I started learning something new. It’s taking up a lot of the time that I previously spent blogging. I’m doing a thing where I don’t tell anyone about it because it scares me and also because I’m self-conscious and having all of those self-doubt kinds of thoughts like, “But what if I’m not smart enough?”
I very rarely drink wine these days. I realized as I was trying to learn at night that if I had even one glass of wine, my retention and focus decreases drastically. So I stopped drinking most weeknights.
The comments the Fab Five leave on each other’s Instagram accounts always make me smile. If you’re not following every single one of them, what are you even doing? Can I have Tan France’s skin and lips? K thanks.
I’m loving the podcast Getting Curious with Johnathan Van Ness. I’m also loving TheUmcast and still listen to every single episode. Michelle was always one of my favorite bloggers and I’m so happy to see her (and Vicki!) having so much success in a new medium.
After years of eyeballing it, I bit the bullet and bought Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer*. You guys, game changer. Instant Holy Grail status. I don’t even wear foundation anymore. Which is saying something because my skin has been a mess lately (Why though? I blame hormones and humidity). I just dot it under my eyes and on my blemishes (of which there are many) and blend with my finger. I never thought any concealer would be worth $30 (I died inside a little paying for it) but this one is.
I read an article recently that referenced this Issue Brief from the Economic Policy Institute and honestly, it made me ragey.
In 33 states and the District of Columbia, infant care costs exceed the average cost of in-state college tuition at public 4-year institutions.
The graphs in the brief are pretty shocking. I knew childcare was unaffordable for many, but I had no idea just how unaffordable.
In case you missed it on my insta story, I bought an entire fall/winter wardrobe for Ben for $56 at Once Upon a Child, a consignment store. I snagged 6 pairs of pants, 2 sweaters, 3 sweatshirts, 4 shirts, 1 one-piece, and some shorts (for right now). For $56! Most of Ben’s current wardrobe is from Lots for Tots, a similar children’s consignment store in Portland, Maine. I like the prices at consignment stores and I love that it’s a “green” choice.
I watched the Serena Williams docu-series on HBO. So freaking good. It explored her marriage, motherhood, and tennis. If you love Serena Williams, you’ll love her even more after this. Watching her cry about having to decide whether to stop breastfeeding so she could get ready to play again was absolutely heartbreaking. I remember when I found out she was pregnant and I was about as far along as she was. She won a grand slam at 8 weeks pregnant. Meanwhile, I took naps every day.
I also finally watched the Michelle Wolf Nice Lady stand up special on HBO. Dead. I might have loved it even more than I loved Ali Wong’s special. Which is saying something because that slayed me. We just want a shield!
Oooh also, we watched the new Netflix movie Extinction and OMG amazing. It has basically everything I’d want in a movie, starting with an alien invasion (obviously). If you’re into sci-fi, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Do you ever feel like you have to be emotionally ready or in a certain mood for really dark shows? I’m only 4 episodes into the 2nd season of A Handmaid’s Tale because it’s just really dark. It’s like I’m waiting for a rainy day where I just want to feel all the feelings. I can see the same thing may happen with Sharp Objects (my review of the book can be found here) which I’m liking but only if I’m in the right mood.
That made it sound like a watch a lot of TV but actually, I think I watch less TV now than I ever have. I don’t turn the TV on all day and days go by where we don’t even use it. I never thought I’d be that person (because, no shame, I love TV) but I just don’t. I think once Ben started noticing it and watching it, I stopped having it on around him.
The recent article about maternal deaths in the U.S. really scared me. Particularly considering the complications with Ben’s birth. I think of it often (probably because we definitely want more children) and it’s really been on my mind. It reminded me of the recent episode of The Daily, “A Life-or-Death Crisis for Black Mothers” which was incredibly eye-opening.
Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as white women, and black infants are more than twice as likely to die as white babies.
This is not okay and it needs to change. I wish I had something more educated or more eloquent to say than that.
I made this roasted broccoli quinoa salad with honey mustard dressing recipe and this black bean sofritas recipe. Both were bomb . com. The sofritas recipe has.a.kick. Not for the faint of heart (or tastebuds).
Still reading Outlander because I read approximately 4 pages in bed every night before falling asleep with my reading light on.
I want to start running regularly again but it’s so hot and I don’t want to pay for a gym membership to use a treadmill. Mamas, are jogging strollers worth it? I found one for $35 at Once Upon a Child but didn’t buy it and have been kicking myself since.
I went to an event called Pizzadelphia with Nav, Ben, and some friends. It was exactly as wonderful as it sounds. I highly recommend any event that is based entirely around pizza.
So yeah, I guess that’s life lately. Do I get bonus points for having almost no baby references in this post? Yes? Cool.