Three things I loved this week:
- The return of Mr. Tony. I loved reading Tony Kornheiser in the Washington Post when I first moved here, and Pardon the Interruption is a show that’s fun to watch. But it’s the podcast of his daily radio show – part sports, part news commentary, part truly ridiculous stories about Tony’s life — that keeps me consistently entertained (even if I sometimes had to skip whole segments during boring basketball season). Tony returned to the air this week, and my podcast lineup – and commute – are better for it. Now if the sales guys at AM 980 could stop with the podcast delay that leaves me listening to Wednesday’s show over the weekend…
- The viral book list tagging exercise on Facebook. I’m not always a big fan of these Facebook tagging games that can take over my feed, but I loved getting the chance to reflect on ten books that have stayed with me, and seeing what friends picked for their lists – giving me lots more additions to my Goodreads list. (What? I’ll have TONS of time this fall and winter to read. Suuurrrre.) For the record, my books were: A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Traveling Mercies, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, all the Little House on the Prairie books, House of Mirth, Freakonomics, Naked, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and for good measure, The Going to Bed Book (thanks, Sandra Boynton, for planting that one in my brain forevermore).
- Coffee + Crumbs, a relatively new collaborative blog on motherhood. There are lots of collaborative blogs on motherhood, and I like a lot of them. But Coffee + Crumbs, with its clean design and crisp essays (and just enough of them, posted frequently enough to keep me coming back but not so many that I feel overwhelmed) has really appealed to me.
Three things I learned this week:
- 25 alternatives to saying “good job.” As a manager at work, I learned the value in giving more specific praise, but at home, I find myself saying “good job” to Teddy over and over again. I’m hoping these prompts will give me a nudge toward applying the same lesson I learned at work to home.
- About the Joan Rivers-Miss Piggy feud. Anything to see a snippet from “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” my all-time favorite Muppet movie.
- Next week is Diaper Need Awareness Week. I know, it seems like every day, week, and month is an awareness day/week/month (speaking of which, did you know that September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month? Check Your Neck!). But 1 in 3 American families struggles with affording diapers for their baby, a plight anyone who’s had to shell out the money for those expensive packages can identify with. And families that can’t afford diapers have a hard time putting their kids in daycare, which makes it harder to find and keep work. Kudos to Huggies for donating diapers for every tweet or retweet using the hashtag #DiaperNeed – so tweet away!
Three things I felt grateful for this week:
- B’s work around the house. The basement is almost, ohsoclose, to being really, truly done. (Final inspection is on Monday! And once we get the OK from the inspector and I don’t feel so jinxy, I’ll write a final before-and-after post, with all the gory Home Depot details.) But in the meantime, we’ve been able to start moving things down into the space, and clearing out what will be the baby’s room, and setting up the baby’s furniture. And when I say “we,” I really mean B. He’s done the heavy lifting – in some cases, the very heavy lifting – while I’ve mostly counted to make sure we have the right number of bolts and washers and swept up construction dust. I’m not crazy about not being able to do more to help, but I’m grateful to have a husband who does it all willingly, even after working unexpectedly on a weekend and when “it all” involves driving 70 miles each way to pick up boxes of just-the-right baby furniture.
- The return of our treadmill. Our treadmill had been folded up and covered inside the unfinished storage area of our basement since we started the project some 14 years ago (your three months is my 14 years). And though putting it away for a while didn’t exactly interrupt marathon training for me, I’m glad to have it back. Even a very slow 20-minute walk (while catching up on podcasts) makes me feel like I’m doing something to avoid the total muscle loss I had during my last pregnancy. (Never mind the fact that I did the slow 20-minute walks then, too – I’m choosing to remain optimistic here.)
- Almond milk at Dunkin Donuts! OK, it’s a rather small development in the grand scheme of things. But as someone who’s had to bring my coffee home to mix in my preferred almond milk – rather than stop by the drive thru on my way to somewhere else – this will make an improvement in the quality of being out and about.
What did you love, learn, or feel grateful for this week?
This post is part of the weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.