–I have a special treat for you tomorrow: Stef and I are teaming up to bring you two awesome playlists. We’re calling the combined Little Big-Kind Of Broken power move Little Broken Hearts, in honor of Valentine’s day. The playlists are twelve songs each and focus on love songs, and it’s going to be amazing. Gird your loins, and then gird your ears, because this is going to be awesome.
–This week we were graced with not one, not two, but three amazing mail days. Anne sent me a box of vintage goodness she thought I might enjoy, including this completely inexplicable card (a thrift store gore treasure), and a giant bag of vintage beads that Isobel and I went ga-ga over. Sarah sent Isobel a snow coat for our upcoming trip and included a vintage floral bedspread that rocked my world. And finally, Jennifer sent me a care package including awesome socks, some lovely Ex Libris book plates, and this Quotable Kids book, that I will defintely get a lot of use out of. Thank you all so much for your support. It truly means the world to me!
–Last Thursday a migraine sneaked up from behind and robbed me of several days and in exchange gave me some of the worst migraine pain in over a decade. I cannot overstate how bad it was, or how incapacitated it made me. I’ve gotten migraines all my life, more or less, and it’s not uncommon for them to last from three to fifteen days, averaging out at about five. The difference with this one was the severity. I ended up in urgent care eventually, and two shots later it calmed down but still hung around my neck for a few days and made life very unpleasant. Honestly, if there were some way I could choose to get rid of one health issue, Crohn’s or migraines, I don’t know which one I’d choose. They are both so awful, and a five-day migraine is just torture.
–Fortunately I came out of my migraine haze in time to help host a Bernie Sanders phone bank at our house. Even if Sanders doesn’t win, I’m happy to have met a room full of really nice people.
—Isobel is still crazy about Shopkins. She was pestering me about needing more Shopkins, and since they are essentially inanimate object with faces on them, I drew a smile on an empty milk carton that was sitting on the counter and said, “Here you go! Another Shopkin!” Then I drew a face on a candle and a zippy bag and I said, “Look at all these new Shopkins!” She found this hilarious, but my little trick blew up in my face. She hugged the milk carton-with-a-face tight and said, “I don’t ever want to throw him away!”
–Anthony has been reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Isobel at bed time, and it’s pretty wonderful. She’s really into it. I look forward to bedtime even more now.
–Elias made up, all on his own, a new baby sign to tell me the cat barfed.
–Last week I mentioned fancy planners, and I looked into several. I talked to a bunch of people who loved theirs (various brands), and even people who had made their own. (Back when I was still a librarian I made my own using a Moleskine and a due date stamp.) I wasn’t sure that I wanted to make my own, and I was definitely being seduced by the beautiful planners I saw online. But there was one thing I just couldn’t get over, and as a left-handed person, it was a deal-breaker: the spiral binding. It’s the same problem I’ve had all my life with notebooks and binders, and it really impedes the ease and comfort of using a planner. This was part of why I loved the Moleskine so much. So, I found the middle ground and bought a pre-made weekly planner from the Moleskine company itself. I can’t wait for it to arrive and I really hope I love it as much, well, more actually, than the ones I used to make myself.
Updated Vintage Valetines. Give these to your BFF. Or you BFF with benefits.
Little Big Links for Valentine’s Day. So much good stuff here.
Snapshot 02.03.16. Juicy details.
The University of Kentucky Now Offers a Class on Tacos. I want to take this so bad! Via Norcross. Also, there is such a thing as a taco cleanse. Via Jett Superior. And finally, Tacos are my favorite heating unit.
Remember this when you have trouble.. Thanks, Jake.
Double blast. I read about this man after someone I follow on twitter posted a link during the anniversary of the bombing. The article went into devastating detail. This episode relays the amazing story without being as heart-wrenchingly graphic and even ends the tale in a positive way. Just an amazing story.
ONLY 20 minutes in the microwave! I can see why this is diet food. No one wants to eat it.
Choppedbot is my new favorite twitter account. Serving up dadaist combinations daily.
Neko Atsume Tubbs pillow. Tubbs is an inspiration.
The Solos meet Olan Mills. This has been everywhere, so you might have seen it before, but it is genius so I feel called to spread it around.
This Amazing Simpsons Search Engine Matches the Perfect Screencap To a Quote. Again, probably something you’ve seen, but too important to miss.
Forget Photoshop: Just weave photos together with a loom. What an amazing artist! Via Adam
Tumblr stepping up to finally address the deep seated issues of TNG. I like to think that every console has been programmed with the awareness of Riker’s butt.
Lara Hogan’s triumph over chronic pain through exercise and neuroplasticity. I follow Lara on twitter and had no idea she also had Crohn’s disease. This article gives me hope.
Quilt: Modern Venus. Check out my friend Anne’s gorgeous work of art.
Recipe: Sweet, Mustard-Glazed Chicken Thighs. Put this in your mouth.
Life List: Meet Anthony Bourdain. You would have loved the Sandra Lee jokes.
Dreaming of Summer. Summer activities for kids.