my week in objects (mostly).

September 22, 2017

five things that made my week.

1. this new bottle.   
{after two weeks i reconciled that i left my old one on the subway. found it the day after this arrived. and then there were two.}

2. this baby.
{a gift from hazel village to an extremely excited kid in this house.}

3. this sweater.

{made for a kid, worn by a grownup. (this one.)}

4. the mug behind the camera.

{cause you can’t tell here but there was a bang trim and an eyebrow shaping and everything just feels better.}

5. this pre-school art.
{girl’s got a really good color palette going on.}

disaster relief efforts:

for folks in mexico. (also: a wishlist (in pesos). and topos.)

for folks in puerto rico. (also: save the children.)

other things:

an obligation to be political?

gritty woman.

little virtues.

never seen an organized fridge i didn’t like.

dime novels via poppytalk.

very into faceted (!) opals.

lessons from year one.



just go read everything here.

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  • Reply KP September 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Oh, I love that sweater! Did you get it in a large size so it would fit a grown up? If I may ask, what size? 🙂

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Yes! I got the size 10!

      • Reply Jules September 23, 2017 at 3:30 am

        Oh how is the fit on you? Are you super tiny?

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          i typically wear an adult xs and this size fits me!

  • Reply Alix September 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    That McSweeney’s piece about Bostonians is EPIC! Love it.

  • Reply Kelly September 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you for your inspiring lists each week! This is, of course, not totally related, but I wanted to see what you do (or hope/plan to do) with the abundance of child artwork and other things brought home from daycare/preschool and beyond? After it has worn out its welcome on the fridge or wall. Looking for a good strategy to implement. Thanks!

    • Reply Nicole September 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      My thoughts exactly, Kelly! We have a few places to display current stuff, but beyond that….
      (and we LOVE our Hazel Village friends)

      • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm

        So far, I’m really not very sentimental about it! We leave things up for a few days, then I usually ask Faye if we can recycle it (or she tells me she’s ready to before I ask)!

  • Reply Ana Maurer September 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much for mentioning the earthquake and how to help. I am from Mexico City and I knew you were going to talk about it. We need all the help que can get. I love your writing. Best regards.

  • Reply Judith September 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Am I too old to get one of those dolls for myself? Never mind, I know you would say “no,” even though my husband and adult sons would think I’d lost a screw. I LOVED that piece on Design Sponge about an artist’s obligation to be political. There have been many discussions of that in my house.

    The pre-school art: I suspect that you will soon find yourself writing a post about how to save and or discard all of the wonderful art and other projects that come home from school. Take it from one who just moved cross-country from our family home of 23 years — discarding the stuff is hard no matter when you do it. I ended up with two plastic containers with lids (plastic to protect from a potentially wet basement), one for each son. They contain concert programs, art, a high school essay about why their dad is their hero and other such stuff. Has either one looked inside? No, but the girlfriends, at least, seem interested.

    Thank you as always for another week of thoughtful and interesting posts.

  • Reply Nina September 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    For people who’ve got time, rather than money, to give to those affected by Irma/Maria, here’s a really easy and worthwhile way to help:

  • Reply kathy September 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    may I ask where you found the magnet holding up the artwork on fridge 🙂

  • Reply Jay September 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Erin, this comment may be more relevant to a different post, but here goes 🙂

    You have written about how you are careful with what you choose to bring into your home, what you decide to keep, etc. In a similar vein (sort of), how do you sort/process all the news, choose meaningful action items, decide what to read, etc. There’s so much out there (not all good, of course), so many sources for news, websites, books, blogs…

    I feel that it is important, now more than ever, to be aware and educated, but it so easy to feel overwhelmed. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

    Oh and I love baby Ada!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      isn’t ada the sweetest? she’s so far been dubbed blah blah and sophie in our house. not sure which will stick;) as for the other stuff, yes! it’s so easy to get overwhelmed. i stick to some pretty basic news outlets, like wnyc for radio, the new york times, and pro publica. i’ve been trying my best lately to steer a little more clear of things like twitter where the 24-hour news cycle feels particularly intense (there’s a draft of a post on this somewhere in here…)

      • Reply Jay September 24, 2017 at 10:26 pm

        Pro publica feels like a lifesaver these days.

  • Reply Eva September 23, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I love the “gritty women” article in the NYTimes! What an interesting way to see progress via the requests for stock photos! Such a great thing!

  • Reply Amelie September 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Erin, I absolutely love the sweater. How does size 10 fit? Do you think it would fit someone who usually wears a small, or would it only fit an extra small? Thanks in advance & greetings from Germany : )

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      ah, probably more of an xs!

  • Reply Ede September 23, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Love opal but please beware it is very very susceptible to water, very vulnerable,
    I never where them anymore, to my great regret, since water is everywhere.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE September 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      fascinating! i have an opal ring that i shower with daily and have never noticed!

      • Reply Jessica September 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

        it depends on the type of opal! Ethiopian opals will absorb water because they’re formed in sedimentary rock and have a “looser” crystalline structure (at least this is how my mind understands it). Australian opals come from volcanic rock and are much sturdier/water-safe.

  • Reply Ede September 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    (wear of course, I’m sorry)

  • Reply Rachel September 27, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I love Klean Kanteen. I have three of them.

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