May 2014

Pull Up a Chair

May 30, 2014

Early Summer Skies
Last week, our homeschool coop — and the girls’ ballet lessons — wrapped up for the school year! I’m so excited that our schedule will now be a little more relaxed and give us time to focus on other things. We’ll still be doing some educational work on and off this summer, but right now I’m looking forward to spending more time outside before temperatures skyrocket, catching my breath, and getting organized before the start of the next school year.

I know these summer months are going to fly, and September will be staring me in the face before I know it. Right now, it feels like maybe I could actually be prepared for a new school year. Getting there, however, means making some lists and setting some goals now. At the top of my list is organizing all the stuff from this past year, as well as editing our toys and finding some new storage solutions. (I know exactly what I want, but finding something affordable that suits this house is always the challenge.)

Summer can’t just be about getting stuff done, of course, and there’s some exciting stuff coming down the pike that I’m really looking forward to: my brother and his family’s move to Baltimore in a couple of weeks, our girls’ birthday in June, and a possible trip to Nova Scotia at some point. Bring on summer!

To put us in the mood, this plum-basil gin fizz I found at Saveur should do the trick. It’s not quite plum season, but I’m allowed to cheat a bit with virtual drinks! Here’s my high and low this week:

Low: I was sad to hear about Maya Angelou’s passing. Such a cultural icon. I love this piece she wrote (originally published in Family Circle Magazine in 2001) about becoming a teenage mother. Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou.

High: I’m lifting my glass high because yesterday I submitted our re-adoption paperwork to the city circuit court. Yahoo!! Such a relief. Just when you think the adoption paperwork is over, it’s not. To get U.S.-issued birth certificates for our daughters, we need to file for a “re-adoption,” and it’s a pain: physicals and doctors’ letters, legal forms, financial statements, and on and on. I’ve been struggling to get it done for quite a while, and now I’m saying my prayers that it will be a speedy process, since without it I can’t apply for passports for the girls, which means no summer trip to Canada.

Bonus question: Any special plans or projects on your list this summer? I mentioned a couple of mine already, so it’s your turn! Is it a summer full of R&R, or are you looking forward to checking some big items off your list?

Grab a gin fizz, and tell me about your high and low this week. I’ll see you back here on Monday!

P.S. If you haven’t entered the gourmet popcorn giveaway this week, be sure to do so! I’ll be drawing the winner on Tuesday morning.

Image: Zoe Saint-Paul

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by Margaret Cabaniss

Recipe: Guacamole Salad
Summer may technically still be a month off, but Monday marked the official beginning of cook-out season, and this salad, to me, is the beginning and end of all summer side dishes. I have never made it when the bowl was not licked clean and at least two people asked for the recipe. I made my first batch of the season for a cookout at my sister’s on Monday, along with this tequila lime chicken, and I’m pretty sure I could have asked for her firstborn afterwards. It is, quite simply, the best.

Recipe: Guacamole Salad
But enough talk; on to the recipe! It’s adapted (very) slightly from Cook’s Country and will serve 4 as a side (6 as an appetizer-y dip). What you’ll need:

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1/4 c finely chopped cilantro
  • 4 scallions, sliced thin (green stalks, too!)
  • 1/3 c lime juice (from 3ish limes)
  • 1 T lime zest
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Halve the grape tomatoes, then toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and set in a colander to drain for ten minutes or so while you prep the rest of your ingredients.

To make the dressing: Combine scallions, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small mason jar, then shake (vigorously!) to combine.

Recipe: Guacamole Salad
Pat the tomatoes dry on a layer of paper towels, then place in a large bowl. Halve and cube your avocado, then add to the bowl with the tomatoes, along with the jalapeno and cilantro. Pour over about 2/3 of the dressing to start, then gently toss to combine. Add more dressing as necessary (though I often find that I’ll have some leftover).

Recipe: Guacamole Salad
And that’s it! The dressing actually does a remarkably good job of keeping the salad from browning (always a problem with avocados), so you can safely set it out on your buffet and it’ll still look lovely by the end of dinner. I find it even holds up a day later — if you have any leftovers to begin with.

Images: Margaret Cabaniss

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Loveland Acres Popcorn
If Ann’s recent post about making perfect stove-top popcorn caught your attention, today’s giveaway will be right up your alley…

Loveland Acres, a family-owned and -operated popcorn farm in Kansas, is offering one lucky SlowMama reader a three-pound sampler of their flavorful gourmet popcorn! The sampler includes one pound each of their Ruby Red, Shaman’s Blue, and Confetti blend varieties. Here’s how they describe the subtle differences:

  • Ruby Red has few hulls and pops up white with a deep red center. A unique treat that retains more anthocyanin and cyanidin than traditional yellow popcorn, it’s tasty and high in antioxidants.
  • Shaman’s Blue is a sweet, nutty popcorn that pops up a brilliant white, in contrast to its darker pinkish purple hull. It also retains more anthocyanin and cyanidin than traditional yellow popcorn, so it’s higher in antioxidants.
  • Confetti Blend is a striking mix of white, red, and blue — a great way to experience all of the tasty varieties for anyone who can’t decide which one to try!

If you’ve never tried an heirloom popcorn variety before, now’s your chance. They’re packed with flavor, and many varieties have added health benefits — plus there’s something extra fun about eating colorful popcorn. Ever since I tried one last year, I can’t go back! I definitely wish I could win this giveaway myself.

To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite way (or place!) to eat popcorn. If you follow me on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram, you may leave an extra comment each (for a total of four possible entries). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and I’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, June 3.  Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Image via Loveland Acres

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First Family Road Trip

May 27, 2014

Road Trip
I have an aversion to traveling on holiday weekends, but when friends invited us to use their lake house in northern Pennsylvania this past Memorial Day weekend, we couldn’t say no. It was a good chance to get out of the city for some special family time and soak in some nature.

It was, technically, our first road trip as a family. We’ve taken our time hitting the road with S and H; they don’t love being in their car seats for long, and for their first year home, we preferred to avoid unnecessary meltdowns. But we figured the “about three hour” trek to Eagle’s Mere, PA, would be a manageable baby step. Of course, that driving-time projection was according to our friends, who are not only familiar with the myriad winding roads you have to take to get there, but never have young children riding in their back seat. It took us five hours each way, which included stopping to eat, and some unexpected road work.

Lake House
Also, I forgot how long it takes to pack for a family — and for this trip, in addition to our personal belongings, we were bringing groceries, bedding, games and art supplies in case we had rain, snacks for the car, etc. (I realized when we got there that I have a ways to go when it comes to mastering road-trip packing: We brought way too much — especially in the clothing department.)

Hiking in PA
All this meant that we left later than intended and arrived later than expected, which gave us only one full day there. But we made the best of it and had a fantastic time: We hiked (there are so many beautiful parks up there, with waterfalls and hiking trails galore) got some beach time at the lake, had a first-class cookout, and roasted marshmallows in the fire pit. The weather was gorgeous the whole time, and our friends’ house was the perfect getaway place. If there’s a next time, we’ll make sure to spend at least two full days up there, but we’re still glad we went.

S at the Beach

Mom, Girls and Marshmallow Sticks
The girls had a blast, and while the trip there was a bit of a bear — they began whining “Are we there yet??” about an hour into the trip — the way home went much better. Napping helped; so did stops at Cracker Barrel. (I think the girls may have enjoyed the rocking chairs out front more than the biscuits.)

Cracker Barrel
We’re already looking forward to our next road trip, but I think we’ll keep taking baby steps. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll find ourselves on a cross-country adventure…

Are you a road-tripping family? What are your tips for making them enjoyable — or at least tolerable — for young children and parents?

Images: Zoe Saint-Paul and B

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Pull Up a Chair

May 23, 2014

With Audrey
When our daughters landed on U.S. soil, they were terrified of dogs — which is not a fun problem to have in our neighborhood, since canines are everywhere. S quite literally panics and crawls up my leg if a dog so much as looks at her, and H’s reaction isn’t far from that. I constantly point out that most dogs are friendly, that dogs bark because it’s how they talk, and that dogs on leashes can’t get away, but my daughters’ reactions are visceral.

I get it. In Ethiopia, dogs are rarely domesticated; they’re wild or feral and travel in packs around cities and town centers. In fact, when we were in Addis Ababa, to celebrate our last night as a childless couple before we took custody of the girls, we left our guest house to have dinner at a nearby restaurant. It was dark, and as we walked out into the alley toward the main street, we heard a lot of barking and snarling and spotted a pack of scary-looking dogs up ahead. A man walking in front of us, who was closer to them, ran to get away from them. That was our cue to turn around fast and head back to our room to enjoy date night over some MRE’s and dried fruit. Rabies is common there, and we did everything we could to avoid dogs.

Additionally, some dogs look a bit like hyenas, and hyenas were in abundance where our daughters lived. With no secure doors or windows to protect them, a hyena’s hungry growls — right outside their walls as they tried to sleep — would have been no picnic. I suspect dogs bring to mind some of that.

Over the past 19 months, H and S have become a little more tolerant — especially of the dogs belonging to friends of ours whom they see a lot — but it’s still a struggle. The other day, I took them with me into a realtor’s office, and a dog rushed to the door as we came in. The proprietor took the dog to the back, and then my daughters spotted a large cat sitting on a desk. They immediately wanted to go over to it, and the next thing you know, they were petting it and talking about it with the guys in the office. I was surprised they were so enthralled by this giant cat, who tolerated their petting and fascination quite well. Much to my husband’s disappointment — a big-time dog lover — we might just have two cat lovers on our hands.

I have no proper segue to introduce our Friday drink today — certainly nothing that reminds me of dogs or cats — so without further ado, I suggest we just grab a strawberry smash cocktail (from Cookie+Kate). Strawberries are coming into season here, and that always means summer is right around the corner! Here’s my high and low this week:

High: This is a biggie: One of my brothers and his lovely wife and son are moving here this summer! It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but to say we’re beyond excited to have family close by is an understatement. I’m helping with their house hunt, which definitely makes it feel more real!

Low: That fender-bender I was in last week, where I rear-ended a guy in traffic but there didn’t seem to be any damage to his car? $2,675.65! That’s the estimate from the shop. I was so hoping to pay out-of-pocket and avoid any penalties on our insurance. Sigh.

Bonus question: Are you a cat or dog person? (Or maybe your prefer birds?) None of the above. I very much like animals and could totally bond with one, but I’m not a big house-pet person, probably because I grew up with only outdoor animals. B, on the other hand, was raised with dogs who were the closest thing he had to siblings. We’ll see what our girls end up getting as a first pet. (They recently requested a rabbit.)

It’s a long weekend here in the U.S., and we’re planning to head out tomorrow morning for a mini family vacation. Hope to share some highlights with you next week! Happy Memorial Day weekend to my American readers, and I’ll see you all back here Monday (or maybe Tuesday)!

Image: B and the girls with Audrey, one of the sweetest dogs in the world

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by Margaret Cabaniss

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
I love the look of upholstered headboards, but not necessarily their price tag. I’ve bookmarked tons of DIY versions on the web over the years, but because I never want to do anything too hastily (ahem), it’s taken me this long to actually get around to trying one. Fortunately, a friend of mine was looking to do some home improvements and volunteered to be my headboard guinea pig — and in one afternoon, we had knocked out the whole thing. Remind me again why I waited so long to try this?

We followed these basic instructions at Young House Love. There are more elaborate and heavy-duty versions out there, but if you want a quick fix for a bare room, or a placeholder while you save up for something big, I can definitely recommend this one.

What you’ll need:

  • wooden canvas stretcher bars (you can find these at a good art supply store)
  • wood glue
  • heavy-weight fabric
  • batting
  • staple gun and staples
  • hanging hardware

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
First, figure out how big you want your headboard to be. For a queen-sized bed, we went with 60 inches wide (the width of the mattress) and 36 inches high — tall enough that we could have plenty of height above the bed, as well as a good bit hiding below the top of the mattress. Stretcher bars come in all lengths, so you can make yours exactly the dimensions you want.

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
Once you’ve figured out the size of your frame, you’ll need a piece of batting the same dimensions, plus 3-4 inches on each side. Obviously, the thicker the batting, the cushier your headboard; we went with a medium thickness (only a couple of bucks with a coupon at the fabric store), and it worked out great. For our fabric, we used an old heavy-weight linen curtain from Ikea, cut to the same dimension as the batting.

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
Now for the fun part! Assemble your stretcher bars by putting a little wood glue on the tabs and sliding the corners together. These were a snug fit at times, so you might want to use a rubber mallet to gently tap everything into place. Check to be sure your frame is square before letting it dry (the glue called for 12 hours of drying time, but since the stretcher bars fit so snugly to begin with, we just waited a couple of hours for it to set before proceeding).

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
When you’re satisfied that the glue is dry, clear a large area on the floor where you can lay down your batting, then place the frame on top. Next, wrap the batting around the frame and staple, using the same method as that coffee sack bulletin board I made way back when: Start by stapling the middle of one side, then cross to the middle of the opposite side and staple that down, too, making sure to pull the batting relatively taut — then do the same on each end. Once you have it tacked down, work your way around the frame, filling in between your previous staples (ours were about 2-3 inches apart by the time we finished). Do a hospital-corner style fold where the edges meet to make everything look nice and tidy.

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
After the batting is finished, do the same thing with the fabric: Lay your material right-side down on the floor, topped with the frame, then wrap and staple on opposite sides, being sure to pull the fabric tight as you work (if you have a patterned fabric, check it periodically to make sure it’s lined up correctly). The more staples you use on the back, the smoother it’ll look on the front, so just go to town on it.

Lastly, we added picture hanging hardware to the top edge of the frame on the back, then used a level to make sure everything was straight as it went up on the wall. The frame itself is so light — even one this big — that it only took a couple of nails, and we were done!

DIY: Easy Upholstered Headboard
Sadly, the low light and small room made it tricky to get a good shot of the finished product (not to mention the fact that I’m missing the Martha Stewart–approved mountain of pillows) — but trust me, it’s awesome in real life. My friend says the new headboard is great inspiration for keeping the bed made and looking nice; it’s kind of amazing the difference it makes in the room, for such little time and effort (and cost!). I may need to make one for myself eventually…

Anyone else tried their hand at making their own headboard? Have a bed in your home that could stand a little face lift?

Images: Margaret Cabaniss

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Nutrients
Have you heard of Soylent? (No, not that soylent…) It’s a new Silicon Valley product — a nutritional supplement of sorts — being touted as the answer to all our food needs. Basically, you just blend up a drink of this gritty beige powder, add some of the oil the company sends with it, and you’re good to go: all the nutrients your body needs, with no grocery shopping, slaving over a hot stove, or taking time to prepare meals.

The New Yorker interviewed one of Soylent’s creators:

Rhinehart, who is 25, studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, and he began to consider food as an engineering problem. “You need amino acids and lipids, not milk itself,” he said. “You need carbohydrates, not bread.” Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, but they’re “mostly water.” He began to think that food was an inefficient way of getting what he needed to survive. “It just seemed like a system that’s too complex and too expensive and too fragile,” he told me.

Rhinehart is wrong. Food is not primarily an engineering problem; it’s a cultural keystone and a huge part of what it means to be human — not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually. The philosophy behind Soylent is exactly the opposite of the Slow Food approach: Soylent’s creators view food in a strictly utilitarian way, and human beings as machines. In their view, all we need is nutrients, optimized for functioning, and we’re set.

Slow Food, on the other hand, emphasizes what the Soylent makes miss: pleasure; hospitality; comfort; and an abiding connection to memories, traditions, culture, the land, and each other. Gathering around a table of flavorful, wholesome food does a lot more for us than simply provide nutrients. (And even there, holistic nutritionists would disagree with the makers of Soylent that food is merely the sum of its parts: There is general agreement that eating whole, complex foods is superior to popping vitamins.)

I agree with Michael Brendan Dougherty, who wrote about the “tyranny” of Soylent in The Week, when he says:

What Soylent’s proponents don’t seem to understand is that food cannot be reduced to mere nutrition anymore than all of movement can be reduced to simple exercise, or sex and parenthood to mere reproduction (although in the latter case, the more strenuous socialists have tried!). Mealtime is a place of communion, conviviality, even sensuality. It is where we learn to be human.

Sure, there are days I wish I didn’t have to put meals on the table — what parent doesn’t fantasize about that sometimes? — but reaching for something like Soylent? Nope. Frankly, I can’t imagine Soylent ever really catching on, except among the kind of guys who created it. Or maybe it will become a popular weight-loss product? For anyone tempted to try it, though, I’d just recommend getting a Vitamix instead: A nutritious, delicious smoothie will make you feel a lot more human.

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I’m curious: Does a product like Soylent give you the willies, or do you think I’m making a big deal out of nothing? Would you ever buy a meal replacement product like this?

Image via Pinterest

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by Ann Waterman

Popcorn
Family movie night is a favorite event in my house, and an easy way to make it extra special is to watch with popcorn: It’s cheap, it’s good for you, and everyone loves it! And with Joseph’s fabulous movie recommendations, we have even more reason to enjoy movie night more often.

Since I don’t have room in my tiny kitchen for a hot-air popper, and the bagged stuff always leaves me disappointed (not to mention shell-shocked at the price and the ingredient list), I started making my own popcorn on the stove. It’s so easy and so much better tasting, I often wonder why it was ever outsourced to industrial food manufacturers. The best part about homemade popcorn is that it’s totally customizable (but more on that later). Try it, and I promise you’ll never go back!

How-to-make-popcorn
If you want to try your own homemade popcorn, here’s what you’ll need to make four servings (adapted from Simply Recipes):

  • Large, heavy-bottomed pot with lid
  • 1/2 cup of popping corn kernels
  • 3 Tbsp high-heat oil (I like safflower, avocado, or refined coconut oil)
  • Salt and whatever other fixings you’d like for your popcorn

Add 3 tablespoons of oil to your pot and drop in three kernels of corn, then cover the pot with a lid and place on the stove over medium heat. Now, wait.

When you hear all three kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels, cover with the lid, and pull the the pot off the stove for 30 seconds to allow the kernels to reach the temperature of the oil. This helps the kernels pop at the same time.

Popcorn-Popped
Return the pot to the stove (with the lid still on) and gently shake the pot back and forth so the kernels don’t burn. (I highly recommend donning oven mitts for this part.) You should start to hear kernels popping; when the popping slows to several seconds between pops, pull the pot off the burner and let it sit for a few seconds to catch any stragglers.

Dump the popcorn into a large bowl. If you like your popcorn buttered, put a couple of tablespoons (or more — I won’t judge) in the pot you just used to pop the corn: It’ll melt from the residual heat, and you can save yourself from dirtying another dish. Pour the butter back on your popcorn, season with salt, and toss to distribute the yummy goodness.

Popcorn-Butter-Salt
While I love classic buttered popcorn, sometimes I like to shake things up a bit and try new seasonings. My current obsession is popcorn seasoned with salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese grated with my Microplane. Be sure not to skip the pepper; it really makes the dish. (Zoe also mentioned a delicious-sounding seasoning in this post.) My other favorite combination involves some gourmet popcorn I received as a gift: I sprinkle it with maple sugar and grey sea salt and toss with a couple tablespoons of a neutral oil to make it stick to the popped corn. It’s delightfully sweet and salty.

My final tip is to try different kinds of popping corn. I was surprised to discover that there’s a huge range of varieties out there, each with its own subtle differences in taste. (My personal favorite is Ruby Red.)

How do you like to eat your popcorn? Any special or unusual seasoning favorites?

Images: Ann Waterman

PS — In case you missed them, check out these past installments in “The Basics” series:

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Tools
This is a cry for help.

I’m not the most organized person in the world, so it’s no surprise that staying on top of my digital files and tech devices isn’t my strong suit. I won’t even tell you how many emails are sitting in my inbox right now… The truth is, I’ve never been able to come up with a filing system that works well for me, so my inbox has become a bit of (okay, a lot of) a storage area, simply out of habit. At least I can always find stuff there, even if it’s like looking for a green frog in the rainforest. And don’t get me started on my computer desktop, which is cluttered with a jumble of photos and files because…well, I don’t exactly know.

Then there’s my smart phone. I often seem to be at my maximum storage capacity — mostly because I don’t take the time to erase or back up my photos. Plus there’s my backlog of text messages I haven’t deleted since, oh, 2006?…

I’m reading a book right now call Manage Your Day to Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (from the 99u Book Series), and it’s reminding me just how important it is to take time for my tools — to maintain them, organize my digital info, and make sure everything is set up to work well and run smoothly. Otherwise, it’s aggravating, stressful, and prevents productivity. Just the other day I was trying to snap a fantastic shot of my girls, and the “storage is full” notice came up, preventing me from taking the photo. It’s a little thing, but those little things add up to a huge annoyance.

When it comes down to it, I’m not in the habit of taking the time to keep my digital world in order and running smoothly, and finding systems that work feels overwhelming at times. I’ve tried some and they haven’t done the trick, so I fall back into old habits.

I’m looking forward to sharing some tips from this book, if they work out, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear what works for you: How do you organize your emails and your digital photos? How do you keep your tech devices working for you? Do tell!

Image from pulse.me via Pinterest

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Pull Up a Chair

May 16, 2014

Me, H and S at Baptism
Yesterday, at a playground we visit from time to time, I overheard some girls asking my daughters if I was their babysitter. S thought this was pretty funny: “No, she’s not our babysitter, she’s our mommy!!” she said with a laugh. The kids didn’t quite believe her. “Really? Because she looks like she must be your babysitter,” they kept saying. My girls shrugged it off; they don’t yet grasp why someone would think I’m not their mom — it’s just a weird or funny question to them. And because of that, I’m not always sure what explanations we owe other children at this point.

Children’s questions are usually pretty innocent and unfiltered, but also reflect the world they know — which isn’t always very informed or enlightened. In the case above, the kids were unsupervised and more focused on my girls and me than on actually playing on the slides or monkey bars: Are they twins? How old are they? Why are you white and they’re black? Did you adopt them?  

Not unreasonable questions, but I’m not a big fan of my daughters being “special objects of interest” on the playground, and I don’t always like where questions go when I start answering them. At the same time, I don’t like to ignore people (including little people), and I don’t want my daughters to ever feel that we have something to hide or they need to be ashamed about our family in any way, so I’m always walking a fine line with my responses. Often I wish I could just be at the playground with my daughters like any other mom.

The questions I get more than any other from children is, “Are they mixed?” The first time I was asked this, I didn’t get it. I still find it odd that children ask me this so often. But there’s such a great divide in this city when it comes to skin color, I guess it makes sense. There’s always a confused look on their faces when I say, “No.” I guess that’s when they then assume I must be the babysitter.

Anyway, enough about my troubles fending off meddlesome children. For our drink today, I’m offering jasmine orange kombucha made by Hex Ferments, a local fermentation business I recently discovered. I know that sounds like an odd Friday happy hour beverage, but even the most ardent kombucha-hater would be converted by this stuff — just ask my husband. Here’s my high and low this week:

Low: Extra tiredness, and feeling a bit bad about my low energy while my mother-in-law was here. Also, I rear-ended a car in traffic yesterday. Not much damage; it felt like bumper cars, but still. Then someone nearly plowed into us later when I was trying to park our car. I was awfully glad to get off the road that day!

High: We had a lovely visit with B’s mom, who left on Wednesday morning. It was special to have her with us for the girls’ baptism and Mother’s Day. Also, I treated myself (after the car incident) to my all-time-favorite-chocolates-ever-in-the-whole-wide-world. Expensive little morsels, but worth every red cent. You cannot believe how good they are, quite literally: gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and raw. How is it possible these are better than any chocolates I’ve ever had? But it’s true. (I really wanted to write the last five sentences in ALL CAPS, but I restrained myself.)

Bonus question: What is the weirdest, rudest, or strangest question you’ve ever received? Hmm, let’s see… “Are those real?” Ha, just kidding; I’ve never been asked that. I was once asked if my family ate beaver and if we lived in an igloo. Because I’m from Canada. (The person was serious.) I’m sure I’ve gotten worse, but that one just sprang to mind; now I want to hear yours!

Grab some kombucha, if you dare, and tell me about your week! I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Image: Hal N.

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