, please enlighten me, because I can’t figure it out!)


LOVING this quote from one of my favs: “I think we might be going all medieval when it comes to our sense of leisure, thinking that working all the time is normal and that there is no such thing as down time.

FEELING INSPIRED BY this house tour.  Loving the shelves with the toys and the fairy door!  Such a cute (and helpful) idea.

TOTALLY INTRIGUED BY Cubetto, a simple toy for teaching kids as young as three basic programming skills.  Bonus!  No screens!

FASCINATED (AND TERRIFIED) BY this article from the NYT on ethnobiology.  “By revealing the elemental secrets of these plants, [researcher Cassandra] Quave has discovered promising candidates for a new generation of drugs that might help resolve one of the greatest threats to public health today: the fact that an increasing number of disease-causing bacteria are rapidly evolving immunity to every existing antibiotic. Without effective antibiotics, common bacterial diseases that are curable today will become impossible to treat; childbirth, routine surgeries and even the occasional nick could turn lethal. The widespread emergence of resistant bacteria already claims 700,000 lives a year globally. Experts conservatively predict that by 2050, they will kill 10 million annually — one person every three seconds.”  What the what??

GIVING ALL THE HEART EYES to this beauty.  One day. You know, when Jacob and Libby aren’t banging metal forks into the table and scratching it to pieces.  A girl can dream, right?

REALLLLY WISHING MY KIDS WERE OLD ENOUGH FOR this.  Not sure of the link between Disney and Iceland, but Iceland, you have my heart.


Eleven. Inventory 3

READING ABOUT A Roadmap for Making Major Life Decisions.  I don’t know how much of it is a road map, but I think it’s a great exercise for really narrowing down your values and goals for important areas in your life.  Lindsey’s exercise is definitely one that I’m hoping to find time to work through soon.

THINKING ABOUT making quilts.  We recently split Jacob and Libby into their own rooms, and each has a twin bed and a crib.  The issue is that they are extra-long twin beds, and I’m having trouble finding bedding that I like.  Of course, it turns out that I’m also having trouble finding an extra-long twin quit pattern, too, and having never made a quilt before, I’m a little hesitant to try my hand at lengthening a pattern.  Maybe I wouldn’t need to?  Maybe a regular twin would fit?  Still, a friend sent me this one, and I’m intrigued.

ALSO THINKING ABOUT Fall footwear.  As in, I could use some, and it never occurred to me that Birkenstock makes shoes other than sandals and clogs.  I’m sort of eyeing these. (I also like these and these and….sorry, Chris.)

CHUCKLING AT the elderly gentleman sitting on the other side of Panera right now who is loudly, eloquently, and passionately reading an X-Men comic book out loud….to himself.  He’s been at it now for 45 minutes straight.  It’s equal parts annoying and endearing.

DIGGING this roundup of Ikea for kids.  Think I know where I’ll start my holiday shopping this year! (We mayyyy have already gotten them this.)

And finally, celebrating the BEST thing to show up in my grocery store in forever!  Hope you have a great weekend enjoying your favorite beverage!


Eight. Inventory 2

READING ABOUT how some Olympic swimmers might have had an unfair advantage…due to the pool itself!

COOKING Roasted Chicken Provençal from the New York Times.

DEALING WITH this, meaning a slight delay in our basement-bound office.

LISTENING TO Obla Dobla De, by The Que Pastas.  Not just for kids!

LAUGHING ABOUT the places we find food in this house.  Like Jacob’s hair.  Have a great weekend, and may your green beans always be right where you left them!



Five. Inventory 1

LISTENING TO: The Beginnings of Rock playlist on Amazon Prime (Chuck Barry, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, et al)

HEARING: Chris say, “Libby, put your feet down and stop rubbing egg on the bottom of your foot” at the dinner table Wednesday night.


READING ABOUT: The McFadden family, who pioneered legislation for athletes with disabilities and who are amazingly accomplished Paralympians.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Labor Day!  Hope yours is as fun as a box full of paper! 🙂