Friday, July 21, 2017

thank you + some Friday Faves

OH MY GOD, you guys!!

I fired off that feisty little podcast-idea post at 5 am 2 days ago.  I was serious about the idea, but had no idea I would get such a response!  Thank you thank you thank you for all of your ideas and support.    I actually do think such a project is the perfect use of my newfound '20%' time - doable within that time frame (especially if I find the right partners), and a total labor of love and creative outlet.  I was off yesterday, and took some time to actually get the ball rolling toward making this happen - will keep you all posted when the time is right!

(If the initial attempt doesn't totally suck, of course :) ).

In the meantime -- it's Friday!  Josh and I are both off this weekend and we have plenty of socializing planned so I'm greatly looking forward to it.  Maybe we'll luck out and it won't storm tomorrow as predicted . . . and at least Sunday looks nice (if you can call high of 88/low of 82 with an ungodly amount of humidity "nice").

I do not usually post 'Friday Favorites', but I actually do have a few things to share today, so . . why not?

Book recommendation:  I'm 70% through The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell, and it is fascinating!  It actually serves double duty as a cultural exploration, since the author is from the UK but spends a year in Denmark investigating what makes the people there so happy.  I am especially intrigued by the huge differences in work culture over there -- presenteeim or "face time" is just not a thing, and yet they manage to get a lot done anyway.  This is my philosophy (and practice), for better or for worse, but it definitely doesn't fit into US norms.

I highly recommend checking it out - it's written in a light and narrative style but is filled with all sorts of interesting contrasts and observations.  It even sort of makes me miss winter :)


Maternity item:  my new fave running shorts are from Old Navy - maternity waistband yoga shorts.  Who would have thought?  I tried sizing up in 'real' running shorts from Brooks, but it was a total fail.  These provide some support but stretch beautifully, so hopefully they will work all the way through the 3rd tri.  I have been really into my 30-45 minute treadmill runs (with walk breaks!) and hope to continue them for as long as possible.


TV show:  I started watching GLOW last night and I'm already ready for more!  Never thought I would be drawn into the idea of watching female wrestlers in the 80s but . . . yeah.  It's highly entertaining.  Recommend :)

Oh, and I'll end with a school supply update:

1) There apparently was a pre-made 'box' you could purchase - but it went on sale in June, before I was even on the kindergarten email list!  So, I missed the boat.  Next year I won't.

2) That said, a lot of people don't buy the box, because it's definitely pricier.

3) My SIL, who is a 5th grade teacher at the school (i.e., my guiding light) says you actually DON'T need to be brand specific (which is not what I was told by my friend who heard it from another parent with older kids).  I trust her over anyone else (I mean, she's in charge!) so this made things waaaaay easier.

4) Some supplies apparently are pooled (soap, etc) but some are not - so I'm going to buy a lot of Annabel labels!

5) I've already bought 70% of the list on Amazon and Office Depot and will hit some stores for the rest.  It wasn't as bad as it looked :)  But I'm glad I got an early start!  Now to deal with uniforms . . .