I’m back! Sort of. Despite collecting string for this post for, um, three weeks, and writing this for three days, it’s taken me until Saturday night to actually put it together. (See, baby-related senioritis/mind jumble.)
Nevertheless, plenty of good things have been happening lately, and I couldn’t keep you waiting any longer to find out what’s on my list.
Three things I loved this week(ish):
- Weekly roundup posts. Okay, it’s a bit of a circular point in my own weekly roundup post, but I love reading other weekly roundups and lists of links. (It’s what led me to this idea, after all!) Besides introducing me to all sorts of new posts and people and ideas, I love the different angles that writers put on these posts. A few of my regular weekly reads:
- The first pumpkin spice latte of the year. Yes, I should be making my own PSL syrup/creamer at home, but one day I just really really needed one. And damn, every sugar-filled, artificial ounce of that overpriced coffee totally hit the spot.
- To my daughter, I will beg. A mother’s raw, honest post about teaching a daughter how to love her whole self after struggling to do the same herself. This ranks right up there among my greatest fears about having a daughter — how to teach her the lesson that I haven’t quite mastered yet, myself. N’tima’s post captured so much of my experience, and many of my fears and hopes. Well worth a read.
Three things I learned:
- Rite Aid is partnering again with text4baby, the service that sends expectant and new parents text messages about parenting and child development, to offer free flu shots to text4baby subscribers. Text4baby is already doing a huge service for new parents; this makes it all the more valuable. (Insert well-intentioned nag here: Have you gotten your flu shot yet?)
- A non-profit called QuestBridge has become a driving force behind securing college scholarships for high-achieving low-income high school students. Their push to reform the college financial aid system is daunting but has a huge upside.
- After searching explicitly for bald breast cancer survivors to join Joan Lunden in kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Today Show responded to the outcry from metastatic breast cancer patients — many of whom are undergoing grueling treatment that doesn’t result in hair loss — by doing a full segment on patients with metastatic, stage 4 cancer. Here’s how the week and the experience with Today went down for one blogger who was featured on the show. I’m glad Today listened to the constructive criticism, to the benefit of viewers and survivors alike.
Three things I felt grateful for:
- MIT’s breast pump hackathon. As someone who’s once again facing – “looking forward to” is not exactly the right way to put it – hooking myself up to a pump hundreds of times once I’m back to work next year, I’m grateful for the 150 people who competed to up the breast pump game, even if the changes don’t come in time to make me feel less like a factory farm dairy cow. (Also, no surprise that the top teams featured women designers and engineers.)
- Teddy’s birthday. He actually seemed to enjoy himself. I’m sure the ice cream and cake and toys helped, but it was great listening to him sing happy birthday to himself, and I was really happy that all four of his grandparents were here to celebrate with us. (He also now thinks that it’s my birthday whenever I get an Amazon package. Kind of, kid.)
- Our neighborhood of generous parents. We had our bi-annual kids clothes swap this weekend. As I searched for elastic waist pants that would fit my short-legged child, I looked around the room at the mountains of clothes that had been donated for the swap and was reminded what a supportive neighborhood we moved into. (I also noticed how many other pregnant moms were there, and realized that kiddo #2 is going to have a lot of little potential pals in the neighborhood. Wow.)
What did you love, learn, or feel thankful for this week?
This post is part of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop. Hop on over and see what other good things happened this week!