We're just finishing up our spring break staycation. It was, like all "vacations" with little kids, full of fun and tears and the need for naps without actually taking naps, lots of water activities, hysterical laughter, an accident or two, a lot of sugar, a lot of snuggles, and a complete and utter loss of what day it was and how long we'd been here.
There was a day or two where everything went sideways. Nothing major, just a series of minor inconveniences that added up: a lost parking ticket, two glass vases broken, a significant parent miscommunication. You know how it goes. And then, in just the nick of time, before we all lost our complete marbles, two things went perfectly: a project was finished early, and old friends came over for an effortless visit and dinner.
Sometimes all it takes it for one good thing to right a day full of wrongs.
On the HH facebook page this week I shared this example of The Gorilla's regular art delights, why some of us are newly excited about a show I've watched since the beginning, and a good deal on a thriller I read last month.
(For the record, I'm currently reading this novel that a Secret Post subscriber recommended, and will soon be starting this memoir by a friend. Don't forget that the Read Great Books discussion on Jane Eyre will be in just over two weeks, so start reading if you haven't already! RSVP here.)
Some of the big news around here is that the new podcast Sorta Awesome has launched! I will be a regular co-host on Sorta Awesome, the brainchild of one of my best friends Megan Tietz of Sorta Crunchy. My first episode hasn't posted yet, but it helps us tremendously with iTunes if you go ahead and subscribe to the feed if you think it will be something you're interested in.
Within iTunes or the podcast app, search for "Sorta Awesome" and then click subscribe. I think you'll love Megan's voice (I do!) and her content, and I'll make sure and let you know when my episodes post. I'm really excited about this! And I'll do a whole post on it soon, for those who are new to podcast listening.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- I am constantly inspired by the tough subjects Glennon Melton takes on online. She writes especially well about homosexuality, I think. (One of my favorite things written on the internet, ever - and also appears in her excellent book is A Mountain I'm Willing To Die On.) Her latest on this subject is a FAQ format: I Support Your Right To Share My Rights.
- Helicopter parenting has crippled American teenagers. Here's how to fix it. (I hope I haven't linked to this before. It's been sitting in my bookmarked folder as parenting reference, but I know I'll need to read it again.)
- Why I Wear The Exact Same Thing To Work Everyday. I feel like these conversations keep swirling, it's an extreme example of the capsule wardrobe. Women want to simplify, want one less thing to think about, want to express their style not by creatively finding something new to don every day. I haven't adopted any of these methods (yet), but I think there's something deeper to the conversation.
- Okay, look. The title of this piece isn't the sort of thing I'd regularly link to, not only because of the language but because of the negativity. EXCEPT I believe this to be a fair assessment of something I've seen go down all over the place (see: Is Your Extreme Diet Really An Eating Disorder), so I want to point you to the article as something to think about. The "Food Babe" Blogger is Full of Shit.
- And a little something about marriage from Shawn Smucker. What They Never Tell You.
This weekend I have book club and we're going to the MTV Movie Awards! Should be a fun way to wrap up our Spring Break.
Happy weekend to you.