Hey friends! It’s been a couple of months since I shared my favorite finds, latest obsessions, and life news so I figured it was a great time for an update! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
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Surviving! My husband, Mitch, has been out of town for work for a week and a half, Griffin (4) was on Spring Break all last week, and Asher (1.5) got pretty sick as soon as my husband left. Isn’t that how it always goes? So it really hasn’t been a great week. Here’s hoping the coming week goes much more smoothly!
Watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. I don’t know about you, but as soon as this show released it seemed like everyone I know started watching it and recommending it. Personally, I have mixed feelings about it. I was definitely drawn in and really wanted to keep watching to see what happened. But once I finished the whole season, I mostly just felt kind of disturbed and depressed. And it definitely made me wish my kids could stay little forever! I also feel a bit torn on the message it gives about teen suicide. (Even though I’m currently spending my time taking care of my boys and DIYing all over the place, I was a counselor for ten years, so I can’t help paying attention to that stuff.) So I guess my recommendation is to approach it with caution. If you’re a highly sensitive person, it probably isn’t the show for you.
Feeling very pregnant. I’m 30 weeks and I’m reaching the stage where any movement feels like a colossal effort. Not my favorite.
Reading a lot! Before I share this month’s favorites, I thought I should mention I read a lot of fiction. (In my opinion it’s a lot anyway!) Reading is my favorite stress-reliever and it’s how I unwind every night. So far I’ve read 25 books in 2017. I thought I would throw that out there, not to pat myself on the back, but so you know when I mention my favorite books of the month, I’m not just recommending every single thing I’ve read lately – only the ones I think are truly worth reading!
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. This is a modern young adult novel about normal life stuff (rather than the end of the world and supernatural abilities and all of that stuff.) I loved the characters, the mystery at the center of the plot, and how real everything felt.
- A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner. And on a completely different note, this one is historical fiction involving two intertwined stories. One takes place following 9/11 and the other is centered around Ellis Island in 1911. I found both stories equally compelling and loved how they unfolded.
Planning to plant some real live plants in our house! I’ve never been great at growing things – well, to be honest, I haven’t even tried in a few years. But I’ve been loving all of the artificial flowers and plants I’ve added to our house this spring, I think I’m finally motivated to grow some real ones! More details on this coming soon.
Listening to the podcast S Town. This is another one that everyone has been talking about. It’s a collaboration between the producers of This American Life and Serial, two of the most popular podcasts ever created so I figured it was probably going to be pretty good. And it definitely is an interesting story that pulls you in. Be warned, there is plenty of bad language so be careful where you listen!
Kicking butt at the one room challenge! Last spring, when I attempted to make over our family room in just six weeks for the One Room Challenge, I was already admitting defeat by the second week. But this year, I’m four weeks into creating a bedroom for Griffin and Asher to share and I really think I’m going to pull it off! There are still lots of projects to finish, but I’ve made tons of progress and I’m feeling pretty motivated! I’ll have an update on what’s happening in the room for you on Wednesday.
Have a great week!