loving: our finished basement! we finally finished moving the furniture and setting things up just so – and while we still need to hang artwork throughout the house, the space is feeling ready to be lived and really, really well loved. i’m way overdue with before and after photos (did i even remember to snap before photos? it’s questionable) but i keep switching things up, sewing an extra throw pillow, adding one more detail. i’m loving the sealed concrete floors with throw rugs, the bright yellow pipe against the whitest of white walls and the addition of EBN’s castle. we brought it down from her bedroom (after doing a long overdue stuffed creature purge), added a couple of warm blankets, a special korean pillow, some twinkle lights and her much loved bunting. a special place for a truly special little girl.
reading: i’m super late to the party on this one but i finally picked up LOVING FRANK. while i’m enjoying parts of the story, and the history and the writing style, and i get a kick out of old oak park references (ABN grew up surrounded by frank lloyd wright homes), i can’t get over this woman leaving her children in hopes of a relationship. i hate her. i don’t want to hate her – but i do. like, a lot. i’ve found this to be true recently when reading/watching other stories of adultery. i just can’t get over the abandonment and the idea of a mother putting her own needs so dramatically before those of her kids. i’m not saying she should stay in an unhappy marriage. i just can’t reconcile walking way from the kids. leaves me feeling itchy and scratchy.
anticipating: can we just go with november? it’s a super big, jam packed month for us. in many ways the crazy has already started what with the inlaws visiting in 24 hour spurts for 3 weeks in a row, halloween, a visit by my parents, a family trip to disneyland, EBN’s blowout grand old flag birthday (more on that soon), thanksgiving, a left over pie party, chanukah and…when does one breathe/grow a baby? all of these things are fun and good and full of celebration. i’m just saying, come december 1 – we’re all going to need a major nap.
watching: in my old age, i’ve discovered PBS. in addition to downton i’ve gone on a CHECK, PLEASE! BAY AREA binge and now i’m watching CALL THE MIDWIFE. you guys, it’s so good. i’ve always had a thing for nuns (sister act) and i think i have a new thing for period dramas. it’s smart and interesting and surprising but not solacious (says the girl who just watched 2 seasons of revenge). if you are in the need for something new, that will keep your attention but won’t keep you up at night, i say check it out.
looking forward to: styling up EBN’s big girl room, finishing up the blanket i’ve been crocheting for her birthday, feeling more BBN2 kicks, beginning to day dream about a baby boy nursery (what?!), cheering for the red sox, a long overdue pizza lunch date, tot shabbat later this week and figuring out creative storage for toddler hair accessories – ideas welcome.
inspiration for these posts come from DANIELLE!