Category Archives: FAVORITE THINGS



WATCHING: Salvage Hunters (the Welsh version of American Pickers) I love seeing the insides of old manor houses that have fallen to ruin. It’s like seeing the future of Downton Abbey.

LISTENING: to the Unruffled Parenting Podcast

READING: This article about how independent children are in Japan.

EATING: Excited to make this lightened up version of broccoli soup.

CONTEMPLATING: Selling some books back through Powell’s website.



Favorite Things |

WATCHING: This amazing documentary about Walt Disney.

MAKING: Banana Handles for Elliott to eat.

EATING: Bruschetta and homemade hoagie rolls.

READING: Finishing up Simplicity Parenting and holy moly is it good.

Here are some of my favorite excerpts:


Meaning hides in repetition: We do this every day or week because it matters. We are connected by this good thing together. We matter to one another. In the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trips to Disneyland but the common threads that run throughout and on repeat: the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime (with a hot water bottle at our feet on winter evenings), Saturday morning pancakes.


“How was your day?” When your child answers “Regular” or “Average,” do your feel a sense of disappointment? Even if your day, too, was quite ordinary? Ordinary days are the sustaining notes of daily life. They are the notes that allow high notes to be high and low notes to be low; they provide tone and texture. If a child’s happiness is not hinged on the high notes- not hinged on exceptional events or having exceptional talents- then they have a true gift. An exceptional character. They may be able to live their life with an appreciation for the moment, for the simple pleasures of an ordinary day. Can you imagine anything better?