I sit down here each week and have so much to say. So many things on my mind. When I first started engaging in the internet, I had that awful experience that often comes with a new job: I practiced it in my sleep. I'd dream of things I wanted to post, or witty retorts to things other people had said. The only thing that helped me get through that was time and staying away. Now I do my best to limit screen time, not because of some philosophical opposition but because it's just the best choice for me in practice. Staying away, waiting, gives me some clarity. I have immense respect for bloggers who post every day because I simply don't have the courage. I need time to process before I'm ready to share.
I lie in bed at night and think about the lessons I've learned as a parent (and human) that day, the battles I've fought and won and those that I've lost. I think about the women who came before me, and those who will come after, not least of all my daughter, and what this world holds for them.
Each night, I try to unpack my load. I try to process what has happened to me. How it could have been different and how I have been changed. I try to leave the day behind fully by shining my attention onto its significance for a few moments and then letting it go, watching it float away in the roaring river that is time passing. (And that river flows much faster now that I'm a parent and older.)
I think about this space, "the blog", and how it has evolved. I wonder if you like my thoughts about life and parenting, or if you just scroll past them to see the pictures and recipes. (I assure you that either is totally fine with me.) I debate about whether it's ok for me to share things about my daughter without her consent. I try not to talk about her here in great detail because her life is not mine.
I want to be clear, though, I also think about all kinds of silly, shallow things. I consider sharing my post-pregnancy skin-care routine and wardrobe strategies as a working mom. I wonder if you'd be interested in anecdotes about my students or dog.
When it comes down to it, I just have to decide. I just have to get the ball rolling and words flowing.
Today I am going to share a few quick links that I've enjoyed recently because these are the things that are on my mind right now.
My social networking, for all its faults, leads me to some incredibly interesting and thought provoking stuff. Here are some thing I've been taking that you might like:
This letter from Finoa Apple about why she needed to cancel her tour to be home with her dying dog. Yes, it's verbose and dramatic, but there are some very thoughtful and poignant parts. Specifically these spoke to me (emphasis mine):
1. 10 Tips for Healthy Eating During the Holidays by Montana Solar Creations. "As part of my journey to eat healthier, not just during the holidays but year around, I thought it would be fun to share some tips I've learned and incorporate into my eating habits to help you all eat a little healthier during the holidays."
2. Homemade Wood Butter by Prudent Pantry. "Wood butter is a wonderful homemade product that you can use for all of your wood kitchen items from wooden spoons to cutting boards."
3. Quick Cuban Bread by LightlyCrunchy. "This is the fastest, easiest and as a bonus, possibly the cheapest bread you can make."
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Despite the fact that the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, we have been filling them with more and more. (Side note: toddlers totally don't understand daylight savings time.)
We have been making pork fried rice with eggs and broccoli. It's a fast weeknight dinner and a good way to get in lots of veggies.
This little one in particular.
If you have a moment, please check out my dear friend Maggie's latest work, her 2013 cyanotype letterpress calendars. There is so much love and meaning in each piece. Can you think of a better gift for that person on your list who can be so hard to buy for?
Finally it's Thursday and time for Simple Lives. Please grab this badge and link up your posts. **Be sure to link back to this blog or one of the other two host blogs so we can choose your post for our featured posts next week!**
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1. Festive Pumpkin Stew by Always Learning. "This is a 'one of a kind' dish."
2. Re-purposed Clothes to Artwork by Practical Stewardship. "This clothes artwork might be a great Christmas gift. This is a really quick and easy craft that you could do with kids."
3. How to turn any Recipe into a Real Food Recipe by Homemade Mommy. "This is the question I get most often. How do I turn my old favorite recipes into Real Food recipes."
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Last week we took the little one for her first visit to Wilson's apple orchard just outside of town. We couldn't have picked a more beautiful day.
One of the best parts about living in Iowa is that views like this are never more than a few moments away.
Almost all the apples were already gone from the trees thanks to an early frost.
But we had fun touching the leaves and talking about them anyway. (She has started hugging us recently. It might be the best thing ever.)
Salt Fork Farms eggs, maple sausage from the Stamps Family farm, and Wilson's apples. That's a 100% local breakfast!
It's Thursday and that means it's time for Simple Lives!
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1. Upcycled Pantry Organization by Girl Going Country. "I love organizational "stuff". Nooks and crannies. Secret compartments in my car. Boxes and containers. But the cost of all the "cute" organizational items can really add up. I realized I had the perfect organizational "bin" for my pantry but they just weren't cute."
2. Canning Clingstone Peaches Without Sugar by Simply Homemaking. " I bought 100 pounds of peaches...these peaches are not freestone. Often, you can at least twist half of a peach off of the clingstone variety, but in this case, it wasn't working. One half would just get squished. What do do... What to do..."
3. How I Shopped My Own Closet by The Shoestring Contessa. "I subscribe to a few fashion magazines, and one of my favorite things to do is figure out how to recreate the outfits that I see in those pages using what I already have in my own closet..."