HAPPY FRIDAY. And happy end-of-the-month!
1- GRIT. I started. It’s already fascinating. I need to redo my 2021 reading list! As I mentioned, I’d like to replace the Amazon links with Bookshop. In addition, I just need to edit a bit! I’ve strayed to the point where there are some titles I may want to remove for now. ALSO, as usual I’m very excited for the annual reveal of Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s picks!
I know many of you mentioned the audiobook but I really love to highlight & make little notes in non-fiction. This is why I usually get novels from the library but purchase non-fiction or personal development outright. I’m sure the audiobook read in her voice is fantastic, though!
2- Simple Families on Summer. I’ve enjoyed Denaye’s work for quite some time and enjoyed this ep as we are all starting to think about summer. We will be sending all 3 kids to camp, primarily a day camp based at their school but also a couple of weeks of specialty camp (art + horse camps for Annabel, soccer for C). This is not COVID-risk-free but given that we are currently doing school and they seem to have distancing and masking indoors down quite well, I think camp should be a similar level of safety.
I greatly look forward to availability of a pediatric vaccine though I know the 12-15 age group will probably come before my kids’ ages. Here’s the ep — she has an ’embed’ link button on her blog so I figured I would share this way too! It’s probably my favorite parenting podcast (tied with The Mom Hour!).
3- $$$ again. I’ve already dipped into my May allowance (whoops) because I decided I needed a new bathing suit (my last purchased in 2018, I believe). I ended up picking out these shorts and this top from Athleta (can throw a long sleeved rash guard over when needed for modesty and/or sun protection purposes).
I like shorts. They are easy. They put less pressure on perfect hair removal (lol, but seriously). My butt is never on full display. I may be #teamshorts for life when it comes to bathing suits.
4- EARLY BEDTIME. I think I went to sleep before 9 pm yesterday (played around with some journaling and reading more of Greenwood — and then passed out). Josh has taken over bedtime entirely on Thursday nights and I love it. I think my next step is finding some sort of social outlet for some Thursday nights as well (though one that still allows me to go to sleep early, haha). Josh has his guitar Weds nights and really enjoys it so I am motivated to find my guitar equivalent.
5- DUOLINGO REVISITED. Emma is a blog reader and Associate Professor of Arabic, and she wrote in a while back to comment on my recommendation of DuoLingo. While she was kind enough not to blame me for my ignorance surrounding language, she has some thoughts on how the platform can be problematic in some ways. You can read her post on the subject here. While I personally am continuing to use the app, I feel more motivated to practice my (minimal, currently) skills by conversing with Spanish speakers in real life as well (and I have plenty to chose from in my locale!).
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