my week in objects mostly.

    January 20, 2017

    There are so many objects in the week after a baby arrives that feel monumental: the burp cloth that arrives at the right moment; the trio of ibuprofen handed over with a cup of cold water; the tiny slippers fetched from a drawer by a big sister; dinners from neighbors and chocolate bars from friends; flowers from sisters; bags of groceries from parents. But so many of these objects are things that I haven’t had a chance to photograph in these first ten days. As always, this is just a sampling of those things that made my week. Huge thanks for so many kind notes welcoming Silas. More soon.

    five little things that made my week.

    1. this basket.basket_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6621

    {and this makeshift diaper changing station. making do in a tiny apartment…}

    2. these tiny overalls.overall_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6640

    {hand-knit for a tiny guy.}

    3. these oatmeal cookies.cookies_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6633

    {which surely count as health food.}

    4. this stack of blankets.blankets_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6619

    {and a closet rearranged to accommodate stacks of cloth diapers.}

    5. this wall of things.wall_reading_my_tea_leaves_IMG_6627

    {for getting all hung up just before our little arrival.}

    other things:

    by their fruits.

    a rare opportunity to devote no thought whatsoever to what men might, or might not, decide to do.”

    not the final word.

    leave wishes for the future.

    my america. (pay what you wish at the whitney today.)

    baby proof: updates.

    January 17, 2017

    hospital_clothes_reading_my_tea_leaves_img_6485Greetings from a sleepy apartment. As I rest and recuperate and as we ease into life with two kiddos in the house, I thought it might be nice to let you know that I’ve been working on updating old posts in the Baby Proof series that I started when I was pregnant with Faye and that my sister Cait contributed to while Faye was an infant. I’ve mostly cleaned up old links and included a few additional bits of wisdom where I had them. 

    I’m working on a few new posts on postpartum care, and fitting a second baby into a small space, and finding cozy things for wintertime babies to wear, but in the meantime, here are a few old favorites for the early days:

    Baby Proof: Packing a Hospital Bag

    Baby Proof: Surviving New Parenthood in the Metropolis

    Baby Proof: Newborn Essentials

    Baby Proof: Natural Baby

    Baby Proof: Baby in a Basket

    an american dream.

    January 16, 2017



    Four things to do to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

    + Sign the #Our100 Pledge to support 100 women of color leaders as they resist in the first one hundred hours and days of the new administration. In the words of the pledge: “My work will not end at the ballot box. In the #First100Hours and #First100days, I will stand with women of color leadership. I will stand with women who are leading solutions that support a vision for Black lives, an end to violence against women and girls, power to make decisions about our bodies, health and reproduction, common sense immigration reform and an end to Islamaphobia. I pledge to take action to pursue a democracy and economy where we all have an equal say, and an equal chance.” 

    + Schedule a visit to the National Museum of African American History, the newest Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. and the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

    + Reread The Letter from Birmingham Jail, which includes one of my favorite lines: “We who engage in non-violent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open where it can be seen and dealt with.” (Plus nine other quotes worth reading.)

    + Plan to march on Washington, or anywhere, in the spirit of peaceful resistance. (Read the guiding principles right this way.)

    “Hear Our Voice” poster by Liza Donovan.

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    my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week:1. this cool mist.{for keeping us a little better hydrated around here.}2. these bath salts.{a treat from james and just right for some pre-bed soaks.} 3.  these tiny cozy…

    January 6, 2017 32 Comments
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    a simple matters giveaway.

    It’s a cruel irony that in this corner of the world at least, the New Year begins at precisely the moment when some of us most want to hibernate until the daffodils come out. In…

    January 5, 2017 58 Comments
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    on taking stock and making resolutions.

    I’ve never been someone to journal. (Full disclosure: I’m the particular breed of grumpy that rather balks at the use of journal as a verb.) List-making, however, I can get behind, and resolutions in…

    January 3, 2017 17 Comments
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    my year in objects (mostly).

    twelve little things that made my year.1.  resolutions and a book release in january. 2. veggie broth in february.  3. california dreams realized in march. 4. contemplating parenthood in april.5. paris with a toddler in may.6. elderflower…

    January 2, 2017 15 Comments
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    my week in objects, mostly.

    five little things that made my week:1. these antlers. {because toddlers in antlers are almost as good as grandpas in antlers.}2. this hamentaschen.{and the others i devoured this week.}3. this sack of presents.{because focusing on…

    December 23, 2016 15 Comments
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    habit shift: saying thanks.

    I have a friend who’s an expert thank you note writer. She sends a handwritten thank you for every occasion you can think of and unlike the significantly reduced but ever-present junk mail in…

    December 22, 2016 25 Comments