Feels like every post and conversation these days starts with a sigh and a ‘how are you?’… right? We’re moving beyond that here and, furthermore, over on the faucethead blog today we’re setting May intentions. Personally, I’m taking longer walks, writing longer letters (five in the mail yesterday and a Menards rebate, of course, ha!), reading longer books, and trying (really trying, I swear) to be a bit more patient but also giving myself a break. It’s all we can do but we’re doing great!
Anyone else feel like they’re living for the little moments every day? Some days those little moments are a nanosecond of alone time with a cold Diet Coke. Some days that moment is a glimpse of beautiful weather and a sunset. Other days it’s declaring a family movie night, making microwave popcorn and ignoring the news.
As someone who thrives on productivity and alone time, this has been an interesting (read: very challenging) time. I don’t leave the house (other than for walks or the occasional ‘drive’), I work early mornings and over nap time, every other moment I have two children by my side who haven’t mastered the art of independent play just yet, our kitchen is still mid-remodel (and the shop where work is being done is closed), and, the craziest part, we don’t know when or how this will all end…
All this to say, I am so, so lucky and grateful. At the same time, I’m also exhausted, mentally and physically, and struggling at the moment. Yay for all the emotions at once! Maybe I’ll make the advice above my little moment goal for today: rest and be kind.
Checking in. How is it going in your world? We are holding steady here. Days are long, it snowed six inches yesterday (rude), and I fear the day I have to fit into jeans again. That’s obviously sugar coating all that’s going on but we are doing our best to stay in a good headspace at this time. Sending all the best your way. Talk soon, friends.
My, how the world has changed in the last week, no? How are you holding up, friends? Like many, COVID-19 is rocking our news outlets, online feeds, physical worlds, financial security, and sanity. I’m feeling very fortunate for my work from home option, incredible in-home daycare, and health at this very moment but also juggling the same anxiety and uncertainties that creep up as the news changes hourly. Not sure what else to say but we’re all in this together and I’m sending all the good vibes your way.
The Red Head and I made it one of our #goals this year to be more environmentally conscious. We’re in a season of life with two toddlers that includes diapers, pouches, snacks, the occasional juice box, and, oh, we recently tore out our entire kitchen. So, this goal has been easier said than done but we’ve really become more conscious of how we’re using things and how to re-use things. We aren’t quite to the level of this town in Japan… yet. Taking notes from them and crossing our fingers for a speedy kitchen re-model so we can at least return to our usual plates and dishes soon!
As someone who is always on the hunt for large-scale art at a small-scale (read: free) price, I am bookmarking, tagging, blogging, liking, sharing, and obsessing over this Biodiversity Heritage Library with over 150,000 high-res files for download. You want a botanical print? Check! Birds are more you’re thing? You got it! Fossils? Done! Check it out and thank me later.
With our kitchen currently a dusty mess, we’ve been using our Instant Pot almost every day lately. We’ve done veggies, pasta, soups and lots of other hearty dishes but that’s just it… it’s all feeling very H E A V Y. Send me some Instant Pot or Slow Cooker faves my way, please! The lighter, the better. My waistband thanks you.
While the Red Head was out of town this weekend, the girls and I were total mall rats. We hit a mall on Saturday to get in our steps and get out the wiggles at a play center and then went to another mall on Sunday to do the whole routine again. Truth: it worked out wonderfully! And the little ladies managed to cooperate long enough for me to snag two coats on super sale (got both for about $75 together!) at GAP. Now I just need to find some room in our closets…
I penned ‘moving on’ as the title for this post and now I realize how ominous that is. Sorry, friends, I’m not going anywhere. Just moving from the bathroom project (DONE!) to kitchen planning mode. Are you ready?? Behind the scenes, the Red Head and I have been scheming, planning, brainstorming, meeting with contractors, scouting IKEA, picking my father-in-law’s brain, and pinning ideas for our kitchen re-model. We’re still very much in the ‘how the heck are we going to pay for this??’ phase but it’s fun to dream about our biggest project yet. Can’t wait to see this come together. 2020, watch out.