my week in objects, mostly.

October 6, 2017

five little things that made my week:

1. this apple cider in this mug.cider | reading my tea leavesΒ 

{because for a day there it was cool enough to warm it up and have a snuggle.}

2. this tub of hummus.hummus | reading my tea leaves
{refilled around the corner. emptied right here at home.}

3. these magenta mums.mums | reading my tea leaves

{hello october.}

4. this little pack.bag | reading my tea leaves

{ready to spend the night at grammy and grandpa’s.}

5. this button.button | reading my tea leaves

{and the most poignant performance i’ve seen in a long time.}

other things:

for good measure.

perspective.

it’s okay to feel things.

spaces we make when we can’t be there in person.

yas queen pizza.

never not dreaming of an apartment with a fireplace.

extra everything.

knit your own.

drowning in whiteness.

believe women.

something cheery.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Kim R October 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Good Morning Erin! How do you clean the backpack? Faye’s looks clean in the photograph. My kid has a yellow one and just a rag with soapy water doesn’t seem to do a thing. Thanks and have a good weekend!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 6, 2017 at 11:32 am

      HA! It’s actually pretty filthy! And true confessions, I haven’t cleaned it yet!

      • Reply Kim R October 6, 2017 at 11:40 am

        Haha! I don’t feel so bad now. Learned my lesson color choice-wise though!

  • Reply Jess October 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Your round-ups are truly the best. I want to gather all my yarn scraps and start knitting that blanket right away. I want to send Oluo’s piece to everyone I know. My partner & I (both white) just finished a round of apartment applications & interviews in a very competitive city, and frankly it felt the biggest exercise in institutional privilege. So the question of “”Who is it not easy for? And what can I do to dismantle that system?”” is forefront on my mind, and so eloquently explained there. Oluo writes “But in order to do that, you have to be willing to look at it and see it as a part of the system of whiteness because that’s what it is.” — I’m hopeful that once we’re settled in to our new city, we can get involved in local housing politics to contribute to chipping away at this very rigged system.

    • Reply Heather October 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      That part of the piece struck me the most too. Thank you for always sharing such thought-provoking things Erin!

  • Reply Ellen October 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Sahadi’s!! One of my most favorite places. Yum!

  • Reply Mary Kate October 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Ah, Sahadi’s, the #1 thing I miss about Brooklyn. Anytime a friend visits me from my erstwhile borough, they bring me a bag of Sahadi’s dates. WHY are they the best dates on earth? WHAT is their secret?

  • Reply Katie October 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    ‘I hope that we can start looking at kindness, which is honest and built with love, over niceness, which prioritizes comfort over safety.’

    This spoke to me today. We are a white family considering moving back to our native St. Louis, where race problems seem to reign, and are trying to make the decision between living in the city with kindness, or in the county with niceness. I really want to choose kindness.

  • Reply Nina October 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

    That scrap blanket is gorgeous! Seems way too simple/traditional to require a $ pattern, though: https://www.theknittingsquirrel.com/how-to-knit-a-mitred-square-blanket/

    Fires are so enticing, I agree, but here in London we’ve just had a pretty brutal report on our air quality and there’s talk of banning wood-burners (open fires are already subject to various rules). It’s sad but I think we have to move on and have fires (indoor and outdoor) only very occasionally as special treats. Even if you live in a place without regulations, the reasons for the regulations apply everywhere! https://www.theguardian.com/money/2005/dec/13/ethicalmoney.leohickmanonethicalliving https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/04/revealed-every-londoner-breathing-dangerous-levels-of-toxic-air-particle

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 9, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Ah yes, for every point, a counterpoint. Special occasions, indeed! (Regarding knitting, of course folks with the talent and wherewithal are free to freestyle their own blankets, but for folks who need more guidance or want to follow a pattern exactly, I think paying folks a nominal fee for the pattern they’ve designed is a great idea!)

  • Reply Nancy October 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I miss Sahadi Brothers!

    I was in Brooklyn visiting my sister a couple of weeks ago and was very excited to see those brown bins. We saw them in Montreal two summers ago and I wondered when I would see them in NYC!

  • Reply Michelle October 13, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Love your pictures so much! It just makes me wanna take pictures of the little things i have laying around! Haha!

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