–Apologies for the late/skipped posts. I’m still struggling through lack-of-injection doctor-pharmacy-insurance purgatory, and it’s been rough. We’ve also been wrapping up the end of the school year for Isobel and involved with many campaign events, which has been commandeering most of my available spoons. I saw my GI specialist today and his office assures me that steps have been taken to get my injections to me, but when I called my specialty pharmacy they said they were still waiting on my doctor’s office. It never ends. After a disappointing doctor appointment I am in a sob-fueled fugue state, and although it’s been upsetting I’m doing my damnedest to have a Positive Outlook(tm).
–As I mentioned, Isobel finished up her last week of school as a first grader, and it was sad for both of us. She had such a great year and a great teacher and it went so fast. I have become a walking cliche of motherhood. I have another summer of activities and things planned, which in the past we’ve always referred to as “Mimi School”, as she used to call me Mimi almost exclusively. I have been collecting ideas for crafts and activities and books to read and things to learn. I enjoy moonlighting as a low-key homeschooling teacher, but I’m perfectly happy to hand her back over to TUSD in the fall.
–Thanks to climate change it is unbearably hot in the Valley already. How hot is it, you might ask? By the end of the week it will be 108F; no, this isn’t typically normal weather, but it’s now our new normal.
–Remember how I made Isobel a sign to cheer her on during her Field Day race? She made a “get well” sign to cheer me on, and it melted my heart. It included drawings of everyone in the family, including “cat” which she said represented all of our cats because that was easier than drawing and trying to spell the name of each one.
–Elias has to do everything his big sister does. I put her shoes on, he must have his shoes on. I brush her hair, I must do his hair. During school he even refused to leave the house for drop-off unless he wore his backpack, too. He also insisted on wearing one of Isobel’s shirts, too.
–My friend Jenny had another one of her amazing free vintage yard sales, wherein it’s a normal yard sale but she gives out amazing vintage clothing to her friends, of which I am amazingly lucky to count myself. Bringing home armloads of new vintage clothes for myself and my bestie Stef has lead to me cleaning and starting the long process of reorganizing my closet, something I’d love to post about soon.
–One of our Mimi School activities has included painting hair clips and brother’s race cars with nail polish, a la our previous DIY. We’ve had a lot of fun and are going to be doing more for sure.
–I bought one of my own photo phone cases from my shop (photobooth FTW!), and I love it so much! The quality is fantastic and the image is beautifully printed. If you need a new phone case, or pillow cover or blanket or artwork or pouch, please consider stopping by!
–Isobel, on listening to her heart: “I always listen to my heart. Sometimes it says, ‘Don’t go to the bathroom here. This is not a good place to go to the bathroom.'”
FF More Garden Photos. The best tweets of the week plus photos from the garden.
A home video of Frida and Diego. It’s so lovely and surreal it seems like a dream.
When you are trying to stay positive but a sea lion just bit part of your head off. This has been 2016 for me.
Stefanie lead me to this critique of Me Before You, and I think it’s really an important on a potentially dangerous and harmful movie. I find the ideas in this book and movie to be so offensive it makes my skin crawl.
Nail Polish Hair Clip DIY. So fun! So cheap! So easy!