Raines comes in, and flops his lanky self down on the bed. “Moo,” he says.
It’s an old joke. My kids have never really been whiners, per se. They have their ways of…expressing displeasure, but it rarely manifests itself in a traditional whine. Pax tends to go from disappointment to pure, unadulterated rage, but Raines…well, he just gets despondent. Even as a toddler, I’d hear him muttering sadly to himself about the futility of life (not unlike, say, Eeyore), and it had a very particular sound (again, Eeyore), kind of like “muh muh muh muh,” which I started referring to affectionately as “mooing.”
Pax rages, Raines moos.
So “moo” is now a keyword — when he uses it, I know something’s up. “You OK, buddy?” I ask. “What’s going on?”
Raines rolls over, flinging an arm over his eyes, and heaving a deep, long-suffering sigh. I marvel at how much space he now takes up on the bed. He moves his arm a fraction and peeks out at me.
“I don’t know, Mom…” he starts. Sighs. “But I don’t think I like being 13. It comes with…too many side-effects.”
Sing it, buddy. MOO.
FINALLY. I’ve been trying to tell you guys abou this Zella long-sleeve tee for months…but it was continuously out of stock. Happily, it’s back. I have the black, and freaking LOVE IT. It’s easy through the body, long enough to wear with leggings (or knot at the waist), and has thumbholes. It was one of those purchases I threw in last minute…and have been shocked by how often I’ve worn it. I’ll try to get a photo up on IG & FB. It’s a good one — highly recommend.
Fav jeans. rag & bone’s Maya straight-leg jeans are my top pick. I love them as much as my Levi’s 501s, but they pair much better with winter boots. The best price right now is at rag & bone’s website — they’re on sale for under $100, but there are more sizes (also on sale) at Neiman’s. You want the ‘aquarius’ wash — it’s perfection. A styling article is coming out soon.
Three cute tops under $100: An updated striped tee with a sexy sweetheart neckline, an easy black top that looks much more expensive than it is (also available in plus sizes), and a sophisticated sweater vest that’s dead chic (and a great transition piece for spring).
Ugh. Swimsuits. I’m trying to find a new one, and here’s what I’ve ordered so far (no promises): dark green cutout suit from O’Neill, floral suit from Billabong, floral one with sleeves from L*Space, and this super sexy black one from Black-owned business Jade Swim. I’m also deeply intrigued by alllllllll of those random small swimsuit brands that IG is constantly showing me. Have you guys tried any new ones? SPILL.
COVID isn’t over. Despite the fact that I’m soooooooo looking forward to summer…we’re hardly out of the woods just yet. Despite the lifting of restrictions, Mike and I are still 100% committed to mask wearing and won’t be going to restaurants anytime soon. Although…it is tempting. But the reports coming out seem to confirm that many COVID cases stem from dining indoors, and with the new variants potentially circulating around…food for thought.
But the vaccine is super exciting! Nerd out with me for a sec: the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are using a totally new kind of technology, one that uses messenger RNA. It’s insanely exciting — and a huge leap forward in vaccine technology (one that had been in the works for…a decade?). This Harvard Health article talks about why these vaccines are such a big freaking deal…or if you just want a 2-second explanation, this IG post summarizes it nicely.
Totally wild. Another bright spot of hope? This crazy-sounding ‘urban light’ that can be used to kill the coronavirus at, say, indoor concerts, or on subways and stuff. Innovation, man. It’s great.
Team Penn!! Stat News has started their own nerd version of March Madness…one where we can all vote on the most exciting innovations in biomedicine. We were pumped to hear that the end-of-life prediction tool Mike and his team created is on the list!! Stat News’ write-up of his technology, however, is suuuuuper boring (at least to me). But the tool itself is pretty amazing: it can be used to predict which cancer patients are likely to die within the next six months. Mike had been really impacted by the death of a close family friend who was fighting cancer, and ended up dying only days after a miserable (and unnecessary) chemo treatment. The family was caught completely off guard — why even torture him with chemo if he was that close to death? — and the whole ordeal always stuck with Mike. So he was especially passionate about this particular project, which helps to predict which cancer patients won’t benefit from additional chemo, allowing them to then die with dignity, in the environment of their choosing. It’s been a game changer in practice, and something Mike has been pretty proud of. So. If you’d like to vote in Stat News’ nerd madness, you can do so here.
Enjoy the weekend, Gang!