my week in objects (mostly).

July 8, 2016

five little things that made my week.

1. this blanket.blanket_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_1677

{and picnics.}

2. these books. books_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_1679

{because it’s so nice to be reunited.}

3. this fan. fan_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_1681

{for working overtime.}

4. this scene.knives_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_1684

{because you never know what’s gonna amuse.}

5. these cherries.cherries_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_1698

{and eating them one half at a time. (parent, pit remover).}

other things:

deafening silence.

what to say when the police tell you to stop filming.

learning to be human.

LGBT children’s books.

myth of the catty woman.

be still my router-hating heart.



You Might Also Like


  • Reply Majal July 8, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oh, I just love that blanket! Could you tell me where I could find it?

    • Reply Erin Boyle July 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

      I got it a million years ago in college!

  • Reply allison July 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    …your baby is playing with a knife??

    • Reply Erin Boyle July 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Totally. She’s two and it’s a butter knife.

      • Reply Jessica July 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

        A two year old could seriously hurt themselves with a butter knife. Please don’t treat your readers with that attitude.

        • Reply Erin Boyle July 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

          Hey Jessica: My child was playing with a butter knife. Under adult supervision. And safely. I’m not sure what else I can say.

          • emma July 10, 2016 at 5:59 am

            I really don’t see the issue. I have videos of myself using normal cuttlery at the dinner table at 18 months & though children that age might not be able to get butter on bread without also getting it everywhere else, they can definitely understand how butter knifes work and how they should not be used – as long as you take the time to show them.

          • Erin Boyle July 11, 2016 at 6:59 am


          • Nicole July 10, 2016 at 10:34 pm

            For what it’s worth, that picture could easily have been taken at my house–kitchen “toys” of all sorts are a favorite around here, and my three year old has graduated to being genuinely helpful and enthusiastic in the kitchen (with supervision, naturally). It’s a beautiful thing.

          • Erin Boyle July 11, 2016 at 6:58 am

            Thanks! Three cheers for tiny helpers!

      • Reply SLG July 10, 2016 at 11:21 pm

        Erin, the photo of your kiddo with a butter knife made me smile, and reminded me of the Molly Wizenberg post I think you linked to a while back on “Cooking with a Young Child”:

        Three cheers for kiddos with butter knives.

        • Reply Erin Boyle July 11, 2016 at 6:58 am

          Thanks, SLG!

  • Reply Mary Katherine July 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    That Atlantic article is fascinating and sad. Only 6% of people are majoring in humanities? Breaks my little French-major heart. (And my French-speaking did help me get my first job, which eventually led me to where I am today, which is a Good Place.)

  • Reply Camila July 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’m a parent pit remover too! hahahaha

    Lovely objects! Love the blanket and books 🙂

  • Reply Katie July 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I miss Brooklyn in the summer! Aspen has its perks, but there’s something so raw and beautiful about Brooklyn in July. Wish I could visit. Love that you’re home and I can live vicariously through you, though :).

  • Reply Jen July 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I see you have the book Apple Cake, I love that one! My daughter and I have made the recipe in the back numerous times. Another great food-centric one for when Faye gets a little older is What A Fine Dessert.

    • Reply Erin Boyle July 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      We love it! Have yet to make the cake!

  • Reply Susie R. July 8, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I always love these posts! Pit remover too. The past two weeks I’ve been cutting each side off the cherry and eating the middle!!! We always enjoy your book selections too. Just rechecked out Last Stop on Market Street and Sidewalk Flowers. My son is also into butter knives as well (I think Faye is a month older than him). Introducing cutting bananas with him this week for snacks.

  • Reply Ingrid July 8, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Such wonderful links this week….all needed. Thanks!

  • Reply Katie July 9, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Great links. Completely agree with the myth of the catty woman. I love that you are political!

    • Reply Erin July 11, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Ha! I’m the opposite. I get sad when blogs get political. They are my peaceful places away from all the commentary of the world dysfunction. Give me some respite from all that is out there!

      • Reply Erin Boyle July 11, 2016 at 10:32 am

        Ah—some stuff I can’t just sweet under the proverbial rug. Hopeful there’s still plenty of respites in this place.

  • Reply stacia July 9, 2016 at 7:10 am

    wanted to share another beautiful blog site that reminds me of yours. calm, clean and easy reading. take a minute and visit her site.

    • Reply Erin Boyle July 9, 2016 at 9:18 am

      have been!

  • Reply Abby Cameron July 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I’m glad someone else is considered the parent cherry pitter too!
    Thanks for the LGBT children’s books link. My wife and I have a 14 month old and always on the lookout for books about families like ours.

  • Reply Mun July 10, 2016 at 5:46 am

    I’m really loving the fact that this segment of your blog is peppered with gratitude towards the simplest things.

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Comments are moderated.