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How many things need to happen to remind me that I am insanely lucky and have no real problems? The gratitude is overwhelming.

I am of course referring to the disgusting decision of the Trump admin to bomb Syria as a punishment for using chemical weapons. This is not an issue specific to Trump...it has happened with nearly every US president during my lifetime. I know it is a complex issue beyond simple generalizations, but I will never understand the logic of bombing a country to prove bombing is bad. Sorry...

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what a difference a year makes!?

In lighter news, things are good around here. We were outside A LOT this week, including a test drive of the new double stroller. It was a hit!

I was thrilled to meet some new activists at our Moms Demand meeting and if you couldn't make it, there is a larger chapter meeting coming up on April 25th in New Albany.

Also locals: I highly suggest you check out the Arts Midwest Concert Series this week in Corydon. The Unni Boksasp Ensemble from Norway is performing this week. Looking forward to meeting them and chatting about Norwegian this and that tomorrow evening at an opening dinner Mom is hosting for them. 

Chef's Table: Pastry hit Netflix Friday. I've only watched the first one with Christina Tosi so far. I can't even with that show...it is so ridiculous.

Currently listening to the new Kacey Musgraves album nonstop, along with some of Cardi B's thrown in. Quite the pairing!

I didn't get a lot read this week, but after hosting bookclub yesterday, I was energized and the Amazon Kindle deals were AMAZING yesterday and today. Last night I started Tangerine by Catherine Manger and love it so far.

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A quiet week come and gone. I literally have nothing to blog about! Ha! Classes were good, Simon was good, got to see baby on ultrasound (for the second time already!) and all's good there. This weekend has been creepily warm, so managed to get out and about. Things are good. 

Currently working my way through Kurt Andersen's Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500 Year History. It is so good and very entertaining. I'm also reading this fun yoga book, which I should finish today.

Caught up with my gal Sarah yesterday and we bonded over some of the best chili we've ever eaten at Blue Dog Bakery. I found a pair of Frye clogs for $11 at Sassy, and I managed to successfully meal prep/meal plan.

Things are good.

Hopefully next week's post is more interesting, but I'll take pleasantly mundane any day.

 

highlights of 2017. what a year...

JANUARY

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2017 started off in protest. These photos were taken on January 21st, the day of the Women's March.

It was a wonderful day to be out in defiance of Trump. I am confident that if the world could have known how bad the next year would be, there would have been millions and millions more out there. 

I would have been in DC if I wasn't about to have a baby. OMG look at that belly!

 photos from Louisville's Move Forward event

photos from Louisville's Move Forward event

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FEBRUARY

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Most of the month I spent miserably pregnant and waiting around for baby boy. 

Then he was there.

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MARCH

March is a total newborn blur. 

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We watched a bunch of Big Little Lies and Grand Designs, gave a lot of bottles, and didn't sleep very much.

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APRIL

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Spring! All the coleus!

I also got moving again -- restarting yoga and such. Not easy by any means, but looking back, I've come a long way since then!

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MAY

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May was the beginning of our "porch sitting with wine and babies" season. It was pretty great.

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I started teaching again and have never loved it more. Thank you so much to all for your practices -- it has been a blast this year.

Oh and we got hanging flower baskets!

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JUNE

June was beautiful. We hit our stride with the baby and things definitely got easier. 

I got really into plants, both indoor and outdoor and funnily enough, my indoor ones (except for one) are all still alive. I call that a major victory.

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Simon and Philip started to enjoy playpen time together (HA!) and they were adorable with their bald heads.

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Andrew was in an outdoor wedding that had the most perfect weather imaginable and it was lovely.

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JULY

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Simon's first trip to Asheville! He loved getting to see his great aunt Lis! Nothing better than a trip to Asheville with Mom to do nothing but shop and eat. I admit it was a little exhausting with the guy, but still great.

And because the weather was so insane, there was lots of drinking outside, both beer and coffee.

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AUGUST

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This month was a turning point for the country. The events in Charlottesville caused a pivot from absurdity to true danger in regards to this administration's treatment of minorities. We were all witness to Trump's embrace of white supremacy and I believe it was the beginning of the end...unfortunately, we're still not there, but closer and all the more terrifying.

TOMATOES. Andrew took his garden to a whole new level this year. First tomatoes out of the garden will always be eaten in a BLT. There is nothing better.

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Andrew waged war on the japanese beetles, which were particularly bad this year. The poor roses survived thanks to his diligent nightly meditation of flicking them into a bowl of soapy water. HA!

And then there was the eclipse...which was a letdown. Next time we will be watching at totality.

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SEPTEMBER

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Another trip to Asheville, this time with Andrew to order our table. Again, a lovely long weekend full of eating and shopping.

Shrimp boil up in Indy with Louie the Corgi, who is seriously the sweetest dog on the planet.

A photo of all three Ridley boys on tiny rocking chairs...please ignore the creeper smiling maniacally in the background.

My indoor plants still alive and my vision for a plant filled hallway came to life. Believe it or not, these guys still look great now! A couple close calls here and there, but they are thriving.

 

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Margaret got a pool. Margaret lives within one minute of my house. This is a good thing.

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OCTOBER

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A artisanal highchair from Papaw and we decided to finally do something about our back patio. 

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A life goal of mine was realized when our Sticks table was delivered. I had no idea when I blogged about them years ago I would actually have one in the near future. 

Simon's first Halloween and it was COLD. Please don't pay any attention to my costume. It was awful.

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NOVEMBER

November was great...except I don't have any photos of it. I left Instagram at the beginning of the month. It was a great experiment. I wanted to be more present and spend less time looking at people and things that annoyed me. After six weeks, I realized I didn't miss about 75% of it. I missed keeping up with dear friends and family, sharing silly videos, and getting inspired from certain accounts. I've since gotten back on with a private account and a bare bones feed.

It's funny though because in just that short amount of time, the habit of posting and checking completely went away and I find myself not posting hardly at all right now...has shown me just how insignificant it is to my daily life.

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DECEMBER

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Alex was Santa at Feeders Supply again this year. It was mayhem, but we managed to get a photo with all three boys in it. 

Even with a couple weeks still to go, December has been very excellent so far. Happy first birthday to Philip and looking forward to Simon's first Christmas.

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I have said this to Andrew and others many times this year, but 2017 was for me personally, insanely good. However, it is bittersweet given the violence, natural disasters, corruption, and injustice that continues on. I'm not sure what to do other than be grateful, know that it could all go away in an instant, and dedicate my time and energy to creating change where I can.

To any out there still reading this little blog, I appreciate you so much and thank you.

Happy Holidays and New Year,

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favorites of 2017

This year was wild. Incredibly disturbing and depressing in many ways, but very joyful in others. I have a long list of things that inspired me, made me laugh and cry, and appreciate each day.

I have everything in the slideshows below, click the photos to check all these things out.

I've also got  lists below them. Enjoy!

  • Bullet journaling. I know, it's a total fad, but I love it! If you're a list maker, it is fabulous. I still all appointments and events in my Google calendar, but I use it a master list book. I love it.
  • The People are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage by Jared Yates Sexton. Sexton is a journalist who lives in Georgia, originally a Hoosier, who attended close to every Trump rally leading up to the election. It is hard to read, but necessary to understand what's happening right now.
  • Evans & Tate Fresh as a Daisy Sauvignon Blanc 2016. This wine was recommended to me for Thanksgiving dinner by my local wine shop and it was delicious! Bought several bottles after the holiday...
  • Andrew's garden. He has added two additional raised beds for next year and I am so excited. We've had so much for with it and Andrew seems to be a natural at it. Given how warm the fall was, we had tomatoes forever!
  • Sarah Kendzior. It feels strange to list her as a favorite since reading her stuff can possibly send you into a panic, but her voice is vital right now. I first found her by listening to this interview on November 18th, 2016 and was blown away. Find her, read her stuff, listen to her interviews, and stay vigilant.
  • HAIM's album Something to Tell You

what I read in 2017

I admittedly slacked horribly the first half of 2017. There was a lot going on!

However, in the fall I set myself up with an early morning reading routine and it's been smooth sailing ever since. I look forward to my reading time so much now and I've also given up trying to read things I do not enjoy. I know, sounds obvious, but seriously, if I'm not wanting to continue with a book after 100 pages, I put it down! Time is too precious.

I was shocked to see when I brought up my list that I read a ton of nonfiction this year. Very odd for me, but I loved it. Here's what I read, if you click the photo, it will take you to Amazon listing:

And for my new holiday tradition, I'm currently rereading HP...on book three right now