The spooookiest of holidays is nearly upon us! Are you ready?
This is the first Halloween P1 is really old enough to register what's going on (last year, I don't think she realized her Supergirl costume was a costume and not just a regular dress, and when we took her to a Halloween block party she freaked out at the costumes and noise and basically cried until we left), so I'm excited to see how she takes to it. I can still remember all my Halloween costumes from when I was a kid (like the little mermaid costume that my mom made from scratch, down to each individual scale on the tale), and the best houses for trick-or-treating (my friend Molly had a neighbor who would rent a cotton candy machine every year!).
Pumpkins showing up on door steps, the scent of apple cider in the air, scarves whipping in the wind: it's October, which means the fall tv season is well underway. As much as we all look forward to summer, it's definitely not a high point as far as what's new to watch. Now that the chilly air has driven us indoors, I'm enjoying catching up with some old favorites. So far, I've really been enjoying the newest season of The Good Place (above), and have been binge-watching Insecure to try to catch up. And I can't wait for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Jane the Virgin to come back.
J and I used to watch tv together a lot more than we do now - Stranger Things and Game of Thrones were two series that we loved, but it's been hard for me to get back into them post-baby, so he's had to watch without me.
I don't have the same stamina or availability for tv marathons that I used to, and these days I find myself turning to podcasts instead of tv for background entertainment when I'm doing chores, so I really enjoy when I get to sit down and settle in for some dedicated tv-watching. Since it's a rarer occasion now, it's usually worthy of a drink and dessert - red wine, or a cocktail if I'm really feeling fancy (Manhattans are delicious, simple to make, and we almost always have all the ingredients on hand). I'll get myself a bowl of ice cream if we have it, or some dark chocolate if we don't (I almost always have a couple of bars of these in the fridge - the blackberry sage is particularly good).
And of course, as soon as I settle into bed with my laptop to watch some tv, Murphy hops up and joins me for a cuddle.
What tv shows are you watching these days? Do you have any go-to tv snacks? Do you and your bestie have a favorite show that you only watch together?
It's really sweater weather here now, and as many of mine have been rendered mostly unwearable thanks to hungry moths or getting stretched/worn out, or some combination of the two, I'm on the hunt for more. Here are some cute options:
And for more casual occasions, three shades of cute gray sweatshirts (I guess I have a type): gold hamburger, classic hoodie, and a babe that gives back.
*Sweater weather print by freckled fuschia.
Last week was a tough week. We experienced some minor calamities around here - the worst being when P1 slid out of her stroller on the walk home from daycare one day, introducing her face to the sidewalk in rather abrupt fashion. She's fine, thank goodness, but there was a good amount of blood and tears and wailing, and the scabs on her face are a little dramatic (it has been an excuse to bust out the cute Finding Nemo bandaids, and to let her indulge in all the ice cream once we made it home).
On top of that, my favorite sweater has turned out to be a favorite dining destination for some hungry moths, J and I both had a couple of long night court shifts (including seeing my 19 year old client, a single mom with a 2 year old daughter, have bail set that she hasn't been able to post), and P1 is transitioning her nap schedule again. Add to that the regular ups and downs of a two-working-parent household with two tiny people, and I've been feeling like my tank is running on empty.
Friends! I love these little "friendsheep." Made out of organic wool, these little cuties have cut down on drying time (I can shave at least 10 minutes off a cycle and lower it from high to medium at the same time, saving energy and being a little gentler on our clothes). You can also buy them with stars or penguins on them instead of sheep (and other brands make them as well). Plus, if I add a few drops of essential oil to each little ball (I've been using my lavender essential oil), they leave our clothes (and our tiny bathroom, where the laundry and dryer are) smelling great - no need for fabric softener.
Just wanted to share my little eco-friendly dryer trick. Have you used dryer balls? Do you have a special laundry trick? Please share in the comments!
With not one, but two, trips to the pumpkin patch, I think it's safe to say that autumn is officially here! Here's what's putting a little extra pep in my step these days:
I'm a yeller. I never really realized it, until J pointed it out one day. I grew up in a house of yellers, so it just seemed normal to me. And, look, I don't think there's a toddler out there who hasn't driven their parent to yelling at least some of the time. But I wanted to yell less.
As our little ones grow, I've been thinking more about what will be the traditions and rituals that help provide structure and stability to our lives. I think back on my childhood and the rituals that marked it; a lot revolve around the holidays (and, apparently, food). The lamb with mint jelly my mom would make for Passover; my aunt Jill's "better than Robert Redford" dessert at Thanksgiving; breakfast burritos on the beach with my sister the day after Thanksgiving; going to Disneyland on my birthday (perks of growing up in Southern California!).
Hello, friends! Sorry for the brief hiatus. There was the return to work, and P2's transition to daycare (which also threw P1's routine off, so we were back to tears every morning for her too), and P2 turned one!!! and back to back arraignment shifts, and the cold that wouldn't end, and and and . . . .
But there's lots of stuff in the works. Recipes (including homemade matzoh ball soup and a fast weeknight dinner), parenting notes and observations (including how I figured out to yell *a little* bit less), ethical fashion round-ups (work bags and jewelry and boots, oh my!), interviews with more bad-ass women and more ways to incorporate activism into your every day (plus a quick eco-friendly laundry trick). I hope you'll stay tuned!
In the meantime, a look at where I've been spending (some of) my internet time:
And on a significantly lighter note (because we could all use one):