my week in objects (mostly).

September 21, 2018

five little things that made my week.

1. this bowl of grapes. 

{for being on our table again, just like clockwork.}

2. these works in progress.

{and a good way to put this lunch pail to work.}

3. this perfect specimen.

{spotted on the sidewalk, and held tenderly by a four-year-old for the whole walk to school.}

4. this blanket.

{(and the little stitched-on name) for keeping a kid cozy at pre-k.}

5. these jeans.

{for getting a new and improved bum.}

other things:

if you haven’t started listening already.

aflame with fury.

he said/she said.

unacceptable level of earnestness.

afternoon fuel.

the album from yesterday’s instagram story.

if you’re looking for a signed copy of my book to give to a friend, i signed a bunch for stories!


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  • Reply Judith A Ross September 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I look forward to this every Friday morning! Good work on the jeans — I think we would all like to do it like @katrinarodabaugh. If only there were a way for me to mend a fragile pair of silk pants bought on consignment last spring — 6 inch rip next to the bum seam — seemingly not repairable. I’m going to check out your post on getting ES and other brands second hand.

    What are you knitting? Yarn details please.

  • Reply cathy September 21, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I LOVE this blog and loved your book. So much to think about!
    Is there a link for your jeans from today’s post?

  • Reply SEM September 21, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Dying to know how to repair jeans like that!

  • Reply Doe September 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    We found a monarch just like yours in our driveway this past week, a poignant reminder that not every one of these butter-fliers makes its way to Mexico as we hope they might. Maybe yours and ours is the soul of an ancestor, though, stopping by for a visit…

    • Reply Sasha L September 24, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Such a beautiful thought.

      Perhaps it’s life was full of wonder and it’s work is done.

    • Reply Ali Enza September 24, 2018 at 11:35 am

      What a lovely thought! Every time I see those little white butterflies, I think of my grandmother so maybe she really is just stopping by for a visit! <3

  • Reply Angie September 22, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Those jeans look SO comfy!! I love having a favorite pair. Also, mmmm, fresh grapes.

  • Reply Sasha L September 24, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I have a pair of overalls with a worn spot, turning into a tear/hole. I’m stuck figuring out the best way to mend, a patch on the inside, just stitch the hole shut? So I just keep wearing, and of course it’s getting a little worse with every wear. Such a metaphor for self care and life isn’t it?

  • Reply Kelly Libby September 24, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Moment of pride to share:

    This weekend, I went to Connecticut to help my sister purge before her move to a new apartment with her hubby and four little kids!! We dug through, sorted, purged, packed and DONATED 3 car loads to our local Goodwill. It felt awesome!!! I even enlisted her littlest daughter, age 4 to join the fun. First task: Help bringing out the recycling instead of tossing it into the garbage. Their town only allows ONE recycling bin each week and the bin was already full from the every day life with a family of six. So we just piled them high into boxes for the next week’s collection day instead of bringing to the dump as my sister wanted.

    Next up: Toys. The dreaded toys. I thought this would be so difficult for a little one but my niece was amazing. I simply said, ” Okay, Maeve. Today we are going to Goodwill with mommy. Please look through your toy box and take out the toys you do not want and the toys you don’t love to play with. Here is a big box to put the toys you want to give to another kid who doesn’t have any toys”. She filled that box so darned fast. I was so so so proud.

    Here’s to big and small victories!!!

  • Reply Elysabeth Ratto September 26, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I haven’t listened to the podcast you linked to yet, but I wanted to share one of my favorite podcast episodes on toxic masculinity and the patriarchy: I’m curious what you think! Hope you and your family are well!

  • Reply Jessica Large September 27, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Oh, what are you knitting?

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