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My plane leaves in 6 hours. I’ll arrive in New York City at 5:45am local time and I’ll be spending the next 3 days with a favourite person. Despite this being the first time I’ve been away from Mika and Ivan at the same time, and the fact that I won’t actually be going to sleep (unless I luck out on the plane) until probably late Friday night, I’m feeling pretty chill about the whole thing. Ivan keeps asking me if I’m excited and OF COURSE I’M EXCITED but it’s still weird.
Some links to things I’ve been lovin lately:
A great article about women (and men) and family/work balance
A free movie (until Nov 6) about GMO. I’d never paid enough attention to this, but now I can’t believe I haven’t.
A 7 year old’s guide to living life. Amazing.
Ivan’s shirts came in the mail the other day and we are in love. They’re perfect. Now I want that sweater….
I think this would be awesome on our fridge.
Some pictures of late (namely, the glorious long wonderful fall weather):
waiting for freshly baked goods
And this is me attempting to update my very sparse wardrobe. On my ‘day off’ on Saturday, Ivan’s phone inbox was filled with these pictures (this one?! how bout this one?! whattdya think of this?!) . Probably the most tiring day of my life…give me child-minding over serious shopping any day. But how awesome is that green jacket?! (and yeah, we had a good laugh at my ‘self photo’ poses).
I was awfully sick. It happened over the space of 3 hours. First the headache came. I thought it was from the lack of caffeine – I’ve been avoiding coffee during the weekdays, saving it for a special weekend treat – and so I quickly gulped down a cup of (great) coffee. As I swallowed the last gulp, my throat felt as though I had a golfball sitting in it. I started aching and before long I was curled up in a ball on the floor, shivering and texting Ivan to not worry about stopping for groceries on the way home from work.
I was sick enough to try anything. Even putting wet socks on my feet. If you ever feel the start of a cold, flu or something more serious coming on, do this treatment. You will feel like a dork, but if you’re like me, you will have the best sleep you’ve had in a very long time and you will wake up feeling much much better.
I have a constant battle with myself over television. To me, I see TV shows as junk food for the brain. It feels so good when you’re watching them. I have fond memories of watching them. But really they leave you feeling sluggish and blah, you really don’t get any smarter and you’re probably getting fatter as you sit on the couch/in bed watching them.
It doesn’t stop me being very excited for the return of Homeland, The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory (probably in that order). Yeah, I’m excited. It’s gonna be a great winter
Mumford & Sons release a new album tomorrow. That is all.
We bought a Dyson. It will be delivered some time in the next week and we can’t stop giggling with excitement. (I’m sure Ivan would rather me not describe him as ‘giggling’, so picture him fist pumping instead perhaps). Despite living thousands of miles away from our families, having a child and a full-time job, I think this purchase has probably left us feeling more grownup than ever. Spending our hard earned cash on a vacuum cleaner? Yep. And next month it’s an OmniBlender. Adulthood FTW.
Fall (autumn) is here. And it is by far my favourite season. I think it’s something to do with the anticipation. I was talking to Tess about it this afternoon and we decided that it is because you don’t take anything for granted. You’re not expecting nice hot days, so when you get one, it’s extra glorious. And when it’s a cold day you think ‘ohhh how exciting, winter is coming!’ (don’t click that link unless you are a game of thrones geek). But no, in all seriousness. This time of year is very beautiful.
Here we are enjoying the beautiful fall:
I’m not much of a movie reviewer, but I love it when people pass on good movies they’ve seen so I figure I should do the same.
These are some great films we’ve seen lately in case you are looking for inspiration! (My last recommendation list was here)
1. Cold Weather – A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend’s disappearance. It’s a little bit strange, a little bit slow, a little bit funny and a little bit exciting. But overall, pretty enjoyable.
2. Take This Waltz – Michelle Williams plays a character who is supposedly happily married to a guy played by Seth Rogan but she suddenly falls for the guy who lives across the street. It’s honest, beautiful and quite quirky (I couldn’t help but think of Wes Anderson at times) but I really couldn’t understand why they were married in the first place.
3. Haywire – It starts out looking low budget with awful acting but turns into a very enjoyable action film where you can actually tell what’s going on. The main actress (Gina Carano) is an MMA fighter in real life, so as you can imagine, the fighting scenes are quite impressive.
4. Pariah – A 17 year old Brooklyn girl is a lesbian but her parents don’t know it/won’t accept it. It’s a good movie, sad in parts but overall pretty enjoyable.
5. Young Adult – Charlize Theron plays a tragic character who is hoping to rekindle a high-school romance. It’s a silly movie, but painfully funny, as the high-school sweetheart is now married with a baby. Easy to watch.
Some good reads/finds of late:
I finally got my invite to Duolingo and I am in love. It’s like Rosetta Stone, but free and using real texts from the internet and they’ve turned learning a language into a game!!!
Incase you were curious about getting enough iron as a vegetarian or vegan.
“In exploration, children ask: “What does this object do?” In play it is “What can I do with this?” When a child is confronted with too many new toys they spend too long exploring and not enough time playing. “The theory is that children who play more tend to become more creative, imaginati ve and emotionally secure.” From when toys take over.
Feeling in a rut? Inspiring thoughts from Adele should help.
A list of films to see before you’re 14.
13 simple steps to get you through a rough day. (That first one really works).
One of Ivan’s good friends and Mika’s god fathers just started a new job in Monterrey, Mexico. He’s got an awesome portfolio, check it out!
If you like maps and birds, check this out.
Despite the fact that this is from P&G (one of ten orchestrators of choice) – it’s quite a sweet video. I got teary.