This is what life feels like at the moment, as I realize May is less than a week away:
- Press 1 if you’d like time to slow down.
- Press 2 if you’d like to time to speed up to the part of the day when both kids are asleep and you can hear yourself think.
- Press 3 if you have no idea what you want.
Now imagine me pressing 1-2-3 over and over again on the imaginary keypad of an imaginary phone. Basically, that’s April in a nutshell.
APRIL 2017 | CURRENTLY
- What I’m calling a gentle return to consistent running (as gentle as things can get while pushing the beast that is a double running stroller). No pressure, just getting out there. Granted, I am registered for a few upcoming races, but in the interim, I’m enjoying getting back in the groove.
- A turn for the better, weather-wise. We spent this past Sunday visiting the baby animals (including two lambs that were only 3 days old!), checking out the plants, and enjoying a picnic lunch at Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon (about 30 minutes from the city). It’s remarkable what good weather and fresh air can do. Like, it practically makes me a nice, normal person.
- Nick and Clark follow each other around, looking for adventure. And snacks.
- This Heineken ad, which seems like a masterful foil to Pepsi’s faux protest nonsense.
- The last few episodes of The West Wing. I must have inadvertently and magically saved them for times like these. Imagine if CJ was Press Secretary in real life?
Currently listening to
- An old Ben Folds playlist. Nick and I danced to The Luckiest as our first dance at our wedding, and I think I played it thirty-seven times this week. Grace asked me to turn it off all thirty-seven times. Whatever, kid. Also on the playlist: Still Fighting It, Fred Jones – Pt. 2, and Philosophy… that intro always makes me wish I could jam on the piano.
- A whole slew of podcasts. Current favorites: Pod Save America, With Friends Like These, Body Kindness, From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl, Call Your Girlfriend, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, Up First, and Book Club Appetizer. I’m also looking forward to DeRay Mckesson’s new podcast, which launches next week. I’ve all but sworn off TV news (I can’t quit political rantings on Twitter, however… old habits), and find that a lot of these podcasts fill the void nicely. Without driving me insane.
- Grateful for moments of solitude here and there, not to mention a loving + supportive family. I found this piece of “almost sea glass” (in cobalt glass, no less) while taking a solo beach walk at the Cape towards the beginning of the month. It wasn’t sharp enough to worry about someone’s safety, so I’m certain the right thing to do would have been to throw it back into the surf so it could become actual sea glass… but I kept it. In a lot of ways, I’m feeling like the human version of somewhere between almost sea glass and actual sea glass. As I shared in an earlier post, this month has felt like a real time of transition. Having quiet time to reflect has been really good. Life is amazing and strange and weird and wonderful. Also, if I write a memoir, please talk me out of titling it “Almost Sea Glass: The Elizabeth Story.” And more importantly, talk anyone and everyone out of publishing it.
- Excited for the next few weeks. Full schedules, full hearts, can’t lose. Or whatever they used to say on that football show. (JK…Friday Night Lights was the best.)
OK. Time to turn into sea glass. Or maybe, like, put on real pants.
Also On Tap for Today:
- All about Comic Sans (aka the font that burns my eyes) from The Guardian
- Painting “magic beans” with Grace (in reality: they are seeds we found on the sidewalk and maybe this isn’t the safest idea… but regardless, we are painting them with sparkly neon paint)
- The Benefits of Solitude from The Walrus
What has been the highlight of your April?
CURRENTLY | JANUARY 2017
I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I’ve finally recovered from President Obama’s Farewell Address… which was Tuesday night (i.e. nearly 48 hours ago).
Baby Nick woke up bawling just seconds after the President said “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side…” I was bawling at that point too, cradling my sweet child, grateful that both our children were born at a time when such an incredibly smart, respectful, kind and caring family lived in our nation’s White House. I am doing my best during these remaining days of Barack Obama’s presidency to watch every video of the President + kids, the President + dogs, and the President + VP (especially today’s Medal of Freedom presentation) as humanly possible… rather than give into the sadness and anger simmering below the surface (real talk).
Also, it was snowing and single digits this weekend… but it’s 55 degrees in Boston today.
The world is ending.
On that uplifting note…
- Variations of the Sprouted Kitchen lentil soup I raved about a couple weeks ago
- Simple snacks to share with Baby Nick… because these days, he has major food FOMO and needs to sample any/everything on my plate. Blackberries and cottage cheese have been a big hit this week.
- All the winter citrus, all the winter citrus, all the winter citrus… put your stems up. (Or whatever.) I especially love satsumas, and not just because you can buy them with the leaves and stems still attached.
- Water (obvi)
- Not a single Diet Coke today (not so obvi)
- Fiveway Veggie Broth (definitely unexpected) – I received a complimentary sample right before the holidays and am totally hooked on this incredibly flavorful broth, which you can straight up drink from the bottle. I like warming it up on the stove and drinking from my beloved “BC Grandpa” mug, it’s both delcious and fortifying. Non-vegetarians will likely dig their bone broths. Fiveway products can be found locally in Massachusetts + New Hampshire.
- More gouache chairs
- Plans for Grace’s “unicorns doing gymnastics” birthday party
- Finishing my tutorial for the upcoming Get Messy Art Journal season (***stay tuned for a membership giveaway coming soon!)
- Bean boots (the ones without laces, because I’m
lazy stylish) + Bean boots socks (so cozy) + a smug smile for having ordered them early enough in the year to beat the inevitable selling out (at last check, there were still sizes 9 + 10 available)
- My new FitBit (a Christmas present from Nick), the Charge 2 special edition (lavender + rose gold, so pretty) — I really liked the Charge HR, but there are so many design/functional improvements in this version. I especially like the 2 minute guided breathing program. People like me need tiny wrist computers to remind them to breathe.
- The babes enjoy winter… it’s just the best. Nick, Grace, Baby Nick, Clark and I had so much fun being snowed in down the Cape last weekend. I love watching the kids and Clark explore in the yard. I’m so grateful that we have an escape from the city (and that we have the city to return to, as well).
We’re only two weeks into the year… but things are good. And so are you.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Playing “You have a skunk in your clothes! Get the shovel!” with Grace (I don’t really know how to play, I just follow her lead and yell those two sentences over and over)
- Busting some behind closed doors clutter with Apartment Therapy
- Looking for a new book to read
What’ve you been up to this month?
Holy Toledo. Tomorrow is December.
This time last year I was a very pregnant, mostly cranky lady. Currently, I’m in disbelief that baby Nick is nearly a year old. I was grabbing a few things at Whole Foods on Wednesday (yes, the day before the holiday #lastminutelarry) and someone asked if this was Nick’s first Thanksgiving.
And it hit me that this was his last first holiday. So I started, like, sort of crying by the pomegranates. As you do… when you’re an overtired basket case.
Anyway… let’s talk November.
- I think I mentioned Nature Anatomy last month, but Grace and I have become enamoured with all three of artist Julia Rothman’s anatomy books: Nature Anatomy, Farm Anatomy and Food Anatomy. They are so beautifully illustrated (in gouache, my favorite medium of late) and full of the most interesting information. And Grace loves that they are “grown-up books.”
- Anything Dan Rather posts on Facebook (honesty, I’ve come this close to quitting FB entirely this month, but I’d miss Dan Rather too much… also, photos of kids and babies and dogs); his take on the election and aftermath gives me hope that clearer heads will prevail (or at the very least, remain vigilant).
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac, because this mostly-young non-farmer is obsessed with weather and seasons and moon phases and tides. I have no clue how any of these things work, but I like reading about them and couldn’t resist grabbing a copy at the supermarket last weekend.
- The Weepies, Indigo Girls, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder (separately… though with their powers combined, they would make the most amazing super group). I think I’ve been using music (and maybe weird crafts?) to cope with the election and every day stress. Listening to old favorites has been very comforting. And as much as I feel like swearing (or listening to other people swear) some days, the aforementioned artists are totally mom-approved for driving around with children who are prone to repeating everything.
- Christmas music. I need to make my own Spotify playlist, though, because the Christmas station in Boston seems to play 12 different versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (and sort of creepy inside?…) a day.
- The ocean (so many walks on the beach this month!)
- Very unoriginal, but… Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (I stayed up way past my bedtime the night it was released to watch Winter and Spring). I didn’t watch the show when it originally aired, but instead majorly binge watched when Nick was a newborn. I loved the first three episodes of the revival, but the last one… meh.
- Still taking a hiatus from the news. So basically the only information I have regarding tomorrow’s weather forecast comes from Alexa… or next year’s Farmer’s Almanac.
- Nick was traveling earlier this month and I’m pretty sure I watched every Jane Austen adaptation ever made once the kids went to bed. I knew I’d overdone it when I caught myself saying “Badly done, Emma” to Clark.
- Grace’s nightly “show time” (the imaginary programs she passes out and the final bow are my favorite parts), it might be the cutest bedtime stalling technique on the planet
- A fairly absurd amount of
crap projects for our Cape house, especially when I consider how little I’ve been sleeping lately. I painted two side tables, hand-painted a zip code pillow (more on that later, maybe), wove (weaved?) a little decorative wall thing, started a wampum wreath and just finished cutting out felt letters for two banners.
- Plank and push-up progress, thanks in large part to the recent Mama Beasts Planksgiving challenge
- My sixth cup of tea (Santa’s Secret, naturally)
- A final to do list for baby Nick’s birthday party this weekend
I hope you had a lovely November, and that your December is even lovelier.
Also On Tap for Today:
What was the highlight of your November?
Happy Halloween from a very reluctant lobster (Clark), a “dancey dancey unicorn” (Grace), and a penguin that more than one person mistook for a pigeon (baby Nick). Oh, and two grown-ups who sort of wish our children came home with a bit more candy. Sort of.
CURRENTLY OCTOBER 2016
October has been a very full, happy month. And not just because I’ve managed to keep my plant friends alive.
- Photos from baby Nick’s beautiful baptism day, spent with our parents and siblings. The priest took one look at him in his little white jumper and said “Well, aren’t you a surprise?!” I still don’t really know what that means. But I like saying it to him every now and then. He didn’t make a peep during the sacrament, but did try to splash in the font a bit.
- Grace’s sense of humor. She’s started telling “jokes” lately… which are really just lies. But hey.
- Cold weather tea, especially David’s Tea The Spice is Right
- Progress on the Cape house! We’ve made a few day trips and had our first little family sleepover down there this month now that the basics are set up (beds, wi-fi, snacks). I’m looking forward to lots of summer fun on the Cape, but underestimated how much we’d enjoy the off season as well.
- A commitment to daily painting
- Weekly batches of chai and peanut butter protein bites
Toodles, October. Hello, November.
Also On Tap for Today:
What were some of your October highlights?
It took nearly all month, but the sun is shining and the temperatures are more May-like than November-ish. So we’re eating
ice cream dairy-free sorbet (I’m like, Live a little. And my stomach is like, Please don’t.).
May 2016 | Currently
- Grateful for improved weather – that cold, rainy stretch we had earlier this month made me feel positively… negative.
- Happy that we got to see my extended family this weekend at my cousin’s wedding down the Cape!
- A bit itchy. I don’t want to rush nature along and I know trees need their leaves and all, but I wouldn’t mind coming home from a walk or workout and not feeling like I’m wearing a pollen sweat suit. Or whatever.
- Proud of my first post-baby 5k with the double stroller and excited for the next race.
- Relieved (speaking of itchiness) that Clark’s vet referred us to a dermatologist who’s helping us get his allergies in check (hopefully). We started his immunotherapy injections last night, and I feel like an especially weird dog person, but these are the things you do when you love your aging, semi-grouchy, fully-sensitive French bulldog.
- Like I need a new big project or goal or challenge to work towards. But maybe I should just put away last week’s laundry.
- Lots of vegetables and fruits and sprouted things. Not so many nachos and pizzas and processed things. Girlfriend needs to reign it in a bit.
- Aaaaaand the aforementioned lemon sorbet. With rainbow sprinkles. Just do it.
Currently listening to
- The Bon Iver radio station on Spotify — it’s extra chill, which is good, because I am extra not.
- Catching up on episodes of On Being + Leslie Stahl on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
- Grace sing “Ring around the rosie, a pocket full of rosies!”
- The OJ miniseries (that’s definitely not the official name, but you likely know what I’m talking about… and you also know I’m too lazy to Google)– I was skeptical when my parents recommended it (sorry!), but Nick and I got completely sucked in.
- Daily Drawing Challenge and How to Design Fabric videos on Creative Bug
- Not much of anything art-wise… but I just signed up for a new painting class (Mary Ann Moss’ Oh My Gouache — totally obsessed with the name) and started a new large format sketchbook earlier this week.
- A batch of these gluten free cranberry and dark chocolate granola bars each week – so delicious, so easy.
- Lots of baby food — Grace loves to help me feed Nick (almost as much as Nick loves being fed). It’s so much fun.
- Plans for the summer. I can’t wait.
May the last few days of the month treat you well… get it… May…? Right. Cool. Bye.
Also On Tap for Today:
Am I the only adult who spells February wrong at least 78% of the time? Regardless of how you spell it, February has been a really good month. Just ask these two.
Currently | February 2016
- This article on the ambition gap that my sister shared with me: America loves women like Hillary Clinton as long as they’re not asking for a promotion by Sady Doyle, qz.com
- An embarrassing number of toddler development books… I mostly have no idea what I am doing… except I believe you’re not supposed to laugh when your toddler’s being fresh. Even when her response to “Why are you standing on the table?” is “Because I’m being a freshie.”
- To Kill a Mockingbird (again)
- Foo Fighters on Spotify + noise-canceling headphones (this is how I survived getting a crown at the dentist last weekend)
- Season 2 of Serial – I keep thinking I am done (I’m still not sure how I feel about this season), but then I get hooked. That Sarah Koenig, man.
- The St. Patrick’s Day decorations go up around the neighborhood
- We just caught up on Homeland and now I’m morbidly depressed (I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, so I will just say this, I think you-know-who is still alive… which makes me think his or her life is going to be even more miserable going forward. Also, post-partum hormones are real. And TV characters are not. But whatever.)
- Election coverage… and now I’m morbidly depressed. And we have months and months and months of this crap to endure.
Hi, baby Nick.
- Signs of spring out at Castle Island (Sully’s opened this weekend)
- A month of really consistent workouts
- Baby wearing – I had forgotten how good it feels (and how it magically soothes a little one)
- Grace’s newfound love for telling “jokes” (a recent favorite: “Grandpa is your sister! It’s a joke!”)
- Extra productive and creative on some days, and like a nearly-expired sloth on others.
- An itch to sign up for a race or two or six. Blame the 50 degree weather and a fresh pair of sneaks.
Alright, I’m off to make the most of Leap Day… or as I think of it, an additional 24 hours for everyone to plan an extravagant birthday surprise for me. Just kidding. Also, I kind of hate surprises. Toodles!
Also On Tap for Today:
- Happy Leap Day!
- Speaking of, what’s the point of Leap Day? via The Telegraph
- Getting a printable March calendar ready for tomorrow #lastminuteLarry
What was the highlight of your February?
Needless to say, the highlight of the
month year has been welcoming our baby boy.
The last two weeks have been an exhausting, but blissful blur of newborn snuggling, diaper changing, toddler chasing, and trying to remember if I took a shower or not. I feel like we’re starting to find our rhythm (which basically means nothing, because one thing I do remember from Grace’s early days is that as soon as we got comfortable, things changed — her sleeping schedule, her eating schedule, the weather, you get the point).
This may be the Universe’s way of sending a message, but the things that are totally beyond my control (and therefore, the things that I am constantly worrying about) are going beautifully. Grace is the most gentle, sweet and curious older sister. We went out for a little ride earlier this week (in nearly 60 degree weather… not normal) and she kept whispering, “Look, baby Nick, more Christmas lights.” And it made me so happy that I cried and ruined the moment.
On that note… here’s what else I’ve been up to this month.
Currently | December, 2015
- Newborn baby smell — I’d be a billionaire if I could bottle this smell.
- Grace’s excitement for all things Christmas
- Ridiculously warm weather
Currently listening to
- “Spirituality of Imagination,” last week’s episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, featuring Martin Sheen— I love this podcast. It’s smart, compelling, and thought-provoking and this episode might be one of my favorites. I loved hearing the actor talk about his return to Catholicism and his commitment to activism. I laughed, I may have cried (just kidding… I did cry… I cry about any and everything these days), I tried to convince everyone I know to listen.
- Season 2 of Serial — Nick and I have listened to the first two episodes together on Thursday nights. It’s both nice and sort of weird to sit around listening to audio in the same way we might watch television… like, what should I be looking at? This season is quite different from the first, but I’m already hooked.
- Adele’s 21 on repeat (still)
- Christmas music (obvi)
- The West Wing — I don’t know why I didn’t watch this when it was actually airing (my whole family was obsessed), but after listening to the Martin Sheen interview mentioned above, I had to give it a try. Blessed be Netflix… we have found our next streaming addiction.
- This peaceful Santa video on YouTube that my mom shared (Grace loves it)
- And this version of my favorite Christmas jam, O Holy Night, performed by Berklee students
- My new BAMR bands — I am thrilled to be an ambassador for this fabulous brand. Each quarter, BAMR Bands donates 10% of their proceeds to a selected charitable organization benefitting women and children (past recipients have included Every Mother Counts, a favorite of mine). To receive a 10% discount on these adorable, non-slip headbands, use the code OnTap10 online.
- This month’s Nature Box delivery — We’ve had a NatureBox subscription for a while, but this month’s box is an especially good one. I tried to select items that would appeal to Nick (Spicy Sriracha Popcorn), Grace (Peanut Butter Graham Jam) and me (Guacamole Bites)… but mostly… I’ve been snacking on them all. For 50% off your first delivery, click here (this is a referral link, albeit a tasty one)
- Piles of laundry everywhere — I forgot how many outfits newborns whip through in a day. Yikes.
- A painting here, a drawing there — My current m.o. is “fit in it when you can.” (And try not to make too much of a mess in the process.)
- Plans for the new year — I’m oddly excited for 2016. So much changed in 2015 that I felt more reactive and less intentional. I’m looking forward to being a bit more thoughtfully engaged in the coming twelve months.
- A few holiday treats, including sparkling cranberries and “happy cakes,” as Grace calls them
Also On Tap for Today:
What’s your December currently like?
The mild weather made this month feel more like April than November, so we got plenty of adventures in. And I sort of forgot to have my snow tires put on. Whatever, man.
I assumed (along with everyone else, I think) that we’d be a family of five by now (counting Clark, obvi… I do not have a secret human child somewhere)… but unless he makes his grand entrance before midnight, we’ll be welcoming a December baby. All this anticipation is making the days crawl, despite the month having flown.
And like any month, there were ups and downs — but one of the most wonderful moments had to have been meeting our niece who was born two weeks ago. She is just perfect.
Speaking of perfect, the weather and view (minus the seagull) could not have been better on a recent stroll along the Harborwalk.
Currently | November, 2015
- My copy of the Get Messy x UNHCR charity magazine arrived this weekend. I am so grateful to have been a part of this collaboration, which supports relief efforts for Syrian refugees, and love seeing everyone else’s art work in print. You can order a copy here (all proceeds are donated to UNCHR).
- Still working through: Big Magic and Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?
- Reading with Grace: But Not the Hippopotamus
- Mostly just looking at the pictures: Vogue, December 2015
- Adele’s 25 (along with the rest of the planet) on repeat. I’m not ashamed to say, I am obsessed.
- Christmas music
- Clark snoring
- The Undisclosed Podcast
- An attempt to finish my Christmas shopping in the next day or two. We’ve done a really fun Secret Santa with my siblings and significant others the last three years and I highly recommend DrawNames.com if you’re organizing a similar swap.
- Comfort food: Onion tartlets, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, cucumber salad, quesadillas with sharp cheddar and gala apples
- A top secret Christmas card muhahaha (I hope everyone finds it even a 1/100 as funny as I do)
- Progress in my sketchbooks and art journals (you can see some recent work on Instagram or here and here)
- The Christmas decorations I put up (…before Thanksgiving… couldn’t help myself)
- A fresh bouquet of flowers
- Our current routine (while it lasts)
- That Coach Belichick would be my ideal spokesperson right now. When asked how he felt when he saw Rob Gronkowski get injured during last night’s game, he snapped, “How do you think I feel?” Exactly. Except I don’t think I get away with being quite so sassy. So instead, I’ll just say… okay, fine, impatient, a little cankle-y, hopeful, hungry and tired.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Deleting 900 million Black Friday and Cyber Monday emails
- 20 ways to be creative when you don’t feel inspired via CoSchedule
- Trying to keep up with Dishwasher and Laundry Hamper Zero (it’s like Inbox Zero… kind of… but way less cool to bring up in public)
What a perfect month it has been. I am holding on to summer for dear life. And I’m not letting go… until at least October.
Currently | August 2015
- Like I am 900 months pregnant. I think it’s the heat. Or it’s just being pregnant. Regardless, I had an appointment with my midwife earlier this week and I’m grateful that the baby is healthy and everything is going well.
- Like this really is the best summer ever.
- The tide come and go. Boats passing by. Seals swimming around as fishermen unload their catch.
- The sky. We’ve had the most beautiful sunsets and clear views of the moon lately.
- Grace play with Clark. It’s so much fun to see them happily following one another around. Not surprising: There are usually snacks involved. Clark is no fool.
- Oh… and should I admit this? America’s Next Top Model on Hulu+. I can’t look away.
- The usual mess. I’ve loved this month’s theme of serenity for the Get Messy Art Journal challenge. You can find weekly updates of my sketchbook here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Weeks 4 + 5.
- An iPhone mount for less awkward Periscope broadcasts. I am following this tutorial and hope to have things up and running later this week. I really enjoyed sharing my first scope (an art journal and sketchbook flip-through); my username is ElizabethEv if you’d like to follow along. For now, I’m just enjoying everyone else’s scopes. Be sure to leave a comment below with your username, please!
- Lots of watercolor backgrounds and floral sketches. I recently finished watching Lisa Congdon’s classes on Creative Bug and am hooked on the techniques she shared.
- I also picked up some gold leaf this week and am thinking about gilding some of the shells I’ve collected recently. Summer is worthy of gilding.
- Consecutive good hair days. Usually my hair is like, POOF! the second we cross the Sagamore Bridge (I swear the Cape is covered by an invisible dome of humidity), but ever since I started using the fantastic products Living Proof recently sent me, my curls have been on their best behavior.
- Speaking of shampoo, I wish outdoor showers were a year-round option.
- These illustrations of political leaders as hipsters.
- As much yoga as I can fit into the week. The women’s fitness program I joined in June is on hiatus for a couple of weeks (if you’re in the Boston area and want to know more, please let me know — I love this group!), so I’ve been focusing on fitting in lots of long walks and short flows. I really like these prenatal yoga videos on YouTube.
Also On Tap for Today:
What were the highlights of your August?
If I see or hear one more back to school commercial… Lord, help me. Because of all that snow, the last day of school in Boston this year was June 29th, which was basically five minutes ago. So, please… let’s keep those school supplies out of sight for at least another month.
[Also, this is the first time since I was in kindergarten that my life doesn’t essentially revolve around an academic calendar. So that’s kind of weird. After graduating, my work was largely tied to school partnerships and while I never had a summer break, things always really ramped up in September. Now that I’m home, I think Grace, Clark and I will spend September at the beach. Or, like… doing laundry.]
This isn’t a post about graphing calculators (do kids still use those?), though… right? Right.
Currently | July 2015
- Thrilled to have shared our news with you and grateful for all the love and support
- Like it’s 95 degrees and I am pregnant (because it is, and I am)
- Excited about our upcoming vacation
- Like life has changed so much in the past two months. “Clean out the pantry” has been on my to do list since June, I sometimes forget to shower, and I caught myself having a semi-serious (albeit one-sided) conversation with my dog yesterday. But I don’t think I could be happier being home with Grace.
- As much fresh produce as I can get my hands on– tomatoes and berries, especially. I loved our trips to the farmers market (here and here) this month.
- 900 popsicles a day
- “On the Way to School,” a beautiful documentary about several children and the challenges the overcome (in most cases, daily) to get to school. It’s surprisingly uplifting. And I want everyone to watch it. (It’s available on Netflix.)
- File these next two under much less enlightened: Candidly Nicole on Hulu+ (fellow Simple Life fans, rejoice!) and Naked and Afraid XL on Discovery. Both make me laugh, like, a lot.
- Some fun little sketches and paintings in my new sketchbook (details here). I got out of the habit of painting daily this month, but have started to get back on track this week.
- Playlists galore. We’ve been in the car a lot (going from one fun thing to the next), and making good use of that Spotify subscription.
- A plan for the second half of the summer and a list of everything I’d love to do, see, and enjoy
- Lots of Chatbooks (they’re 20% through today with the code HOLDON) — I am officially obsessed after making a little book of photos from our 4th of July on the Cape.
- Lots of great workouts. I absolutely love the outdoor bootcamp (yes, even in the blazing heat) I’ve been attending and have started working in prenatal yoga videos a couple times a week.
- Swimming as much as possible. We’ve been in the water a lot this month, from swimming class with Grace to pool days at my parents’ house and dips in the ocean in Southie and on the Cape.
- An unusual (but welcomed) desire to make plans. No one would mistake me for a social butterfly, but maaaaan, I love spending time with our friends and family.
Also On Tap for Today:
What were some of your July highlights?