Thursday, August 13, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

// SoapBox Soaps. I had to ditch some Garnier stuff because it left a nasty residue in my hair. Combing the Target aisles I found Soap Box argan oil shampoo and conditioner ($4.99 each) and it's fabulous. FABULOUS. Even more fabulous? The philanthropy that drives the brand - read about it here.

// This Toni Morrison quote about parenthood on Mother Mag.

// A little germ of an idea that's given way to a full-blown fever of excitement.

// Looking forward to reading this book:


Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Nothing more than feelings.

But we ARE our feelings, thanks....

...Inside Out, the saddest movie I've ever seen! Everyone else in the theater was enjoying themselves and I was weeping (not so silently), snuffling - every now and then - I'm thinking of the part with the wagon - I gasped and cried some more. 'Her parents reminisce about when Riley was small... which means that we're living the good part now,' I lamented to Luke later. 'The good part is now [sobs]'. Can you feel nostalgic for the present? I suspect there's a 35 letter German word for it.

Other entries in the lots-of-feelings category:

 I caught this interview with pianist Simone Dinnerstein on my way to the gym. She discusses her struggles with infertility and miscarriages and the impact on her career in addition to performing in Cuba, her new work, etc. I wondered if I had ever heard a woman discuss infertility so openly in a forum that wasn't expressly about that topic, much less how it impacted her career. Such a common struggle and yet here I was being rather shocked (in a pleased, let's shed some light and lift some hearts kind of way) to hear it on the radio.

Sally Mann's memoir Hold Still. I reacted deeply to this book. Her writing is exquisite, her humor wry, her life unapologetic. Inspired by the amount of non-ephemeral ephemera she draws on -- unpublished photos, journal entries -- I took a digital sabbatical to put down the phone, examine my FOMO, and think about what I'm creating. I plan to read this book again very soon and I'm not a re-reader. She leaves so much unexplored I hope capital letters HOPE she writes another memoir.


 And, what are you carrying forward? That's what I'm thinking about after these moving interviews with flight nurses and Elizabeth Alexander.

Sign in my office from Best Made Company

Early Summer

Neri took these photos June 1 and I can't believe I haven't flooded the interwebs until now.

Might be my favorite.

Excuse me do you have any gummies?

I don't know what all this green is and I'm not sure that I like it.

C had a hard shoot.


Found 'em. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What's Making Me Happy This Week

// Facebook stickers. I think they're hilarious.

// Asian dumpling class at Central Market. We made steamed pork buns, potstickers, and dumplings and then ate them! Fun to be around some cooking nerds. The pork marinade was equal parts hoisin sauce, ketchup, and honey -- been meaning to try since.

Dumplings and fortune

// Have driven by this business hundreds of times... and then I realized THE FOOT IS A FAMILY THE FAMILY IS A FOOT!    Genius.

// This mom gets a high five:

// Luke singing Aerosmith as Clementine based on her new insistent instructions: CWOSE YOUR EYES! CWOSE YOUR EYES! when she's telling us to go night night! GO NIGHT NIGHT!

I don't wanna cwose my eyez
I don't wanna fall a-seep
'Cause I miss you Gigi an' and I no wanna miss a fing.

// From the bittersweet desk: just this weekend C started calling Josie 'JO-ZEE' about half the time.

// Checked out Duck Tents this weekend and it is such a cute book about ducks that fish and camp with wonderful rhyme, rhythm, and vocabulary.

Made me a recall something on Pinterest about toddler books and tie-in activities (here) and outings*:


*'we're never going to go fishing, Julie' -- the huzcat. --> 'They will with Aunt Robin and Uncle Will!'