my week in objects (mostly).

September 30, 2016

five little things that made my week. 

1. these shells.shells_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_4166

{beachy loot for a possible project.} 

2. these pom-poms.poms_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_4179

{and collecting tiny precious things for a tiny precious someone.}

3. this corner.corner_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_4162

{for being an exercise in laughing at myself among other things. more soon.}

4. this apple corer/peeler/miracle worker.apple_corer_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_4173

{for getting used three different times this week alone.}

5. this pile of leaves.

{for letting us adopt them from the park.}

other things:

the temptation is real.

the tracks of my tears.

wimmin. (via miss moss.)

okay, fine. i’ll take it.

gwyneth, business woman.

currently purging your softcovers? to consider!

shake it off

obsessing over fertility?


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  • Reply Mary Kate September 30, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Interesting! I’ve never used one but always thought an apple corer/peeler would be superfluous and not justify the space it would take up, but if you, the ultimate non-haver-of-superfluous-things has one, I’m guessing it’s worth it?

    Love the prison book article. I know it’s naive, but the whole time watching Orange is the New Black, I kept thinking, if that was me, I would just hole up in that big library for the length of my sentence and be totally fine as long as the books were good enough.

    • Reply Erin Boyle September 30, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      My mom gave the peeler to me as a gift a few years ago and I admit that I’ve never had trouble finding a back corner of a cabinet to stash it in. (And it makes apple crisp/sauce/galette/you-name-it a total breeze. Plus, fun!)

  • Reply Molly September 30, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    First of all, I love that denim jacket! Second of all, yes I am trying to purge my hardcovers specifically (can’t read them on the subway very easily haha)–but actually the article said that “many prisons do not allow hardcover books!” Just an FYI if others also clicked that link looking for the same thing.

    • Reply Erin Boyle September 30, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      oh, haha! totally meant to specify *soft*covers. my brain autocorrection is off!

  • Reply Ellen September 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    As always, I love this list! One quick note–the article about donating to prisons says that many prisons do not accept hardcovers. Does your note about purging your hardcovers mean that you shouldn’t donate them to prisons, or that you should?

    • Reply Erin Boyle September 30, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      just replied above! totally a mistake. i meant to specify softcovers but i typed hardcovers by accident.

  • Reply Mina September 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the link to the obsessing over fertility article. I’m obsessing over fertility, it’s a horrible phase of life. The article has made me feel way more normal about feeling so crazy. Wouldn’t have found it otherwise 🙂

  • Reply Ellen September 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Ah, never mind! I didn’t see the comment above mine. Apologies!

  • Reply Jay September 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Love the denim jacket, but it says” spot clean.” I think that’s a deal-breaker for me.

  • Reply Emily October 1, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    That article about obsessing over fertility problems was wonderful, thank you for sharing it. I fell into the easily pregnant camp, but have friends who have had all kinds of struggles. I had my own completely unexpected problems when my son was born two months early. It was especially bad when he was in the NICU and I would be out without him, watching my daughter, trying to work, whatever, and feeling so completely alien and alone, like a huge part of me was missing (because that human who was supposed to still be inside me was missing). Seeing women out with their new babies or still hugely pregnant women was rough, and still can be 10 months out. Anyway. Pregnancy, trying to get pregnant, new motherhood, anyone going through it could use some more compassion and care.

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      agreed! more compassion and care!

  • Reply Diana October 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    obsessing over fertility, YES. Erin I love your blog but it’s hard to read about the pregnancy related stuff at this point in my life. I know I can’t live in a bubble and pregnant people out in the world have NOTHING to do with me and my struggles but it’s still hard. Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      i’m sorry. i’m so glad that the article resonated with you.

  • Reply Erin October 6, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I bought that jacket last spring and have loved it. It feels SO sturdy. My grandmother even looked it over recently and declared it had real, properly done button holes, a sign of sewing technique done right. Now I’m saving up for a pair of pants and a dress from Taylor Stitch too!

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      So great to hear!

  • Reply rebekah October 6, 2016 at 10:50 am

    That piece on fertility needs to be read by all women everywhere. I got pregnant last year by hardly trying while my husband’s brother and sister-in-law had been trying to have a family for years – failed IVF, miscarriage, failed adoptions, everything. Our pregnancy was definitely hard for them, and it was hard for me feeling ignored whenever they were around. Of course they love our baby boy as much as we do, and by some miracle, they now have a precious baby girl that they adopted 7 weeks ago. But that piece has humbled me and made me realize that while it’s okay to get my feelings hurt, I should maybe try a little harder to understand.

  • Reply Leigh October 14, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    As someone who has experienced a miscarriage, the fertility article was such a gift to read. We all experience things differently but I related to so much of it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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