Recently Growing Pains
Thanks so much for all your encouraging words last week. I needed them. We’re doing better, but it’s been a major hormonal adjustment. For about five days, I basically just laid on the couch and stared at the wall or at Steve Carrell. It wasn’t great. Other contributing factors include: winter and hot flash inducing drugs. But more on that next week.
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I love a lot of things (hot chocolate, It’s a Wonderful Life, reading, the beach, having everything put away, looking pretty, soundtracks, fireworks, laughing really hard, and road trips), but mostly I love my little family. Right now that means my husband and our three babes under the age of two. Life is crazy with so many little ones, but we’re happy. I’m very quiet around people, and a terrible conversationalist – part of the reason I started a blog was so that when I come into contact with people I know, we’ll have something to talk about. (Read more about Mary here.)
Who loves the 90s?
(Thanks to everyone who sent this and remembered my nostalgia)
I’m My Own Contradiction (a raw post on weaning) via On The Rhodes. “I know that parenting is mostly about letting go. You equip your children with the tools they need, and slowly, but surely you let go, bit by bit. It started as they first clipped the umbilical cord. So this isn’t a first, and it isn’t a last. There will always be more letting go to do.”
HANNAH BARBARIC: “Girls,” “Enlightened,” and the comedy of cruelty by Emily Nussbaum on The New Yorker. “Girls” has been attacked, and lauded, and exploited as S.E.O. link bait, and served up as the lead for style-trend pieces, to the point of exhaustion. The authors of these analyses have often fretted over privilege: the show is too white, Hannah’s a spoiled brat, or a bad role model for Millennials, or too fat to qualify to have sex on cable television. But when there’s a tiny aperture for women’s stories—and a presumption that men won’t watch them—when almost no women are Hollywood directors, when few women write TV shows, of course it’s the privileged ones who get traction. These artists have what Dunham has referred to as Hannah’s Unsinkable Molly Brown force. (Molly Brown, after all, was a mouthy rich woman who survived the Titanic.) To me, the whiteness of “Girls” is realistic, although the show is slyer and clearer about class than about race. But, as Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote recently in The Atlantic, “the problem isn’t the Lena Dunham show about a narrow world. The problem is that there aren’t more narrow worlds on screen. Broader is not synonymous with better.”
For Birth Photography lovers. (Thanks Bethany)
The Light That Shines. “How meeting Jill changed my world. This is not a story about cancer. This is a story about love, and it’s a story for all.” (Thanks Carrie)
I Am Damaged Goods by Sarah Bessey. “Virginity isn’t a guarantee of healthy sexuality or marriage. You don’t have to consign your sexuality to the box marked ‘Wrong.’”
NPR Valentines. (Thanks Katie)
I hear you, L. I hear you.
Recently Ugly Cry
Favorite new commercial.
Subaru lifers in this house.
Recently Kid President
One Year Ago
And finally, our Friday Funnies from the Internets
& the latest Downton Sixbey.