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?
- Any and everything with Grace (books, flashcards, magazine covers, junk mail ads for personal injury lawyers). She is recognizing and starting to sound out letters (and a couple words) and it is utterly amazing to me.
- A few books, because I can never stick to one at a time: Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN (I think this warrants a post of its own… really enjoying this one), Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield and The Futures by Anna Pitoniak.
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?