Have not used this format in a while! Here we go . . .
1– Pen ratings from The Imani Michelle. I follow Imani on instagram and I love her planning style (“lawyer and blogger with a passion for minimal planning”). I recently realized she has a blog too — hooray! I have also ordered my first Zebra Sarasa Dry 0.4mm based on her reviews. She uses a lot of beautiful minimalistic inserts for her planning systems (cloth & paper, luxplans, etc)
2- Simple Families did a 2 part series on school. #1 is here, and #2 (a Q&A follow up) is here. The host Denaye Barahona made a lot of great points, the central one being OMG THIS SCHOOL YEAR IS GOING TO BE HARD AND WEIRD AND THAT’S OKAY.
3- Family outing. YEP, we ventured out of the house to an outdoor destination a third time yesterday on our staycation. Who are we!?
Flamingo Gardens was not crowded and was fairly thrilling to the kids (sensory deprivation will do that I guess!). It’s entirely outdoors other than a building you have to walk through to get in (which takes about 30 seconds), so quite pandemic-friendly. G kept her mask on until the last ~15 minutes (Josh carried her after that).
4- BOOKS UPDATE: I just finished Kevin Kwan’s Sex and Vanity which was total candy (but fun) and have moved onto The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This selection was a residency book club pick and is fascinating so far. I can definitively say that my 2020 reading life has been better than 2020 actual life thus far.
5- DINNER. We have done some extra takeout this week (vacation!) but I did cook last night and it was soooo good: chicken sweet potato curry. Sadly the recipe is not online (Dinner Illustrated cookbook yet again – this is my total workhorse cookbook) but this one is similar: here. (Ours did not include peanut butter in the sauce, though.)
I served with little dishes of peanuts and green onions to put on top and then G ate them all (yes all the green onions) and then asked for “more snacks” which cracked me up. This was a hit with all 3 kids though A had hers without sweet potato.
BONUS PIC from my planner insta (thinking about changing the name to reflect BLP podcast but haven’t pulled the trigger yet!)