Y'all know I love to make resolutions. Here are links to my resolutions for the past four years:
Ok. So we're practically four weeks into the third trimester now. I'm sorry, but I feel like I've been pregnant forever and I still have eight weeks to go. AHHHHHHHH...
I feel bad complaining because I've had zero problems or complications and everything has been basically perfect the whole time. I'm not that big, I'm not really swollen anywhere, no stretch marks, sleeping somewhat decent. But, man, this is not my favorite experience.
A few people at work have come up to me..."don't you just love it?!"
I'm writing this three days before Christmas, looking at twelve more days off work. I am going to go into full on prep mode: cooking for freezer, cleaning, getting last things ready. You know me, I'm going to be fully prepped as early as possible in case of an unexpected early arrival (which I highly doubt and hope will not happen).
With the holidays coming, things have been moving faster thank goodness. I have been neglecting my weekly report outs on books, movies, tv, etc so that I thought I would share a big list of things that have been making this third trimester a little bit better:
We've watched both seasons of this show from Amazon. So good! If you like Freaks and Geeks or John Hughes movies, this is for you. Amy Heckerling directs a lot of the episodes, so if you're a Clueless fan, there you go.
Last night we started The OA on Netflix. Whoa...if you think LOST or Black Mirror or Westworld were intense...it might give them a run for their money.
I read Annie Proulx's Barkskins, After Birth by Elisa Albert, and am going to start a new book today. I'm planning to stay in all day and try to get off my feet. After a full day of shopping yesterday, I've had some round ligament pain that is not fun at all.
I've been to the movie theater not once, but twice, since my last report. Unheard of! Saw Moana and Rogue One. Enjoyed both, but again, movies are nothing compared to any tv show you queue up.
Trying my best to keep some form of yoga practice going...it looks a lot like lying in supta baddha konasana on our new area rug with lots of blankets and bolsters!
Eating all the Christmas treats and not looking back.
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So many great podcasts I can barely listen to them all. I am never without new episodes. All the usual suspects from NPR are keeping me informed/terrified about our world right now, The Gomers are back for their Christmas episodes, and of course all of the Best of 2016 episodes.
Lots more going on, but that's all I feel like writing for now--I'll be back next week with my annual resolutions post...should look a little different this year!
It was a bit of a light year for my reading, but in the past five weeks, I've really been into it. SInce the election, I've been reading like crazy...back to the basics y'all!
Jessi Klein's You'll Grow Out of It is a must read for modern thirtysomething women. Ian McEwan can't mess up even when he's doing a version of Hamlet in utero.
I'm hoping to get several more in before January 1...not making it easy on myself though...right now I'm about halfway through Barkskins by Annie Proulx. This is a 700+ door stop of a novel! Ridiculous!
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.
I blogged my favorite things, a la Oprah, back in 2013. Here are nine additonal things I love and use daily, which also make great gifts!
Amazon Fire TV $74.99
Since we ditched the Apple TV and got this, things have been so good in our viewing world. It provides the same service, but 100x faster, easier, and more reliable. The voice activated search is crazy accurate and the interface is fabulous.
Le Creuset mug $14
These mugs are not only perfect for drinking all the coffee, but are so pleasing to look at...the classic Creuset ombre is just so satisfying. I particular like the color, Flame.
Indigo Wild Zum Mist in Frankincense & Myrrh $9.99
This is a room and body spray, but I use it exclusively as a fragrance. I found it after loving the hand soap in the same scent. Smells so so good and lasts without being too strong. I get lots of compliments on it and it's such a unique scent as well.
Flexi Sketch journals and sketchbooks $20ish
I love these journals/sketchbooks because of their unique shapes and the colors of their covers. The paper is a nice weigh and I use two different ones every day for my bullet journal and to-do lists.
lululemon Vinyasa wrap // $58
Just when I thought they had it perfect with the Vinyasa scarf, lulu came out with this. Lightweight material that is easier to drape + armholes. Also planning to use it as a nursing cover come February! HA!
New York Times digital subscription // $1.88 per week
Because it's important and we need to all read real journalism right now. Also, it's 50% off through the holiday season!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition // $23.99
I received the first one for Christmas last year and forgot to ask for this one so I'll have to gift it to myself...haha
Accoutrements Santaur ornament // $13.47
Andrew and I ordered this ornament for ourselves last year and it's simply the best.
Williams - Sonoma kitchen towels // $19.95
Best dish towels ever!
Best Winter Cocktail Ever
1 oz bourbon
1/2 oz cointreau
1/2 oz simple syrup
giant ice cube
Stir and enjoy. It's liquid candy.
Big thank yous to all the students at YOR, I will miss you! See you back Spring 2017!
To everyone else reading this blog, thank you so much and eat lots.
illustration above courtesy of the great penelope dullaghan
A week from today is my birthday and I'll be 32 years old. And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who needs some cheering up right now. Enjoy.
1. Allie Lehman's 4th Annual Gift Swap. I'm participating this year and am so excited because, like she says in the post, this is a TANGIBLE way to spread love and support locally owned business right now. I highly recommend you check it out and participate.
2. Ta-Ku and Wafia's Tiny Desk Concert on NPR. Perfect yoga music y'all.
3. It's Candy Cane Joe-Joe season...plus these new little devils. I'm eating them recklessly.
4. Mari Andrew's instagram account. Adorable illustrations along with some great information for us.
5. The absurd fact that these teddy bears exist.
7. This animated illustration from We Mean Business
8. The fact that this whole thing has totally taken my mind off pregnancy and that my pregnancy has been pretty much uneventful so far. Let's keep it that way!
10. These Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes. That first photo!
12. Beautiful and unexpected baby gifts from dear friends. Thank you Liz and Leslie!
13. Cover Girl doing their part in the way they can...I'm almost tempted to buy makeup now! JK
14. Bubble baths with lots of lavender oil.
15. It's almost time for holiday music. Josh Groban....I need you and your version of Little Drummer Boy in my life right now!
16. Westworld on HBO. We totally called the big twist on this week's episode. I knew it!
17. With all the craziness, I totally missed that Athleta was coming to Louisville and is now open! Dangerous, but so great to hear --- really love everything I've gotten there. Possibly better than lulu? Is that sacrilege?
18. We're almost a week out from the return of Gilmore Girls. This is EXACTLY what we need right now.
19. Today's episode of the What Should I Read podcast was an in-depth discussion of old school Babysitter's Club-- uh.....YES.
20. Dogs. All the dogs. Especially my own, but this corgi video never gets old. Ever.
21. John Oliver. His show is hard to watch, but necessary. Watch this clip and do what he says...if you can.
22. A new found appreciation for the things I have. I want or need for nothing and am very grateful.
24. I never have to do another Scholastic book fair ever again. We closed it up last Thursday and I AM DONE.
25. While they mostly just make me sad (because Obama's presidency is over), the Joe Biden memes have also made me laugh a lot and that means so much right now.
26. Rereading parts of All-of-a-Kind Family during silent reading time with the kids at work.
27. Yoga....DUH. While my practice is not at all what it once was six months ago, it still is a bright spot of every day.
28. And to go along with #27, my yoga students. Only two classes left before I go on maternity leave and I will miss them!
29. There were some wins for women in this election. Let's celebrate them,
30. Pirate's Booty. Just buy it, open it in the grocery parking lot, and eat it on the drive home...getting all that dust all over the place.
31. This little guy. He's been pretty funny lately and about to be a big brother!
32. The outpouring of support and enthusiasm for my new project, Nasty Women Midwest! I am excited by keeping this going and actually accomplishing something with it. If you want to sign-up for the newsletter, click here. And if you're on Facebook and want to be part of our closed group, click here.
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Ok y'all. Let's do this.
After reading this piece from Gloria Steinem on Wednesday, I felt inspired, which was only bolstered by this post from my cousin Katie on instagram:
"I'm ready to start being a better advocate and helping those who need it most. I haven't done enough and I know many others feel the same. Change starts with us." @katied612
This election was brutal for women. An unbelievable injustice that is still so shocking it hasn't fully sunk in. We have the ability to come together and insure that women and their work are valued.
I am starting an online community to support and celebrate all the "nasty women" in these flyover states, America's Heartland, or whatever you want to call the Midwest. As a woman living in Kentuckiana, a region comprised of the two states called for Trump by 6:10pm, I see it as my duty to not sit back and watch, but to start doing something...only if it is writing a fun newsletter full of interviews, recommendations, and most likely, gifs in celebration and support of local women.
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Needless to say, things are a little crazy right now. We need to love everybody. We'll be ok.
Not sure if I'll be posting this weekend. I plan to relax and enjoy those near and dear.
Love to all of you who read this,
So glad I'm busy with book fair + teaching tomorrow and Tuesday. Can't wait until it's over.
Tried out Peaky Blinders on Netflix.,,so far I need a couple more episodes to have a real opinion. I'm also halfway through (haha I know, short attention span) of the pilot for Sarah Jessica Parker's new show on HBO, Divorce. I'm sure about it either...
Bon Iver's new album, 22, a million. Strange, but good.
Cleaning, organizing, and stockpiling stuff. I think the nesting as started!
Does constantly walking and never sitting down at work while dealing with book fair count?!
Lots of food! Ha! I have had a great week though--only a limited bit of Halloween candy each day, smoothies, and homemade meals every night.
Started a new collection of short stories, Children of the New World, by Alexander Weinstein.
Color at Home: A Young House Love coloring book. I ordered this off Amazon to take to work. The kids will love coloring these so much. I always do fun coloring pages around the holidays.
I know I'm bias, but this little Statue of Liberty is just precious....he was adorable! Like Kayla said on her IG, "when your obsession becomes your Halloween costume." HA!
Cheers to another calm work week and another beautiful, family filled weekend. I know I say it a lot, but AH! I'm feeling pretty grateful for my #lifeonridley.
Corydon's annual Halloween parade was last night and it was amazing! The turnout was insane and it was just another event in a string of others that prove major things are happening in this little town. I wish I could have gotten down to Emery's...they had a big screen showing Beetlejuice outside!? Awesome.
However, after that yesterday and hosting the neighborhood block party with Kaylex and Mom & Dad today, I am exhausted. MY FEET!!!!
Looking forward to a bath with some Lush goodies tonight, along with a face mask, and our last episode of Black Mirror.
Like I just said above, we have one episode of Black Mirror left for tonight. This season was incredible! Some episodes were so stressful they were semi-tortuous, but so, so good. There is no show like it.
The NPR Politics podcast switched over to daily episodes this week and they are perfect 20 minute election summaries for my drive into work. I love them because they're keeping me informed without depressing me too much...
Pretty much answered this one above...lots!
In addition to yoga, lots and lots of walking and hauling crap around. My feet are feeling it.
Taco in a bag, bbq dinners, Halloween candy, cotton candy...
Trying to supplement with smoothies, lots of water, and decent meals throughout, but sheesh!
Barbara Kingsolver's book of essays, High Tide in Tucson, This is our next book club selection and it couldn't come at a better time. Kingsolver's thoughts are just right for these troubled times.
Black Mirror is back! Six new episodes on Netflix. We've watched the first one, pretty good so far.
Bon Iver's new album and a new book podcast, From the Front Porch by The Bookshelf bookstore in Thomasville, GA. Thanks for the tip Anne Bogel!
Last night we had a great time at my first cousin Elizabeth's wedding at Yew Dell Gardens. A beautiful venue for sure. So fun to hang and dance with all my Dad's side of the fam. Love them! Plus, we got family photos, which is very rare.
Today I went across the street this to check out the Antique & Art Extravaganza. They had a crazy crowd -- great music too.
Still headstanding and feeling overall very good! I'm getting a kick out of just putting the music on every morning and yogaing to it freestyle. I did attempt first series with Lewis Rothlein today though...managed to hang tough through most of it. Ha!
Just finished making Deb Perelman's Mushroom Bourguignon. The kitchen smells amazing...I can't wait for supper.
Not one thing. Took the entire week off to get back to the work groove.
End of organization time...back to work this morning! I'm glad to be going back. From now until baby is going to fly by with book fair, holidays, winding down classes, etc. I saw fall break as my last bit of quiet, alone time for quite awhile...as in maybe forever. Ha!
Taking our time to finish Fleabag and that's about it. Not watching a lot of tv right now.
NPR Politics podcast. They are so funny and their "emergency" episodes to deal with Trump news have been hilarious and very informative.
Corydon is blowing up...in a good way. This weekend Zimmerman Art Glass held a two day octoberfest with live music, food, beer garden, and tons of glass blowing demos. The weather was perfection. We went down on Saturday night and I would have definitely stayed longer if I could have partaken in the beer, but alas...
It was a yoga filled weekend. On Saturday I helped teach an arm balance + inversion playshop for the Inner Spring teacher trainees. They are also finished with their 200hr and are awesome! Can't wait to take some of their classes.
On Sunday, Louisville hosted a Wanderlust 108 festival. If you're into yoga, you've probably heard of Wanderlust festivals and organization. And when it was announced that Louisville was hosting one of their mindfulness triathlons, it was very exciting. I signed up with all the ladies from Inner Spring way back in the spring. It was a beautiful morning and I had a blast with all the NA yoginis. However, I ended up leaving after the yoga portion due to a sudden wave of pregnancy angst/exhaustion, but up until then, enjoyed it. I do bring issue with one of the yoga teachers asking us to thank "all the little people," like "the guy who cleans up this park" during her class. ?!?!?!?! I was kind of shocked...
This baby has come at the perfect time. While I still love doing yoga and teaching yoga, I am growing more frustrated with the greater business of it all: the pants, the artisanal kombucha, contests to win plug-in hybrids, etc, etc. After years of immersing myself in it all here in the Louisville area and down in AVL, I'm ready to take a break...
CONSUME & FIND
While browsing the Fresh Market with Mom last week, I came upon The Cookie Dough Cafe's line of gourmet, edible cookie doughs. OH. MY. GOD.
All good ingredients, eggless, and meant only for eating, not baking. Needless to say, I will NOT be buying another thing of this any time soon since it's only created anxiety over how fast I'm eating it. It's that good.
A new debut novel from South Korean author Krys Lee called How I Became a North Korean. I am forever fascinated by North Korea and this one was okay. Great at first, but lost it near the end.
Wow. What a week. A lunatic is running for president. A man who, a week ago, was gathering a group of women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault, eager to back to them and get justice, is now denying any allegation brought forth upon him?
All I know is that he's completely lost Virginia, is losing Utah, and at present, Texas is polling as barely red. WHAT?! And this is all based on polls that assume registered Republicans will vote as they normally do, which we all know is NOT going to happen.
Phew. Not that I have given myself a pep talk, assuring myself that this disgusting man CANNOT be president, let's watch Michelle Obama crush it at life:
Mike Pence's response to this speech was, in his words, "confusion." SAY WHA?!?!
I voted early yesterday. 23 days until election day. Let them pass quickly please.
Unbelievable. This blog is five years old! I missed the actually birthday a couple days ago. I posted for the first time on October 11th, 2011. We had only been back to Corydon for a couple months and were living up on the hill in the sweetest house.
In that post I shared this video, which I still love and is even more relevant in 2016.
Since starting the blog, I have shared 932 posts. If only I knew how close to 1000 I was! Oh well, reason enough to celebrate late in 2017.
If you're newer to my blog, I've put the entire archive on its own page.
Who knows where and if this blog will continue as is...especially throughout all the upcoming life changes, but if it's lasted this long, might as well keep trucking!
Thank you, as always, for reading.
Wow. What a tornado of political garbage this weekend. Did you watch the cold open for SNL? So good. I worship Kate McKinnon #yabrainbroke
While I'm happy that Trump's campaign is finally breaking down, I can't help but be frustrated that it was this that did it. Jamelle Bouie's piece in Slate articulates this way better than I ever could. Read it!
Fleabag on Amazon prime. So funny and weird. I'm definitely a Phoebe Waller-Bridge fan now.
Also, the second episode of Westworld was just as good as the first. I'm so on board with that show!
John Legend's new single, Love Me Now. Can't stop--such a happy one!
Andrew put together both the crib and dresser/changing table so the baby's room is actually coming together. I can't wait to get it all organized.
Feeling good yoga wise! Is it strange that some things that used to be very difficult seem easier? Especially the pose above, Vasisthasana B...weird. Whatever, I'll take it.
I have made a brilliant discovery: the NY Times Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate recipe. Whoa. Super rich, the second time I made it I used half canned coconut milk and half boxed coconut/almond milk. Insanely good. I would insist that it is better than traditional hot cocoa for sure.
I finally picked up The Girls by Emma Cline. Not sure about that one. Over written and nowhere, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. When will I learn to stop reading these books that make a big splash on NPR, but are at their core, fairly trashy?!
Some intense geeking out over pop-up books. I can't wait to use this video at the library!
hello, hello, hello!
We got back from Asheville yesterday afternoon and after scurrying around for a few hours, eating a big plate of spaghetti, and watching a show, I crashed.
We have been looking forward to the premiere of Westworld on HBO for awhile now and it did not disappoint! Wow, what a crazy show! Loved it.
Regina Spektor finally has a new album...but I'm not sure I like it...We'll see, I'll probably give it another listen or two.
A trip to Asheville with all the things -- had a great time as always. We bought a lot of stuff, ate a lot of stuff, and looked at lots of beautiful things.
While in AVL, I made it to the Asheville Yoga Center for a vinyasa class with Michael Johnson. So great to get moving in AYC again.
Chocolate croissants from Well Bred Bakery. Oh my lord, how can something be that good?! We went for breakfast twice and lunch once...it's that good.
A dreadful (sorry) novel by a local author, Second Life by Paul Griner. This is a book club pick for the meeting I'm hosting on Saturday, so I'll reserve comments, but let's just say...UGH!
Lis, Mom, and I tried out this aztec clay face mask and it was hilarious and fun. I definitely think I'll use it again.
I can't believe it, but we are halfway through this pregnancy! Crazy. In some ways it feels like it has been forever, but also like it just started and I can't believe we're getting closer to having a baby.
If you have no interest in pregnancy stuff, just ignore this post...god knows, I don't blame you. Many of my favorite blogs dissolved into nothing but a baby gear magazine and advice column once the writer got pregnant. This is not that. However, I am pregnant and it is a big part of what I'm doing right now, so I want to check in about it...mostly for my own benefit. The main purpose of this blog (which turns 5 years old next month...WHAT?!?) has always been to serve as a digital scrapbook of our life after moving back to Corydon and I want to remember this time.
So far, so good. I have had zero complications or issues so far. I did not vomit once during the first trimester. I have a great appetite, lots of energy (once into the second trimester), and generally feel really good. Sure I've had a few mood swings, CRAZY dreams, and major disruption in sleep, but if those are the biggest of my problems, I consider myself very lucky. Things are good.
Getting the gear. As of today, all the major items have been purchased: crib, dresser, stroller, playpen, car seat, swing, etc. That feels good...now just for all the little items. Honestly though, I'm enjoying buying them -- Amazon Prime has never been more appreciated and once the baby is actually here, I anticipate it being my best friend.
This brings up a subject which, in my opinion, shouldn't be controversial, but definitely is. I am not having any baby showers. I do not enjoy attending baby showers, thus I do not wish that on my loved ones. I find it hilarious that every time I say this to someone, they laugh and respond "Yes, I hate showers!" Huh? It is my choice to have a baby, no one else's, and we can buy the burp cloths. If you've seen the baby shower episode of Sex and the City, you know what I'm talking about, see below.
Will I accept gifts from loved ones who want to give me something in honest celebration of this little baby? OF COURSE! I have loved and been so touched by the gifts we've already received. So perfect! But I will never, ever walk around a store with a digital scanner telling others what to buy me. It's just not me--I know it's totally fine and more than socially acceptable, but I could not do it.
Thanks to all for the love --- I'll be back next week with a weekly report, headed to Asheville today.