life lately

Simon is two months old today. Crazy!

He's doing fabulous - we've really hit our stride enjoying long walks in the stroller, eating lunch with Andrew at work one day a week, and constantly visiting with grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins.

He's also already sleeping through the night...he loves his crib and loves going to bed?!? Is this normal?! Whatever, I'll take it.

I'm not excited about his two month doctor appointment on Friday...first shots! Ugh, I am dreading it, but he'll fine...surely...ha ha

Lots of great stuff happening right now so I thought I'd throw in a weekly report...

WATCH

So much! Better Call Saul and Fargo both started back and are as good as ever. Silicon Valley started last night, which we'll watch tonight along with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The Handmaid's Tale starts this week on Hulu, which I'm super excited about...it might be a little too timely right now, but I'm still watching. I watched the series finale of GIRLS and hated it...haha. So glad that show is over!

LISTEN

Again...so much. New albums everywhere! But honestly, is there anything else but Lady Gaga's new single, The Cure? No. It's all there is right now.

I've also fully committed to listening to both episodes of Pod Save America per week. I love their frank attitude, but supported with major insider knowledge. 

DO

We are gearing up for summer/spring gardening. Have I mentioned yet that I'm embracing yardwork this year? I am doing flower pots again this year, but we also have installed twelve wrought iron hooks on the house for hanging flower baskets...a lot to water, but I WILL do it...I WILL!

Oh and last week we went to see Bernie Sanders in Louisville. He says everything you want to hear and is so awesome...inspiring and also incredibly depressing because he's not in charge and the Orange Windsock baby-president is.

Trump's latest insanity from last night is baffling...bragging that he got higher ratings than 9/11 coverage on television....disgusting. He's disgusting and I am still in despair at what is happening in this country in case you're wondering.

MOVE

I've been back at it for about two weeks now and it gets easier every day. In addition to yoga practice, I'm walking with the stroller (making myself attack hills around town), dancing my butt off in the studio (no shame, flailing for 45 minutes results in some serious sweat!), and on Saturday Kayla and I tried out the new indoor cycling studio in Louisville, Cyclebar. Tons of fun, I hope to go again this coming weekend.

READ

Enjoying the ridiculous wine memoir, Cork Dork, from Bianca Bosker. The wine world is so weird. 

best of 2016...if that's possible

So, the end of 2016 wrap-up season has been a little different this year. And by different, I mean downright depressing. I feel certain that 2016 will go down as a historically bad year. A year full of tragedy and violence (at least in the media...we are still living in the most peaceful of times in recent history). A year that ended with a shocking election and its following absurdities. 

However, I can't lie...it was a pretty wonderful year for me personally. I finished my 500hr advanced teacher training, grew the studio, enjoyed library work to no end, found out I'll be an aunt again to another nephew, had an amazing and surreal trip back to Norway and Scotland, and the day after we got home....found out we were pregnant!

I've said it before on this blog, but I feel so grateful. One positive of the election? It has made me look at my life and appreciate it even more than I did before. My priorities are crystal clear and I am so ready for the big changes 2017 brings for my personal life...But the world at large? I'm not so sure.

 MAJOR adjustments ahead and it is definitely not going to be boring.

A couple weeks ago I read Amor Towles' debut novel, Rules of Civility, which I LOVED. The following is a passage from the end of the book and it's my favorite thing I read this year:

"It is a bit of a cliche to characterize life as a rambling journey on which we can alter our course at any give time--by the slightest turn of the wheel, the wisdom goes, we influence the chain of events and thus recast our destiny with new cohorts, circumstances, and discoveries. But for the most of us, life is nothing like that. Instead, we have a few brief periods when we are ofered a handful of discrete options. Do I take this job or that Job? In Chicago or NewYork? Do I join this circle of friends or that one, and with whom do I go home at the end of the night? And does one make time for children now? or later? or later still?

In that sense, life is less like a journey that it is a game of honeymoon bridge. In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions--we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come."

I enjoyed so many other things this year, but this is all I feel like sharing. 

Much love.