4. Business As Usual

Now that the holidays are over, my life has gotten back to its normal routines - work for LM and I, and daycare for Josephine. In the evening we have an early dinner, then it’s bathtime and bedtime for the baby. We’ve started putting Josephine to bed a bit earlier than we used to, and that means I have a little bit more adult time before I head to bed myself. I used to spend that time scrolling social media but now that I’ve launched my Etsy shop, I have things to do almost every evening.

On the weekends, we have swim class for Josephine, and we try to do at least family activity together. Lately it’s been a trip to InnerActive, which is an indoor playground that the kids love. Also can we talk about the genius idea to open an indoor playground in a state where it’s cold at least 6 months out of the year? I wish I had thought of that.

Also this week the Polar Vortex hit Minnesota and FUCK THAT SHIT. It’s so ridiculously cold, I can’t stand it.

Things I read this week:

The Impossibility of Being a Likeable Female Politician (Harper’s Bazaar)

This totally changed how I thought about my interactions with people - There Are Two Kinds of People: "Sorry" People and "Thank You" People

Every M. Night Shyamalan Movie, Ranked (Vulture)

Women travel alone more than men. Here’s why. (Vox - The Goods0

How two Jewish American political consultants helped create the world’s largest anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. (Buzzfeed)

BEST READ OF THE WHOLE DAMN WEEK - I Was a 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenager’s Body (The Cut)

Crazy Rich Asians’ Oscar Shutout Is Unsurprising, but Still Disappointing (Vanity Fair)

I don’t usually do home inspo but I love this adorable house! - This Family’s Downsized Dream Home Is Full of Surprises (A Cup of Jo)

Why Did CES 2019 Revoke Its Award for Ultra-Innovative Woman-Oriented Sex Toy? (Autostraddle)

What Happens When a Woman Is Erased (Jezebel)

The Deep Ties Between the Catholic Anti-Abortion Movement and Racial Segregation (Jezebel)

As Boise booms, a city faces the curse of ‘Californication’ (Curbed)

The Idea That Men Should Be the Sole Breadwinner Is Surprisingly Recent (MEL Magazine)

This quiz told me I was 45 and I felt some type of way about it - Take This Target Quiz To Figure Out How Old You Actually Are (Buzzfeed)

Perspective | How MLMs are hurting female friendships (Washington Post)

Stealing from the dead: Forged deeds, a bogus title company, counterfeit notary stamps (Philly Inquirer)

When white Americans are the terrorists (MPR News)

Jayme Closs Will Receive Reward Money After Freeing Herself  (Jezebel)

What the Hell Is Happening Over at Gawker 2.0? (The Cut)

Unpacking the Gina Rodriguez Controversy (The Cut)

Things I loved this week:

I was reminded this week about Target Restock, and I ordered a box which arrived at our house yesterday. I needed ink for our printer & I was happy to see that I could include it in my box, saving me a trip to the store in this cold. I got a bunch of pantry items for our house, all shipped for free thanks to my REDcard, and shipped next day. If you haven’t used it, you should totally check it out.

I finally got a copy of Children of Blood and Bone from the library and it’s so good!

Also, my local library system uses the Libby app and it’s really great for checking out ebooks from the library.

Enjoy your weekend!