Sunday, May 11, 2014

coffee and blogs no. 3 (mother's day edition)

(My mom and I in 1987.  This woman had just given birth.)

It's Mother's Day, which means people are looking at baby pictures and everyone in the world is eating brunch.  At least I hope that joy is extended to as many mamas as possible.  I have plans to eat in my favorite college diner with my family, then spend some time with my sister and come home to an empty house.  An empty house is still my favorite Mother's Day gift.  I'm also spoiled because Ben decided to skirt our "no-presents" agreement and ordered me a Fitbit!  I'm a lucky lady.

I want to take a second to recognize that Mother's Day is not an all-out love fest for every family.  Some people have lost their mothers, some people have lost children, some people just have icky feelings around this day and it's going to be shoved in their faces until Monday comes.  Whatever you're dealing with today, I hope that you feel peace and spend time with whatever happy memories you can muster.  If anyone needs a distraction, here are some links (a few are mama-themed!) to check out with your coffee this morning.

I've been a fan of Yes and Yes for quite some time.  I liked this round up of mothers sharing what they're trying to teach their kids.  So far, I feel most successful at teaching Milo and Elliott to love books.  Score.

A list showing 25 of the happiest words in the English language.  My favorites include easier, dearest, and gently.  Side note, mental floss is a ridiculously wonderful magazine.  They have a great online presence and twitter feed, and a subscription is one of my go-to gifts for smart people who have everything.

I've followed IROCKSOWHAT for awhile, and I love this article about getting away from judgment, especially around parenting.  This is important.

Some of my favorite people are librarians, and it is by far my dream job.  These vintage pictures of rad librarians get me going.  I will run a library one day, no matter what it takes.

My therapist used our second session to read me a personality test from her iPhone, and surprisingly, I connected with the results.  I've taken Meyer Briggs a few times, all with different results.  This weekend I got ENFP, and the profiles seem to be the closest to hit home.  You can take the test here, and tell me what you get!  (The whole time I was taking it I kept thinking that maybe I wouldn't get a profile at all and they would call me Divergent and I'd have to run...)

I'm putting together a reading/watching guide for myself and for the evenings Ben and I flop on the couch.  This is an old blog post I had bookmarked where people shared their favorite summer reads.  DO NOT SKIP THE COMMENTS.  And read Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve.  You're welcome.

Top Baby Blogs reset their stats, so if you don't mind voting, do a double click, starting here.  This is the last time I'll ask for awhile, thanks for your patience.

Here is a mother's day quote to dwell on.  This one is so good but hurts a little, like pushing a bruise:  "Yes, Mother.  I can see you are flawed.  You have not hidden it.  It is your greatest gift to me." -Alice Walker



At May 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM , Anonymous stephanie, sandpaper and glue said...

happy mother's day ashlie!! hope you have a great day, and that the diner is 50/50 and it is freaking amazing. :) I'm giving my sister in law an empty house today too, lol... taking the nephew out for a haircut to to look at some animals for a bit so she can happily do nothing for a while :)

At May 11, 2014 at 7:35 PM , Blogger gillian claire said...

Oh goodness, what a great photo! Also, I have pictures of me with my mother after she gave birth to my little sister and I'm holding a cabbage patch baby as well! My parents gave it to me when my sister was born! :

At May 12, 2014 at 5:29 AM , Blogger ashlie said...

Oh man, 50/50 IS amazing and it's been forever since I went there! We hit up Mr. C's out of habit, but now I have another excuse to go out to breakfast. You're such a good auntie- I hope your sister in law appreciated it and you had a great day with Jack!

At May 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM , Blogger ashlie said...

I'm thinking the doll must definitely have been a "bringing home new baby" tip, because that was the same reason I got mine :) Hope your mother's day was lovely!


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