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
crapprojects 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:
- 35 questions we have after watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life from The Kitchn
- Finishing up my Secret Santa shopping muhaha
- Interesting read: The hygge conspiracy from The Guardian
What was the highlight of your November?