A collection of the things that made me smile, laugh, cry, or jump for joy throughout the week.
*Zadie Smith on NPR – I have heard Zadie Smith interviews a lot lately since she has been promoting her new novel, but this interview really struck me. She is so normal and so profound at the same time. I loved hearing her speak about her experiences as a mom and also about the fundamental differences between an American and European attitude. It was awesome to relate so strongly to many of the things that she said and then to delve into things that are completely foreign to me, like growing up and raising children in a mixed raise family and community. It is so telling to me that women, on a basic level, share so many experiences even though the details of our existence can be so varied.
*Doubleback’s Bledsoe Family Wine – Drew Bledsoe, who is an alum of WSU, Walla Walla native and former NFL QB, now has a winery called Doubleback that is located just outside of Walla Walla. One of Greg’s college friends works for him and recently they gave us a bottle of the Bledsoe Family Wine. It is a red blend and it is so yummy. It also comes in the coolest bottle that is basically a glass water water bottle that they set on your table at fancy restaurants. I will be getting more bottles and for sure.
*Kristen Wiig’s Thanksgiving Monoglogue – I freaking love her and this whole sentiment.
*deVol Kitchens – These kitchens are everything I have ever wanted. The end.
*Beyonce “All Night” – Beyonce released the stand-alone video for “All Night” off of her “Lemonade” album. It reminded me how much I love the album and the whole movie that goes with it. I re-watched it and re-gained some baddass-ness that was much needed this week. You should too. And for that matter, order Warsan Shire’s collection of poetry called “Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth.” It served as the narration for Beyonce’s album and is incredible.
*Diane Rehm Show – A couple of days ago the Diane Rehm Show did a segment about involuntary psychiatric treatment. I know, super uplifting but it was fascinating. My mom is a therapist and we talk about things like this frequently. This segment talked about both sides of the debate in detail and really brought to light many things that I hadn’t considered before.
*Super Cheesy Holiday TV Movies – Its the time of year when it is completely acceptable to watch nothing but sappy, endearing, blatantly not based in reality TV movies. Bring on the heavy doses of stories without conflict, and regular girls ending up as Christmas princesses!
*Our matching Christmas Dresses – I couldn’t help myself. I am one of those moms and I don’t care!
*We are potty training. I don’t know if that is really inspiration, more like I need inspiration and energy to get through it. She is doing great though and it will be amazing to not have to buy diapers! Here goes nothing!