This week had highs and lows. It began with a bang with an out-of-town guest (Grandma Bobbie), which we loved. We ate lovely meals, including a swank dinner at a local fancy-pants restaurant, and shopped for Halloween decor we never actually used. Then, the doldrums hit when, on Halloween, both children got into trouble for rule-breaking and (for one child) lying about rule-breaking. I ended up trick-or-treating with a glass of wine in hand with some friends who have little kids, while my children sat at home wondering where I was (I truly meant to be gone about 5 minutes). In the end we pulled it together with some well-seasoned beef tenderloins and Halloween candy to top it all off, somehow both the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ Halloween we’ve ever had. :) The kids are getting old enough now to not want to trick-or-treat, which is fine by me. I wonder what our new ‘normal’ in this area will become. Maybe next year we’ll be civilized and, like my sister, cuddle up together, eat our treats and watch Hocus Pocus. She knows how to avoid commercialization and still make it endearing.
With all that said, here are a few pics from my week:
On a trip to the big mall in the big city, I treated myself to some HG and ate only half the cup. It was good. If you go with ice cream, I find it best to go high-end. All that HFCS in low-end brands will really tear up the gut. This was the perfect way to end a shopping trip that was all business, no buying of things I didn’t need, no large crowds or money wasted, just a bit of ice cream before the drive home. I do love some mint chip.
Maggie convinced me to get this pencil case, and I love it. #teenagerskeepuship
You may recall a few weeks ago I listed some recipes I’d like to try? Well, I tried this Everyday Yellow Dal, and I’ve been eating it the past few days. It’s a good, solid, basic recipe, and it was easy-peasy to make. I do think you’ve got to salt it up a bit. I used 3/4 tsp. of salt, and I keep adding a bit more when I reheat it. I hate it when recipes are vague about salt. Give me a solid measurement to go by; don't just list salt in the ingredients and say something like salt to taste. But let’s not get all negative. It’s a great, warming meal on a rainy fall day, and every day around lunch, I’m glad I’ve got it in the fridge. Nobody else in my family will go near it. My husband hates onions, and my kids have refined palates that appreciate little more than cheese pizza and ham-and-brie sandwiches on baguette.
Grandma Bobbie and I both gave this wine a thumbs-up. I mean, it’s not a 10/10. It’s just a good, weeknight, with-your-meal glass of wine. I’d give it a 7.5/10. I’d buy it again; if I recall, it was around $15. Also, I’m not sure what ‘craft vinted wines’ means, but I’m pretty sure there needs to be a hyphen there. :)
I’ve been keeping up with little ballet routines at home, since I only attend class once a week. I’m loving it. It is seriously hard work, but I do feel more stable, taller and longer and just all around better about myself when I’m doing something that engages both my body and brain. Ballet is a joy - a humbling joy - but a joy nonetheless.
That’s all I can say about my week…..here are a few bits from around the web. The article on kids and technology is especially compelling; though I’m not going to lie: it’s scary.
Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids - this explains why girls gravitate toward social media, why boys are addicted to video games and why we, as parents, should be more than concerned. Here’s a little intro:
However, moral questions about the impact of turning persuasive techniques on children and teens are not being asked. For example, should the fear of social rejection be used to compel kids to compulsively use social media? Is it okay to lure kids away from school tasks that demand a strong mental effort so they can spend their lives on social networks or playing video games that don’t make them think much at all? And is it okay to incessantly trigger kids to use revenue-producing digital products at the expense of engaging with family and other important real-life activities?
This article on motherhood and GAD (general anxiety disorder) was very human. I think sometimes we think of motherhood as super-human, or at least we have our expectations.
I have blogged before about how much Vitamin D supplements have helped me. Here is an article on that: 5 Signs You Could Be Low in Vitamin D. The bit about the gut is true-true.
Also in Harper’s, I enjoyed reading this article on sustainable fashion. My favorite quote:
I ask myself how we have managed to create for ourselves a world where profit is above quality and ethics and how did we allow fashion to become the second most polluting industry in the world.
Finally, as a mom, this story about a 6-year-old’s birthday party made me cry. No kidding, legit tears, heart swollen crying. It’s so hard being a kid. I think the only harder is being a mama.
That’s it for me. I hope everyone is winding up a wonderful week and heading into leisurely weekends with coffee in hand and wine in the fridge (or cellar, for those of you sophisticated folks).