I recently decided that I was done sleeping in old t-shirts and crappy pajama pants. I had been feeling the pull for a while, but then I started researching postpartum recovery and realized I would be spending a fair amount of time in my pajamas after the baby comes… and then I read Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist over Christmas, where she talks about the importance of sleeping in clothes meant to make you feel comfortable and cozy and beautiful and I want to feel comfortable and cozy and beautiful so I took myself Target and bought myself a pair of millennial pink pajamas.
The problem is, now I want All The Pajamas. And I want to wear them All The Time.
Here are a few of my favorites (all from Target, because they know what’s up)
1, 2 (mine!), 3, 4
I love to learn new things, but I am not necessarily a school person- I mean, I liked school just fine but I skipped a lot of classes in college. And some in high school. What I have discovered as an adult is that I am a crash course person. I want to take a 4-hour class and learn everything I can in that amount of time, and then not have to go back. Ever. I think this is also why I am a walking tour person. Anyway- Will and I took a childbirth class, a breastfeeding class and an infant care class last week and we LOVED them. Will has not stopped talking to people about our childbirth class- I keep overhearing him telling people about the live birth we watched.
I’ve been really into chips during my pregnancy- tortilla chips, veggie chips, nut thins, wheat thins, you name it, I’m all about it. Prior to pregnancy, I was pretty indifferent to chips – like, I ate chips if they were around, but I wouldn’t seek out a bag of chips, I would much rather have a cookie or a piece of candy … or cheese… or a lot of things. Since getting pregnant, my chip appetite has been insatiable. Will and I were leaving a Super Bowl party on Sunday, and as he was loading up a goodie bag of meat, I was waxing on and on about these chips I had been eating all night- they were kind of spicy and green and I couldn’t get over how good they were. I picked up one (OK, three) to eat for the road, and as I was chewing realized they were Doritos.
I saw Bon Iver perform two weeks ago at the Moody Theatre in Austin, and he was absolutely incredible. This was the best picture I could get because he had a very elaborate light show (like, there were seizure warnings on the doors leading into the theatre and I saw at least person pass out).
I’m about halfway through Ready Player One right now (which I got from the library back in the summer, didn’t read in time, and then had to wait on the waitlist for about 6 months to get it again) and it’s really fun. There are a lot of 80’s references that I’m missing, and also video game references that I’m missing now that I really think about it, but overall, it’s excellent. I’m also super excited to see the movie later this year!
I also just listened to A Voice in the Wind, which is the first book in the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, about a young Jewish slave girl in Rome and Ephesus during the years after Jesus was crucified. You might have heard of Francine Rivers because she wrote Redeeming Love, the one Christian romance novel pretty much every Christian woman under the age of 40 has read. A Voice in the Wind is less romance-y than Redeeming Love, and a little more …. how do I put this? Gory? Intense? Like listening to Gladiator for 22 hours? In fact, I feel like there is a possibility Ridley Scott got the idea for Gladiator from this book. I wasn’t entirely sure I was enjoying it at first, because again, it’s super intense, but I ended up loving it by the end and now can’t wait to read the next one. If you like historical fiction with a Christian bent (and you can handle some serious blood, gore, and general craziness), I highly recommend.
I started using Branch Basics, a natural, plant-based cleaning concentrate you use for everything (cleaning, laundry, dishes, soap) when Will and I first got married, then they shut down to reformulate, and now they’re back and I am LOVING it. There is no smell, it’s biodegradable, it’s human safe (you can spray it in your mouth if you want to), and it’s well, pretty. I love that I can clean my kitchen/shower/bathroom without feeling like I need to open a window or take a shower myself because I’m covered in chemicals. Also, we had been cleaning with a vinegar + water mixture before and it was stanky. Like really stanky. I know the starter kit sounds expensive, but it can replace all of your cleaning supplies- and your laundry detergent- and your hand soap. I do still keep Clorox wipes on hand for raw meat and flu germs…and bleach for our toilet because well, that bowl needs to be bleached. But everything else I tackle with Branch Basics. I’m not trying to sound like a commercial right now, it’s really just a favorite. I spent two hours cleaning for company this morning and felt so grateful I wasn’t choking on Windex or washing my hands constantly because I was scared I got bleach on them.
I am so ready to get this weekend started – I have my baby shower tomorrow, and one of my friends from college is coming in to stay with me from Houston! I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!