Grains of Salt

Snapshots of life, dispatches from motherhood.

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This was my last pre-Whole30 taco. An occasion that felt super important to mark because over the last 6 days I’ve consumed less tacos than in longer than I care to admit.

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Jack’s view of the apartment this past week. Post surgery, wearing a diaper because poor guy had his second bladder stone issue in less than a year. Oh and not even joking, Ian and I are the only two beings in our apartment right now not dealing with incontinence. For the first time in my life, one of the most exciting things about going into the office is taking a break from changing diapers.

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Finally went to Jack’s Wife Freda for a coffee with my sister. Our offices are in the same neighborhood so check-ins are easier to schedule. Also, it’s really damn nice to have a pause in the middle of the morning. You know, after the mad rush out the door with baby but before the first meeting.

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This onesie. Because it finally fits and good gracious did he ever.

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This unlikely pairing. Because a week later and they’re still standing strong. Cheapest flowers at the bodega, you win!

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Trivial, small, cheery... glimpses into the items that shape my day-to-day. 

I was cooped up indoors most of last week writing job applications and clearing out clutter. It felt good to get out this weekend, if only for a few hours each day. The air has a new chill in it and feels crisp, winter is coming and all that. It was nice to see so much sun and green after nothing but my computer screen and coffee mug all week long. Also when working from home any excuse to put on pants, run a mascara wand through my eye lashes, and brush my hair is very welcome. 

Unexpected backyard in a neighborhood garden shop.

I love finding free things on the street. Long time subscriber to one person's trash is my treasure.

Up until this week I had no idea how many holiday plants are incredibly toxic to dogs. Since we can't have red berries in our home, I'm enjoying them in the wild of the city. They're as pretty on the branch as in a jar in my home, right? Meh, probably.

Most days Potato drives Jack absolutely insane. Always in his face, gnawing and being generally obnoxious. As one does at one year of age. Thankfully there are rare moments of calm, like this one. I walked into the bedroom on Saturday and my heart melted to see them snuggled up like this in their holiday sweaters. Yes, I am that person now.

Last of the fall leaves. There's been such a chill in the air, snow is definitely on the way. Some exciting things in the works over the next few weeks. Looking forward to sharing with all of you!

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I can't believe it's Monday again already. Every week has been busier than the last and Memorial Day vacation feels like it happened a year ago at this point. I've known that this summer would be insane for months now but for some reason I can't seem to snap into the fast pace that I know is required of me. My mind has slowed down and I feel frozen in the amount of things that need to happen between now and September. 

Aside from the 145 things (I counted)  that need to happen for the wedding, I've been trying to put out the promised post on closet editing. Hoping to get that and the rest of my ducks in a row this week- not sure what's been standing between me and doing so but I'm starting with good and always effective list making. 

The glimpses of the last week are in line with what my mood has been. Slow, steady, but somehow all over the place. Like trying on my wedding dress and then sitting on a bench for half an hour eating a French cream donut... Completely irrational, totally unnecessary, yet somehow needed? Is there such a thing as a summer slump? I think I'm in one. 

French cream donut, my favorite bag. Is a 1000000 calorie donut still considered a "small indulgence"?

I've been thinking about buying peonies for the apartment for weeks. I usually stop myself because the price point is a bit too high but I am so glad I splurged. Something about walking into the living room and seeing the clouds of petals made me feel like life is a little more together than it actually is right now. Weird sentence but totally flows with the way my brain has been. 

I've talked about our newly minted tradition of turning laundry into a "date night." It's a small, simple way for us to spend that hour while the clothes spin and dry talking and catching up. This week we tried out a BBQ place that just opened up down the street. It's a total hole in the wall that hit the spot for comfort food. Perfectly fried chicken and cornbread for me, BBQ chicken and mac + cheese for my date. We ate it all on a bench outside the laundromat and as always it was more romantic and sweet than any gourmet restaurant experience we've had. 

Finally, naps on naps on naps. There is just not enough sleep to be had. Every member of my family has been walking around like a zombie, pups included. Maybe it's the pollen levels? Maybe it's the aforementioned summer slump? Hoping some outdoor activities I have planned next week will help snap us out of whatever is going on.