Welcome to This Week’s Miscellany, the weekly feature at Carrots where I share photos, quotes, links, and whatever strikes my fancy!
I’m honestly not exactly sure what’s happening here. But whatever is happening is epic and awesome. This is definitely worth framing as it pretty much sums up these two. They are buddies in this quirky, Wes Anderson-y, please-let-this-be-the-cover-of-their-first-album kind of way (as pointed out by my friends on Instagram).
The Quotable Lucy:
Gwen (from her car seat): “Giwaffe! Giwaffe! GiWAFFE!”
Me: “Why is she talking about giraffes?”
Lucy: “Maybe she’s imaginating that a fwiendly giwaffe is gonna snuggle in her car seat and be her new fwiend.”
I’m kind of at a loss about dealing with this tiny person’s wild mane of hair. Since it seems the preferred spot for wiping her peanut butter-y hands, most days it goes up like this:
On the Homestead:
The chickens are laying again! Hurray!
I just finished this delightful read and you can hear Christy and I go nuts discussing it on the next podcast. Have I mentioned that I love podcasting so much?
As I mentioned the other day, I’m taking a step back from the blog for a few weeks, but I’ll still be around a little bit and I’ll definitely be hanging out on Instagram and sending out a new Carrots email newsletter to the folks who have signed up. I’ll be sharing a little more with the newsletter subscribers about why I’m needing to step back, so if you want to sign up you can do that here. (And I’ve had some emails from folks saying they didn’t know that the newsletter was something different that subscribing to my blog posts via email. Sorry I didn’t make that clear. The newsletter is a totally different thing. It’s a little more intimate and behind-the-scenes-y. I usually only send one a month.)
Links I Love:
On Debt and Openness to Life: Mama Needs Coffee
When You Have Mixed Feelings About a Pregnancy: Hallie Lord
Little Kids and Big Changes: Catholic All Year (This one reminded me a little bit of a post I wrote about 10 Ways to Prepare Your Toddler for a New Baby. Totally agree with what Kendra said about positive language about the pregnancy/new baby. While any change in the family is going to cause some turmoil, toddlers are just crazy to begin with and focusing on how totally awesome it is that there’s a new baby is going to be a lot more helpful than suggesting to them that they’re experiencing jealousy, anxiety, etc about the baby when that may not be what’s causing the outbursts in the first place. Toddlers be crazy. Siblings are awesome. It will all shake out.)
My accidental capsule wardrobe: Modern Mrs. Darcy (I’m with Anne here. I love reading about capsule wardrobes, but I think I actually HAVE a capsule wardrobe without trying because I simply don’t have a lot of clothes. But this has inspired me to write a wardrobe post about how my clothes all fit in a tiny hall closet since Daniel turned our bedroom closet into bookshelves. Because books > clothes, amirite?!)
Did you see that Sufjan Stevens has a new album coming out?
And I keep meaning to watch this talk by Jennifer Fulwiler and one of these days, I’m going to have the time to make it happen! I have no qualms about sharing before I’ve watched it because it’s Jen and she’s always awesome.
I don’t know if y’all are also experiencing the January blues (and I live in Florida, for crying out loud! In my defense, it has been unseasonably dreary, wet, and gloomy) but I’ve been feeling terribly uninspired. So I signed up for this free mini-ecourse to get the creative juices flowing. The course was created in part by The Nester whose blog I’ve loved for a million years.
Wishing you lovely folks a wonderful weekend! Daniel gets off work Monday for the holiday, so we are reveling in the three-day weekend. Anyone have big plans? I asked the kids what they wanted to do and they said LegoLand…..I was thinking something that is more on the fun-but-costs-absolutely-no-money end of things…like a picnic, haha.
Lots of love,