Well, we survived the storm. It was a little bit epic because we were all stuck in the house together; the power went out and the Internet was down. You can imagine how that was for a few days, but on the bright side, we had a full-house generator and board games. Can’t shake a stick at that, right?
In other news, I’m totally swamped as a graduate student and humbled. I mean…humbled. The work is more intense than I’d anticipated, which adds stress sometimes but has also made me happier than I’ve been in years. My little brain is so flexed and exhausted each day. I didn’t realize how much I missed learning until now, sitting with my books and highlighters, the hours passing in a flash. Suddenly, it’s late afternoon and children are coming home and chores need to be done and dinner has to be actioned and all I can think is: I learned so much!
Before I drone on, here are a few pics from my week, wonky as it was:
Maggie kept up with her ballet practice even during the hurricane, pulling out some old pointe shoes and keeping her legs toned. She’s committed. I tell her all the time: you’ll appreciate this hard work later in life, even if you don’t dance professionally, because those muscles will remember.
I am looking for new master bedroom lamps and fell in love with this…until I saw the price. Why do I have to LOVE a $600 lamp? And, can I justify it? At all? Because that lamp is just the dog’s tuxedo.
Both my husband and I loved this wine. We both sort of did a second-take when we took the first sip. We’ll be buying it again but sparingly because I think it was around $30 a bottle. Still. Life is short. Get the good wine, right?
My birthday bundles arrived a little late due to flooding at the distribution center, but that only means my birthday week has gone on for a whole seven days! My mother, who makes the best bundles, sent me a new Coach wallet and some truly moisturizing hand cream, just the sort of things that make me feel grown up and polished. Thank you, Popo.
I saw this book at the bookstore the other day and glanced through it. I like the idea of wabi sabi, the Japanese celebration of the imperfect. I think I need a little wabi sabi in my life. This book reminds me of a Kinfolk magazine, which I want to hate but sometimes love. I know. I feel sorry for myself, too. Still, this is going on my Christmas list. Anyone else heard of this book?
I am not reading anything fabulous online right now because I’m glued to my books and notecards. When I’m not studying, I’m negotiating truces between my children and watching episodes of Catastrophe, which I am loving.
I got this Madewell tote for my birthday, and I’m loving it. I searched high and low for a new handbag. I wanted simple, functional and classic with good quality. This checks every box.
I also got the Buxom PowerPlump lip balm in Big O and am LOVING it.
With all my counseling studies, I’m just getting to the theories of Carl Rogers. Anyone else a fan? I keep nodding my head when I read about his theories and ordered his classic On Becoming a Person yesterday. I’ll keep you posted.
Maggie gave me the lip balm and some beauty products for my birthday, and in that little bundle of goodness was a sample of Mario Badescu’s Buttermilk Moisturizer. I love it. I’ll be buying it when my other moisturizers run out, assuming I can keep myself from buying another new one before that happens. Fat chance.
That’s it for me. I hope everyone survived storms, no matter what kind they were, and is looking forward to a lovely, calm weekend.