baby links for Linda

*Please note, I’m writing this post at the request of my mother, who can’t figure out how to pass on links to baby registries.*

Everyone, as of today, we are 41 days away from when this kiddo is supposed to make his entry into the world.  Not terrifying at all, right? I’m still not 100% sure if I’ll be delivering in New Orleans or Iowa, which I’m trying to see as part of the adventure, instead of a reason to stress out.  PS, hour long workouts and forcing myself to meditate and journal for 30 minutes definitely helps with all the stress.

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Teddy Bear Booties from Old Navy

Now, my mom is stressing out about all the stuff that one needs for a baby.  And the fact that I’m still (f)unemployed, but that makes the whole transition to maternity/bonding time that much easier.  Meanwhile, I’m obsessing over fuzzy baby boots and miniature Air Jordans.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand.  Making registries is so much fun.  I made myself stick to Amazon and Target, and only doing them online.  I just know that if I get that scanner gun in one hand, and a dirty chai from Starbucks, that Target wouldn’t know what hit it.

Here are the links that Linda can’t figure out how to pass on:

Amazon.  I’ll admit, I do a lot of “add to registry” clicking here.  I know I like options, and figure everyone else does too.

Target. Shorter and sweeter.  The baby and I are going to be sharing a bedroom, so I’ve been wondering if I can add decoration stuff.  And Scotti stuff.  My furry boy is going to need some rawhides and such.

Plumfund.  This is like GoFundMe, but without the sense of emergency that seems to go with it.  Any $ gifts will go to bills, baby necessities, and the items I feel a little weird asking for, like nursing bras.

Other items I’m in love with:

Do you see how beautiful this bag is? I fell in love before I even knew I was pregnant.  Sturdy leather, roomy, and it converts into a backpack.  It’s clearly nice enough that it’ll make my cutoffs and messy buns look a little nicer.

I’ll admit straight away that I’m not much of a snuggler.  I find myself really excited to cuddle with Teddy though, and I’ve heard that wraps can be really good for helping mamas with postpartum depression. This print is so much fun and seems like it would disguise any stains that might be left behind.

A moses basket.  Seriously, I might stalk this Instagram hashtag on a daily basis.  It’s so cute and I just want Teddy to be a part of it.  Since I’m really only planning to use it for photo opportunities, I ‘m hoping to find a cheaper one.  Does anyone have any good ideas for how to use a moses basket after it’s been outgrown and between babies? I was thinking blanket or stuffed animal storage.

Oh. My. God.  I adore Wyatt the Fox.  If they had a boy version of the mermaids, I’d totally be all about it.

That’s all for now, unless someone wants to talk to Ellen about hooking Teddy and I up with a car.  I’m off to do some more yoga.

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recently reading 11.3

With the local branch of my library closed, I’ve had to start reading books that I have on hand.  (A 20 minute bus ride each way to the closest branch just isn’t working for me)

img_4079Luckily my mom sent me a box a few weeks ago of some stuff I had left back in Iowa when I moved down NOLA, and How To Be Parisian was in the package.

I’ve always had an on/off fascination with Paris, and this past summer things have definitely been on. Maybe it’s the need to get away, maybe it’s the intense crazing for champagne and baguettes, who really knows.

This book is an easy read, that both inspires (me) to be my best, but also embrace my flaws.  It jumps around a little, but so does my brain.  And it’s perfect to read in the park with a picnic and Scotti.

Oh, and this Baggu Backpack was a birthday gift from my brother Patric. Great size for all my stuff, and the canvas is easy to wipe off.

 

Recently Reading 10.27.16

 

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I’ve tried to reinvent myself a countless number of times, but always end up getting distracted by real life and stop for whatever reason.  It’s all good though.  How To Build A Girl follows a young lady who manages to reinvent herself and then realizes that she likes certain parts of the old her just a touch better.  Caitlin Moran is one of my favorite authors.  A essay in her book How To Be A Woman led me to stop getting full on Brazilian waxes.  Life changing.

I first discovered the Ask Polly advice column with a retweet of this article.  At the time, I was super confused about boys, had recently deleted all my dating apps because I was so bored, and was wondering if I could make it solo on a farm with a bunch of Golden Retrievers and Doodles for the rest of my life.  Needless to say, the article helped my heart feel better and I’m honestly enjoying this continued boy/bullshit break while I sort out my head and everything else.  (Please know that I sent the article to my mom, who always says “I wish I knew what to say” when it comes to boys, and told her “This.  This is what you say”).  When I saw How To Be A Person In The World, I swooped it up.  Polly/Heather responds to letters from all sorts of situations with advice that sounds like it’s coming from your older sibling, a wise old person and a professional therapist all at once.  As a girl who will openly admit to loving self-help books, read this.  Even though it isn’t a self-help book.  You’ll still learn some ways to make yourself better.

It’s always good to throw some feel good reads into your library pile.  The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin will make you believe in all sorts of good things and want to fill your world with fresh flowers.  That’s all I’m going to tell you about this book.  Because if you have a few hours where you need some good vibes, you should just read this book.

The Gutsy Girl:Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure is a book that I’m maybe a touch too old to read, and that made it a little harder to get through.  Part memoir, part go out and do something, I’d totally recommend this book if your favorite 13 y/o girl and her friends wanted to start a book club.

 

recently reading 10.20.16

Really, so much of my time has been spent reading with Scotti by my side.

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It’s finally cool enough that he doesn’t pout if I take him to the back yard, but he still prefers to sit on the couch so that he can watch the street.

I had seen reviews for Sweetbitter on various blogs and in magazines over the summer.  One magazine compared it to a Woody Allen style film, which should have been my first sign that I wouldn’t enjoy it.  But I like to know what other people think is good, so I checked it out anyways.  This book is decent, but I wouldn’t ever tell a stranger at the book store that they absolutely had to read it.  If you can read it for free, go for it, but don’t pay for this book.  Unless you’re really into books about girls whose worlds revolve around boys who sound kind of gross, and have sex with someone grosser once said boy breaks their heart as revenge.

 

 

Recently Reading 10.13.16

Currently, my house is wi-fi free.  Slightly frustrating when it comes to the Verizon bill, but since I’m still (f)unemployed, it means I’m not spending all day binge watching Netflix and Hulu.  There’s a library branch 3 blocks from my house, so I’ve been going there to stock up on DVDs and books.  Books are my preferred way to escape reality at the moment and here are some recent favorites.

 

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In all honesty, the idea of cults are both alluring and terrifying to me.  I can’t imagine being so into someone that I’d give them all my money, or consider murder, and yet I also find myself wanting a Kylie Lip Kit and to have Beyonce tell me that she loves me.

The Girls is an easy read and shouldn’t make you too nauseous when the main character starts talking about murder.  When I went to England in high school, I read Helter Skelter and was fully prepared to have some nightmares after reading this book, but am happy so say there were none.  If reading popular books is how you manage to be hip and cool, pick this up.  And then if you run into some kids who might not normally hit your radar, be kind to them.  Just in case.

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You know those books that you just stumble upon and read, right when you need them? Well last month, that was How to Party with an Infant for me. I’m not going to lie, getting accidentally pregnant (for a second time) totally threw me off and I was am freaking out about the whole thing. Sure, the whole raising a human to not be an asshole thing is going to be a challenge, but how do you make friends, date, not sustain yourself on grapes, goldfish, apples and Diet Dr. Pepper? Actually, that’s pretty much a normalize toddler diet (minus the DDP) from what I’ve seen on Insta, so maybe I’ll be okay?
Anyways, regardless if you’re knocked up or not, read How to Party with an Infant. It’s humorous and a quick read.  As soon as I finished, I went and borrowed the Descendants DVD (same book author) from the library.  George Clooney can help a girl calm down and breathe pretty quickly.

In a couple weeks, my library branch will be closing until Thanksgiving so that they can move facilities.  If anyone has any Kindle or DVD recommendations, please send them my way.  And cross your fingers that I have a job by then so I can get internet at my place.

 

literary friends as best friends

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Growing up thru today I never had a lot of friends. Some of it now is a quality over quantity thing, and not wanting to get majorly burned as I had been in the past. I always had 24/7 playmates in my younger brothers and would even consider them my top tier friends now; Barbie was a constant friend; my dogs are probably the most important living creatures in my world..
But I have always felt an attachment to the girls that are figments of another person’s imagination. The girls in books were my best friends, even if if was only for a few hours. I would follow along on their adventures; get sad when they were broken; feel pride in their triumph. I even do this now. Sometimes with girls in books or on TV shows*. Bustle’s countdown of 25 of the Most Beloved Female Characters from Childhood Literature (ranked by coolness)
has me thinking about all of my former friends, and wondering where exactly they’d be today. Now I know there’s Sweet Valley Confidential:10 Years Later which tells us a little more about what happened to Jessica and Elizabeth (I just added it to my Amazon Wishlist), but can we please get some updates on the lives of the girls in The Babysitters Club? Thank you.

*Piper Chapman would not be a friend. She’s way too self involved for my taste in bffs.