I’m sure you know by now, but I love podcasts. I listen to many, many, many more than are listed here. These are my favorites right now. I find that I go in and out of phases with podcast listening and right now I’m enjoying things that are lighter, fun, and not too serious.
What a week…my goodness.
Last week was a bit of a blur, starting with Mom headed to a stress test and ending with her coming home from a two day stay in the hospital after getting a couple stents. Very scary, but thankfully, all is well now.
I’ve managed to get back to nightly reading, finishing two novels: Diana Evans’ Ordinary People and Olivia Laing’s Crudo. My TBR list is getting longer and longer right now thanks to all the best of year lists…my favorite thing.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks to all for your thoughts on Mom — it was a whirlwind that’s for sure.
I noticed the NPR Book concierge for 2018 is up this morning (yay!), so I decided to send out my favorites for 2018. I read a lot this year — some were published in 2018 and others are backlist titles. Click the images to be taken to the Amazon listing!
So thrilled the new creek trail bridge will be placed today, connecting it all the way to Hayswood park. I walk on this trail with the babies almost every day and it brings me so much joy.
It has also come in handy for my weekly running sessions. I am working towards my solo half-marathon at the end of the year. I have made it over halfway, runinng 7.5 miles the other day. I was supposed to run at least 8 this past weekend and just didn’t do it…I am fully okay with saying yeah, nevermind to this silly, self-imposed goal simply because of the amount of time it requires…we shall see
So many good things this Thanksgiving week. Andrew is off work and the weather looks good. Ros is finally sleeping through the night, which has been a total game changer. Simon is thriving and playing with the boys of Ridley. He’s obsessed with trains right now, playing by himself for, not kidding, hours at a time! I know it won’t last so I’m trying to soak up every minute. We’ve converted the studio into a playroom/work room/yoga room and it is wonderful. We still don’t see any reason to use it as our bedroom being as big as it is…almost half the square footage of the house!
We celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary (WHAT) with dinner at 610 Magnolia othis past Saturday night. Being such big Top Chef and Edward Lee fans, we have wanted to go for some time and it definitely didn’t disappoint. So fabulous.
Now that sleep is more of a thing, I’ve been practicing a lot and finally feel somewhat good doing yoga. I CANNOT WAIT to start teaching again…be on the lookout for an email soon with details…first class back is Monday, January 7th!
Like millions of others, I am enamored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her tenacity since the mid-term election. She is killing it on Instagram.
Of course, there is lots more to report, but I must move on. I hope everyone out there has a great Thanksgiving!
There is a lot I could write here about how depressing the election was in Indiana. I have never once regretted moving back to Corydon, but this week was the closest I’ve ever come to wishing I had stayed elsewhere. Somewhere like Norway, where there is true economic equality or Scotland, where the National Health Service provides quality healthcare to all. Or even Texas, a state that elected seventeen black women judges this week.
Instead I’m here in Indiana, a state that has boldly stated its support for Trump and the Republican party.
If you’re confused or unable to understand why I feel this way, here is an official statement from the President regarding California’s current wildfire si:
PEOPLE ARE DYING.
This is why I’m depressed that Indiana so strongly endorsed this man’s administration. I have no words, but Jenny Schatzle, a great IG follow, has some good ones. She lives in California and her husband is a firefighter.
However, there are great people doing good things here in Indiana and I am inspired by Dan Canon’s new project, Midwesticism.
Please consider heading over and throwing your support behind him and this endeavor. It’s such important work — we need it!
Yep, you’ve got to put up with another political post until we’rehopefully back to regularly scheduled programming next week. Sorry, but when two women are shot to death while taking a yoga class, it hits a little close to home and I just can’t blog normally. I was going to write a regular post this week because I’m afraid this blog is no longer fun to read…but I’m sorry, this is too important.
Have you voted yet? If not, do you plan to tomorrow?
I would honestly love to be blogging about random fun things, but new tragedies keep happening week after week after week and it seems incredibly insensitive, tone deaf, and annoying to do anything but get out the vote.
If you need information regarding your voter registration status, your ballot, etc. Please visit Vote Save America and learn it all.
And VOTE TOMORROW.
Last week the President called himself a Nationalist.
A couple days later Cesar Sayoc, a crazed Trump supporter, sent bombs to multiple Democrats, former US officials, and news outlets.
The next day a gunman killed two black people in a Louisville Kroger, insisting that “whites don’t kill whites.”
A couple days after that, a man screaming “all Jews must die” shot eleven people attending services at a synagogue.
Please go vote on November 6th.
Haven’t posted in a couple weeks — bah.
Fall is marching right into winter and here is a list of things I’ve been loving lately:
WHAT?! I can’t even believe it, but I am doing a “long” run once a week to try and work up to my diy half marathon on 12/31 and it’s going….great?! Still shocked and highly doubt that it will continue as I cross over into the 6+ mile distance, but hey, it’s working now and I’m enjoying it.
The Haunting of Hill House and Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat on Netflix.
These two shows are both fantastic and complement each other perfectly. One is full of smiles and delicious food, the other is TERRIFYING.
The Indian Creek Trail here in Corydon.
The project is about to finished and I can’t talk about it enough — so beautiful and I feel so lucky to have it within a five minute walk of the house.
The Dream podcast series by Stitcher and the Little Everywhere network
This is a long form investigative series that dives deep into the world of MLMs or multi-level marketing schemes/direct sales companies. So far it is fascinating and similar style to things like Serial, This American Life, etc.
This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe from King Arthur.
Okay, that’s all I got for now because that baby is yelling for me.
Have a great fall week all!
Yeah. I don’t much else to say this week either.
Pretty much worse than last week.
Other than the complete dumpster fire of a government, one that just confirmed a lying sexual predator to the Supreme Court, I don’t have any problems. Things are great — the dogs are good, the babies are good, etc, etc.
Now, here are two ways you can help the cause. If you care about the future of women in this country, I suggest checking them out:
Swing Left Immediate Impact Fund
This is where Andrew and I chose to donate the majority of our allocated funds for the midterms. It’s a district fund organized by Swing Left that distributed your one lump sum to the most competitive House races.
Crooked Media’s Vote Save America
I’ve already plugged this, but with only two days left to register here in Indiana, please check to see if you and your family, friends are registered to vote at your current address.
Ok. This was a rough news week. Sorry, but this is one of those times when I find it silly to post photos of my dogs, yoga, babies, or my beverages (haha).
I am completely disgusted by Republican lawmakers and all those that continue to support their lack of integrity. On Thursday the nation watched as a woman gave a harrowing account of sexual assault with grace, only to be followed by an angry and entitled man child who lied multiple times during his testimony. And no, I’m not just talking about his insistence of innocence, but the many times he lied about things we actually know are true.
I know I am not alone in this frustration. The country is seething and it’s the first thing discussed with nearly every woman I’ve come into contact with since Thursday. I have run out of patience with those that don’t care and refuse to understand what is happening in this country. I’ve lost patience with the daily hypocrisy of us all (myself included). It’s time to stop wringing our hands and get to work, which brings me to the only bright spot — the massive ground swell of grassroots organizing in prep for November’s election. Andrew and I are happy to be a part of that.
Also, there is now a fantastic resource for all things voting: Vote Save America. Here, in about 30 seconds, you can see if you’re registered to vote (at your current address…super important btw), check out the races in your state, etc. It’s a great tool and I highly recommend checking it out.
Thank you for reading and have a better week everyone!
We had a fabulous week and this weekend I’ve jumped into Fall. Just got down ripping out all the plants out of my pots and took down a few of the hanging baskets. I unbelievably kept the vast majority of my flowers and plants alive and well this year. I’m beyond proud of myself.
The candles are burning, pumpkin muffins baked, new jackets and quilts ordered, and the pumpkins and mums are out on the porch.
Last night we attended the local Harrison County Democrats’ Annual Frank O’Bannon gala event and it was a blast. I feel very inspired after listening to local leader Adam Schneider and 9th District candidate Liz Watson speak. Only several weeks left before the most important election in my lifetime…let’s do this!
We watched American Vandal season two this week and it somehow better than the first season. I love that show so much.
Yesterday I completed my second run…2.6 very slow miles. This was what I listened to:
I’ve been meaning to share a list of things for awhile. As one of my old fave podcasts calls it, these are the “things that are making me happy” right now:
Five minutes of pauses…a compliation from Obama’s latest speech.
SO MANY PODCASTS. I mean, seriously. The podcast field has literally exploded in the past few months. I will never get to all the ones I want to hear. As someone who has been listening to them for a very long time, this feels strange. I can remember the days when I would be fresh out of new episodes and waiting impatiently for next week’s new installments. Not anymore - so much of a good thing!
The Pleasing Hour by Lily King. I bought this book on a whim from the Amazon daily Kindle deals and I LOVE it. A few years ago, I really enjoyed her novel, Euphoria, and this one is just as good so far.
My favorite rosé. I get this at Trader Joe’s and every time I try a different one, I’m mad at myself that I didn’t just buy an extra bottle of it.
James Van Der Beek’s instagram account. What a delight and breath of fresh air.
Going for walks and wait for it….a RUN. Ha! I have made the decision to get back into running and am hoping to run another DIY half-marathon, which I’m sure I’ll write more about later on. So far so good though. New shoes and Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 album work wonders.
Ariana Grande’s new album Sweetener. I’ve never been a fan of hers until this album and I’m especially loving the song “breathin.”
Bon Appetit’s Youtube channel. BA is by far my favorite recipe resource on the internet and their weekly podcast is my hands down favorite for food.
The only time I’ve ever been excited about a special collection for Target. Chrissy Teigen is everything.
Oh and don’t worry, here are some baby Ros photos. Ha!
Can you spot Reuben? This has become his favorite outdoor spot...pretty sure it's out of necessity -- hiding from a toddler who has taken to drawing on everything, including the dogs, with chalk.
Well, I survived the first week on my own with the kiddos...barely! Ha!
All joking aside, it was mostly fine, but I have had a few rough patches. Ros was very fussy this past weekend and the postpartum hormone crash has hit me hard, resulting in a few too many crying fits for my liking.
I know that all is well and this tough newborn stage shall pass...trying hard not to wish it away because once it's over, it's gone forever.
Simon has been a trooper. Still a bit of a pigpen boy as you can see below.... Ha
Excited for this second week because the weather looks lovely and we plan to be outside as much as possible.
Many people have told me that time seems to speed way up when you have babies. They're not kidding.
We moved Ros into the crib this weekend and this bassinet is the first baby item that I'll be donating -- making its permanent exit out of the house. I know that because our guys are so close together, it will feel fast, but man I can't believe that the baby stage will be finished in just a year or so.
Andrew goes back to work Tuesday and we are all super sad. It was so wonderful to have him around for a whole month. He loved it so much we plan for him to take the bulk of his vacation time in the spring to do it again! We have no plans to travel in the next few years and, like I just said above, this time goes by so incredibly fast and it is precious for sure.
I feel very grateful for him and we will miss him dearly every day.
Needless to say, I'm a little nervous about being alone with two under two come Tuesday, but I know I'll be fine.
Routine and low expectations will be key I think. Keep me in your thoughts! Ha!
Nothing of note to report from babyland. Planning to enjoy this last week with Andrew home.
I finally made Alison Roman's chocolate chunk shortbread cookies. They are delicious, but not sure they are worth all the buzz.
I finally started reading Tara Westover's memoir, Educated. And yes, it is worth all the buzz.
Andrew found several seasons of the Australian version of Grand Designs. If you haven't watched the original British one, it's on Netflix and is so great.
Also want to share this video. The best possible response -- I love this guy! If you haven't heard of Beto O'Rourke and his campaign, look him up. He's inspiring.
Pleased to report that we have run out of our first batch of Vote Dem yard signs! Woohoo!
We are about to order one hundred more, so if you'd like one, email me asap: email@example.com. We also have bumper stickers.
Still all good here -- it's like time has stopped for us this month while everyone else goes about their regular business. This photo of Simon almost makes me burst into tears every time I see it...how is he so big all of the sudden?!
We were thrilled to learn at Ros' pediatrician visit that she gained almost a pound in week! Doctor said it's totally fine to let her sleep five hour stretches now. Woohoo!
Like the look of this sign? We've had fifty of these made and are giving them out to anyone local who wants one --- free of charge! We don't have a ton left so if you want one, I suggest emailing me asap: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also soon have bumper stickers available as well.
Andrew and I plan to dedicate a large portion of our free time in September and October to volunteering for local Democratic candidates such as Liz Watson, Joe Donelly, Nick Siler, and Sarah Stivers. If you'd like to join us in canvassing, donate to our cause, or get together to brainstorm some ideas, please don't hesitate to reach out. There is no excuse for sitting on the sidelines right now, this election is so crucial.
What a week it's been! I can honestly say it may be one of the best of my life. A week ago we went in for a planned c-section and everything went perfectly. To say the experience was better than Simon's birth would be the understatement of a lifetime. After only a week, I'm feeling pretty great.
Of course we are tired, but things couldn't be better with baby Ros. She is a total dream of a baby so far. She loves to eat, and sleeps mostly around the clock. Because I didn't attempt breastfeeding this time (best decision I've ever made), Andrew and I are able to take turns with nighttime feedings, resulting in us each getting at least a four hour stretch of sleep. We also took several people's advice and sent her to the nursery overnight while in the hospital, which meant we returned home well rested and ready to go. The best part is that Andrew doesn't go back to work until after Labor Day -- so amazing!
Simon is adjusting to the changes, getting better every day. Honestly, we think leaving him overnight for the first time was a bigger factor than the baby. Also, the dogs were still at the vacation kennel until yesterday and when they got back, we noticed his mood was much improved. He missed his Bagel Boys!
Andrew's garden is overwhelming us -- so much food! We originally thought it would be bad timing to have all the produce coming in when we have a newborn, but the exact opposite is true. We have no intention of going to a grocery store right now and we don't really need to because we have amazing fresh stuff coming in every day! So far the highlights have been heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, corn, and english cucumbers.
Rosamond Reich Porter was born Monday morning, August 6th at 7:45am weighing in at 8lbs, 5oz, 20 inches long. She is just perfect!
We are settling in here at home and everything is too good to be true. So far, the recovery from this planned c-section is a complete breeze compared to the traumatic ordeal last time. I feel pretty great already. So grateful.
Again, I have nothing but some photos of life lately (how beautiful was this past week?!) and a report on what I've been reading.
Trying to savor the last few days before life is upended...in a good way of course. Only four more days of work for Andrew and then he's off until after Labor Day!
I read two novels this week. Anne Tyler's latest was fine. I think she is of course a wonderfuly writer, but am never sure what to think about her books after I finish them...they are full of frustrating characters who make strange decisions and that's about it...
I am way late to the party regarding Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing. Wow, wow, wow, wow. Everything that has been said about this novel is true and it is a must read. Buckle your seatbelt though, it's intense!
I have almost nothing to report this week so here are some photos and what I've been reading, Ha!
We are in major limbo mode so things are a little slow around here.
Since leaving my job at Georgetown, I have missed keeping up with middle grade chapter books -- one of my favorite kinds of reading. I have decided to try and periodically read one to stay somewhat up on them, making note of the good ones for future homeschooling possibilities. Glaser's The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street was charming. Nothing new per se, but definitely well done for what is was.
Also read a fun novel about the early life of M.F.K. Fisher by Ashley Warlick. It was quick, entertaining, and makes me what to read Fisher's food writing.