Oi there! It’s the weekend already! And today was the first day it felt like winter, here in Portland. What about where you are? Are you in for a wintery, weather-y weekend?
Surprisingly, I like it! Winter is fun (at first), and baby-in-snow will be really fun, and I’m ready to bust out the scarves and mittens. Hey winter, I say “bring it!”
So, I’m resigning myself to the reality of my posting schedule. Some weeks I blog every day – high quality, high quantity. But other weeks, I can only get in one or two posts before the Weekend Send-Off arrives. Instead of stressing out, I’m trying to accept it. Because I really need less stress! I hope you guys know that I’m always doing the very best that I can. Thanks for coming along for the ride!
Le Love List:
1. Bonzai Bags!
I ordered a very limited edition run (only 29 available!) of these organic cotton, eco-ink, made and printed in America, TOTALLY FABULOUS tote bags, which will go on sale next week. I’ve been using mine around town and I LOVE it, and I can’t wait to get the rest of them out into the world. And just in time for the holidays!
If you buy a Bonzai Bag, you better send me a picture of you with it, deal? Yay!
(more details next week . . . )
2. Raising A Humane Child
I’m currently taking this 6-week, online parenting class, and we’re just wrapping up our first week. IT IS AMAZING. So far, I have already learned and connected and cried and grown. This class is wonderful, and it is just what I needed, and I can’t recommend The Institute For Humane Educations highly enough. Love!
3. Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder – AGAIN
Damian was out of town from Sunday until mid-Thursday. 4 1/2 days all by myself, the longest I’ve gone. I’m not going to lie – I was scared! But we did freakin’ great. We had a blast, and Waits was a champ, and I was a supermom, and sure, we had or DIFFICULT (*ahem*) moments, but overall it was a million times better than I’d feared. I’m re-learning about how attitude goes a long way.
Every morning Waits woke up saying “Daddy?” and looking around for Damian, which was so so sweet. We missed him!
Also! I just discovered this parenting blog this very morning, but I suspect that it’s going to be invaluable. // Sparkling glitter-red toenails and shiny metallic silver fingernails. // This morning, Waits threw his arms around my neck and squeezed me so tight and with so much love, it brought tears to my eyes // Speaking of which, I sure have been crying a lot lately. It’s good. // I just finished my second batch of cold curried tempeh salad and oh! but there will be a third batch, oh yes there will. // The Internets – notably this, and this, and this. // Watching my baby video-chat with my husband. // Watching Waits in the garden, in his little galoshes, holding my big steel colander and plucking the green tomatoes that are never going to ripen. This absolutely melts my heart. // When things get bad – like, really bad – and you’re really stressed and really scared, and you have a decision whether to become an anger-ball of angst, or whether to laugh at life’s madness and roll with it, and you muster all your strength and just laugh with your husband, even though it’s HARD. And then, all of a sudden you get a phone call that changes EVERYTHING, and the Universe provides, and things are going to be okay . . . and you have to wonder if it isn’t because you decided to take the path of love . . .
Alright guys, now it’s your turn – tell me what you’re loving this week!
My darlings, this happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!
Have a wonderful winter weekend, my dears