I can't say no to books about productivity.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
My (fully vaccinated) parents are here for a visit and I am elated. All I wanted for Mother’s Day was a brief break from parenting and all my mom wanted was some time with her grandchild. So, today I got to sleep in while she took care of the kiddo. We both win and get to sit down to some scrumptious waffles my husband is making.
I understand that Mother’s Day can bring up many different emotions, so I want to celebrate the day by moving the apostrophe.
On this Mothers’ Day, I want to thank everyone who mothers.
To my own mom, thank you for being you.
To my mother-in-law, thank you for treating me like your own.
To the women who take care of my kiddo at daycare, thank you for making her happy and allowing me to enjoy my own career.
To the moms I chat with regularly, thank you for your advice, support, and hilarious TikTok videos.
To the women who want to be moms but can’t, for whatever reason, I see your struggles. Thank you for sharing your stories, strength, and resilience.
To the women who choose not to be moms, thank you for showing others that there are multiple paths in life.
I wrote a blog post for work about research in real life. It's always fun to show students how research goes beyond finding articles for their papers.
Here is what I found myself looking up this week.
I've only seen one cicada so far but there are many holes in the ground in our neighborhood. They're coming.
Unlike many, I am actually kind of excited for this. Since I know the bugs don't bite people, I'm generally not afraid of them. In fact, I hope I can get one to land on my finger so I can show it to the kiddo. My biggest fear is that she'll try to eat it. Toddlers have the oddest palette.
Here's what else has my attention at the moment.
Why Have Kids: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
After putting a ton of Jessica Valenti books on my TBR board last week, I decided to grab one that was available at the library. I'm nearly halfway through already (because Valenti's writing is just so readable) and I am here for her throwing American intensive parenting and lack of community/government/social support under the bus. She is doing a great job of laying out what so may moms are just burnt out, unhappy, and lost.
I spent four evenings of my week scrubbing our bathroom floor grout. This is one of those chores I put off for months. I just didn’t want to do it. But, every time I stepped foot into the room, the dingy grout lines bugged the heck me. Like many projects, the idea of working on it was actually harder than just doing it.
Since we have a kiddo who still puts far too many things in her mouth, I wanted a relatively non-toxic, non-stinky method. The internet led me to try the baking soda/hydrogen peroxide method. It was as easy as mix, let sit, scrub, and wipe up. That was it.
Something I’ve been dreading for months took, in total, all of 2 hours of my time. And the results are spectacular. Our bathroom is not only cleaner but looks newer.
Now I need to attack the kitchen.
In a few months…
What easy chore have you been putting off?
You ever have one of those work weeks where every day feels like a Friday? That was me this week. I was constantly moving my mouse into the corner of my computer to verify what day of the week it actually was.
At least it's Friday today.
Here's what else I looked up this week.
I have a weakness for pictures of royals and pictures of weddings. A few weeks ago, I opted to grab a trio of royal wedding albums from our public library as my secondary reads.
Royal Wedding: Souvenir Album
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding Album
William & Catherine: Their Romance and Royal Wedding in Photographs
David Elliot Cohen
I try not to talk about the weather in all of my introductions, but it's so hard not to talk about the weather right now. Summer warmth arrived in DC yesterday. Today, we could even hit 90. Normally I bask in the heat (convinced I'm part cat), but not so much this year. The cicadas are coming...
Aside from anticipating the arrival of Brood X, here's what has my attention at the moment.
I am a big fan of Jessica Valenti's work. I decided to go through her entire publication list and add missing titles to my TBR. Also, still on my royal fashion and hand-lettering kick.
ou can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.