Things I’m loving this week
Elle King. I’m obsessed with Elle King right now, but especially the song above. I love the lyrics, the message, the tune, and her raspy bad@#$, no-apologies voice. I just ordered her CD. Yep, that’s right kids…an actual compact disc…because I’ve been around long enough to know that sometimes the best songs never make it onto the radio.
Weed bouquets. This I will miss some day. I’m grateful to still find vases full of dandelions and pilfered flowers on my counters from time to time.
Rainbow sunrises. A bonus reward for getting up at the ass-crack of dawn to run. I see, enjoy, and appreciate what many miss. (That said, I’m usually dead to the world by 9 p.m., so….)
Things I’m not loving this week
App killers/battery savers. I recently removed the battery saver application from my Smartphone and actually noticed improved battery life. From what I’ve read, it’s likely because these “battery saver” apps routinely kill (shut down) apps that just continually restart, thereby actually reducing your battery life.
Saddle sore(ness). OH. MY. ACHING. LADY. PARTS. That first ride or two of the season is just painful. Even more so if you forget to wear your padded bike shorts.
Donald Trump. I don’t know what’s more irritating to me this week: His offensive statement that a woman who has, literally, spent her entire life serving this country has to rely on her gender to win votes or his absurdly contradictory (and therefore terrifying) foreign policy address. There are not words for the depth of contempt I have for this man.
Higher Perspective: THIS is Why Empaths Freeze Around Fake People (Take it from a total empath, this is dead on.)
“The feelings of confusion and discomfort that occur around and from this person are felt on a near physical level for any empath. This method of aversion gets tricky when you actually like the person and want to help. When you aren’t up to helping that person, it can be hard to deal with the guilt of avoiding them.”
The Washington Post: 10 Ways to Help Kids Fall in Love with Being Outside
The Spirit Science: 9 Pieces of Timeless Spiritual Wisdom Every Parent Should Teach Their Child
“Teach your children to understand that the only limit that exists is the one they impose upon themselves. People will always say it can’t be done, until it is.”
Erie Times-News: Newts, Salamanders, and Sirens (oh my!) This is a freelance story I wrote for the newspaper about salamanders. I find them (and all creepy-crawlies and nature topics) fascinating. Enjoy!
Last night, in the car, Lauren was rambling on about something that happened at school when she slipped in this little gem:
Lauren: Yeah, so I said to her: “Oh, just cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it.”
Yeah, the unsympathetic apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I’m full of empathy, but…not so full of sympathy. They’re two very different things.
A random collections of blog posts, articles and other things I think are worth sharing.
Scary Mommy: 12 Things You Need to Know About Your New Teenager (Solid advice here.)
“Repeat after me: This conversation is over. Learn it, live it, love it. And plan to use it over and over and over again.”
Outside magazine: Man versus Food (interesting…but not surprising as I learned long ago that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Doesn’t stop me from eating guac and chips for dinner on run days, but….I do know better).
“My dad invested countless hours, loads of money and energy into acquiring, transporting, moving and maintaining these possessions. Now, after his death, we were struggling to make away with it all. As the move-out day came closer, we even started panicking. How could we ever find a way to dispose of all of this stuff?”
Huffington Post Parents: Generation X’s Parenting Problem (A direct hit. I think we’re all totally overparenting today.)
“… the singular act of raising a child hasn’t changed all that much over the years. It’s still so damn hard. And like the generations of parents that came before us, we’re all making it up as we go along.”
We have a “bonus” kid this week. Nephew Damian is staying with us while his parents take an adults-only vacation in a place with white sand and palm trees:
If we were all just being honest….