Weekend Links / / Back to School

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

My little baby started school this week! He’s in a twelve-month class two days a week. This is such a blessing as it gives us more childcare consistency. Phoenix is adjusting (particularly learning to nap with other kids), but I know he’ll grow to love going.

As you know, this week was heavy. While preparing Phoenix and myself for school (and starting new work projects) Charlottesville happened. To be quite honest with you, I missed a lot of the aftermath. Phoenix is all consuming and it’s easy for me to completely miss major cultural events.

I want to stay informed, so I’m listening to podcasts and trying to educate myself on what to do…where to go from here?

How do you keep yourself informed?

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Weekend Links / / John Mayer Edition

Several years ago, Jordan and I took my parent’s film camera out of storage. I used to play with it as a kid, but somehow I never broke it! We brought it with us to California last year, but only finished enough rolls for development recently. I’ve missed the excitement behind getting film developed. You never really knew what you’d get back!

Tuesday night, Jordan and I joined friends to see John Mayer live. This was my fourth time seeing Mayer and even if you only casually like his music, he is worth seeing in concert. This particular tour was a combination of full band, acoustic, and his Trio. I first saw Mayer in 2003! My friend, Lauren, and I went together. Her mom drove us to the show and I assume waited around until it was over! Several years ago I explained how Jordan officially asked me out at a John Mayer Trio concert.

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Weekend Links / / August Beginnings

Weekend Links / / August Beginnings

Phoenix was in rare form this week — equal parts cuddly, sweet and crabby. His top molars are cutting through and he was very uncomfortable on Monday and Tuesday. Despite the hard days we enjoyed a few last minute playdates this week. One of which was to a new restaurant in town — Caviar + Bananas. It reminds me of Dean & Deluca.

I officially know I’m the parent of a small child because I missed the openings of an entire slew of new restaurants.

Before Phoenix was born I envisioned myself to be the kind of mom who went to Le Leche League meetings and Story Time. Both of which never happened as he was the kind of newborn who randomly melted down. I also didn’t really struggle with breastfeeding, but that’s a tale for another time. Most Story Times in Nashville take the summer off, but I’m excited to work story time into our week. I think it’ll be a nice way to break up our day.

When Phoenix starts school in a few weeks I plan on starting the transition to one nap a day. He probably could still take two naps for a few more months, but for consistency sake I’m going to transition early. We transitioned early from four to three and from three to two and he napped better after each transition.

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Weekend Links / / No Gelato, Birthday Baby

Weekend Links / / No Gelato, Baby

Hey, friends. How was your week? Sunday night my best friend, Lauren, and I saw Tig Notaro live. Tig is one of my favorite comedians (maybe my favorite?). If you are unfamiliar with Tig’s varies comedy specials begin with this clip on Conan. It’s the reason Jordan and I are fans. One note on comedy shows, it’s weird how early they get out! Her set was done in an hour. I kept thinking, wait, no encore?

Phoenix turned one yesterday! I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts into cohesive words except that he’s the best (and most exhausting) part of my life. His birthday was quite relaxing. Phoenix and I met up with Jordan at Wilder Études. We wanted to take Phoenix to the nearby Legato Gelato once Jordan’s meetings were over. Phoenix didn’t quite know what to think of the gelato, but that simply means more for me! P.S. their vegan chocolate gelato is decadent and creamy.

It’s so hot in Nashville right now. It’s the kind of oppressive heat where even if you have access to a pool you don’t want to be outside in it. I suppose every summer (around Phoenix’s birthday) I’ll be reminded of how swollen my feet were while pregnant! 😉

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Weekend Links / / Chicago Nights Away and Almost One

Weekend Links / / Chicago Nights Away

We’re back from Chicago in one piece! Jordan and I walked into our house Wednesday afternoon and declared, “Maybe we should fly home for Thanksgiving.” HAHA. All in all (minus the relentless crying in the car) Phoenix did great. We were all over the place and while we did our best to keep some semblance of his usual schedule, it wasn’t a normal week.

Phoenix bonded with family and Jordan and I stole away for a night. Our night deserves its own separate post, but if you have the chance (whether that’s utilizing family or soliciting a friend to spend the night at your house) go away for a night. Phoenix didn’t sleep well the night before we left, but he slept through the night like a champ.

My mother-in-law hosted a small birthday lunch for Phoenix. Phoenix’s favorite food is bananas, so my mom made her banana cake and he loved it.

Weekend Links / / Chicago Nights Away

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Weekend Links / / Family Trip

Weekend Links / / Family Trip

It’s Wednesday night and I’m currently sitting on the bed in a dark hotel room. Phoenix is snoozing away in his pack n’play and Jordan is out finding ice cream. It’s been a long day! We left for Jordan’s grandparent’s house this morning at 4:45. The car doesn’t soothe Phoenix, so we’re still finding the optimal time to leave. Phoenix fell back a sleep for a little bit, but he still fussed the majority of the trip. Thankfully, he bounces back once he’s out and about!

As you are reading this (on Saturday) I am peacefully watching Wimbledon at my parent’s house. We left Jordan’s grandparent’s house Wednesday night and drove to Davenport, IA where we saw my grandpa and two uncles. Phoenix had a terrible nights sleep Thursday night. He was up for 90 minutes in the middle of the night completely restless. It was rough, but the goal was to see all the grandparents not necessarily to get a good nights sleep!

We are staying put for a few days — celebrating Jordan’s youngest sister who graduated high school and Phoenix’s first birthday!

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Weekend Links / / Mid Summer Ramblings

Weekend Links / / Mid Summer Ramblings

How was your 4th of July? Jordan, Phoenix and I came home Monday from Cincinnati. We were still recovering, so we didn’t do much of anything on the 4th. It was kind of nice! Phoenix and the car are not friends (he screams off and on for hours on road trips), so we needed a rest day. Jordan and I ate veggie burgers, sweet potato fries and salad for dinner and rented Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. We love Harry Potter but I wouldn’t recommend this film — it wasn’t very good.

I was worried the fireworks blowing off in our neighborhood would wake Phoenix, but he slept through like a champ.

On a completely unrelated note let’s discuss skin for a minute. I deal with acne, but my skin is normally not sensitive to the products I use. Until now! Two different products (a foundation and moisturizer) clogged my pores and now I’m reeling with intense breakouts. One item was from the drugstore, but the other was a “natural” product. I’m sticking with my favorite Glossier moisturizer from now on! (this referral link gives you 20% off)

What is your favorite mask for deep cleaning clogged pores?

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Weekend Links / / Cincinnati Here We Come!

Weekend Links / / Cincinnati Here We Come

Hello from the road to Cincinnati! Don’t be fooled by Phoenix’s face, he’s excited he just has a complicated relationship with his car seat. Ha! Jordan and I have wanted (and needed) to get away for months, but there hasn’t been an opportunity. In a random sequence of events someone switched shifts and I ended up with the whole weekend off (I usually work Saturdays).

We’re staying with friends and also visiting friends who recently had a baby. It’s a quick trip, but we’re excited none-the-less. If you are visiting Cincinnati I have several posts highlighting my favorite spots herehere (still love these photos) and here.

What are your 4th of July plans?

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Weekend Links / / Wonder Woman Nights

Weekend Links / / Wonder Woman Nights

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This is an exciting week for the Shorts! The week began with a relaxing Father’s Day. The weather wasn’t ideal, but the night ended with Jordan’s choice of take-out (tacos) and the new Beauty and the Beast. Tuesday night friends of ours graciously offered to baby-sit Phoenix, while we caught a movie. If you have a chance to see Wonder Woman, I highly recommend it. It is the perfect summer blockbuster.

My monthly wine club met last night. I’ve attended almost every month since November (when Phoenix was only four months! ack!). In addition to being a fun girls night, I leave with wine knowledge. We’re not buying fancy bottles, but I discover wines I like and dislike. I purchased a Sauvignon Blanc (the theme for the night) from get this, ALDI, and it was chosen as the winner last night. Aldi is winning wine awards.

Today is designated for grocery shopping and weekend prep. I leave for a girls weekend tomorrow. Wish me luck! This is my first time being away from Phoenix for a night.

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Weekend Links / / The Start of Summer

Weekend Links / / The Start of Summer

How was your week? On Wednesday I scheduled a baby-sitter for four hours. I ran a couple of errands and knocked out a bunch of work for the week. I’d much rather pay to expedite my weekly work-flow. Even though Phoenix goes to bed early, I rarely have enough energy to get as much work as I actually need done. I am not a night person!

Phoenix and I are spending this morning at the zoo and on Sunday my parents arrive for a few days. I’m so excited to see them, especially because Phoenix is at such a fun age right now. We will visit our favorite burger place and check-off a few house projects. Jordan and I plan to sneak away for another day date.

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