This article with recs related to Ten Things I Hate about You. Raise your hand if Ten Things I Hate about Youmade you fantasize about having someone commandeer the stadium intercom system in order to serenade you with a romantic, rousing, utterly sensational rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” (replete with an accompanying marching band?!)? *Raises hands enthusiastically and gets lost in memories*. This movie is so good. Luckily for us, the good people at Bustle Books have put together a list of recommended YA books for those of who love it.
This garden. Give my husband a ball or a puzzle piece or a car to push on the floor, and he’s there. But when Sam wants the real high-stakes drama—we’re talking zombies or ghosts or wizards or the like—he comes to me. I believe that it’s my responsibility (and also joy) to encourage my kids to use their imaginations—to pretend and make up stories and appreciate everyday magic (stars or ladybugs or oh no, mommy turned into a zombie, run!!!!). To that end, I’m brightening up a giant patch of ivy in our front yard and turning it into a magical garden. So far, I’ve done A LOT of pruning and re-located a few items that were in other parts of our yard, but I have plans to add more animals and some fairy and/or wizard-related items and some things that shine and/or spin. I want it to be a physical space that encourages creativity and happiness and possibility. (Also I want to buy wizard and fairy stuff. Both are equally valid motivations.)
These cookies. My wonderful mother-in-law bought Girl Scout cookies for us, and I have grand plans for them. My favorites are the Tagalongs. I hope that I get to eat several, Sam and Raymond.
These Hudson & Harper Designs earrings. Last weekend my family stumbled across an event in our downtown called Spring Fling, and it was kind of the best thing ever because I left Daniel and Sam at the inflatable houses and Raymond and I did a little booth shopping. I found some homemade soaps and these earrings, which make me happy every time I wear them. The color is bold and luscious and I love how the leather feels against my skin. I bought them despite the fact that some people call the color UT orange and I am, in fact, living in UT country.
This article about being a mom. I have some amazing writer-friends, and one of them is Hannah, a mom of two littles and my former post-college roommate! Hannah is a really special person: she’s warm and fun and funny and honest and loyal. She’s also a polymath, as far as I’m concerned. (How can anyone be such a good writer and also really good at math otherwise?!) She wrote this lovely and insightful piece for her blog about being a mom of young kids, and it really resonated with me.
Other Things I’m Loving: Working outside on my garden has been a source of great joy to me. Seriously, it’s been amazing. Watching Raymond walk everywhere. Reading Mo Willems’s Pigeonbooks with Sam. Drinking wine with my husband, especially Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel.