We’ve been off this week, the boys and I. Pax is more explosive than usual, Raines and Mike are both more distracted than usual, and we’re all feeling…disconnected. The daily grind of school and work is taking a toll, I think. Linzi recently pointed out that the school routine is really just now settling in, and her policy of Make No Family Commitments In September and Maybe Even Half of October is looking better and better every day. Instead, we’ve been on some multi-week whirlwind involving travel to NY, zipping out to Blue Mountain just real quick, and weekends that slip away. And while I had big (HUGE) plans to Get Our Life In Order (I even had my uber-organized brother send me a week of his meal planning)….on Tuesday Mike and the boys came home at 6PM to find me still in sweatpants, eating ice cream out of the container (dairy ice cream so you know it’s serious), and typing away on a laptop that could barely be seen among the rubble of daily life piled up on our kitchen table.
Have I signed that field trip form yet? How ’bout that 2nd grade reading log? Where’s Raines’s lunchbox? Left at school again? Soccer socks? They’re all dirty? You grew out of your shoes already? Wait – this looks like science homework on the floor….??
We’re trying so hard to come up with a system. Which is very hard work when both parents naturally are set to system-less. Normally Mike and I can roll with the chaos, but sometimes it all comes crashing down. Like on Tuesday. Mike took one look at my unshowered, ice-cream eating self and ordered cheap Chinese from the place down the street that delivers in 15 minutes. (Or maybe he asked me to order cheap Chinese – it’s all fuzzy, really, but that sounds more accurate.) And then we declared TV dinner night and our dumb-founded kids cheered (we NEVER do screentime of any kind during the week) and we all watched Ocean’s 8 together. And…..ya know? It wasn’t so bad of a night.
Baby steps. We’ll try again next week.
Oh hey, Paige Denim. While I’ve always been a fan of the brand, Paige has never been my go-to for denim. But lately….the pairs of jeans I’ve been eyeing up are all by Paige. My ‘modern boyfriend jeans’ (from this post), obviously, as well as my maroon wide-leg cords are two of my current favs. But….I just found out that those cords also come in a denim version (love that paperbag waist), and these skinnies with the most perfectly faded black wash are also by Paige. [Cue the applause.]
Not done yet. These drop-dead sexy booties are also by Paige. See? The brand is on fire.
These took my breath away. Every once in a while, I come across a sneaker whose colorway is pure perfection. This Nike is one of them. The color I’m talking about is called ‘orange’, but the actual sneaker is more of a blush, with a two-toned olive green swoosh and a dark gum sole. GORG.
I work out. I just discovered that Beyond Yoga, my new favorite workout gear (the colors! the fabric!) is being carried at Bloomingdales, and a few pieces are part of the extra 25% off clearance sale (this top, for example, I own and love). Of course the leggings I’m totally drooling over aren’t on sale but they’re dipped in GLITTER in a v. mature woman kind of way….soooo…..
Speaking of ‘Mature Women’….A new fashion and lifestyle website just launched, targeting women 50 and above. Their tagline? “For age-defying women.” I LOVE this. The group of women founders look totally badass, and I love that they’re taking on the old, dowdy stereotype of aging women. Hells yeah. The website is called Into the Groove (and they have a pretty sweet Instagram, too.)
In old rocket news….Raines was wondering the other day if Russia ever made it to the moon. Turns out…they never did. Why not? I realized that I had no idea. So we did a little research and found this fascinating article that explains how political maneuvering, poor infrastructure, and challenging technology (that we’ve since adapted and now use) were the culprits.
A thoughtful twist on the abortion debate…..Gabby, aka “Design Mom”, a Mormon blogger (and mom of 6) that I’ve been following and adoring for the last decade just published a few thoughts on abortion. It was….mind-blowing. Her ultimate point is that she has come to realize that the key to preventing abortions is….drumroll…holding men accountable for unwanted ejaculations. And while that sounds underwhelming as I type it out here, her point is much more nuanced and thoughtful and thought-provoking. I took a few of her proposed “solutions” as maybe tongue-in-cheek (vasectomies for male children at birth, for example) but what she’s really trying to do is reframe the discussion. The consequences of unwanted pregnancies currently fall 100% on women. Why? What does reducing abortions look like if we start focusing more on men? It’s a totally fascinating read.
“The world will change to match you.” I love Humans of New York’s IG feed, and was recently moved to tears by the profile of this quietly brave woman in Alexandria, Egypt. Don’t worry – it’s a happy, heart-warming ending.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone.