Friday, June 1, 2018

Watching, Reading, Wearing, Eating, May ‘18

So even though it’s already June 1, this is the Watching, Reading, Wearing, Eating for May.  I have a whole lot on my plate at the moment which I will fill you in on soon, plus I had a sick kid at home this week — one who would not stop talking the second the Motrin kicked in and his fever came down.  I couldn’t even have him watch a TV show without having to have a conversation about it.  

(He’s a whole lot like my dad.)  

But better late than never, right?!  I’ve said that a few times here, haven’t I?  Here it is:

Watching — We finally saw Coco.  It was beautiful and sweet… but I had the whole thing figured out pretty much from the start.  

But I also watched not one, not two, but THREE grown-up movies in May!!  The first was not exactly a new movie — I think it came out a few years ago — called Room.  Have you seen this?  I watched it Mother’s Day weekend (because it’s largely about a mother and what she would do for her kid).  In case you haven’t seen or heard of it, a young woman is kidnapped and forced to live in a shed for several years.  She has a baby and raises him in “Room”, which becomes his world, until realizing that she desperately wants her child to grow up free, she comes up with a risky plan.  It was hard because I can’t watch or read things where kids are getting hurt and abused without feeling physically ill, but I stuck it out even though I was actually shaking in parts of it.  It definitely made me think about things like what we do to adapt to difficult situations (though I’ve certainly never been in one like that!), and also the lengths parents will go to for their children.

Skyler (my super-cool fifteen-year-old who loves watching classic movies!) and I watched To Catch a Thief.  Oh Cary Grant and Grace Kelly!  Oh French Riviera!  Oh Edith Head costumes!  I felt swoony again and again.  What’s not to love?

Then we watched Game Night.  The premise kind of reminded me of the Michael Douglas movie from the 90’s called The Game, but it was much funnier.  I definitely laughed out loud.

Reading — Honestly, my reading slowed a lot this month.  I think it’s because I was working through nonfiction informational books, which are sometimes just a little too easy to put down.  Especially when you are needing to work on other things.  But I did read a few good books.  One was There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Åkeson McGurk.  The subtitle is A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (From Friluftsliv to Hygge).  This was full of interesting and very thought-provoking information.  

I read it on the heels of Last Child in The Woods by Richard Louv.  Both books speak to this strange phenomenon of trying to teach our kids to be environmentally responsible while pretty much removing them from nature (and nature from them!).  Think about the playground at your kids’ school, for instance.  Do you see much evidence of nature? 

McGurk (whose blog is Rain or Shine Mamma — a great resource!) returned to her native Sweden for six months with her two young daughters.  What she learned — or was reminded of— about the Scandinavian way of raising and educating kids is so fascinating.  I have some wonderful Norwegian friends here, and I picked their brains about it as schools are very similar there.  PLEASE read these books!  They address issues that concern all of us.

I followed that up with Rethinking School by Susan Wise Bauer.  I have three girls that were so easy to send to school and trust that they would behave.  They are/ were model students and citizens.  And then I had Wyatt.  The boy is smart!  But he learns (and behaves) so very differently than his older sisters!  This book is a fantastic resource for out-of-the-box thinkers/ kids like him.  I’m (very slowly and humbly) learning that it’s okay for him to be different, and reimagining ways to make him love learning — which is one of the things I want most for him.  

Wearing — DRESSES!!!  It’s finally dress season!!!  

(This is what happens when you’re trying to take a picture with a kid that just woke up from a nap). And shorts season!!!  And sandals!!! *heart eyes* Gone are the puffer jackets (F I N A L L Y!!)!!!  I’m so very happy!  Though you need sunglasses if you’re looking at my legs right now, they are so white.  This weekend looks like it will be the warmest of the year so far, so I hope to hit the beach for a bit.

But also, Matt gave me this bracelet made by my friend Amber (who I’ve mentioned before). 

 You guys!  Barely a day has passed without me wearing it!  I love it so much!  Amber is one of the sweetest and hardest working women I know, so check out her shop Touch of Whimsy.  

Eating — We have a move looming soon, so I have been made a very concerted effort to “shop the pantry” while coming up with meals for my family.  Have you ever done this?  Every meal is kind of like an episode of Chopped, complete with hits — and some definite misses.  But one of the latest hits came when I found a packet of rice noodles and decided to do something different from what I usually do with them.  I tried these Banh Mí bowls I’d pinned.  I can only really say that what I ended up with was “inspired by” them because I didn’t have some of the ingredients for the tofu (plus I had to double the recipe to feed my crowd) and wasn’t about to shop for them.  So instead I baked the cubed tofu — and I got the kind I wanted!! Firm tofu is a must for this! —in a  375-degree oven for 20 minutes and then tossed them in a marinade of minced garlic (I think I used four cloves), two T’s miso paste, one T soy sauce, 2 T water, 2 tsp’s honey, 1 tsp Sriracha all whisked together, then cooked it very quickly in a pan.  Everyone loved it — to the point that I sadly did not have any leftovers.  But weren’t they pretty? 


So stay tuned for more about our move, coming up next week!  In the meantime, what are you watching, reading, wearing, and eating?

1 comment:

  1. I am thrilled that evidence of my genes are showing up! I love that guy!


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