my week in objects (mostly).

January 17, 2020

1. these watercolors.

{for providing just the spot of calm color i needed this week.}

2. these magazines.

{and the sweet neighbor who passed them my way.}

3. this sheepie.

{a gift for a new baby and their very expectant siblings.}

4. this book.

{because this pregnancy keeps throwing me curveballs and it was nice to reread sections this week (more here).}

5. this tea.

{and drinking a cup with faye in the ever-so-slightly brighter early evenings.}

other things:

every word that passes their lips should be spoken in a tone, volume and cadence that is pleasing.

a new year’s diet.

create something so potent that she challenged the existing order.


washing block.

we’re pathologically anti-woman, anti-family, and we treat everyone like their [only value is] their economic output.

parents should have choices.

for lunch and dinner, please.

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  • Reply Dorothy January 17, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I look forward to these posts. I find them so enjoyable. Thank you

  • Reply Sam January 17, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    I hate the Warren-Bernie in fighting and am most frustrated that CNN is intent on stoking it. I remember Jeff Zucker half-heartedly admitting that running Trump rallies in 2016 in full with no fact-checking or commentary “may” have been a mistake and it’s clear from this pot-stirring that they still don’t actually care. So frustrating that this falls on Warren and Sanders to defend and hurts both of them in the process.

  • Reply Sue Hall January 18, 2020 at 10:36 am

    What a lovely calming post 🙂

  • Reply Kaitlyn January 18, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Not sure how to feel about the Yang article. Have you heard about the two gender discrimination claims that ex-employees have made towards him? One claim I could maybeee consider a fluke or disgruntled employee. But two? Dealing with pay gap issues and discrimination on the basis of marital status? Yea, no. He talks a good talk but has he walked the walk? (Asked rhetorically, not trying to incite anything on your comment wall! I just believe accountability and consistency is important on these matters.)

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 18, 2020 at 10:59 am

      oh man, I hadn’t read those claims. so disappointing especially in light of this piece.

  • Reply Lauren January 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm


  • Reply zuperserena January 20, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Hi Erin. Thank you for your great blog, I have enjoyed it for several years.
    About the soap block, one of the ingredients, quillaja saponaria, is actually the tree Quillay. This is a native chilean tree, it grows in old forest, which in Chile has been systematically destroyed and replanted with foreign, soil destroying species. The saponins (cleaning agent) is mainly in the bark, but unlike cork, the tree cannot be harvested without killing it. I know that quillay is exported for several industrial uses, but I do not know if there is a responsible source of quillay in Chile.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE January 20, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Hi there: thanks so much for reaching out. This is a new ingredient/concern for me—thanks so much for letting me know to avoid!


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