my week in objects (mostly).

December 13, 2019

1. this nail polish.

nail polish | reading my tea leaves

{for making long hours at my computer this week a little more festive.}

2. these paper chains.

paper chains | reading my tea leaves

{and the kid who asked me to make them with her.}

3. this chair.

pink chair | reading my tea leaves

{for constantly being dragged around the apartment to assist a very determined person who “can do it.”}

4. these pine cones in the christmas tree.

{for lending their extra special kind of adornment.}

5. this stack of wintry books.

winter books | reading my tea leaves

{we’re doing a low-lift kind of advent calendar mashup this year and it’s been perfect.}

other things:

you should definitely breastfeed, but i’d rather not see it.

not notable enough.

more than a surplus of onesies and toys…

this is not our shame.

our oceans brim with climate solutions.

a beginner’s guide to spending christmas alone.

that ancient framing of female fraudulence, engraved on our shared consciousness.

currently considering a set for two. Y/N?

forgive us our debts.

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  • Reply Stargirl December 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I tried to ask for gift cards to restaurants and cleaning services and laundry services and used baby things, but my MIL wouldn’t let me put that on the invitation. She doesn’t really approve of my trying to be earth friendly and people kind. Sigh. I’ll do better by my children if they will let me/want me to.

  • Reply Mary December 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Love the nail polish, the tree, and especially love to see the wintry library books. There are so many with beautiful illustrations, wise and adventurous stories waiting on library shelves for their young readers. The message, too, for children, of community sharing, warms my heart. Sigh. Warm wishes to all.

  • Reply Zara December 13, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    100% yes on the robes for two!

  • Reply Leslie December 14, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    wonderful reading in the links – thank you!

  • Reply Jess December 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Erin! Love your site. I want to buy that nail polish — which company sells it?!?! Thanks!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      It’s a Zoya polish! I got my nails done locally and have no idea the name of the color!

      • Reply Jess December 15, 2019 at 11:47 am

        I took a peek at Zoya’s site and it looks like it could be Pepper?!?

        • Reply ERIN BOYLE December 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm

          Hmm. I think it’s a darker shade than Pepper, and I vaguely remember a name that was a slightly more traditional first name…which narrows it down not very much, but I’m 99% sure it’s not Pepper…though it looks lovely!

          • Tiffany December 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm


          • ERIN BOYLE December 16, 2019 at 1:38 pm

            Maybe? Not sure!

  • Reply Marilyn December 15, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Erin, Thank you for the Christmas Alone link– so many good ideas there. It’s not that I’ll be alone, but am older and so no longer a Christmas Recipient or a Christmas Maker — just a participant. Lots of down time –And the losses pile up year after year after year. I have learned to focus on the actual religious meaning of the day and on Christmas music — there is so much out there — usually free — bells and choirs and cantantas and elementary schools singing in malls. It is wonderful and any addition to the audience is usually greatly appreciated. Sort of a variation on volunteering!

  • Reply steph December 16, 2019 at 12:53 am

    i love the library books! and the links! giving myself a manicure is part of my ‘advent calendar’ for this month. as wonderful as this time is it can also be stressful + anxiety provoking. made this list to tide me through/create a semblance of slowness 🙂

  • Reply mado December 16, 2019 at 9:55 am

    that link about the debt-forgiving church is haunting me. what a light in a dark time. thanks once again for the best links out there!

  • Reply Maya December 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Yes to the robes. I bought mine a few yrs ago in white and still love it despite two small kids w dirty hands 🙂
    Just bought a set for my in-laws a few days ago.

  • Reply Sarah December 18, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Yes to the robes! I have one of their linen/terry robes that is 7 (8?) years old and still going and so cozy.

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