1- The school is holding some big parents’ meeting today and I’m going to miss it due to a required work meeting. Though it just occurred to me that Josh might be able to go. Apparently there will be some big announcement. I’m hoping it will be the official return of a school lunch option, music lessons, and drama? One can hope.
2- I think I am going to pull the trigger and buy plane tickets to PHL to visit my parents with G over 4th of July this summer (Josh is working that weekend + the big kids will be at camp). Ticket prices are literally triple what I was used too paying, maybe more! Wow. From an environmental perspective, perhaps this is a good thing? But tough to get used to. Multiply those prices by 5 and I am sure this will impact how often we plan to travel as a family in the coming months. There are plenty of options to relax + enjoy within driving distance (and thankfully we have relatively fuel-efficient vehicles – though not yet electric!).
3- My sister watched HBO’s Not So Pretty and texted me about 13 times about the dangers of talc in makeup, including my standby Dior eyeshadow (noooo!). So now I actually have an excuse to buy makeup. Part of me wonders about whether the ‘clean’ beauty industry might be making these documentaries to keep the consumer wheels churning but . . . I also don’t like the idea of asbestos in my eyeshadow. Thinking of trying the Ilia or Pacifica options shown on this list. (The slight irony of this is that my sister uses very few beauty products! But I guess it was an absorbing docuseries nonetheless).
4- Dial A for Aunties has arrived at my local library for me thanks to your recs! Perfect timing as I’m close to the end of In a New York Minute, which was super cute and endearing (maybe I need to read more romances, I was into it!). I am very happy to be back in a reading groove and am very much looking forward to the release of Anne Bogel‘s Summer Reading Guide! (I might actually join her Patreon for the extras. This would be only non-planner-related Patreon subscription!).
5- Neighborhood book club . . . On a similar note, I’ve had “start neighborhood book club” on my goals list for months and told myself I would get the ball rolling once we moved. Well — we moved! So I think I will send a text out to the community listserv today. I’m oddly kind of nervous about it, but I guess the worst case is that there is no interest, and then I can pull from other pools (work?). Or maybe I’ll find out there already IS a book club and get invited to join. That would be fine with me too as I actually would prefer not to have the work of organizing! But I don’t think one exists in my immediate neighborhood.
Aaaaand it’s Mother’s Day weekend! We have a busy/social one (multiple bday parties etc). When are we ever going to make it to IKEA to buy shelves? I guess boxes aren’t that bad . . .