THINKING ABOUT: My blog friend Mary (of Tulips and Flight Suits fame) wrote this beeeeeeeeeeautiful post regarding the Mary Oliver quote featured above. Ever since I read her words two weeks ago, they've stuck to me. In fact, I've gone back to read the post on three different occasions. It's just THAT good. If you have a free moment, please take a second or two to visit her blog (password: teamyonkman!!!!). With all that seems to have gone wrong in the world lately, it's a nice reminder to let the light shine in.
THANKFUL FOR: I'm delighted to tell you that we're getting the heck outta Dodge this weekend and we're headed to Austin. Can I get an AMEN?!? Every once in awhile the monotony of motherhood and living down here starts to get the best of me, but this is nothing you haven't heard already before. Sorry 'bout that! A change of scenery always seems to bring on a fresh outlook for me and if there's any city that gives me the warm and fuzzies, it's got to be Austin! Ready or not ATX, here we come!!!
EATING: I recently whipped up two new recipes and we're completely obsessed with them around here—like, I'm literally counting the days until it's acceptable for me to make each one again! THAT is how much I believe in both recipes. So, without further adieu, I need you to promise me you're going to get the ingredients for these Creamy Chicken and Kale Enchiladas (Thanks for the tip, Tatiana!) AND these Peanut Butter Balls. I rarely feel confident about some of the recipes I try, but these are sure to impress!
WATCHING: Every few years I fall victim to The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Sigh. The last time I got involved we lived in Hawaii and Flyboy was gone a lot. I'm not sure what my lame excuse is this time, but I went there and got sucked in. Maybe it's the freakishly fit villain Chad? And who could deny darling JoJo? I haven't watched this week's episodes, but I'm eager to catch up. Because I feel this dire need to make the most of my time when Max is asleep, I opt to watch this time suck whenever my boys have dozed off. It's only when my alarm goes off at 4:40 the next morning that I hate myself for being SO irresponsible. Hey, I'm committed to this season!
*Note: I realize that reading a good book or taking up a new hobby might be more fruitful ways to make the most of my time sans Maxwell, but after listening to so much Sesame Street each day The Bachelorette is about as intellectually stimulating as it gets.
LISTENING TO: Max knows that whenever we go on a walk we typically end up at the park. Baby genius, anyone?! While he hasn't mastered saying "park" or "walk" yet, he gives it his best college try. Unfortunately for him, this cough sound he blurts out makes me giggle uncontrollably, which royally ticks him off. His emphasis on the "k" at the end of each word is enough to take me back to German class. With his brows furrowed, he says it sternly with great authority. I kind of feel like he's bossing me around. Again.
READING: I've featured Ellen Surrey's artwork on the blog in the past, so I was ecstatic when I learned about her latest book Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts. It's chock-full of breathtaking illustrations and beautiful quotes that highlight some of my very favorite art, fashion, and design heroines. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I definitely got misty-eyed when I flipped through the pages and found the lovely Helen Frankenthaler. Be still my heart. I wonder how long it will be before I stop poring over the pages with this level of dorky adoration?? I highly doubt that will happen any time soon, and I'm totally okay with that!
LOVING: Back in December I tried THIS sunless tanner (per the recommendation of my sister's friend). Six months have passed and I still swear by the stuff! From time to time I'll get asked if I have a favorite or not and with summer on the horizon, I figured it was worth sharing. I typically apply the tanner once a week (or twice if I remember...). I realize $24 isn't the cheapest option available, but I'm still using the same tube I bought last year, so I think that's worth the splurge! The color is consistent and it doesn't stink. Hallelujah! My only complaint is that I wish Beauty by Earth would create a face tanner too. I bet it would be A-MAZING!