my week in objects (mostly).

November 30, 2018

five little things that made my week.

1. this bunch of dried up stuff. 

{for making it back to brooklyn in one piece.}

2. these seasonal socks.

{because slipping them on this time of year always feels festive.}

3. this stack of plates.

{because we got a few replacements for our most battered dishes and they’re even better than i expected.}

4. this stack of books, plus another stack waiting at the library.

{because somehow this year, i managed to be mostly prepared ahead of time.}

5. this special bough.

{for being light enough to stay on the door with a magnet.}

other things:

men, women, and children.

not for thanksgiving only.

self portraits.

only amplifies her power.



a ludicrous and expanding menu of complex euphemisms

it was about power, fraternity, and masculinity.

addendum: it’s never just about the burger.

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  • Reply Lexie November 30, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    I thought of you immediately when I saw . that Willamette Week follow up! Thank you again for sharing the rest of the story.

  • Reply Sally November 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Oh my goodness, that first article. That little boy, the family, the women. My heart has been broken this past week with the news of how we are treating those at the border. I hope they all find safety though sadly, I know that we are making that almost impossible.

  • Reply BRI December 2, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Dame Magazine Article: Yes. Let’s keep ending sexual objectification. I do believe that a friendly approach can make a huge difference here. Obviously it’s very unfair to have to keep good cheer after being objectified, but I find that people aren’t able to cope with the alternative reaction, and advocating solely for others works better, to resolve the situation properly. I have had to practice this attitude since attempting zero waste changes, otherwise the cultural shifts that I am asking someone else to make on my behalf are viewed in all manner of ways and I leave with less inner peace and abundant plastic and a missed opportunity to be understood for the benefit of future customers etc.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Unfair indeed.

  • Reply Lizzy December 2, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Uuf, the article about the migrants is heartbreaking. Having witnessed the migrant crisis in Europe a few years ago, it is sad to say that the same thing is happening in the USA now. Hopefully, enough locals in these areas can come together to help these migrants in whatever way they can.

  • Reply steph December 2, 2018 at 11:44 am

    thanks for the always great collection of articles – i love ocasio-cortez, she is awe-inspiring. as for the treatment of migrants – it’s despicable. it would have cost considerably less to send workers to process asylum applications than it is costing to have the military there, i hope we can get to a place where they are treated humanely soon.

  • Reply Haley December 3, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Christmas socks always make things feel more festive.

  • Reply candace welsh December 5, 2018 at 7:03 am

    In the midst of the holiday season, I am enjoying the fruits of being uncluttered. And that includes decorating. It’s so relaxing, peaceful, and I enjoy the (what some people would consider a little bit) decor I have so much more. Love the socks! Treated myself to a 2 dozy pairs after buying my son his Christmas gift and getting a $10.00 gift card for next purchase at an outdoor wear supplier. Happy holidays to all!

  • Reply Rachel December 11, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    hi erin – could you tell us a little more about those plates? i am currently registering for wedding gifts and am trying to find alternative places to register (other than crate +barrel, etc.). I think that would also make a very useful post for a lot of people getting engaged this season 🙂 Thank you!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 11, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Rachel! These are from East Fork Pottery and they’re so terrific. Sturdy and lovely and the perfect size and shape. The dishes we registered for for our wedding were real favorites of mine—a beautiful bisque ceramic, also handmade in the US. Unfortunately, they took an incredible beating and chipped if you looked at them the wrong way. We still have the large dinner plates from that set, which have gone almost totally unused, but we placed our bowls and side plates with East Fork and adore them! There’s a post in the archive re: alternative registries and I talk more about that in my book, too! (Though I’ve changed my tune on the white plates!).

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