thank you + some Friday Faves

July 21, 2017

OH MY GOD, you guys!!

I fired off that feisty little podcast-idea post at 5 am 2 days ago.  I was serious about the idea, but had no idea I would get such a response!  Thank you thank you thank you for all of your ideas and support.    I actually do think such a project is the perfect use of my newfound ‘20%’ time – doable within that time frame (especially if I find the right partners), and a total labor of love and creative outlet.  I was off yesterday, and took some time to actually get the ball rolling toward making this happen – will keep you all posted when the time is right!

(If the initial attempt doesn’t totally suck, of course 🙂 ).

In the meantime — it’s Friday!  Josh and I are both off this weekend and we have plenty of socializing planned so I’m greatly looking forward to it.  Maybe we’ll luck out and it won’t storm tomorrow as predicted . . . and at least Sunday looks nice (if you can call high of 88/low of 82 with an ungodly amount of humidity “nice”).

I do not usually post ‘Friday Favorites’, but I actually do have a few things to share today, so . . why not?

Book recommendation:  I’m 70% through The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell, and it is fascinating!  It actually serves double duty as a cultural exploration, since the author is from the UK but spends a year in Denmark investigating what makes the people there so happy.  I am especially intrigued by the huge differences in work culture over there — presenteeim or “face time” is just not a thing, and yet they manage to get a lot done anyway.  This is my philosophy (and practice), for better or for worse, but it definitely doesn’t fit into US norms.

I highly recommend checking it out – it’s written in a light and narrative style but is filled with all sorts of interesting contrasts and observations.  It even sort of makes me miss winter 🙂

Maternity item:  my new fave running shorts are from Old Navy – maternity waistband yoga shorts.  Who would have thought?  I tried sizing up in ‘real’ running shorts from Brooks, but it was a total fail.  These provide some support but stretch beautifully, so hopefully they will work all the way through the 3rd tri.  I have been really into my 30-45 minute treadmill runs (with walk breaks!) and hope to continue them for as long as possible.

TV show:  I started watching GLOW last night and I’m already ready for more!  Never thought I would be drawn into the idea of watching female wrestlers in the 80s but . . . yeah.  It’s highly entertaining.  Recommend 🙂
Oh, and I’ll end with a school supply update:
1) There apparently was a pre-made ‘box’ you could purchase – but it went on sale in June, before I was even on the kindergarten email list!  So, I missed the boat.  Next year I won’t.
2) That said, a lot of people don’t buy the box, because it’s definitely pricier.
3) My SIL, who is a 5th grade teacher at the school (i.e., my guiding light) says you actually DON’T need to be brand specific (which is not what I was told by my friend who heard it from another parent with older kids).  I trust her over anyone else (I mean, she’s in charge!) so this made things waaaaay easier.
4) Some supplies apparently are pooled (soap, etc) but some are not – so I’m going to buy a lot of Annabel labels!
5) I’ve already bought 70% of the list on Amazon and Office Depot and will hit some stores for the rest.  It wasn’t as bad as it looked 🙂  But I’m glad I got an early start!  Now to deal with uniforms . . .


  • Reply beth March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    So looking forward to your podcast. And yay for school supplies not being as daunting as it first looked!

    Kids in school is an adventure. The good and the less good. Their growth is amazing (seriously shocking at times). But their world (and yours) becomes more complicated as well. Best of luck on this new phase!

  • Reply Kelly March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I really enjoyed The Year of Living Danishly too! Although some of the chapters were a little disappointing due to factors contributing to Danish happiness that would be (currently, at least) impossible to duplicate in the U.S. – Such as the high level of trust in the government, Can you imagine such a thing?!

  • Reply Racheal March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I am 34 weeks pregnant and LIVE in those Old Navy shorts. I have two pairs.

    I agree, I would love to listen to a podcast of a working mom. Good for you! <3

  • Reply Morgan March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    As an attorney going back to work Monday after having my first baby (😪), I’m so looking forward to your podcast!!

  • Reply Kara March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I know I’m late to the game on this post! But my school supply suggestion is…just buy the cheap stuff! When my now recent high school graduate was in elementary school, I bought stuff she liked and wanted because that is what we do as mom’s…only come to find out they pooled everything!! Needless this momma bear went to the school and got the stuff back because the list said nothing about pooling the items!!

    Now what advice do you have for getting ready for college? Move in is 16 days…eek! I’m so stressed! Here we are in NC with great schools (as you know) and she decided on Emory. I have been looking at lists and trying to get in my head as to how to do the damn thing! Any advice?

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